The graphic gay bondage postage stamps of Finland

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Friday 18 April 2014

Is your country’s postal system as forward-thinking as Finland’s? Starting in September, the country will begin selling stamps that feature the ‘confident and proud homoeroticism’ of Tom of Finland, an artist whose homoerotic drawings ‘have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion’. And though Finland […]

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Wolf Sheep: a collage poster by Sami Petman

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Thursday 19 September 2013

Watch out. According to Sami Petman’s collage poster, finding a wolf in sheep’s clothing is about a 50/50 chance. I love the combinations brought about in each of these mish-mashed collage posters from the Collagerie show in Norwich, UK. They combine so many different cultural, historic, and art references and mix them together to make pieces that are […]

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Fact: In Finland, broadband is a legal right

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 27 May 2013

So I just discovered a fun fact from tech expert Jeffrey Cole at Digital & Music Matters 2013 this week: Finland is so progressive, it actually made broadband a legal right for every citizen a few years ago. Right now, all telcomms companies have to provide broadband connections that run at a minimum of 1Mbps […]

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Shouting men’s choir of Finland will hurt your ears

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Thursday 7 March 2013

Meet the shouting men’s choir of Finland. They run in teams of thirty, dress in all black, drink Vodka, and shout in unison. You might hear them performing at the MoMA. You might run into them performing for the President at the White House. But no matter where you encounter this group of Finnish men, […]

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Glass Igloo Village Hotels, Finland

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By Rebecca Wetzler in Cool Travel on Saturday 28 January 2012

The Aurora Borealis is awesome, and I can imagine this would be the ultimate way to see it. In Kakslauttanen, Finland, you can stay in the glass igloo village and have a full view of the incredible Northern Lights. ‘The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?!’ BYO steamed hams.

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Incredible video of fishing under ice in Finland

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By Zolton in Video on Monday 9 January 2012

This stunning short video features footage taken of underwater ice fishing in the beautiful Lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland. If the soundtrack isn’t mesmerising enough, the surreal watery imagery will literally have you melting in your seat.

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Jalava: a folk band from Finland

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By Anonymous in New Music on Friday 1 July 2011

There is a few things we all seem to know about Finland: it is in the cold North, people are depressed, and their music is heavy. Just look at Nightwish, Children of Bodom or HIM. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find that at least the latter is not the only truth. Historic traditions, Russian influence and a captivating melancholy. Or simple beauty. That’s what Jalava embodies, with haunting folk melodies and heart-breaking lyrics. In Finnish, of course.

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Rare Exports: a Finnish movie about Santa

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Friday 3 December 2010

Santa eating kids. Santa torturing kids. Santa mutilating kids. I don’t know about you, but I hate Christmas. Okay, hate is a very strong word. I really hate Christmas. Everyone gets stressed out, then eats too much and whinges about being fat. Also, the amount of presents a kid gets has nothing to do with being naughty or nice — it’s how rich their parents are, and how much guilt they feel.

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Myron and E with the Soul Investigators ‘It’s A Shame’

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Wednesday 17 February 2010

There’s an obvious play on the Spinners original here, but that doesn’t mean that these folks don’t create a serious stomper all their own. I first got hipped to Myron & E through Chris in my current DJ collective.

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Ville Varumo

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By Gerry Mak in New Photography on Friday 18 September 2009

Finnish photographer Ville Varumo is as selective with his palette as a painter. Some of his images even look like paintings with their psychedelic lighting or almost Impressionistic backgrounds.

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Rikka Sormunen

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By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Tuesday 25 August 2009

Finnish illustrator Rikka Sormunen’s sexually charged and often hallucinatory images have a cinematic quality to them, evoking the stylishness and hedonism of French New Wave and old noir flicks.

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Finland’s Sauna World Championship

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By The Uncool Hunter in New Events on Monday 17 August 2009

This annual event has taken place in Heinola, Finland since 1999 and attracts competitors from around the world (twenty countries were represented at this year’s event, which started on August 6). Entrants must assume all risks, so they have to fill and sign a form that states that they will not sue the organizers of the event in case of an accident. The championship starts with the preliminary rounds, with competitors eliminated, until six of them get to the final, where they have to show their strength and endurance in a period of time to decide who will be the winner. The winner is the last person to remain in the sauna and then get out of there with no external help. Finland tends to dominate. Surprise, surprise.

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World’s largest Snow Castle in Kemi, Finland

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By Zolton in Architecture on Saturday 31 January 2009

Who says the Swedes have got a monopoly on seasonal ice hotels? This one in Kemi, northern Finland, is the world’s largest snow castle, standing seventeen metres high and with walls that are 1,100 metres long. It has restaurants, an art gallery, a hotel and a chapel. In fact, since opening in the early 1990s, it’s been quite a hit for tourists to get married at the snow chapel. Hmmm, now that would be a frosty start to any marriage.

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Rikka Sormunen

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Tuesday 13 January 2009

Finnish illustrator Rikka Sormunen’s sultry figures are simply stunning in their ability to convey a powerful sense of mystery and dense ambiance. I simply can’t get enough of them.

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Pretty Cool People interview with Kusta Saksi

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By SubmarineChannel in Video on Saturday 27 December 2008

Kusta Saksi is a Finnish Illustrator and graphic designer. We met with him while he was preparing for a recent exhibition and followed him to Utrecht, a city in the middle of The Netherlands, where he used a special printer to create 3D versions of his 2D designs.

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