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What's so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he's learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country. Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media

What's so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he's learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country. Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media
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Finland

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What's so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he's learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country. Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media

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English

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+358 45 7730 3969


Episodes

Episode 9: When you can’t figure out which dairy product is milk

11/5/2017
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What makes a chatty Brit prefer Finnish silence? In this special episode, renowned Finnish comedian André Wickström interviews Joel Willans, author of 101 Very Finnish Problems, in front of a live audience at the Helsinki Book Fair. We learn about the backstory of Very Finnish Problems, how Joel ended up in Finland and much more. In a bonus segment, co-host and producer Thomas Nybergh reveals his future plan for the show. Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi Produced by Thomas Nybergh /...

Duration: 00:42:02


Episode 8: Driving for 14 hours and only seeing forest

10/21/2017
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Are electric vehicles taking off in Finland? Joel Willans, author of the best-selling book 101 Very Finnish Problems, is joined by Antti Korpelainen of Virta, a car charging services company. Topics include battery technology, long drives to Lapland and more. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is annoyed by misguided bio fuel subsidies and wants the current Finnish government to shove it. Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media Shownotes: Thomas’ article on...

Duration: 00:33:48


Episode 7: When the whole country is on ski break and you can’t ski

10/5/2017
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Let’s talk ski jumping toddlers. Joel Willans, author of the best-selling book 101 Very Finnish Problems, discusses winter sports and other outdoorsy stuff with former semi-professional ski jumper Jussa Lauhamaa. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is curious about Jussa’s job involving the Sportstracker app and wearable tech for active lifestyles. Shownotes: Jussa being sportsy on Sportstracker: https://www.sports-tracker.com/view_profile/jussalauhamaa Jussa on Instagram:...

Duration: 00:40:40


Episode 6: When your children need to wee after getting dressed for winter

9/24/2017
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Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems and author of the best-selling book 101 Very Finnish Problems, chats with clothing industry activist and sci-fi writer Rinna Saramäki about the evils of the clothing industry. Thomas Nybergh, co-host and producer of the show, is skeptical about ethical consumerism and likes his sci-fi bleak and dystopian. Shownotes: Rinna’s blog (in Finnish): https://rinnasaramaki.wordpress.com Rinna’s books (in Finnish):...

Duration: 00:57:58


Episode 5: When somebody else is in the lift

8/27/2017
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How does elevator awkwardness in Britain differ from the same in Finland? Joel Willans, author of Very Finnish Problems, asks game studies Ph.D. Aki Järvinen essential questions about migrating to the UK. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is curious about the demoscene and where fake money used inside video games ends up. Shownotes: Mr. Järvinen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aquito Elevators and how they impacted culture:...

Duration: 00:41:05


Episode 4: When your winter stroll is ruined by an arriving icebreaker

6/28/2017
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What’s the weirdest place Finnish president Urho Kekkonen went fishing? Author Joel Willans is joined by maritime historian Aaro Sahari. The two discuss icebreaker ships and their impact on Finnish 20th century industrialization. Aaro explains how conquering nature with year-round open waterways affected Finnish national pride. Shownotes: Old footage with fearless strolling next to speeding icebreaker: https://www.facebook.com/veryFinnishproblems/videos/671860119621245/ Mr. Sahari’s...

Duration: 00:49:29


Episode 3: When alcohol is an excuse to go insane

6/16/2017
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Who can name the worst Finnish booze? Helsinki resident Joel Willans reads from his upcoming book "101 Very Finnish Problems", and spills the beans on annoying Finnish alcohol laws. Ink Tank writer Thomas Nybergh chimes in with his hazy understanding of deterministic, genetic explanations of alcoholism. Shownotes: "101 Very Finnish Problems", the book: https://www.gummerus.fi/fi/kirja/9789512408597/101-very-finnish-problems/ Finnish alcohol related gene mutation:...

Duration: 00:28:35


Episode 2: When The Summer Cottage Is Like A Labor Camp

5/4/2017
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Are Finnish summer cottages bourgeois forced labor camps? Very Finnish Problems creator and Helsinki resident Joel Willans talks summer annoyances with Ink Tank writer Thomas Nybergh. It’s revealed that Joel doesn’t get to play with the chainsaw and that Thomas hasn’t caught a fish in his entire life.

Duration: 00:21:51


Episode 1: How Finnish Winter Tries To Kill You

4/25/2017
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Just how deadly is a typical winter in Finland? Very Finnish Problems creator and Helsinki resident Joel Willans discusses survival strategies with Thomas Nybergh. We learn that Thomas rarely leaves Helsinki and that Joel feels bad about sucking at winter sports.

Duration: 00:36:05