The All Points North podcast has everything you need to know about the news in Finland this week. All Points North is produced by Yle News, a unit of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
Finland has observed Dry January or "tipaton tammikuu" for more than 70 years, all while maintaing a state monopoly on alcohol sales. This week All Points North peels back the label on the month of alcohol abstinence to look at the history, the context and whether or not it makes a difference.
Finland's Pisa results have been declining for the past decade. What happened to Finland's much-celebrated education miracle? APN tries to find answers.
Most people in Finland get a pay rise each year. But how is the bargain struck? All Points North explains (almost) all. 9 January 2020 / All Points North / Yle News
What went right, what went wrong, and what made us laugh in 2019. 26 December 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
All Points North goes to Lapland to find out how one radio broadcast in 1927 sparked Finland's booming Christmas tourism industry. 19 December 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
How can you invest if you don't have spare cash each month? We figure out how to carve out a nest egg with private investor Merja Mähkä, who says that investing is an important part of financial planning for most people. 12 December 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
What's ahead for Finland under new premier Sanna Marin? All Points North looks at the state of play.
Kjell Westö on the background to the Finnish independence. How deep are the scars of the Civil War? 5 December 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
What's going on in Finnish politics? Who will be the new Prime Minister after Antti Rinne resigned? What is the Centre Party doing? We answer these questions and more with Yle's Katri Makkonen. 4 December 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
The forces of regionalisation and urbanisation are reshaping Finland's real estate market. Do young people still stand a chance of becoming homeowners? 27 November 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Finland's premier startup event kicks Slush amid a conversation about the lack of diversity in the tech and startup sectors. Can startups lead the way in creating more inclusive workplaces in Finland? Entrepreneur and non-profit startup founder Anne Badan joins APN to talk about why she's optimistic they can. 21 November 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
: This week's All Points North looks at why Finland's male footballers are now, after 80 years of trying, about to qualify for a major football tournament. Is it down to Pukki mania? Is Glen Kamara a driving force? We ask sports monthly Elmo Lehti features editor Topias Kauhala to guide us through. / All Points North / Yle News
As Antti Rinne's government grapples with employment and climate challenges, we look at how well they are meeting voter expectations. Will it fulfill pledges of more jobs, concrete climate action and a reinforced social welfare state? With the Finns Party rising in the polls we also look at how climate and immigration are becoming populist wedge issues. Yle political journalists Helmiina Suhonen and Robert Sundman join the discussion.
Flying has become much more common in recent years, but should we be doing it less to try and protect the climate? All Points North looks at proposals for a flight tax. 31 October 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
People who suspect hiring bias because of their gender can turn to the Equality Ombudsman for help. But many don't know what to do when they believe they've been discriminated against in the recruitment process. This week APN sits down with Michaela Moua, senior officer from the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman's office to discuss what the authority can and cannot do. 24 October 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Finland plans to reform parental leave to encourage more dads to participate in child-rearing. The policy is seen as a move toward greater gender-equality in family roles and also as a much-needed boost for falling birth rates. But paternity leave can be isolating for foreign fathers in particular. Dad James Cramer and Fabrizio Turci of the family integration non-profit Familia join APN to discuss how to support foreign stay-at-home dads. 17 October 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Finnish policy on residence permits for highly-skilled migrants is under the spotlight this week, so we asked Melanie Dower from Supercell and Rasmus Roiha from Software E-Business Finland what needs to change and why. / All Points North / Yle News
Finland says foreign labour will help shore up the economy. But how does the country's education system serve multicultural, multilingual families? Anu Halvari from the Finnish National Agency for Education and British father Steve El-Sharawy help us explore this topic.
Finland aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2035, but what changes does that demand? And what adjustments can you make to your everyday life to help? We ask Riina Pursiainen, vice-chair of the Finnish chapter of Youth Agenda 2030, and Amanda Rejström, CEO of the social enterprise Spark Sustainability, to help us answer these questions.
