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The New Tram for Helsinki

Tuesday December 17th, 2013. 02:42 PM. Published under Uncategorized, helsinki. 1 Comment.

By 2018, there will be 40 of these new trams in Helsinki.


During 2013 and 2014 they are just testing two of them. I already saw it in the city with the sentence “Tässä menee uusi spora” (Here it comes the new tram) in the side of the tram. But the delivery of the rest 40 trams will happen during 2015-2018.

More info in http://www.uusiraitiovaunu.fi Cool website!

In the meanwhile, the older tram models are already an icon of the city:

Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/uusiraitiovaunu

1941 Photo source

Photo: David Corbacho

Helsinki - Horizon 2030

Thursday July 18th, 2013. 09:17 AM. Published under History, helsinki. 1 Comment.

This is a video from the City Planning Department of the City of Helsinki, where you can see the really ambitious projects that are planned to expand the city. Some of these projects already started.

A screenshot from the video:

To understand these projects in an historic context check out the next map. It’s fascinating to see how the west side of the capital (Ruoholahti -Jätkäsaari ) has grown, and by 2030 will almost double its size again.

Ruisleipä - Rye bread

Thursday June 27th, 2013. 01:18 AM. Published under Finland culture, helsinki. No Comments.

There are some regional variations of traditional dark Finnish bread across the country, but the concept is the same - fibre-rich, nutritious, low-fat baking, with a sour dough base. This is why the overtly non-sweet taste of Finnish ruisleipä distinguishes it from similar rye breads of other countries, and often doesn’t always suit the taste buds of all foreigners. However, it is one of the Finnish best-selling breads.
– by Evgenie Bogdanov. (for SixDegrees magazine.)

Now my opinion:
I like a lot Finnish bread that has a mix of rye (15%) and wheat. But pure rye bread is not my thing at all. Maybe healthier than white bread, but it wasn’t invented to enjoy.

This is an TV advert of Jälkiuunipala, a rye bread made with low temperature (according to the Wikipedia), to get it dense and hard as a rock. And the Finns like it !

As Hard as Life.
The father says “Are you hungry or not?”

Giant map of Spain shown at Kamppi, Helsinki

Saturday June 1st, 2013. 12:16 AM. Published under Spain, helsinki. 4 Comments.

Last weekend I found this in Kamppi Square: a 250 square meter giant interactive map of Spain.

I had the chance to talk with some Spanish people from the Spanish Tourist office in Helsinki, (but not Pedro), and also I talked with a Finnish man, who joined us in the conversation after asking in Finnish: “What language are you talking? Spanish?”


More information here in Facebook.

Buscando trabajo en Finlandia

Wednesday April 17th, 2013. 11:25 AM. Published under Finland culture, Job, helsinki. 5 Comments.

Sorry, this entry is only available in español.

Frozen Sea in Finland

Thursday January 31st, 2013. 11:49 AM. Published under Winter, helsinki. 1 Comment.

Some photos of January 2013, having a walk in front of Eira-Kaivopuisto area in Helsinki.

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Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki Times and SixDegrees

Saturday December 8th, 2012. 02:11 PM. Published under Finland culture, Opinion, helsinki. 1 Comment.

As a foreigner in Finland, I don’t talk fluently Finnish, so I appreciate a lot every time I can grab some news and information in English about Finland.

Let’s explore some options:

One of the best ways to know what’s happening in Finland it was the English online version of Helsingin Sanomat (the main newspaper in Finland). But, as you can read in their website they just closed it this year 2012:

Helsingin Sanomat’s English-language digest, the International Edition, launched in 1999, closed down in its present form on Friday October 26th

Other option is Helsinki Times, a weekly newspaper. I’ve bought it some times and currently I’ve subscribed 3 months for 20€ (online version)


Helsinki Times is an independent weekly newspaper covering news and events in Finland. Available on annual subscription, and on sale at R-kioskis

The last option is a free monthly magazine called SixDegrees. You can find it in piles normally in crowded streets in Helsinki or inside the train station or shopping malls. Their style is much more focused on multicultural issues / entertainment.


You can read 6Degrees online from http://www.lehtiluukku.fi/pub?id=24329 (click the button Lue lehteä ilmaiseksi )

They have a section Finnish after Dark: Learning the Finnish they don’t teach in school.

I found it normally quite funny, I will end this blog post with it:

Finnish: Tuparit
English: Housewarming

While Finns may not always invite people to their homes very often, the housewarming party is a notable exception. The best ones are loud, wild … and include free drinks and cake. It’s a great opportunity to praise the hosts taste in decor, marvel over the low rent, and then spend the rest of the evening spilling red wine on their carpets and infuriating their neighbors by playing the White Stripes at full volume.

* Jarilla on tuparit siellä poikamiesboksissa lauantaina. Oot sä menossa?
* Ehkä. Mä en oo keksiny mitään hyvää tuparilahjaa.
* No, hei! Vie kilo suolaa, jälkiuunileipä ja kossupullo. Kyllä ne sinkkumiehelle kelpaa.

* Jari has having his housewarming at his bachelor pad Saturday. Are you going?
* Maybe. I don’t know what to bring, though.
* Bring the usual bread an salt - and koskenkorva. These are sure to be lot of single men there!

By Twitter, Jani recommended also:

and Therese:

Spaniards around the world

Tuesday August 28th, 2012. 11:02 AM. Published under Spain, Summer, Tampere, Videos, helsinki. No Comments.

Video [in Spanish] about Spaniards living in Finland. It was recorded this spring-summer 2012.
Tampere, Helsinki, Turku

Fazer’s Kismet

Thursday May 17th, 2012. 12:20 PM. Published under Photos, helsinki. 4 Comments.

I love this chocolate bar from Fazer. I’ve been told that here in Finland is a classic. It has been produced since 1947 and it’s advertised with the slogan “Niin hyvää, ettei sanotuksi saa” (”So good it can’t be said”), that I found to be very true. It’s soo good.

Last week the package was redesigned (new in the bottom):


What’s your favorite Finnish snack? (btw, I hate Salmiakki)

How to open a door

Sunday April 8th, 2012. 02:08 PM. Published under About the blog, Ads, Computer stuff, Finland culture, Funny, Ice Hockey, Summer, Videos, helsinki. 3 Comments.

I found in the comments of Big in Finland: 20 curiosities about Finland a little gem: A Finnish instructional video from 1979:

Don’t miss the comments in Youtube hilarious :)