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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:

La picaresca española

Saturday May 19th, 2012. 02:06 AM. Published under Opinion. 3 Comments.

Sorry, this entry is only available in español.

LIDL Cola - Hans von Blumenstock

Thursday July 23rd, 2009. 11:06 AM. Published under Ads, Funny, Opinion. 16 Comments.

I found yesterday in the postbox a really silly advertisement of Lidl. By the way, here in Finland normally you get the post in your own door when you are living in a flat. And still it’s scary for me sometimes when the postman throws into the apartment the papers/advertisement through the postbox… specially the guy who deliver these free newspapers at 5 in the morning ¿who is making noise in the entrance? In Spain we have postbox in the hall of the building (flat).


Let’s go to the point: Really silly this parody low-budget advertisement of Lidl: It seems they invented a name “Hans von Blumenstock”, like it will be the name of a famous basketball player, who has a german accent and horrible mustache. #23 in reference to Michael Jordan ¿and Roger Federer hairstyle?. And they mix the Nike and Adidas slogans:


“Just Do It”
+ “Impossible is Nothing”
LIDL: “Just Drink it, because nothing is impossible.”

So bad commercial that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

They make some web/IRC stuff (Finnish) and just when I was writing this, I see that they are broadcasting also a spot in TV. In LIDL webpage also you can see a small video where Hans von Blumenstock says “Life is like a full bottle, just drink it… and…. that is”. O_o

I don’t like Cola, but they say that Lidl Freeway Cola is really similar taste to the original, at least I hear it in Spain. Do you have some experience about it?

Spanish crisis in Finnish TV

Saturday April 4th, 2009. 08:04 AM. Published under About the blog, Job, Music, Opinion, Spain. 22 Comments.

A Finnish TV channel has created a short documentary about Spanish crisis. After the crazy growth of the construction last years and speculation, the happy days are finished. The bubble has burst. Nowadays Spain has the highest unemployment rate in all Europe and many families with economic difficulties.


You can see a piece of this documentary here (Finnish & Spanish language with Finnish subtitles)..

Personal information in the web

Sunday March 1st, 2009. 08:04 AM. Published under Job, Opinion. 5 Comments.

From Seth Godin’ blog, a marketing 2.0 guru, (via microsiervos and meneame.net):

A friend advertised on Craigslist for a housekeeper.

Three interesting resumes came to the top. She googled each person’s name.

The first search turned up a MySpace page. There was a picture of the applicant, drinking beer from a funnel. Under hobbies, the first entry was, “binge drinking.”

The second search turned up a personal blog (a good one, actually). The most recent entry said something like, “I am applying for some menial jobs that are below me, and I’m annoyed by it. I’ll certainly quit the minute I sell a few paintings.”

And the third? There were only six matches, and the sixth was from the local police department, indicating that the applicant had been arrested for shoplifting two years earlier.

Three for three.

Although there is information about us in Internet that we can’t control, there is information that we decide to put in Internet that can damage us. The hype of the social media, facebook, twitter, etc.  is making us to forget it.

Another recent example is a british teenager who was fired because saying in her Facebook page that her job is “totally boring”, even she didn’t name the company name.


This kind of stuff tell us that we should think twice what information we select to put in Internet, and what information should be kept in our personal circle. I don’t have still Facebook, MySpace or Twitter account due of this reason. But for example I have started to use LinkedIn because it is useful tool to find job and keep professional contacts, without going too far about personal information. All depends on how we use these tools.

Google never forgets.