All Points North

The All Points North podcast has everything you need to know about the news in Finland this week.

The All Points North podcast has everything you need to know about the news in Finland this week. All Points North is produced by Yle News, a unit of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.


  • This week APN examines how the media has handled recent reports of alleged sex abuse crimes in which all of the suspects are immigrants. News organisations have covered the story extensively - including opinion pieces and reader views expressing concern and outrage. In the pre-election ramp-up, lawmakers and politicians of all stripes have also joined the sometimes heated debate on the issue, with some proposing harsher penalties for sex offences. Along with special guests media researcher Anu Koivunen and journalist Sam Kingsley, we'll examine how the Finnish media has handled the ongoing, sensitive subject so far. 18 January 2019 / All Points North / Yle News

  • Election fever is building in Finland and a recent poll indictaes that the persistent problem of poverty and inequality is one of the issues voters want politicians to tackle. This week All Points North looks at the roots and growth of poverty and discusses concrete measures for future governments to root out indigence and social exclusion. Guests are Jiri Sironen, chair of European Anti-Poverty Network in Finland, Eeva-Maria Grekula, who has lived with poverty and Liisa Heinämäki, project manager in the Office of the Prime Minister, where officials are developing a policy toolkit for the next administration to combat poverty and marginalisation.
    11 January 2019 / All Points North / Yle News

  • 2018 was a big year for Finland as the Trump-Putin summit focused the eyes of the world on Helsinki. All Points North revisits the landmark meeting and other major news stories that shaped conversations in Finland throughout an eventful 12 months. 21 December 2018 / All Points North / Yle News

  • A pre-schooler diagnosed with measles in late November prompted health officials in western Finland cast their net wide to track down everyone the child may have come into contact with -- and since then officials have diagnosed more measles cases. The latest round of infections has prompted a national debate on how to maintain herd immunity so that vulnerable groups of people who cannot be vaccinated do not risk infection. All Points North talks with Mia Kontio, a senior measles and MMR specialist with the national public health watchdog THL, about the occurrence of measles in a country, where many people have been vaccinated, but where there are some gaps in vaccination coverage. 14 December 2018 / All Points North / Yle News

  • Finland's birth rate has dropped to levels last seen during the 1868 famine. Some say the situation threatens the future of the country. Our guests will help us find out why so many people are delaying having children or choosing not to have them at all. We'll talk with research professor at the Family Federation of Finland Osmo Kontula and Safa Ali, a mother of two kids who wants a third, but says Finland is too expensive. 30 November 2018 / All Points North / Yle News

  • Finland's two-year basic income trial, a programme that randomly selected 2,000 unemployed jobseekers and paid them 560 euros tax-free every month, wraps up at the end of the year. The aim was to see if the benefits system could be re-designed to deal with a changing labour market, where full-time permanent jobs appear to be becoming a thing of the past. Kela change director Marjukka Turunen and Risto EJ Pentillä, head of the Nordic West Office think tank join us to talk about the experiment, and we'll also hear from Juha Järvinen, a well-known participant in the pilot. 23 November 2018 / All Points North / Yle News

  • Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä called for a multi-party huddle soon after the UN's climate watchdog issued a wake-up call for action to combat climate change. How should Finland meet its climate goals? And what kind of impact will new measures have on our everyday lives? Two guests join us today: Outi Haanperä, a lead climate solutions specialist with the state innovation agency Sitra and Hanna Aho, a climate justice expert from Kepa, a development NGO. 12 October / All Points North / Yle News

  • New legislation underway will make it easier for small firms to fire workers, and unions are pulling no punches to try and stop what they see as the erosion of workers' rights. Meanwhile food courier workers are up in arms over an ultimatum to sign up for reduced pay -- or hit the road. Our guest on All Points North this week is digital economy labour researcher Ville-Veikko Pulkka from Helsinki University. 5 October / All Points North / Yle News

  • All Points North considers whether Swedish might be an easier nut to crack when it comes to learning a new language in Finland. We also discuss the likelihood of finding work with Swedish rather than Finnish under your belt and consider whether more programmes should encourage people to integrate into Finland in Swedish. Our guest is Allyana Thomas who has walked the talk and is integrating in Swedish. 28 September 2018 / All Points North / Yle News

  • This week APN examines the impact social media has on people and the media. We'll talk about relationships between big media and regular folks, and how social media is changing everthing from consumer habits to political leanings in Finland. Our special guest is Steve El-Sharawy, the head of insights at EzyInsights, a social media analysis and consulting firm used by thousands of journalists around the world. 21 September 2018 / All Points North / Yle News

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