Why does Finland’s main urban centre attract so few highly skilled immigrants? Our safe and civilised northern metropolis-lite has a lot going for it, yet it is largely shunned by the internationally mobile creative class. SixDegrees counts down the main problems identified by researchers at the University of Helsinki that keep our capital from growing into a more cosmopolitan city: some we can change, some we have to live with.

Forget summer in the city. For Finns the season is all about the countryside, where nature and tradition reign. So come along, take a nostalgia trip to the country that once was. Romance in the hay fields, dancing under the stars and an uncomplicated life await!

Where have all the people gone?

IN MANY Finnish cities a hit-music driven realm of mainstream nightlife is compounded by an effervescent independent club scene.