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Expat Finland: Finland in English
Since 2004 Expat Finland has been helping non-Finnish speakers in Finland, and the companies who want to reach them.
Since 2004 Expat Finland has been helping non-Finnish speakers in Finland, and the companies who want to reach them.
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RESEARCH OR REMINISCE
About 14 million digitized pages from Finnish newspapers, journals and 'ephemera'. Quite amazing!

The National Library of Finland - Digital Collections
https://digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi Finnish/English/Swedish

Stu 80)
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LABOUR MARKET - GOOD AGAIN!
Expat Finland's quarterly look at the Finnish Labour Market is online. Figures for the last quarter are once again great across the board, and the employment outlook for Q3 was positive (I'm a bit late posting).

Unemployment has fallen for people at all education levels, including people in long-term and disguised unemployment, and unemployed foreigners.

Employers' hiring intentions for the Third Quarter 2018 were the highest reported since ManpowerGroup began their surveys 6 years ago. Payroll increases were anticipated in 3 of 4 Finnish regions and 9 of 10 industry sectors.

Report: www.expat-finland.com/employment/finnish_labour_market.html

Hyvä Suomi! And all without starting a trade war...
Stu 80)

Compiled from and linking to:
Statistics Finland: Labour Force Survey
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: Employment Bulletin
ManpowerGroup: Employment Outlook Survey
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NAM NAM
... which means 'yummy' in Finnish. CNN Travel describes the food of Helsinki as "Vibrant, ingenious, inventive, fresh and fun."

Great article looks at Helsinki's food scene, the restaurants and their menus, hinting at Michelin star standards in unexpected places.
http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/food-helsinki-finland/index.html

Shlörp,
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WHO ARE YOU
VisitFinland's Finngenerator is pretty nice. Enter your name to 'discover' your Finnish name. Oddly enough, if you enter a Finnish name it'll translate that too! So if you want to find a nickname for your Finnish mate, that's one way to do it.
https://www.visitfinland.com/campaigns/finngenerator/public/en/

Cheers!
Otso 80)
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FINLAND VS AUSTRALIA
Introduced in 2015, shared bicycle programs in Finland are going from strength to strength. In Australia, not so much. Similar schemes in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are being cancelled after less than a year. You can see why, and it makes me a little ashamed to be an Aussie. Very few Finns find it funny, brave, or just some odd entitlement, to destroy their infrastructure.

This year the Helsinki City Bike season ends 31st October. There are no plans for City Skates yet!
City Bikes Helsinki: http://kaupunkipyorat.hsl.fi/en
City Bikes Turku: http://www.foli.fi/en/citybikes

Stay upright,
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CATCHING A BUZZ
A refreshing drink on a Finnish terrace in summer - nice! But don't turn your back or you may end up sharing it.

Travel blogger Pirkko Schildt recently found a bunch of wasps enjoying themselves at someone else's expense on the terrace of the Pentala Archipelago Museum in Espoo. Definitely a drink with a sting in its tail.

Pirkko's blog: meriharakka.net

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STILL TEAM PLAYERS?
The lure of capital is on the rise and Finland is not immune. As conditions of employment, and social services and benefits gradually decline, Statistics Finland reports that the wealth gap has widened with the richest 10% now owning nearly half the wealth in Finland. Median net wealth is dropping and poverty is increasing.

However, forgive my mournful tone - by global standards the wealth gap in Finland hardly rates a mention! Finland remains egalitarian, but a classless society may one day nonetheless be a memory. Money, honey.

Yle News article:
http://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/wealth_gap_widens_as_richest_10_percent_owns_nearly_half_of_all_wealth_in_finland/10238555

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KEEPIN' IT REAL
No post-truth filter bubble idiocracy with a leader to whom books are like kryptonite, Finland maintains its love affair with truth, knowledge and the library! Finland's exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale pays tribute to its libraries, the "cornerstones of a civilized, forward-thinking society." Nice.

Finland's libraries go far beyond books; some lend sewing machines, power tools and sports equipment, and some serve beer! Features include rooftop balconies, music studios and karaoke booths to name a few.

The Venice Architecture Biennale, runs until November 25th:
http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/2018

Article: http://mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/finlands-love-affair-libraries
Expat Finland - Finnish Culture & Cross-culture, including library info:
http://expat-finland.com/living_in_finland/culture.html

Like the chicken said, "Book book!"
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THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
If you bought the Tuntematon Sotilas (2017) Blu-Ray disc only to discover it has no English subtitles, the solution is at hand. Well-rated English subs are now available free in .srt format at
http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/subtitles/7353144/tuntematon-sotilas-en

How to watch Blu-Ray with .srt subtitles
You need a Blu-Ray reader on your computer to convert the disc to a movie format (ex. .mkv, .mp4). Then play the movie and most media players (ex. VLC) will automatically play the .srt subtitles (stored with same file name as the movie, in the same location).
Note: I believe 'ripping' your own disc for your private use in Finland is legal (please correct me if I'm wrong). Check legislation for other countries.

Two options to convert Blu-Ray to movie:
1. Pavtube BDMagic software - purchase or free trial.
Looks easy. Trial version adds Pavtube logo watermark to the movie.
WIndows http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-ripper
Mac http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-ripper-mac
2. MakeMKV and Handbrake software - free.
More work but no watermark.
MakeMKV http://www.makemkv.com
Handbrake http://www.handbrake.fr
Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0keLSRMVfQ

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THEORY VS REALITY
Here in Southern Finland we wake to Vappu 2018 to celebrate spring, and see with wry humour that the rain-gods are having a laugh again! Pitter patter pitter patter.
There's a rumour of sun in Lapland...

Wherever you are, hyvää vappua!
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