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The Life of a Finnish Island as Told Through the Seasons

Jani Ylinampa is a Finnish photographer that has built a steadily growing following on Instagram and Facebook for his breathtaking landscape photography. The artist’s work is focused primarily around his home region of Finnish Lapland where he captures the region’s natural beauty as well as the incredible Northern Lights. In this seasonal series, Jani uses a drone to document the life of a small Finnish island called Kotisaari near Rovaniemi. According to the town’s tourist website: Rovaniemi was a legendary lumberjack town, and the Ounas- and Kemi rivers were used…

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The borrowers: why Finland’s cities are havens for library lovers

Helsinkis state-of-the-art Oodi library will stand opposite parliament and boast a cinema, recording studio and makerspace. Its a perfect fit for a literate nation taking public learning to the next level A library card was the first thing that was mine, that I had ever owned, says Nasima Razmyar. The daughter of a former Afghan diplomat, Razmyar arrived in Revolutionising the library artists impressions of the design for Oodi, including (clockwise): the exterior, the top floor childrens area and the recording studio In recognition of that fact, at a time…

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Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?

In the first of our new series, The Upside, we look at how the country went from famine to topping nearly every global social ranking The Upside Finlands 10 great innovations Supported by About this content @jonhenley Last modified on Mon 12 Feb 2018 09.28EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp the most stable, the safest and the best-governed country in the world. It was also the third wealthiest, the third least corrupt, the second most socially progressive and the third most socially just. Finlands judicial system…

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A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work | Aditya Chakrabortty

Trials suggest it can liberate jobless people, says the Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty In a speck of a village deep in the Finnish countryside, a man gets money for free. Each month, almost 560 (500) is dropped into his bank account, with no strings attached. The cash is his to use as he wants. Who is his benefactor? The Helsinki government. The prelude to a thriller, perhaps, or some reality TV. But Juha Jrvinens story is ultimately more exciting. He is a human lab rat in an experiment that could…

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