STATISTiCS released earlier this year revealed that 9,292 applicants were granted citizenship by the Finnish Immigration Service last year. Of these, 8,500 obtained citizenship by application and 792 by declaration.

The number of applicants was up by 10 per cent on the previous year, with 83 per cent of all decisions made being positive. Russians represented the largest group bestowed with citizenship in 2013, followed by Somalis, Iraqis and Afghans.

James O’Sullivan

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.