It may not come as a surprise to anyone, but new statistics nevertheless confirm what many probably already suspected: Finland is one of the most expensive countries in the eurozone.

According to Eurostat’s figures, reported recently by Helsingin Sanomat, the price of foodstuff in Finland is over 12 per cent above the eurozone average, while housing is up to 26 per cent more expensive. Alcohol and tobacco prices stand out the most, because of heavy taxation, being 42 per cent higher than the average.

Worried you’ll be lost in translation searching for a home? An expat couple’s trick to shopping like a local: use a local.

BUYING a house in your home country can be a daunting task. Adding the complications of a new language, new market and a new economy can make things much harder, as one couple trying to make Finland their permanent home found.

The future of a young graduate or unemployed in one of the Southern European crisis countries does not look rosy.

In January 2013, among the EU Member States, the highest unemployment rate was recorded in Greece, which hit its record of 27 per cent last November. Nearly a third of the population are expected to live in poverty by the end of the year, while Spain (26.2 %) and Portugal (17.6 %) continuing to trail close by. Youth (under 25) unemployment rates are even higher, with Greece in the lead, once again, with 59.4%, followed by Spain (55.5 %) and Italy (38.7 %), all indicating clear increases from the previous year.

Funk music continues to grow in stature in Finland.

Politicians never just listen to music for music’s sake. The medium is the message. From previous glances at Barack Obama’s iPad, it is known that he is a fan of funk music. In February 2012, when his re-election campaign Spotify playlist was unveiled, it included Keep Reachin’ Up, a track by the Finnish funk band Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators.

Frozen food may not count as haute cuisine, but is its inferior reputation entirely deserved?

THE USEFULNESS of frozen food products should be evident to anyone who has ever added frozen vegetables into a wok, sprinkled frozen berries onto their morning porridge – or discovered a forgotten ready-made pizza in the freezer when thinking that there’s just nothing to eat.