Last year dozens of volunteers used shovels and snow cannons to build dens for Finland’s endangered Saimaa ringed seals in eastern Finland. This year, nature has been kinder to the seals and they will hopefully be able to make their dens in the existing natural snowdrifts. There are currently only about 300 Saimaa ringed seals left in the wild.
A study from the University of Eastern Finland finds that Finland’s mean temperature has risen by more than two degrees Celsius in the past 166 years. Temperatures are rising here twice as fast as the global average.
Suomen menestyksekkäimpiin lumilautailijoihin kuuluva Antti Autti, 29, on kahden vuoden ajan kuvannut kolmatta lumilautailuaiheista elokuvaansa. Se on toteutettu rinteiden ulkopuolella luonnon armoilla ja paikallisten ihmisten kanssa ympäri maailmaa.
Sen jälkeen, kun Hollolan Kiikunlähteellä kuvattiin keväällä ison budjetin luontoelokuvaa, matkailijoiden ja sukeltajien virta kohteeseen on kasvanut. Ongelmilta ei ole vältytty, sillä lähde sijaitsee yksityisten omistajien mailla.
A parliamentary assessment group has concluded that Finland’s defence establishment needs additional financing if it is to rectify current shortcomings. According to the group’s chair, the current defence deficit will significantly weaken Finland’s defence capability before the decade is out.
Statistics from the second April-June 2014 quarter show a rise in the price of labour in Finland, up 2.9 percent from the corresponding quarter in 2013. This rise mirrored increases in virtually every other European Union country, show new Eurostat numbers released on Tuesday.
National carrier Finnair has avoided the airspace over the Crimean peninsula and areas of Eastern Ukraine since spring. Finnair has avoided flying over Western Ukraine on its commercial flights for a little over a month
Suomessa kylpylät elävät uutta tulemistaan. Historioitsijan mukaan erilaiset wellness-hoidot ovat samoja palveluita, mitä kylpylöissä on tarjottu aina. Suurin osa niistä kuului kylpylöiden tarjontaan jo 1800-luvulla.
The Näsijärvi shipping lane near Tampere was ice-free three days earlier than the previous early-melt record set in 2007.
As a sure sign of spring, icebreakers are breaking up the ice on the Saimaa Canal this weekend to open the waterway to cargo ships and boaters.
More than half of Finns would support a military alliance with Sweden, according to a new opinion poll. Support was strongest among those over 50 and under 25-years-of-age.
A new record for warm spring temperatures was measured on Saturday, March 8 in Jomala, a municipality of the Åland Islands, when the Finnish Meteorological Institute gauged a temperature approaching ten degrees Celsius, some five degrees higher than the seasonal average.
Juhani Luoma, a weather prophet from Isokyrö in Ostrobothnia, western Finland, forecasts that 2014 will be a year of unstable weather with rapidly changing conditions. That instability will mean a fickle summer in which it’ll be difficult to pinpoint a period when it’s both hot and dry.
A project to construct man-made dens for the endangered Saimaa seal will continue after recently receiving EU funding for the next five years.
The Finnish shipping company Kristina Cruises has gone into administration and cancelled all cruises to the Canary Islands scheduled for the winter season.
Arson remains rare, typically motivated by revenge.
Spring rains arriving in western Finland Thursday have pushed up water levels in the Lapväärtinjoki 30 centimetres. Local officials say homes in Huittinen are already under water and roads are impassable in some areas.
Some roads are closed on Thursday in Ostrobothnia and south-west Finland as rivers continue to rise from the spring thaw. Floes of winter ice piling up in currents and creating natural dams are further increasing water levels.
Late and potentially high spring floods are in the offing as heavy ice remains on rivers even in southernmost Finland. In Oulu, the sea ice is still strong enough to drive on.
The grey seal population of the Baltic Sea has nearly tripled since the beginning of the 2000s. Their numbers along the Finnish coast, however, have remained steady for about the past seven years.