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Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared to European Cops?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

Such massive disparities defy a simple explanation, but America's gun culture is clearly an important factor. Unlike European nations, most states make it easy for adults to purchase handguns for self-defense and to keep them handy at nearly all times.

In Finland, Big Businesses Get Scrappy with Startups

Erica Swallow | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Erica Swallow

In the old factory district of Helsinki, Finland, in a 4,000-square-foot electric power plant known simply as Kattilahalli ("boiler hall"), more than 500 developers and creatives gathered for the largest hackathon ever held in the Nordics.

From Rings To Pacifiers, Smart Devices Place Greater Emphasis On Healthy Living

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology

HELSINKI (AP) -- After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator. "Wellness" compute...

'Clash Of Clans' Company Made An Absurd Amount Of Money Last Year

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology

HELSINKI (AP) -- Mobile gaming company Supercell is now reportedly Finland's biggest money-maker, with a taxable income nearly 10 times that of one-t...

Promoting, Protecting and Realising the Rights of Children: A Matter of Political Will

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

Every child has the same human rights as adults. These include the right to life, food, health, education, development, a clean environment and the right to be heard.

State of Mind: Tired

Marika Lindström | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marika Lindström

Do you wake up one day and realize that you haven't had a decent sleep in... wait a minute, you can't even remember? That's right. This feeling hit...

Finnish Kids Don't Learn To Read In Kindergarten. They Turn Out Great Anyway.

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.05.2015 | Media

The Atlantic: The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergarteners Of Finland In America, kindergarteners are expected to have a firm grasp on literacy....

Finnish Demonstrator Dons KKK Costume To Protest Asylum Seekers

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.25.2015 | World

HELSINKI, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Demonstrators threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus full of asylum seekers arriving at a reception center in Lah...

A Sustainable Future for All

Her Excellency Tarja Halonen | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Her Excellency Tarja Halonen

But after the ceremonies are over, the work of the governments will be followed both domestically and internationally and they will be held to account. The tough negotiations were inclusive, multi-stakeholder and transparent -- and so must be the implementation.

A New 'Gay Bar' Targets Russian Anti-LGBT Laws

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.17.2015 | Gay Voices

HELSINKI (AP) — Two Swedish comedians say they built a reconstruction of the "Police Academy" gay bar on Russia-owned land in Finland to protes...

Seeing the Best of Stockholm, Turku, and Helsinki in a Week

Findery | Posted 09.05.2015 | Travel

Are you looking for recommendations for the ultimate Scandinavian road trip to visit Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Turku? I've got you covered....

Finland's Prime Minister Offers His Home To Refugees

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.05.2015 | World

HELSINKI, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Finland's millionaire prime minister, Juha Sipila, said on Saturday he would make his home in the north of the country a...

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Moving to the Nordic Countries

Maunu Suni | Posted 08.31.2015 | Travel
Maunu Suni

This (incomprehensive) list will hopefully enlighten you about some aspects of living in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Problems in Finland and With the P-Tech Education Miracle

Alan Singer | Posted 08.31.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

According to the standard narrative, a big part of the success of the Finnish education system is the country's focus on math, science and technology education to prepare its students for 21st century jobs.

The Most Underrated Tourist Attraction In Every EU Country

Thrillist | Posted 08.21.2015 | Travel

Don't get me wrong, the Mona Lisa's got a lovely smile and all, but there's something soul-crushing about how she's displayed: stowed away in glass, surrounded by hordes of sightseers throwing up "gang symbols" and cheesy smiles for their selfie sticks.

Chicago = Stinky Onion? 11 Oddly Named Cities | Posted 08.17.2015 | Travel

There are some strangely named towns and cities on this planet and we'd like to visit every one of them. After all, who wouldn't want to brag that they just came back from Rat's Mouth, Florida?

WATCH: Take a Journey to the 10 Happiest Places in the World

HooplaHa | Posted 08.10.2015 | Good News

Are you in the need of a change of scenery? Is your summer vacation still leaving you to daydream about faraway places? Check out this video and take a virtual trip to the 10 happiest countries in the world!

Celebrate the Midwest's Mutli-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

James P. Leary's new book and CD set, Folksongs of Another America, reveals astonishing diversity in the music of the Upper Midwest.

Loving Nothing - Five Years in Finnish Lapland

Janne Riikonen | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Janne Riikonen

As a five-year-old girl Hitomi Kuwada, 27, made a list of things she would like to do and achieve in her life. On the top of the list was her dream of...

Greece's Great Depression

Harlan Green | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

This may seem facetious some six years into recovery, but many policy makers don't understand the severity of the Great Recession, or its consequences. It is the major reason why Greece, and many other Eurozone countries are in so much economic trouble at present.

Celebrating July 4th in France

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It's the July 4th weekend. My wife, Kathy, and I have a bag full of red, white and blue pinwheels, some Stars and Stripes-brand snack cakes and a packet of mini-flags. We're nearly set for a holiday blowout in the country. Strangely, none of the stores is stocked with hot dogs or chips. No one around us seems to be doing the same.

'I Am HIV-Positive. Touch Me.'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact

This man, named Janne, is HIV-positive; and he recently stood in a public space with his eyes closed and his arms outstretched with a sign asking peop...

Israel is Perceived by Expats as the Most Dynamic Country Worldwide

Malte Zeeck | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Malte Zeeck

Yes, you read it right; Israel was rated by expats as the most dynamic country in the world. It even left the USA and Brazil, countries widely known for their fast and energetic culture, far behind. I bet you were not expecting this, right?

'Running Hot and Cold'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.10.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As a guy who is usually in hot water, which I am using as an excuse for all my wrinkles, I recently found myself in the unusual situation of being in hot water because there was no hot water.

It's Time to Discover the World's Best Kept Secret -- Finland

Ira Kalb | Posted 05.15.2015 | Travel
Ira Kalb

As summertime rapidly approaches, many are looking for a vacation spot that is different, interesting, and safe. While not on most people's radar screen, Finland is the place I'd recommend.