Popularity of mobile news-reading explodes – YLE.fi

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“The latest survey by the Finnish Audit Bureau of Circulations (FABC) indicates that readership of newspapers and magazines on mobile phones has more than tripled within two years. Since early 2011, readership on tablets and e-readers has shot up by nearly 1000 percent. It had by far the biggest …”

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Yle straw poll: Gay marriage vote too close to call

Yle straw poll: Gay marriage vote too close to call

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Yle put the cat among the pigeons and asked 150 out of 200 MPs outright how they intend to vote when a bill on gender neutral marriage is tabled next Friday. National Coalition Party MPs come down on both sides of the divide, while members of the Social Democratic Party appear to lean in a liberal direction.

 

Small delivery firms accuse Itella of unethical dealings

Small delivery firms accuse Itella of unethical dealings

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Itella currently does business with around 150 delivery firms in the capital region. The majority of its contractors are one-man companies. The Helsinki chapter of the Finnish Transport and Logistics Union SKAL says that Itella has been pressuring its much smaller partners into signing illegal delivery contracts. “We’re not guilty of anything illegal.

 

Motorists advised to brace for snow

Motorists advised to brace for snow

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Yle meteorologist Joonas Koskela says that a band of snow will descend on southern Finland in the Uusimaa and western Uusimaa regions from Friday afternoon. The met man said that up to 10 centimetres of snow will carpet the ground, potentially creating poor road conditions for motorists in those areas.

 

Author Maria Turtschaninoff wins Finlandia Junior prize

Author Maria Turtschaninoff wins Finlandia Junior prize

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Maria Turtschaninoff, 37, has won the Finlandia Junior prize for her novel Maresi: Punaisen luostarin kronikoita, which translates to Maresi: Chronicles of the Red Monastery. Turtschaninoff's third novel for young adults won out over 6 titles competing for the prize. Her second novel for young adults Arra was shortlisted for the Finlandia Junior prize in 2008.

 

MPs to face conscience vote on gay marriage

MPs to face conscience vote on gay marriage

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It took only one opposing vote for Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee to throw out a bill on gender neutral marriage. A full session of MPs is still expected to vote on the bill later next Friday. As MPs prepare for the conscience vote, Interior Minister and Christian Democratic Party chair Paivi Rasanen said that gay marriage runs counter to the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Uber starts in Helsinki, denies it's a taxi service

Uber starts in Helsinki, denies it's a taxi service

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It may be under fire elsewhere for apparently plotting to spy on journalists, but the American ride-sharing app Uber started operating in Helsinki on Wednesday. The company aims to disrupt traditional taxi services, but is not itself—it claims—a taxi service. Uber Black licensed uses drivers in fancier cars, and is slightly more expensive than traditional taxi journeys.

 

Finlayson gets between the sheets with Tom of Finland

Finlayson gets between the sheets with Tom of Finland

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One of Finland’s oldest textile companies, Finlayson, has teamed up with the estate of the artist known as Tom of Finland for a bed and bath series of sheets, towels and accessories bearing the illustrator's popular homoerotic drawings.  Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), or Tom of Finland, is one of Finland's best-known artists, with a massive international following.

 

Thursday's papers: Uber comes to Finland, Finnish firms hit Tallinn, and Forssell's training delay

Thursday's papers: Uber comes to Finland, Finnish firms hit Tallinn, and Forssell's training delay

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Helsingin Sanomat has a double page spread on Uber's arrival in Finland. The lift-sharing cum taxi service has had a frosty reception in some European countries, and Finland is no exception. The service will offer its 'Pop' service on a six-month trial basis, using drivers who do not hold a Finnish taxi license.

 

Bright lights and vitamins combat November darkness

Bright lights and vitamins combat November darkness

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For many people living in Finland, life at this time of the year consists of commuting to work in the dark, working under pallid fluorescent lamps through the day and navigating through the pitch-black terrain back home again at night. How to find the strength to carry on. Many swear by bright lights and vitamins.

 

Rovio and Supercell to make big-budget Kalevala film trilogy

Rovio and Supercell to make big-budget Kalevala film trilogy

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A team of animators from Finnish gaming giants Supercell and Rovio, along with a dozen or so other companies, is banding together to make a trilogy of epic animated fantasy films built around the Finnish folklore treasure 'The Kalevala'. The team unveiled their first teaser trailer from the trilogy called 'IronDanger' at tech fair Slush 2014 on Tuesday.