Very Finnish Problems creator Joel Willans chats with Joe Konderla, writer at the Finniot, a blog on adjusting to Finnish quirks. Topics include British imperialism in Wales, Helsinki versus Tampere and overdosing on Moomins. Co-host Thomas Nybergh advises against home ownership and suggests learning Swedish to fast-track Finnish citizenship.
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Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media
Joel’s new book: More Very Finnish Problems
The City of Tampere
Integrate in Finland through learning Swedish, an official language in Finland
The Finnish constitution, see Section 17 – Right to one’s language and culture
English is now an official language in Espoo, a Helsinki suburb
FAQ on Helsinki metro expansion, look for section on platform length
Joe’s recommendation: Time Timer, a productivity tracking app that helps keep focus with visual cues
Joel’s recommendation: Alita Battle Angel (trailer)
Thomas’ podcast recommendation: It Could Happen Here, war journalist explains the second American Civil War
Thomas’ recommendation: ‘Chernobyl’, the TV series, which is excellent, but scientifically inaccurate
Moldovan-American journalist on Chernobyl
Exiled Russian journalist Masha Gessen on what ‘Chernobyl’ gets right and wrong
Thomas’ Finnish music pick: “Waterfalls”, a song from LCMDF’s, fun, catchy sophomore album Sad Bangers (Spotify, Apple Music)
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What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.
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