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Finnish Moomins book series finds new audiences in the US


​​​​​​​The Moomins are troll-like characters from a Finnish children’s book series that became popular around the world starting in the 1950s. But they never really took off in the United States. The author Tove Jansson rejected Walt Disney’s offer to buy the brand. Now, a bookstore chain in the US is trying to popularize the Moomins here.

Barnacle geese have developed new migration routes and breeding grounds amid warming global temperatures. 

Animal species are evolving to adjust to climate change, but scientists say time is running out

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Kavita Pillay wears a red coat and stands near a sign that says "To the ice" in Finnish.

‘It’s never too late’: How learning Finnish taught me to embrace vulnerability 

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson talks during the parliamentary debate on the Swedish application for NATO membership, in Stockholm, Monday, May 16, 2022. 

In historic shift, Sweden will join Finland in requesting NATO membership

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In this photo provided by US Navy, the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility

Aukus security pact sparks Chinese and French ire

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Pedestrians walk along Aleksanterinkatu, the main shopping street, in Helsinki, Finland.

Helsinki’s mayor thinks English should be the city’s official language


The mayor of Helsinki says the Finnish capital should declare itself an English-language city to try and attract more foreign workers. Not everyone is impressed with the mayor’s proposal.

A polar bear is shown in the distance standing on a piece of ice among a large grouping of flat floating ice pieces.

How the Trump administration’s climate denial left its mark on the Arctic Council

Talk of global warming was out, and relations among the eight countries that make up the council, once a highly collaborative group and a steady force for climate action, became dysfunctional.

Blue and white flag flutters in the air against the sky

Finland’s national word ‘sisu’ conjures new meanings for tough times


In a country of 5.5 million, Finland has had just over 320 deaths from the coronavirus. So far, they’ve succeeded in containing the disease. And they’re not making a big deal about it. By some measures, this might be quintessential sisu. 

emojis of a man and a woman in their underwear having a drink.

Kalsarikännit: Drinking at home in your undies, like Finns


With Kalsarikännit, the party starts at home and stays at home — there is no intention of going out.

Flags of many countries carried by protesters fill the frame.

Power outage: How did global leadership change in 2019?

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US President Donald Trump faces a Senate trial over whether to remove him from office in January. But impeachment is not the only way to remove a leader. Here’s a look at political shake-ups around the world, where both legal and extralegal means to bring about regime change have made headlines.