What's it like to live with a gambling addict? We ask Pinja Hiltunen how her mother's addiction affected her childhood. She wants slot machines removed from kiosks and grocery stores. Hannu Rinkinen, Veikkaus' manager for responsible gaming, provides the gambling monopoly's view. 19 September 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
This week APN looks at the latest in the Brexit saga as the UK prepares - maybe - to leave the EU on 31 October. What impact will the messy divorce have on British people living in Finland and Finnish nationals in the UK? Our guests today are the British Ambassador to Finland Tom Dodd and Helsinki University EU researcher Timo Miettinen. 12 September 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's APN takes a look at the residence permit roadblock that some higher education students face in their bid to study in Finland. There are an estimated 20,000 international students in higher educations insitutions at present, and more are being courted. What should potential freshmen know? Our guests today are Heidi Rättyä of the National Union of University Students in Finland and Leena Turku of the Finnish Immigration Service, Migri. 5 September 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
The i's are all dotted and the t's crossed on the new cabinet and the government programme put together by Antti Rinne's five-party coalition. But what does it all mean in practice for ordinary people and how easy will it be for the administration to make good on its proposals? Political commentator Sini Korpinen and Helsinki University world politics professor Teivo Teivainen join APN to unpack the latest developments.
Many immigrants in Finland turn to entrepreneurship when they can't get a job. But while starting a business may seem quite straightforward, staying afloat can be challenging. Entrepreneurs Pamela Spokes and Vahid Mortezaei as well as business advisor Teemu Polo of Newco Helsinki join APN to talk about everything people considering entrepreneurship should know.
31 May / All Points North / Yle News
Voters in Finland seem to be taking European Parliament elections seriously, as the latest figures show a bigger advance turnout than in 2014. All Points North looks at what's firing voters up, whether they're cooling on populist parties, and how the new parliament in Brussels could affect their future. Helsinki University world politics professor Teivo Teivainen and writer, activist and fearless commentator, Maryan Abdulkarim join the discussion.
24 May / All Points North / Yle News
Should women in Finland be required to serve up to one year of military or civil service in the name of equality? Our guests are sociologist and former army chaplain Suvi Kouri, Minna Vähäsalo from the Committee of 100 peace organisation and Kaj Raninen from the Union of Conscientious Objectors.
Does status buy access into higher education in Finland? Our guests education sociologist Sonja Kosunen and Adina Nivukoski from the Union of Upper Secondary School Students explore the potential obstacles to getting a degree. 10 May / All Points North / Yle News
Finland has seen a parade of politicians eating their words over very public positions and views, often articulated on social media. Has political discourse become more discordant and increasingly close to the limit of the law? At the same time, politicians are managing to "mainstream" some of their ideas by cloaking them in murky language. What's the media's role in the changing national conversation? Our guests are journalist Aurora Lemma and Tampere University senior researcher Heikki Heikkilä.
Some Filipino nurses in Finland don't always get the work they signed up for. Our guests, Anndra Dumo, a Filipino nurse in Finland, Päivi Kantanen from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Lauri Koponen from the Finnish Association of Private Care Providers, shine a light on the issue. 26 April / All Points North / Yle News
Sunday's general election exposed a deeply fragmented political landscape, with the result largely split between the populist right and the climate-friendly left. Voters united to repudiate the austerity politics of prime minister Juha Sipilä's Centre Party. How will the Social Democrats, who won by a narrow margin, stitch together a governing coalition and heal the divisions laid open by the vote? Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley join the show to untangle the threads.17 April / All Points North / Yle News
With just two days to go before Finland's parliamentary election a spanking-new Yle poll shows the Social Democratic Party with a narrowing lead over the rest of the political field, with the immigration-sceptic Finns Party now in second place. Will voters remain faithful on polling day and who is likely to join the party in government? Joining APN to ponder the possibilities are Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley. 12 April 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
On 14 April Finland will elect a new parliament and ahead of that poll Yle News hosted an election debate featuring representatives from all of the major parties to grill them - in English - about their plans for the country’s future. This special edition of All Points North presents the audio from the whole debate, which was originally broadcast on 25 March, 2019. 10 April 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Just two weeks out from Finland's parliamentary elections the National Coalition finds itself under pressure from the Finns Party, which is threatening to win big at the polls. Can the centre-right party steady its course to remain a strong contender for government -- and the premiership? Political commentators Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley join us to consider their odds. 5 April 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
A fresh Yle poll shows Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's Centre Party hobbling toward next month's general election with 14.4 percent voter support. Has the burden of incumbency affected the party's prospects at the polls? Did Sipilä's unilateral decision to have his government quit over its failed social and health care reform programme harm or help the party? Political commentator Sini Korpinen and journalist Sam Kingsley join APN to examine these and other burning questions.
