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Along the way

Dark but Safe

Dark but Safe

As we go into November, more and more people are telling me how much they’re dreading the dark season. "Snow would make all the difference,” they routinely add. As I write this there’s no snow in...

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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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