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Can Donald Trump Pass the Science Test?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.18.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The Trump game demonstrates that scientific ignorance is our biggest problem in regards to the future the world." - Olli Rundgren According to a M...

How I Got There: Jyrki Katainen

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 07.15.2016 | Impact
Lan Anh Vu

Jyrki Katainen is the Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. He served as Prime Minister of Finla...

Cuba's Journalists Missing in Action

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The rape of a woman, for which the athletes are presumed responsible, was not mentioned in the statement, which constitutes an act of secrecy, concealment of the truth and disrespect for the audience.

Finland Is Still the World's Best Kept Secret

Ira Kalb | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Ira Kalb

Just over a year ago I wrote about Finland being the world's best kept secret. I was hoping that the situation might change for the better. In some wa...

"Y" PRIDE? It Could Not Be Clearer

Kåre R. Aas | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Kåre R. Aas

The unimaginable horrors that took place inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in the early hours of June 12 have sent a shockwave through the world. Expressions of sympathy and condolences have since been flooding in from everywhere, including from Norway's King Harald V.

Helsinki: A Very Smart City

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.13.2016 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.

Survey: YouTubers More Popular Than Traditional Celebs Among Teens in Finland

Risto Kuulasmaa | Posted 06.12.2016 | Entertainment
Risto Kuulasmaa

For many, this survey finding is still a surprise. The popularity of YouTube stars among the connected generation has grown quietly under the mainstre...

Helsinki's Data Journalism, Transparency and Scoops

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Turning numbers and data into scoops. Helsinki journalists have been doing it for years and serve as good examples for media worldwide. "We do a lot...

For an Optimistic Revolution

Alexander Stubb | Posted 05.30.2016 | Technology
Alexander Stubb

The world has seen more than one industrial revolution and another one is already upon us. We should face it as optimists.

Post Obama's Summit With the Nordics -- What Next?

András Simonyi | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
András Simonyi

Last week saw an extraordinary event in Washington; a rare sight, the smiling leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and a smiling Obama.

Nordics Are Good Partners to the United States

Timo Soini | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Timo Soini

The Nordic countries have a strong engagement for peace and reconciliation. These are particularly fragile processes for societies. We know that inclusive peace processes are more likely to lead to peace agreements.

#WPFD2016 Drives Freedom, Safety, Rights for Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.07.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

As UNESCO held its World Press Freedom Day (#WPFD2016) conference this week, an Egyptian speaker lamented the declining state of liberty in her countr...

Why U.S.-Nordic Relations Matter More Than Ever

Kirsti Kauppi | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Kirsti Kauppi

The Nordic countries and United States have much in common. We all share the fundamental values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. We strive toward societies based on non-discrimination, equality and inclusion, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious background.

Who Caused the Great Recession?

Tuomas Malinen | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Tuomas Malinen

Senator Sanders has blamed the "big banks" of Wall Street for the 2008 financial crash, while Secretary Clinton has pointed in the direction of the "shadow banking" sector. These two views have stirred a lively debate, but who got it right?

10 Of The Craziest Places To Sleep Around The World

Viator | Posted 04.27.2016 | Travel
Viator

Indulge your adventurous side by sleeping out in the rainforest among leopards, tigers and wild gibbons at the Gibbon Experience in Laos. Embark on a two- or three-day trek through the rainforest, tackling a thrilling course of ziplines and canopy walks during the day and sleeping out at night in the world's highest treehouses.

Stuck in the Ukrainian Conundrum: U.S. and Europe Need to Drop Sanctions and Negotiate a Way Out

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Many Ukrainians expect America and Europe to save them. Suggest that they are living a fantasy gets you tarred as a blatant fool and Russian stooge. Yet Ukraine shouldn't waste time posing as a fairy tale maiden in distress waiting for rescue by the Western knight in shining armor. Kiev risks ending up as a failed state.

As Crimea Passes Two Years as Part of Russia, Time to Negotiate Away Sanctions

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Rather than reflexively continue sanctions, the Western states should rethink their policy toward Russia. Vladimir Putin isn't a nice guy, but that hardly sets him apart. Russian democracy may be an oxymoron, but then, lack of civil and political rights never stopped Washington from backing Egypt, aiding Pakistan, or embracing Saudi Arabia.

What We Can't Learn from Finland's Schools: Apples, Oranges, and Denial

Nicole Stellon O'Donnell | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Nicole Stellon O'Donnell

I fear our fetishization of Finland is less about finding the good things to copy and more about willful denial of the roots of the problems in the United States. Posts about Finland mention the length of recess, time out doors, student agency, starting school later and freedom. Those are important.

Obama Got It Right About the Nordic Countries

András Simonyi | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
András Simonyi

The White House announced there will be a a Nordic-US summit meeting in May. The Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Finnish President will meet with President Obama to discuss a broad set of issues.

Agua Zarca: A Stain on the Dutch and Finnish Human Rights Record

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.15.2016 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Six indigenous people were killed in the Dutch-funded Santa Rita Dam in Guatemala (CODECO) "Respect for human rights," the Finnish government says, i...

Learning From Others: How to Make School (Lunch) Great

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

In his latest documentary, Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore "invades" country after country, looking for lifestyles worth appropriating - so that he can plant the American flag upon them and bring them home. Of particular interest to me were his school visits.

What Is the Purpose of Education?

Alan Singer | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If appointed by the State Legislature to the Board of Regents, I will use my position as a platform to organize the people of New York to fight for social justice for children, in schools, and in society as a whole.

Mediation: The Real Weapon for Peace

Timo Soini | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Timo Soini

Promoting peaceful and secure societies for all cannot be done with the participation of just a selected few. For peace agreements to be sustainable, more women must contribute to peace negotiations.

Outta My Comfort Zone and Into the Ice in Finland

Christine Negroni | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

In Miami, where I grew up, swimming in the ocean was akin to stepping into the tub; no discernable difference in temperature between the water and the...

Why Are Latinos More Likely to Be Happy?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 01.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Latin Americas and Scandinavians are more likely to be chipper than, say, the Chinese or the Iraqis (of course, there are very real non-genetic reasons for their respective unhappiness too). Is it possible, then, that as more Hispanics intermarry and intermingle and inter-you-know-what, they will spread their happiness genes among more and more Americans?