After quitting the ranks of government citing environmental principles, the Greens are living their best political life. The party has had its ups and downs, but has posted mostly steady gains in voter polls since the breakup and now stands poised for a breakthrough into the big league -- the top three most popular parties in the country. Have they got what it takes for a big finish in the upcoming elections? Political commentator Sini Korpinen and journalist Sam Kingsley join APN for a look at the Greens' chances of breaking into the top three. 22 March 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
The Finns Party has become as well known for controversy as it has for its hardline stance on immigration and its euro-scepticism. Recent polls show the party gaining momentum in the run-up to the April general election. Do they have what it takes for a strong finish -- and for a role in government? APN looks at the pitched battle for poll position with political commentator Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley. 15 March 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
This week we're talking about the sudden resignation of government on Friday, after long-planned reforms to the country's social and health care system ran aground. We'll also examine the Left Alliance and its bid to rally workers in the upcoming election. Political commentator Sini Korpinen joins us for all this and more.
The Swedish People's Party tumbled out of government in 2015 when Juha Sipilä's centre-right coalition took office. Now with the governing parties under threat over unpopular austerity and employment-boosting measures, the largely one-theme group is looking to rejoin the government ranks. Journalist Sam Kingsley and political commentator Sini Korpinen join APN to examine whether the party has what it takes for a political comeback. 1 March 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Nearly two years ago, the Blue Reform split from the Finns Party when a new immigration hardliner took over. Now that the dust has settled, the Blues and the Finns Party each have the same number of seats in Parliament, but their voter support figures couldn't be more different. Will the Blues survive the election and how will their time in this government be remembered? 22 February 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Finland's Christian Democratic Party is hoping to win voters over with a general election platform that focuses on safeguarding families and traditional values. Can proposals to throw more money at families with children convince the electorate to give them enough leverage to form part of the next government? This week APN begins a series of pre-election party snaphots with international journalist Sam Kingsley and political commentator Sini Korpinen. 15 February 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Finland has been positioning itself as an ideal place to live, study and build a career. But for many people that dream runs into a brick wall when they try to find a job. The unemployment rate among foreign-language groups in Helsinki is double that of the local population. At the same time, employers are bemoaning the lack of qualified job applicants. Taina Susiluoto and Eve Kyntäjä join All Points North to discuss what it takes to break into the Finnish labour market. 8 February / All Points North / Yle News
Quality of life, education, stability, safety, freedom. These are just some of qualities that put Finland at the top of a host of global rankings. The country also spends millions promoting these listings. We asked one of Finland's foremost branding gurus, former marketing chief behind Angry Birds Peter Westerbacka and philosophy researcher Frank Martela about Finland's near-obsession with being Number One. 1 February / All Points North / Yle News
The clock is ticking for UK citizens across Europe as the date approaches for their country's divorce from the European Union. Some already have a sense of what to expect in their adopted homes after March 29 when Brexit is scheduled to take effect. But Brits living in Finland have been anxious about the relative lack of clarity regading their post-Brexit status. Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry and Tim Bird, a UK citizen resident in Helsinki, join APN to talk about the situation.
