Finnish PM named among TIME Magazine’s Next 100 Most Influential People

“I have yet to meet Sanna Marin in person, because the COVID-19 pandemic has thwarted our tradition of Nordic leaders meeting regularly. Instead of meeting face-to-face, we have kick-started our vision of being digital front runners and met online. I watched virtually as Sanna began her role as Prime Minister of Finland, taking office just weeks before the country’s first case of corona­virus was diagnosed in January 2020. New to the job, Sanna did not have much of a honeymoon period, but she adapted quickly. By implementing a lockdown in March and banning travel in parts of the country, Sanna helped to keep corona­virus case

Finnish kids picking berries in the forest

Finland is developing a taste for more sustainable foods

Food that is both good for the environment and for humans is what more and more Finns are beginning to consider. Not only what is eaten, but how it is grown, how it is transported, and the packaging it comes in are all increasing important factors in the food sector and to Finns. With Finland’s “everyman’s rights,” giving people the right to freely roam land and gather wild food, interest in wild berries and mushrooms is increasing, as is interest in urban farming, with people being able to grow more products at home, such as mushrooms in used coffee grounds. Alternative sources of protein are

Socializing in the sauna??

Where is the easiest place to get to know a Finn? Some now say that it’s in the sauna, and new public saunas are opening in Helsinki to become social centers, for example, as hangouts on Friday nights. A perfect example of this is Sompasauna, a trio of wood-heated, hand-constructed public saunas on the end of a peninsula in Kalasatama, across the water from the city center. It’s available to anyone for free, which is part of the allure, where talk is social and a new type of sauna culture brings people together just to have a good time without a need for quiet deep

Finland continues teaching artificial intelligence to the world

In 2019, Finland was a winner of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge with an online course, Elements of AI, that sought to teach one percent of the world’s population to better understand the fundamentals of AI algorithms that affect more and more of daily life. The course, available online at no cost, was immensely popular with the 530,000 people who took it. Now, Reaktor Education and the University of Helsinki have launched a follow-up course, Building on AI, which is being translated into all the official languages of the European Union. Giving free course access to anyone promotes the inclusion of population groups who are