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Finland’s PM left an EU summit where she dined with dozens of world leaders, a precaution after discovering possible exposure to COVID-19

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin left an EU summit early “as a precautionary measure” after learning she had been exposed to the coronavirus, the Finnish government said Friday. The day before the summit, she attended Finnish parliamentary meetings and shared a corridor with a lawmaker who then tested positive. Between […]
Finland’s PM left an EU summit where she dined with dozens of world leaders, a precaution after discovering possible exposure to COVID-19
Lifestyle

Plastic partitions, temperature checks, and socially distanced classrooms: How countries are reopening schools following coronavirus closures

Coronavirus lockdown measures have partially or fully closed schools for over 60% of the world’s student population across 186 countries and territories, according to UNESCO. After closing schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a handful of countries like Denmark and Japan have started reopening them. Reopening strategies range […]
Plastic partitions, temperature checks, and socially distanced classrooms: How countries are reopening schools following coronavirus closures
Lifestyle

Sweden’s coronavirus death rate is nearly 6 times that of neighbouring Norway and Finland. Here’s a look at how the countries have approached the coronavirus pandemic differently.

In recent weeks, the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Sweden has continued to climb, making its per capita death rate six times that of some of its neighbours’. Though Sweden borders and shares strong cultural ties with Norway and Finland, it has taken a much more relaxed approach to curb […]
Sweden’s coronavirus death rate is nearly 6 times that of neighbouring Norway and Finland. Here’s a look at how the countries have approached the coronavirus pandemic differently.
Strategy

Finland’s government gifts all new parents a 60-item baby starter kit, and it shows how the country is better than America at ‘harmonious’ capitalism

Annie Fadely is the senior policy and programs associate at Civic Ventures, a public policy incubator based out of Seattle, and a producer of the “Pitchfork Economics” podcast. Parents-to-be in Finland look forward to receiving their “baby box” stuffed with 60 essential items, everything from clothes, blankets, and bedding. Besides […]
Finland’s government gifts all new parents a 60-item baby starter kit, and it shows how the country is better than America at ‘harmonious’ capitalism
Lifestyle

What a 4-day workweek could do to your brain and body

The average American’s work hours are nearly the same as they were fifty years ago. Working such long hours is associated with increased levels of stress and burnout. Moving to a four-day workweek could increase productivity, loyalty, and overall happiness, all while helping the climate. More and more people, including […]
What a 4-day workweek could do to your brain and body
Lifestyle

A Finnish family is offering a wellness experience called ‘Arctic cocooning’ where they tuck customers into hammocks in a remote pine forest in the winter. Here’s what it’s like.

In Finnish Lapland, a family offers a wellness experience called “Arctic Cocooning” where they tuck guests into hammocks and leave them in a remote pine forest for 20 to 45 minutes. Finnish Lapland is Finland‘s northernmost region, home to more reindeer than people and some of the world’s cleanest air. […]
A Finnish family is offering a wellness experience called ‘Arctic cocooning’ where they tuck customers into hammocks in a remote pine forest in the winter. Here’s what it’s like.
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One of the world’s largest basic-income trials, a 2-year program in Finland, was a major flop. But experts say the test was flawed.

In 2017, Finland became the first European country to test a government-backed unconditional basic income, which gave people a regular stipend with no strings attached. The trial ended in December 2018 and was widely considered a failure. But many researchers argue that the experiment’s structure was flawed. Visit Business Insider’s […]
One of the world’s largest basic-income trials, a 2-year program in Finland, was a major flop. But experts say the test was flawed.
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A man arrested in Russia is accused of building a fake border with Finland 15 miles from the real one and charging migrants $11,000 to cross it

Authorities in western Russia arrested a man accused of building fake border posts and tricking migrants into believing they marked the state borders between Russia and Finland, the Interfax news agency reported. The incident happened in Russia’s Vyborg region, which is about 15 miles from the actual border. The unidentified […]
A man arrested in Russia is accused of building a fake border with Finland 15 miles from the real one and charging migrants $11,000 to cross it
Lifestyle

You can rent a snow igloo in Finland on Airbnb for $122 a night

You can book a “snow igloo” on Airbnb from just $US122 a night. Located in Finland, the igloos are built by the hosts each winter, and come complete with “real” beds and a sleeping bag. Thermal layers, a warm hat, socks, and gloves are recommended, though, as well as a […]
You can rent a snow igloo in Finland on Airbnb for $122 a night
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Finland just gave both parents 7 months of parental leave. Here’s why it could drastically reduce postpartum depression in the country.

Finland’s government, led by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin, just approved a new policy that gives both parents seven months of leave after childbirth. The policy could positively impact new mothers. Women’s physical and mental health benefits with another partner at home after a child is born, research suggests. In […]
Finland just gave both parents 7 months of parental leave. Here’s why it could drastically reduce postpartum depression in the country.
Lifestyle

27 photos that show what makes Finland the happiest country in the world

For the second year in a row, Finland ranked first in the World Happiness Rankings. The annual study ranks 156 countries based on their citizens’ happiness, according to their own evaluations. According to report co-editor John Helliwell, the contentment of Finland’s citizens more likely stems from their way of life […]
27 photos that show what makes Finland the happiest country in the world
News

These are the 20 safest and most crime-free countries

Economics and security are closely connected. A strong economy and safe citizenry each enables the improvement of the other. The World Economic Forum takes a nation’s security into account for its annual “Global Competitiveness Report,” focusing on the threats that organised crime, terrorism, homicide rates, and reliability of its police […]
These are the 20 safest and most crime-free countries
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This stunning cabin in Finland is powered entirely by renewable energy

A cabin prototype in Finland was built to promote a lifestyle with minimal carbon dioxide emissions. The Nolla cabin, which is about the size of a small bedroom, uses solar panels for electricity and can be assembled without heavy machinery. In September, the cabin will be available for booking through […]
This stunning cabin in Finland is powered entirely by renewable energy
Markets

RANKED: The 29 richest countries in the world

Size doesn’t always mean wealth when it comes to the world’s richest countries, according to data published in April by the International Monetary Fund. Twice a year the IMF releases a huge dump of data about the economic power of the world’s nations, with gross domestic product (GDP) per capita […]
RANKED: The 29 richest countries in the world
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