When I asked Tanja Pfeifle, an exchange student at the University of Helsinki, to tell me about her city, Amberg, she described it as “a small and typical Bavarian town.”

Amberg is indeed a small town with almost 1,000 years of history, which you can see in its buildings and the old town. However, despite its small size, Amberg is also a lively town where you can enjoy different events through the year. “I would recommend to come in July when the Altstadtfest takes place, because you can listen to several bands playing live music all over the town,” says Pfeifle.

Radio UusJussi celebrates one year of broadcasting across the country.

Radio UusJussi, an online radio for immigrants located in Pori, is celebrating its first anniversary on air this year. Packed with programmes about culture, language and businesses, the radio emerged from the Multicultural Association of Satakunta with the objective of giving immigrants the opportunity to voice their opinions and express their culture.

Staged for the third year in row, a range of shopping centres, boutiques, restaurants, museums and many other operators in the centre of Helsinki are celebrating Ihana Helsinki during the month of May. Translated as “Lovely Helsinki”, the event seeks to officially open the door to spring and summertime by decorating and taking over Helsinki with flowers and also presenting a versatile and interesting programme.

IT ALL started in the most common way: with a drink at the bar. “Julie and I started to talk about the I, too, am Oxford initiative and contemplated the idea of bringing it to Finland” says Meg Sakilayan-Latvala. “We really liked the strong message it was bringing forward and how efficiently it was exposing everyday vexations done to people considered as ‘outsiders’,” adds Julie Breton.

In Finland you have this saying: a beloved child has many names. That is Constantine, the City of Knowledge, the City of Bridges, and the City of Warriors. It is one of the biggest and wealthiest cities of Algeria, as well as the commercial centre of the region, and therefore a place where many people come in their search for a better life. The official number of people living there is around one million. During daytime, however, the population doubles as people come to the city for work and study. Poor people around the area gather there to try and earn some money.