Quality of life, education, stability, safety, freedom. These are just some of qualities that put Finland at the top of a host of global rankings. The country also spends millions promoting these listings. We asked one of Finland's foremost branding gurus, former marketing chief behind Angry Birds Peter Westerbacka and philosophy researcher Frank Martela about Finland's near-obsession with being Number One. 1 February / All Points North / Yle News
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All Points North: The "Famous Five" begin their four-year government adventure
The i's are all dotted and the t's crossed on the new cabinet and the government programme put together by Antti Rinne's five-party coalition. But what does it all mean in practice for ordinary people and how easy will it be for the administration to make good on its proposals? Political commentator Sini Korpinen and Helsinki University world politics professor Teivo Teivainen join APN to unpack the latest developments.
Entrepreneurship in Finland - what you should know before taking the plunge
Many immigrants in Finland turn to entrepreneurship when they can't get a job. But while starting a business may seem quite straightforward, staying afloat can be challenging. Entrepreneurs Pamela Spokes and Vahid Mortezaei as well as business advisor Teemu Polo of Newco Helsinki join APN to talk about everything people considering entrepreneurship should know.
31 May / All Points North / Yle News
Europarliament election - what's at stake for voters in Finland?
Voters in Finland seem to be taking European Parliament elections seriously, as the latest figures show a bigger advance turnout than in 2014. All Points North looks at what's firing voters up, whether they're cooling on populist parties, and how the new parliament in Brussels could affect their future. Helsinki University world politics professor Teivo Teivainen and writer, activist and fearless commentator, Maryan Abdulkarim join the discussion.
24 May / All Points North / Yle News
All Points North: Women in Finland's military - voluntary, obligatory or not at all?
Should women in Finland be required to serve up to one year of military or civil service in the name of equality? Our guests are sociologist and former army chaplain Suvi Kouri, Minna Vähäsalo from the Committee of 100 peace organisation and Kaj Raninen from the Union of Conscientious Objectors.
How equitable is Finland's higher education system, anyway?
Does status buy access into higher education in Finland? Our guests education sociologist Sonja Kosunen and Adina Nivukoski from the Union of Upper Secondary School Students explore the potential obstacles to getting a degree.
10 May / All Points North / Yle News
Talk is cheap, especially in politics -- or is it?
Finland has seen a parade of politicians eating their words over very public positions and views, often articulated on social media. Has political discourse become more discordant and increasingly close to the limit of the law? At the same time, politicians are managing to "mainstream" some of their ideas by cloaking them in murky language. What's the media's role in the changing national conversation? Our guests are journalist Aurora Lemma and Tampere University senior researcher Heikki Heikkilä.
Philippine nurses in Finland - swallowing a bitter pill
Some Filipino nurses in Finland don't always get the work they signed up for. Our guests, Anndra Dumo, a Filipino nurse in Finland, Päivi Kantanen from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Lauri Koponen from the Finnish Association of Private Care Providers, shine a light on the issue. 26 April / All Points North / Yle News
Finland veers left -- and right: Finding consensus after a divisive election
Sunday's general election exposed a deeply fragmented political landscape, with the result largely split between the populist right and the climate-friendly left. Voters united to repudiate the austerity politics of prime minister Juha Sipilä's Centre Party. How will the Social Democrats, who won by a narrow margin, stitch together a governing coalition and heal the divisions laid open by the vote? Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley join the show to untangle the threads.17 April / All Points North / Yle News
The Social Democratic Party -- election victory in sight?
With just two days to go before Finland's parliamentary election a spanking-new Yle poll shows the Social Democratic Party with a narrowing lead over the rest of the political field, with the immigration-sceptic Finns Party now in second place. Will voters remain faithful on polling day and who is likely to join the party in government? Joining APN to ponder the possibilities are Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley. 12 April 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Yle News Debate 2019 - All Points North special edition
On 14 April Finland will elect a new parliament and ahead of that poll Yle News hosted an election debate featuring representatives from all of the major parties to grill them - in English - about their plans for the country’s future. This special edition of All Points North presents the audio from the whole debate, which was originally broadcast on 25 March, 2019. 10 April 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
The National Coalition Party -- power under pressure
Just two weeks out from Finland's parliamentary elections the National Coalition finds itself under pressure from the Finns Party, which is threatening to win big at the polls. Can the centre-right party steady its course to remain a strong contender for government -- and the premiership? Political commentators Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley join us to consider their odds.
5 April 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
The Centre Party and the burden of office
A fresh Yle poll shows Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's Centre Party hobbling toward next month's general election with 14.4 percent voter support. Has the burden of incumbency affected the party's prospects at the polls? Did Sipilä's unilateral decision to have his government quit over its failed social and health care reform programme harm or help the party? Political commentator Sini Korpinen and journalist Sam Kingsley join APN to examine these and other burning questions.