Currently one of the nominees for the respected Ars Fennica award, this imaginative visual artist continues to find a place in Finland for his unique expression.

SITTING in the fading afternoon light with a cup of coffee in his hand, Charles Sandison comes across more as a regular down-to-earth fellow who loves to chat, than the visionary artist that he is – until he begins to talk about his art, that is. Originally from Scotland, this renowned artist found himself in Tampere 15 years ago, and continues to live there to this day.

The new face of Nelonen, Jesca Muyingo brings you the evening news.

WHERE do you go after handling conflict operations with the United Nations, or managing natural disasters with the World Food Programme? For Jesca Muyingo, the answer was to take time out and reconnect with Finland and do so in the fastest way by presenting Nelonen’s evening news. Her career has taken her to about a dozen countries, and included stints with YLE, BBC, the United Nations and Credit Suisse. Now she has returned to the bright lights of Helsinki.

A photographer with an undefeatable attitude and a passion for Finnish design, Daniela Talvitie is the woman behind the lense of Fashion Photo Helsinki.

STILL somewhat unknown to the public, Daniela Talvitie is a rising star in the fashion photography industry. She is the creator and photographer of Fashion Photo Helsinki, an exhibition celebrating Finnish fashion design, currently on display at the Design Museum in Helsinki.

SixDegrees speaks to award-winning film director and spokesperson for the Sami minority Pauliina Feodoroff about immigration, Sami culture and independent filmmaking.

OVER THE last three years, Pauliina Feodoroff’s name has become a familiar one in Finnish society. In 2007, the Finnish Critics’ Association gave her the annually distributed Kritiikin Kannukset award for her film Non Profit. The same year she began a two-year stint as President of the Sami Council, and then became one of Teatteri Takomo’s two managing directors in 2009. On top of all this, she heads the eastern Sami organisation Saa’mi Nue’tt and chairs a Ministry of Education working group on the accessibility of culture and art. So, to say that she is a multi-talented, multifaceted person is to understate a tad.

Amin Asikainen, Finland’s most successful professional boxer in decades is a thinking man’s athlete in a sport that normally makes your head hurt for other reasons.

THREE DAYS removed from a ring rendezvous with a professional pugilist, most of us would welcome visitors with a weak lift of the unbroken finger and a single-syllable word, jaw wires permitting speech. But Amin Asikainen’s welcome is a bit different from that. At an eatery’s outdoor table in his native Kirkkonummi, he replies to friendly greets from buddies walking by and accepts congratulations on...