Political discussion tsunami taking over Finland

Ah, this cold country of mine seems to be offering plenty to blog about this week. First, it was (and is) the national outrage of being called racist (see previous blog post). The scale of that discussion is still growing, and somewhat descriptive of it is the following statistical piece of information: in the last…

Pastries and ballots for Finland

It’s only suitable that we’re electing a new President on the commemorative day of Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the national poet of Finland. Poetry is like politics: insufferable, beautiful, sometimes cruel, and at best, successful and inspiring. On the day of big decisions and poetry, I must share the beautiful Finlandia hymn again: the flash mob…

Don’t get eaten by a tiger

When I was a kid, long before the breakthrough of reality TV, I remember seeing something quite intriguing on TV. People were running around an old fortress, doing strange tasks, hiding from tigers and collecting coins. I did not understand what was going on, nor did I understand the language they spoke. The only thing…

Election night

What an exciting night we experienced yesterday. Electrifying! The first round of presidential elections in Finland is now over, with no candidate ending up getting an absolute majority of the votes, so second round it is. This time, the second round battle will be between a conservative and a liberal, both middle-aged white men. It’s…