Founded in 1889, the last remaining national daily in Finnish boasts the widest circulation of any Scandinavian newspaper. This “Helsinki gazette”, owned by the Sanoma WSOY Group, is apolitical, with essentially “straight” news reporting and close coverage of current events abroad. Brace yourself for a widespread Finnish peculiarity: its front page is given over entirely to advertising.
Its website features selected articles in English and an exhaustive guide to entertainment in the capital. Also worth exploring are the gallery of panoramic views of Helsinki and the “Learn Finnish in 3 minutes” language lesson: get your mouth around useful phrases like “Sinulla on kauniit siniset silmät” (“you’ve got beautiful blue eyes”). If by any chance you’re fixing to settle down in Finland, you may well find the section entitled “You Know You Have Been In Finland Too Long When...” all too edifying….