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APN podcast: All points Nato

This week's show asks when Finland will really join Nato, how Finnish language immersion works without Finnish teachers, and wonders if the country can expect gold in this year's ice hockey world finals.

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"Finland must apply for Nato membership without delay," President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint declaration on Thursday.

This week's episode of All Points North traces Finland's countdown to submitting its Nato application, as the Kremlin vows a response to the Finnish leadership's announcement.

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This week's show also follows up on third culture kids in the country. Helsinki parent Silvia Padrón told APN about some of the Finnish-language challenges kids face at her local daycare, which serves children representing 20 different languages.

"In my child's group, there are 14 kids and only one kid is from a Finnish-speaking home," she explained.

The show also asks if state agencies treat self-employed workers in the platform economy differently than other business owners when it comes to granting residence permits. Turning to sports, APN looks ahead to the upcoming ice hockey world finals to be hosted in Helsinki and Tampere.

"Yes, I would put my money on Finland, certainly. They are on a roll in terms of success in international tournaments," US-based hockey expert Bruce Berglund told APN.

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This week's show was presented by Ronan Browne and Zena Iovino. The sound engineer was Anders Johansson.

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