This week APN examines how the media has handled recent reports of alleged sex abuse crimes in which all of the suspects are immigrants. News organisations have covered the story extensively - including opinion pieces and reader views expressing concern and outrage. In the pre-election ramp-up, lawmakers and politicians of all stripes have also joined the sometimes heated debate on the issue, with some proposing harsher penalties for sex offences. Along with special guests media researcher Anu Koivunen and journalist Sam Kingsley, we'll examine how the Finnish media has handled the ongoing, sensitive subject so far. 18 January 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Election fever is building in Finland and a recent poll indictaes that the persistent problem of poverty and inequality is one of the issues voters want politicians to tackle. This week All Points North looks at the roots and growth of poverty and discusses concrete measures for future governments to root out indigence and social exclusion. Guests are Jiri Sironen, chair of European Anti-Poverty Network in Finland, Eeva-Maria Grekula, who has lived with poverty and Liisa Heinämäki, project manager in the Office of the Prime Minister, where officials are developing a policy toolkit for the next administration to combat poverty and marginalisation. 11 January 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
2018 was a big year for Finland as the Trump-Putin summit focused the eyes of the world on Helsinki. All Points North revisits the landmark meeting and other major news stories that shaped conversations in Finland throughout an eventful 12 months. 21 December 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
A pre-schooler diagnosed with measles in late November prompted health officials in western Finland cast their net wide to track down everyone the child may have come into contact with -- and since then officials have diagnosed more measles cases. The latest round of infections has prompted a national debate on how to maintain herd immunity so that vulnerable groups of people who cannot be vaccinated do not risk infection. All Points North talks with Mia Kontio, a senior measles and MMR specialist with the national public health watchdog THL, about the occurrence of measles in a country, where many people have been vaccinated, but where there are some gaps in vaccination coverage. 14 December 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
Finland's birth rate has dropped to levels last seen during the 1868 famine. Some say the situation threatens the future of the country. Our guests will help us find out why so many people are delaying having children or choosing not to have them at all. We'll talk with research professor at the Family Federation of Finland Osmo Kontula and Safa Ali, a mother of two kids who wants a third, but says Finland is too expensive. 30 November 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
Finland's two-year basic income trial, a programme that randomly selected 2,000 unemployed jobseekers and paid them 560 euros tax-free every month, wraps up at the end of the year. The aim was to see if the benefits system could be re-designed to deal with a changing labour market, where full-time permanent jobs appear to be becoming a thing of the past. Kela change director Marjukka Turunen and Risto EJ Pentillä, head of the Nordic West Office think tank join us to talk about the experiment, and we'll also hear from Juha Järvinen, a well-known participant in the pilot. 23 November 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä called for a multi-party huddle soon after the UN's climate watchdog issued a wake-up call for action to combat climate change. How should Finland meet its climate goals? And what kind of impact will new measures have on our everyday lives? Two guests join us today: Outi Haanperä, a lead climate solutions specialist with the state innovation agency Sitra and Hanna Aho, a climate justice expert from Kepa, a development NGO. 12 October / All Points North / Yle News
New legislation underway will make it easier for small firms to fire workers, and unions are pulling no punches to try and stop what they see as the erosion of workers' rights. Meanwhile food courier workers are up in arms over an ultimatum to sign up for reduced pay -- or hit the road. Our guest on All Points North this week is digital economy labour researcher Ville-Veikko Pulkka from Helsinki University. 5 October / All Points North / Yle News
All Points North considers whether Swedish might be an easier nut to crack when it comes to learning a new language in Finland. We also discuss the likelihood of finding work with Swedish rather than Finnish under your belt and consider whether more programmes should encourage people to integrate into Finland in Swedish. Our guest is Allyana Thomas who has walked the talk and is integrating in Swedish. 28 September 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week APN examines the impact social media has on people and the media. We'll talk about relationships between big media and regular folks, and how social media is changing everthing from consumer habits to political leanings in Finland. Our special guest is Steve El-Sharawy, the head of insights at EzyInsights, a social media analysis and consulting firm used by thousands of journalists around the world. 21 September 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week APN takes a deep dive into migrants and entrepreneurship in Finland. We'll discuss what it takes to get started in business and strategies for staying in the game. Our special guests are Edem Agbekey-Taylor, who single-handedly built up her beauty brand and got it on the shelves of major Finnish chains, and Kaisu Keisala-Kaseja a newly-appointed private sector immigrant entrepreneurship coordinator. 14 September 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week APN considers empathy and harassment in Finland, the objectification of men and politicians and their rhetoric. We'll also look at how the rich evade taxation, how to connect immigrants with jobs and the art of being bored. Our guest this week is outspoken celebrity media pundit and writer Tuomas Enbuske. 7 September 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
The All Points North podcast throws out a lifeline for people of colour in need of support for their special hair needs. We'll also look at plagiarism claims against a Finns Party politician and ponder how to tackle loneliness among unemployed people. This week's special guest is Michaela Moua, vice-chair of the Anti-Racist Forum and former national basketball player. 31 August 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
The All Points North podcast team delves into edgy comedy routines, a Greens party worker under fire for attempting to stop a deportation flight, a survivor of the Turku stabbing attacks admitting to benefits fraud, a debate over the perceived dangers of certain dog breeds and more! This week's special guest is transgender person and comedian James MacDonald. 24 August 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
Our special guest is Teivo Teivainen, Helsinki University Professor of World Politics. Our podcast this week considers presidential powers, what a foreign minister should or shouldn't say, how to get the jobless back to work and whether Helsinki is a liveable city or not? 17 August 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
As Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki, Yle News breaks down the issues and fallout from the summit with special guest Charly Salonius-Pasternak.
