Along the way

Forests and bank cards

Forests and bank cards

"What are you doing in Ruka?, I asked the young woman who joined me in the hotel sauna. It was a dark autumn day and a cold drizzle had just started outside. “I’m on my summer holiday”, came the...

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Finnish health care: my first experience

Finnish health care: my first experience

Disaster often strikes when you’re on top of the world. In early August I moved to Oulu after a wonderful six-week holiday. Bursting with energy, I was keen to meet my new colleagues and start...

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Why I’ve moved to Oulu?

Why I’ve moved to Oulu?

I moved to London from Budapest when I got my first job with BBC News 23 years ago. I was thrilled. Living in London gave my kids fantastic opportunities: they grew up bilingual in a liberal, open,...

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How I fell in love with Finland

How I fell in love with Finland

I arrived in Finland after three months of living under strict lockdown in London. Covid-19 was spreading like wildfire in Britain, with hundreds of people dying and thousands of new infections...

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A tour through Europe: Tallinn 2011

A tour through Europe: Tallinn 2011

The city of Tallinn, capital of Estonia, has a long and diverse history and heritage. In the Middle Ages Tallinn gained wealth as a member of the Hanseatic League. During the 19th century, Tallinn...

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A tour through Europe: Guimarães 2012

A tour through Europe: Guimarães 2012

The city of Guimarães is located in norhtern Portugal within the district of Braga. 50 percent of Guimarães' 53 000 citizens are under the age of 30; as such, Guimarães has one of the youngest...

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A tour through Europe: Košice 2013

A tour through Europe: Košice 2013

Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia after Bratislava, and as such, it's also the hub of Eastern Slovakia. Košice has a long history; it was, for example, the first city in Europe to be...

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