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All Points North Podcast #4: University strike, alcohol reforms, Finland's quirky etiquette

This week APN examines why Helsinki University staff walked off the job this week, discusses the finer points of drinking booze in sports arena stands with hockey fans and also ponders the complexities of Finnish etiquette and much more. Our special guest is Teivo Teivainen, a professor of world politics at Helsinki University.

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Our fourth episode of All Points North features Helsinki University World Politics Professor and pundit Teivo Teivainen, who sheds light on the historic Helsinki University walkout amid university staff contract negotiations.

In addition this week we delve into the changing world of alcohol regulation and hear what Finns at a local hockey game think of recently-introduced reforms that allow fans to sip beers in the stands. Our guest also weighs in with his take on how liberal the changes really are and far alcohol laws are likely to go in the future.

Other topics we explore include the recent court ruling on the Turku stabbings, a look at the fresh OECD report on Finland’s basic income, the splinter that is Elina Lepomäki in the ranks of the NCP, as well as the troubling attack this week on a Pakistani man, and on a lighter note, the anticipated awakening of the Korkeasaari zoo bears.

Never short of an opinion, Teivainen also offers his insights into peculiar Finnish social habits, such as avoiding the company of others in public transportation, based on our listener question this week.

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This week's podcast was presented by Mark B. Odom and Denise Wall with guest Teivo Teivainen. Reporters were Lydia Taylerson and Mark B. Odom, our producer was Lydia Taylerson and our sound technician was Laura Koso.

The All Points North podcast is a weekly look at what's going on in Finland. Subscribe via iTunes (and leave a review!), listen on Spotify and Yle Areena or find it on your favourite podcatching app or via our RSS feed.

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