This week's All Points North welcomes Lauren Stevens to discuss gay marriage, LGBT rights and the importance of Pride events. 15 June 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North asks Yle Kioski's Toivo Haimi to explain Finnish politics, and ponders whether taxi deregulation will bring better or cheaper services. 9 June 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North asks Romani filmmaker and writer Carmen Baltzar whether the tide might be turning against racism in Finland. We also look at the position of Veikkaus as a betting firm draped in the national flag, and include a roundup of all the week's top stories. 1 June 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
On this week's All Points North Helsinki University law lecturer Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo picks apart new EU data privacy rules. Plus, we look at what the regulation means for consumers and for small businesses and organisations as they try to remain on the right side of national laws.
This week's All Points North asks Anu Koivunen why the #metoo campaign has been slower to take off in Finland than elsewhere and looks at an especially Finnish pastime. 18 May 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North looks at liberalism in Finland with Mikko Kiesiläinen of the Libera think tank. We also ask what's changed since Finland joined the EU, whether admission exams are a relic of the past, and plagiarism in high places. 11 May 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North looks at feminist myths, #metoo in Finland, Sami opposition to a railway project in Lapland, whether dual citizens should be allowed to serve in the military and the prosecution of policemen over lax oversight of informants. Our special guest this week is Maryan Abdulkarim. 4 May 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North looks at an aid organisation's controversial but award-winning ad campaign featuring a pregnant 12 year-old girl. Joining us to discuss the issue are researcher Dr. Faith Mkwesha and Eva Anttila, acting fundraising director with Plan International Finland, which was responsible for the advert. We'll also look at a proposal to replace bread queues with sit-down meals indoors. 27 April 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North examines the challenges of navigating a cityscape as a visually impaired person. Our special guest is Licia Prehn, who's legally blind, and she gives us a better perspective on what the world is like for people with impaired vision. We also talk about a potential political shake-up, Finland's favourite foods and more! 20 April 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North looks at the high cost of children's sports, the difficulty of learning Finnish, and the greatest Finnish basketball player of all time, Lauri Markkanen. Our speical guest this week is sports journalist Janne Oivio. 13 April 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North looks at the controversial activation model that threatens to cut benefits for unemployed people. Guests are Canadian entrepreneur Pamela Spokes, and Matti Apunen who heads up the EVA think tank, who hash out the arguments over the model and discuss Finland's unusual plan to ban postponements of football matches. 6 April 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North is all about brinkmanship over Brexit -- and specifically what it means for Brits living here in Finland and possibly other parts of Europe. Our special guests this Friday are Yle special EU correspondent Susanna Turunen and Joel Willans, the man behind the highly popular Very Finnish Problems and its equally topical offshoot, Very Brexit Problems.
This week APN asks whether Finland is really the happiest country in the world, explores the relationship between academic research and the paranormal, and looks at Finns' passion for coffee. Our special guest this week is comic Ali Jahangiri. 16 March 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week APN looks at a contentious debate over hiring daycare teachers, the issue of loneliness in Finland, how to find a public sauna and more. Our special guest is media personality Ruben Stiller. 9 March 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week APN looks at Helsinki University professors and other staff who walked off the job to protest failed wage negotiations, hockey fans talk about beer drinking in sports arena stands in light of new alcohol laws, and we discuss the idiosyncracies of Finnish etiquette. Our special guest is Teivo Teivainen, a Helsinki University Professor of World Politics. 2 March 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North examines media diversity in Finland, Sunday bonuses and industrial strife, takes a look at the frightfully cold weather and all the rest of the week's top stories with special guest freelance writer Maryan Abdulkarim. February 23, 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
In Episode 2 of All Points North we talk about the unfolding mystery involving a Finnish weapons representative who died in Uganda, United Nations criticism of Finland's deportation policy, Finland's plans to change laws concerning dual citizens and more. Our special guest this week is online sensation Licia Prehn. February 16, 2018 / All Points North / Yle News
This week's All Points North looks at the increasingly popular world of e-sports, asks if plans for a Sami reconciliation commission are on the right track, examines plans to change Finland's rules on dual citizenship, and takes a look at the Winter Olympics. This week’s special guest is Yle foreign correspondent Mika Mäkeläinen.