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2018 in review: Our most popular stories of the year

Which stories resonated the most with our social media audience in 2018? Read on to find out.

Jenni Haukio itsenäisyyspäivän vastaanotolla Helsingissä.
Finnish First Lady Jenni Haukio at the 2018 Independence Day Gala. Image: Jarno Kuusinen / AOP

1. The making of the Finnish First Lady's tree-based eco dress

Finland's first lady, Jenni Haukio, embodied the environmental theme of last year's Independence Day Gala by wearing a dress made from birchwood. A behind-the-scenes look at the gown's journey from forest to red carpet.

2. What is love?

Yle found plenty of romance in the streets of Tampere on Valentine's Day.

3. Finland's frigid weather

In February, news of temperatures plummeting to -30 degrees Celsius in Finland made for exciting news.

4. Self-deprecating Finnish memes a big online hit

Self-deprecating takes on Finnish daily life and culture have become a social media niche.

5. WHO: Finland has the world's cleanest air

Our audience went mad for a story on Finland's air quality being better than that of any other country, according to statistics from the World Health Organisation published by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

6. A sneak-peek at Finland's 2018 baby box

The unveiling of animal prints, graphic designs and splashes of colour sent readers clicking.

7. Finland's flagship library Oodi opens to the public in Helsinki

Bibliophiles loved news of Finland's newest public library, a wood-clad behemoth called Oodi, opening its doors.

8. Finland offers free online Artificial Intelligence course to anyone, anywhere

A free course with no prerequisites on a daunting subject made an impression.

9. 2018 high temperature of 32.2 degrees recorded in Turku

In July, readers sweated a story on tropical nights.

10. Study: Finland’s health care system among best in the world

Also cracking the top ten was a story on how Finland's publicly-financed health care system is one of the best in the world, according to an international study.

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