Competitive video gaming is rapidly establishing itself as a spectator sport, both virtually and in real life, but has received little attention from mainstream media. Will professional video gamers be the sports stars of the future?
After graduating with a B.A. in the United States, Greta Mohney came to Finland to work as a childcare worker while figuring out what she wants in her life.
What do you do here in Finland?
I work as a lastenhoitaja at a preschool in Munkkivuori. That’s a child care worker. There’s a hundred and twenty kids. We help the kids to do what they are supposed to be doing and prepare them for school.
Despite the publicity, fewer strikes take place in Finland than before – but many of them are illegal.
In mid-June this year, almost 2,000 stevedores in Finland went on a day-long strike. Made up of members of the Transport Workers’ Union (AKT), their action was in reaction to staff practices applied by a Russian shipping company. As a result, Finnish ports were shut down for the duration of the strike. In a press release, Ilpo Kokkila, Chairman of the Board of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), the leading business organisation in Finland, condemned the strike, due to its harmful effect on Finnish exports and job protection in this country.
Mostafa Morsi is a 24-year-old Egyptian who has been living in Finland for around six years. He has experienced everything from studying, working and travelling around Europe as an exchange student. His friendship with a Finnish family has given him the opportunity to embrace the Finnish way of life.
About 2,000 km from here is a country shaped like a chicken. Compared to Finland, it is about 15 times smaller and has about half the inhabitants. Just around 40 of them have moved to Finland, according to Sasa Arhar, one of the active Slovenes in Finland. What brings them here, she says, is in many cases love. According to Arhar, Slovenes are most impressed by the way the Finnish system works in general, from regulations and limits, to enjoying pure nature and peaceful lives. As a negative they count weather, and some count “cold Finns” as well.