Helsinki Mayor Juhana Vartiainen made waves in Finland when he recently called for making the capital an English-speaking city to attract foreign workers. The All Points North podcast traced some of the backlash the mayor received and looked at Helsinki's increasingly diverse population.
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With the school year underway, many parents are faced with choosing religious or non-religious education for their child. APN spoke to Riku Salminen, a co-author of a citizens' initiative that wants to change a law barring members of Finland's Evangelical Lutheran Church from attending "life perspectives" classes, a non-religious alternative to faith-based lessons.
"It's a weird twist in an otherwise secular country like Finland that one single religion has this much control over what children can study," Salminen told APN.
"Well, I think that many people tend to put other people in a box—that either you can trust someone or they are always lying," Yle journalist and author Matilda Gyllenberg told APN about the drama surrounding Zubier who was severely injured in the 2017 terror attack.
This past summer was the hottest in Finland since 1937. Yle meteorologist and author Kerttu Kotakorpi told APN that a warming planet could mean Finland experiencing temperatures some five degrees above average by the end of this century.
And with autumn officially here, APN also looked at how to best weather proof children in Finland as the seasons change.
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