A tale of impossible love: The End of Drum Time, by Hanna Pylväinen, reviewed

6 July 2024 9:00 am

A 19th-century missionary’s daughter falls for a Sami herdsman and flees with him to the tundra – only to find that, as an incomer, she will always be cold-shouldered

The good old ways: nature’s best chance of recovery

15 June 2024 9:00 am

Traditional agricultural methods still operating in pockets of Europe maintain an enviable balance of ecology and economy and an extraordinary diversity of wildlife

Why Europe’s shift to the right may cost the Tories

24 June 2023 9:00 am

On her recent visit to Washington, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves presented herself as the perfect candidate to be the next…

I may never recover: Sisu reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

When I went into the Sisu screening I knew only that it was a Finnish film, so was expecting an…

What’s Helsinki’s nightlife like?

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Finnish lines Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she had taken a test for illegal drugs after being filmed at…

Sanna Marin and the rise of fake controversy

22 August 2022 7:10 pm

With an honourable exception for the Beastie Boys, I can’t stand the use of ‘party’ as a verb. It immediately…

Nato is no longer 'brain dead'

29 June 2022 9:12 pm

Finland and Sweden will be formally invited to join Nato today. Them joining the alliance will bolster Nato’s presence in the…

Is this the birth of a Nordic Nato?

14 April 2022 5:30 pm

In the past six weeks, Finland and Sweden’s security policies have changed more than they have over the past six…

Will put you in mind of Lost in Translation: Compartment No. 6 reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Compartment No. 6 is set aboard a long train journey across Russia, a country we don’t hear much of these…

If you didn’t love Jansson already, you will now: Tove reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Tove is a biopic of the Finnish artist Tove Jansson who, most famously, created the Moomins, that gentle family of…

John DeLorean: man of mystery – and full-blown psychopath

30 January 2021 9:00 am

DeLorean: Back from the Future was one of those documentaries — for me at least — that takes a story…

Finland is rebooting its politics – and its new centrism is defined by youth

14 December 2019 9:00 am

 Helsinki Sanna Marin is the world’s new feminist political icon. At the age of 34, she’s just been appointed the…

Robert Redford turns his hand to radio

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Much ado is being made of the latest listening figures, which have suggested that the percentage of those aged between…

Horatio Clare breaks the ice with the taciturn Finns

18 November 2017 9:00 am

In this slim travel book Horatio Clare voyages as a guest on the Finnish icebreaker Otso (Bear), ‘mostly in darkness,…

Cover illustration for the magazine Garm 1944, by Tove Jansson

A chance to see the Moomins’ creator for the genius she really was: Tove Janssons reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Tove Jansson, according to her niece’s husband, was a squirt in size and could rarely be persuaded to eat, preferring…

Our big fat problem

7 September 2017 1:00 pm

The good news is that Theresa May has dropped the threat to withdraw universal free school meals. Thank God (and…

A Finnish man was fined £83,000 for speeding because his annual income is £10.1 million

23 May 2015 9:00 am

I have rather a poor record for speeding over the years. I have been caught by cameras quite often, sometimes…

Hiding in Moominland: the conflicted life of Tove Jansson

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Tove Jansson’s father was a sculptor specialising in war memorials to the heroes of the White Guard of the Finnish…

A.N. Wilson's diary: The book that made me a writer – and the pushchair that made me an old git

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Like many inward-looking children, I always doodled stories and poems. Knowing one wanted to be a writer is a different…

Why are Scandinavians so happy when they should be so sad? 

25 January 2014 9:00 am

As I sit here in my Sarah Lund Fair Isle sweater, polishing my boxed sets of Borgen and nibbling on…