Finland reclaims sauna world record from China | AFP

Bathers from 101 different countries squeeze into a sauna in Helsinki, Finland, in a successful attempt to reclaim the world record from China, which won the title in 2013 with 99 different nationalities in one sauna. Under Guinness World Record rules, the bathers have to be in the sauna for a minimum of five minutes, at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees. Participants had to prove their nationality by showing the adjudicator a valid passport. The attempt, organised by students and staff at Haaga Helia University, was successful after organisers asked foreign embassies in Helsinki to help rally as many different nationalities as possible.

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Finland begins fishing plastic ‘ghost nets’ out of the Baltic | AFP

Finnish environmental authorities have begun a project to trawl the Baltic sea and remove abandoned fishing nets, known as “ghost nets”, which continue to trap fish and other wildlife. Plastic fishing equipment disintegrates extremely slowly in the water, and the UN’s food body estimates ghost nets constitute one tenth of all plastic waste in the world’s seas.

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Finnish power companies turn to animal poo for cleaner electricity | AFP

In the search for cleaner ways to generate electricity, power companies in Finland have set their sights on an energy source which is distinctly more brown than green: animal dung. 100 tons of manure from this year’s Helsinki International Horse Show was incinerated to produce enough energy to power the four-day event and heat homes in the capital. Energy company Fortum claims that that the manure produced daily by two horses can heat a single family home for a year. Meanwhile energy company Vantaan Energia has launched a campaign for dog owners to “give poo a new life” by sending their pets’ doings to be incinerated at the firm’s waste to energy plant. Vantaan Energia burns 1,000 tonnes of household rubbish every day, which it says produces efficient energy with limited emissions and leftover waste products.

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Trump fury grows against rising impeachment storm | AFP

US President Donald Trump responds to a report that Adam Schiff received an early account of the whistleblower complaint, saying that the Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee “probably helped write it,” speaking at a White House news conference with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto.

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Angry Trump rails against Biden, media, WTO

Unleashing an unusual show of anger, President Donald Trump railed against former Vice President Joe Biden, his son, the media and the World Trade Organization at a joint press conference in the White House East Room with Finland’s president. (Oct. 2)

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Bike riding courses offer Finland’s immigrants new freedom | AFP

It’s a skill you never forget once learnt, as the saying goes: Now immigrants to Finland can receive free cycling lessons to help them better integrate into life in the bike-loving nation.

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Thousands of Lego fans gather to build megacity in Finland | AFP

A Vermeer oil painting, a theme park, and even President Trump all receive the Lego treatment as thousands of models made of the iconic plastic bricks go on show at Finland’s largest ever Lego convention. Organisers expect 15,000 enthusiasts to take part in the mass-building event this weekend, where participants will rifle through millions of plastic blocks to construct their own part of a Lego megacity .

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Finland begins fishing plastic “ghost nets” out of the Baltic | AFP

Finnish environmental authorities have begun a project to trawl the Baltic sea and remove abandoned fishing nets, known as “ghost nets”, which continue to trap fish and other wildlife. Plastic fishing equipment disintegrates extremely slowly in the sea, and the UN’s food body claims ghost nets constitute one tenth of all plastic waste in the world’s seas.

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Brexit without a deal “seems obvious now”, says Finnish PM | AFP

Britain leaving the EU with a no-deal Brexit now appears “obvious”, says Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne, whose country holds the rotating EU Presidency. SOUNDBITE

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Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

Knitters from around the world thrash around at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. (July 12)

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Signing of bilateral treaties between South Korea and Finland | AFP

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto assist to the signing of bilateral treaties. Moon is visiting the Nordic region and will be spending eight days in Finland, Norway and Sweden. IMAGES

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Ministers pose for family photo as Arctic Council meeting begis

The foreign ministers of the US, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland Norway and Canada arrive and pose for a group photo as the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in the Finnish city of Rovaniemi opens. IMAGES of the family photo

Lavrov and Pompeo meet on sidelines of Arctic Council session

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned China and Russia to “respect our interests” in the Arctic, or face the consequences.
Frozen and desolate, the Arctic region looks set to be the next frontier for competition between the US, Russia, and China.

