THE sale of alcohol in Finland continues to be a delicate matter for both sides of the argument of moderation. While wine lovers have to plan their consumption in light of Alkos being closed around the country on Sundays, Helsingin Sanomat reports that mid-strength beer may next on the list of restrictions in order to curb the enthusiastic consumption of alcohol around the country.

Will Finland pay the cost of charging international students for tuition?

Finland is currently the only country in the EU that does not charge tuition fees, but this may change as Helsingin Sanomat recently reported that the Ministry of Education and Culture is preparing a report to be discussed in budget talks. The report proposes that tuition fees be charged to students from outside the EU/EEA who undertake courses in languages other than Finnish or Swedish.

WHILE the arrival of takatalvi has predictably come along to take the wind out of the sails of springtime celebrations, nonetheless it’s soon time to dust off your neglected bike from your basement storage and gets to enjoying the multitude of bike tracks that weave their way around the country. Finns love to cycle, and in the Capital Region alone there are around 1,000 kilometres of well-maintained cycling paths intersecting the city. In fact, when entering even the most remote of cities, towns and villages around the country one can find a well maintained path for two-wheelers alongside the road leading in and out of town.

Some folks who live in Orange County refer to it as The Bubble, for a few reasons. One of the main reasons is political; Orange County is the most conservative place in liberal California. Another is wealth; the area is one of the wealthiest counties in the USA. The last reason is geographical: Orange County is built in the middle of a desert. All of our water is imported through an aqueduct. All of our trees, grass, and flowers are imported, too. Everything green is planted by human hands; the natural landscape is brown and dry, an easily forgotten detail.

Stool-fueled transport is a thing of the present.

MUCH like the classic film Back to the Future, wherein the DeLorean is fueled by banana peels and trash at one stage, currently hundreds of Finnish motorists are finding their “1.21 jigawatts” from human excrement as the source of their propelling force.