Know Finland “The dichotomy between the city and the countryside may be breaking up and not growing,” says HS-journalist Anna-Stina Nykänen, who will start the Tunne Finland tour

This in the spring, in Kuusamo, for the first time in my life, I was able to follow the musical instrument spending. It was an amazing experience. The fun-looking terriers looked like the matadors ’headdresses as they bulged to each other. But the biggest surprise was their voice. The pulping of the teas was really loud and when there were a lot of them, there was quite a terrible noise in the field.

The metaka continued overnight until morning. Until maybe five countries in the morning they all suddenly fell silent. Came completely silent.

When the world is in transition, there is a need to increase common understanding or to disintegrate as individuals and communities.

I realized that in my normal rhythm of life, I would never have heard of them. When I wake up, it’s already quiet. In Africa and Asia, I have heard the sounds of the jungle at night. But the forests of Finland, I didn’t know this!

There is a lot in Finland that I do not know. When the countryside penetrates my home corners, something is always already very wrong. Wolves, bears and peat producers do not appear on the city streets until their living conditions are threatened. Otherwise, the sounds of the countryside just don’t carry my ears.

You have to go listen to what people are talking about elsewhere. What is being pulped up, what is causing concern, where is the fuss coming from and when is there a reason to celebrate? Who is crying – or is it laughter after all? Who are the subjects of ridicule, who are trusted?

When the world is in transition, there is a need to increase common understanding or to disintegrate as individuals and communities.

For the next half, I’ll be doing stuff a lot outside of the metropolitan area and big cities. It is a Tunne Finland tour. I get to know the rest of Finland and understand the feelings of different people.

I am For a long time, as a journalist, I felt a bad conscience that I didn’t know enough about the rest of Finland. Too many things in the world have come as a surprise to the media and experts. Stateside Trumpin rise to president. In Britain Brexit. We and elsewhere the rise of populism. The media has not been able to follow in real time, let alone describe the process that has led to the division of nations and an increase in hate speech.

Even ancient philosophers knew where hate speech came from. Thus Plutarch writes about the birth of anger From the calmness of the mind in:

“… There is almost always an experience that is not appreciated and not noticed. Therefore, we should help those who seek to get rid of anger by keeping contempt or arrogance as far away as possible, and rather explain our behavior through ignorance, compulsion, emotion, or misfortune. ”

The work was published in Finnish last year Juhana Torkin translated and is completely topical. The isolation of the corona period still hides problems. How will Finland emerge from the crisis in different parts of the country?

Plutarch quotes Sophocles: “Not even the common sense of nature, O king, abide in those who are in bad trouble, but leave them.”

We have been in bad trouble for a long time because of the corona and some decisions seem absurd in different parts of Finland. Confidence in decision-makers, society and experts is shaken. Knowledge does not seem to match people’s experiences.

Knowledge does not seem to match people’s experiences.

Coronary pandemic is a difficult thing for policymakers – and traditional news journalism – because there are so few facts about it. Should be able to deal with emotions. Insecurity, constant worry, fear, stress, loneliness, anxiety, hopelessness… They eat us and increase problems.

I have spoken emotional journalism. The social significance of emotions must be emphasized. I have also developed tantrajournalism. It is one of the methods of emotional journalism. Being present and breathing to the same rhythm as the interviewee so different things start to come up than knowing the facts. Let’s talk about experiences and access to emotions.

The corona age has made more and more people realize that we are all vulnerable and dependent on each other. It’s a good base for talking. My own life experience also helps. It is often a relief for the interviewees to know that the journalist himself has experienced hardships – even though he is from Helsinki.

Let’s start a discussion on even the most mundane topics: If the townspeople stop eating meat, what does it mean for a farmer who has cattle? What does a car on land mean? How can a therapy guarantee work in a small village?

Even the expression Other would be needed to express this identity: one can feel that one is between an urban or a rural person, or both.

My sincere interest in the whole of Finnish life has grown when many have been working remotely at the cottage. The dichotomy between urban and rural areas may be breaking up and not growing.

Even the expression Other would be needed to express this identity: one can feel that one is between an urban or a rural person, or both. Is transcommunity, experiencing a transition to something completely new.

The rest of Finland is not full of problems, but also solutions. They just don’t fuss on the city streets.

I didn’t know that Kuusamo is a great bird city not only because of its nature but also because of its services. Teresis alone are not enough, someone has to lower the threshold of nature and take it by the hand.

In the middle of the city, it is not necessary to perceive the structural change that is taking place elsewhere in Finland.

If you have good tips on the topics of the Tunne Finland tour, you can send them by e-mail to or write to Helsingin Sanomat Anna-Stina Nykänen PO Box 69 00089 Sanoma.




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