At the turn of the year, postal prices increased in Finland. For example, it now costs 90 cents to send a 2nd class letter, so the price is up by 20 per cent from last year. Itella, the service provider, has quoted declining service use as the reason for increasing prices.

And so, doesn’t the price rise only accelerate the decline in the use of conventional mail?

Pronounced “kan”, here is a luxurious small town in the south- east of France. Historically being just a fishing village used as a port of call between the Lérins Islands, it has quickly evolved into one of the main tourist destinations today.

I’m not officially “Cannoise” but I lived there for over nine years and I can say that it’s a beautiful place; certainly not a boring city for a fruitful vacation: Culture, history, warm Mediterranean climate, food, beaches, scenery, romantic settings…you can find it all right here.

OFFERING even more quality content in English, Helsinki Times recently signed an agreement with Helsingin Sanomat to cooperate.

Now readers can enjoy selected Helsingin Sanomat articles, translated from Finnish into English, on the Helsinki Times website and in the print edition, published weekly. This cooperation, which includes the use of pictures and graphics, kicked off earlier this month.

The daily rhythms of history’s greatest figures have been revealed.

NEXT time your alarm goes off first thing in the morning, maybe it’s not time to put on your slippers and shuffle off to the breakfast table, before jumping into the shower and heading off to work surrounded by the eerie silence that befalls public transport first thing in the morning.

Independence Day Reception hits the road

What do Finland’s Presidential Castle in Helsinki and the Tampere Hall have in common? Surely many things, but currently particularly the fact that the Presidential Reception on 6 December will take place in the latter instead of the former as is usually the case, and the reception programme has been adapted as well.