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All Points North Podcast #7: Breaking down Brexit with Susanna Turunen and Joel Willans

This week's show looks into the brinkmanship of Brexit and discusses what this means on a grassroots level for British people resident in Finland.

Audio: Yle News

The seventh episode of All Points North this week is a Brexit special that delves into the burning questions and brinkmanship of Britain’s imminent departure from the EU. Joining the show to dissect the issues are Yle’s special EU correspondent Susanna Turunen and Joel Willans, the man behind the highly popular meme factory Very Finnish Problems and its equally topical offshoot, Very Brexit Problems.

In this week's programme, Ronan Browne speaks with Brits resident in Finland and finds out exactly what Brexit means for them and their future. Our guests also provide a personal take on the issue and discuss the current state of affairs following the release of a draft transition deal that should kick in when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

We also explore the conclusion of North Korea talks in Vantaa, reports by Supo of state-backed cyber espionage targeting several Finnish companies, reports of a high-profile director accused of bullying on the movie set, an English-language matriculation exam that stumped even native speakers, a Finnish billionaire receiving chunks in farm subsidies and a report that says BMW drives collect the most speeding tickets.

Our question from the audience this week focused on the dos and don'ts of moving to Finland. There's plenty of information on that score here and here, but we also asked Joel and Susanna for their thoughts.

If you have a question or would like to share something on your mind just contact us via WhatsApp on +358 44 421 0909, on our Facebook page or Twitter account, or at

This week's podcast was presented by Egan Richardson and Denise Wall with guests Susanna Turunen and Joel Willans. The reporter was Ronan Browne, our producer was Lydia Taylerson and our sound technician was Pasi Ilkka.

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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