Speaking at a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland on Monday, Pompeo launched a broadside against the US’ competitors in the region, particularly China.

“Arctic seaways could become the 21st century Suez and Panama canals,” America’s top diplomat stated.

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Pompeo, Lavrov meet in Finland before Arctic ministerial

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo an Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hands before reporters in the Finnish city of Rovaniemi before the beginning of an Arctic Council ministerial meeting. 1ST IMAGES

Pompeo slams “aggressive Russian behaviour” in the Arctic

“These provocative actions are part of a pattern of aggressive Russian behaviour here in the Arctic,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at an Arctic Council meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland. SOUNDBITES

Anti-immigration: Finland’s populists eye an election upset

In the remote, northern Finnish town of Oulu where he has lived for seven years, Syrian-born Jabo Waleed started feeling recently that some people’s behaviour towards him was becoming less welcoming. I can honestly say it’s not like before,” Waleed told AFP in fluent Finnish from behind the counter of his kebab shop in the town centre. Waleed’s experiences have been echoed by many other immigrants across Finland, since police in Oulu announced in December the arrest of nine suspects, all of whom had arrived in Finland as refugees or asylum seekers, for suspected sexual offences against minors.

Survivors seek compensation 25 years after MS Estonia sinking

Twenty five years after the worst civil maritime disaster in Europe left 852 people from 17 different countries dead or missing, a thousand survivors and their families are seeking compensation from Bureau Veritas, the French registrar of the MS Estonia, a cruise ship that sank off the coast of Finland in 1994. The ferry manufacturer is also summoned to appear before Nanterre’s High Court. IMAGES

Muffler – ‘Puzzle’

Muffler – ‘Puzzle’
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With around two decades worth of releases behind him, Finland’s Muffler is a producer with serious credentials. Adding to the list of established artists who’ve graced ProgRAM with tracks down the years, he delivers two contrasting cuts to expand its increasing catalogue on April 12th.

Kicking off his ProgRAM debut with ‘Half Light,’ it is an unrelenting assault of jungle drums and a pulsating buzz saw synth line that cuts through the noise like a machete. Awash with old school atmospherics, ‘Half Light’ is Muffler pulling his interpretation of drum & bass’s foundation sound directly into the present day.

‘Puzzle’ is a jazzy, piano driven liquid roller: tight breaks, punchy horn samples and subtle vocals drift in and out of focus. It’s one to listen to and get lost in.

‘Half Light’ and ‘Puzzle’ gives you the rough and the smooth – and is another release to signify that you need to get with the ProgRAM.

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Muffler – ‘Half Light’

Muffler – ‘Half Light’
ProgRAM 079

With around two decades worth of releases behind him, Finland’s Muffler is a producer with serious credentials. Adding to the list of established artists who’ve graced ProgRAM with tracks down the years, he delivers two contrasting cuts to expand its increasing catalogue on April 12th.

Kicking off his ProgRAM debut with ‘Half Light,’ it is an unrelenting assault of jungle drums and a pulsating buzz saw synth line that cuts through the noise like a machete. Awash with old school atmospherics, ‘Half Light’ is Muffler pulling his interpretation of drum & bass’s foundation sound directly into the present day.

‘Puzzle’ is a jazzy, piano driven liquid roller: tight breaks, punchy horn samples and subtle vocals drift in and out of focus. It’s one to listen to and get lost in.

‘Half Light’ and ‘Puzzle’ gives you the rough and the smooth – and is another release to signify that you need to get with the ProgRAM.

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Is Finland Really The Happiest Country In The World?

Finland has been declared the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row. On Wednesday, the United Nations released its annual World Happiness Report and confirmed the Nordic country as the reigning champion of joy.

But in many ways, the land of frigid temperatures and dark winter days seems like the most unlikely of choices.

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