Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen made waves in Finland when he recently called for the capital to be made an English – speaking city in order to attract foreign workers. The All Points North podcast followed the mayor’s counterattack and watched Helsinki’s increasingly diverse population.
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At the beginning of the school year, many parents have to choose a religious or non-religious education for their child. The APN spoke Riku Salminen, has written a citizens’ initiative that wants to change a law that prevents members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland from participating "life perspectives" class, a non-religious alternative to faith-based lessons.
"Otherwise, in a secular country like Finland, there is a strange turn that one religion has so much power over what children can learn," Salminen told APN.
The podcast also heard from the author of a new documentary series about Hassan Zubier, a Turku knife hero who fell out of grace after the news came out that he had decorated the details of his life.
"I think a lot of people tend to put other people in a box – that either you can trust something or they always lie," Yle’s journalist and author Matilda Gyllenberg told APN of the drama surrounding Zubier, who was seriously injured in the 2017 terrorist attack.
This summer was the hottest in Finland since 1937. General meteorologist and author Kerttu Kotakorpi told the APN that global warming could mean that the temperature in Finland would be about five degrees higher than average by the end of this century.
And when autumn is officially here, APN also looked at how best to weather protect children in Finland as the seasons change.
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This week’s presentation was presented Zena Iovino and Egan Richardson. The producer was Mark B.Odom and the audio engineer was Laura Koso.
Source: The Nordic Page