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APN podcast: When self-employment is the only option

The All Points North podcast explores the phenomenon of foreigners in Finland becoming entrepreneurs out of necessity.

In 2020, nearly 13,000 women with immigrant backgrounds were jobless in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Image: Paula Collin / Yle

The share of foreign entrepreneurs in the capital is growing. Helsinki's startup centre NewCo reported that more than 42 percent of its clients last year had foreign backgrounds, up from 36 percent in 2018.

"I don't want to generalise, but based on my experience and my community, I feel it is purely because there is a lack of opportunities," small business owner Pukhraj Ranjan told All Points North.

You can listen to the show using the embedded player here, on Yle Areena, Spotify (siirryt toiseen palveluun), Apple Podcasts (siirryt toiseen palveluun), or wherever you get your podcasts.

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This week the podcast unpacks the fact that Finland has some of the lowest employment rates for foreign-born residents in the OECD.

"Starting a business can be the quickest way of getting employed because in Finland it could be hard, especially for those who don't speak Finnish," said Pia Partanen, a business advisor at NewCo.

The show also explores what Turkey wants from Finland as it vies for Nato membership and asks how to beat the queues at Helsinki Airport this summer as post-Covid travel kicks off.

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

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