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2 Brothers Went to Rev Up a Sauna. They Were Found Dead

Police in Finland believe the men were electrocuted after a nearby lightning strike

(Newser) - Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike's electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland. The brothers, born in 1950 and 1953, had arrived at the cottage in Juuka, a community of 3,200 in the... More »

Trump Meets Putin: 'The World Wants to See Us Get Along'

President says relations with Moscow 'never worse'

(Newser) - The big day is here: President Trump and Vladimir Putin have begun their summit in Helsinki, Finland, in a one-on-one meeting. "I really think the world wants to see us get along," Trump told reporters just ahead of their conversation. "We are the two great nuclear... More »

Finland Ditches Basic Income; US Is Up Next

A trial is set to take place in America in 2 states

(Newser) - It looks like universal basic income won't get the green light in Finland. A little more than a year into a two-year trial, the Finnish government says it won't expand an experiment that sees 2,000 unemployed Finns paid $685 per month in basic income , rather than financial... More »

This Is the World's Happiest Country

World Happiness Report is out for 2018

(Newser) - The United States is at its unhappiest level since the annual World Happiness Report was first released in 2012. This year, the US came in No. 18, down four spots from last year, the Washington Post reports. The report was released Wednesday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative... More »

Finns Have Had It With Daylight Saving Time

Finland will petition the EU to abolish it

(Newser) - Finland says it will lobby for the abolition of daylight saving time within the European Union after more than 70,000 Finns signed a petition last year. Anne Berner, Finland's transportation and communications minister, said Friday on Twitter that the government's goal "would be to abandon (the... More »

Bread Company Unveils New Ingredient: Crickets

Loaves from Finnish company have 70 insects apiece

(Newser) - One of Finland's largest food companies is selling what it claims to be a first: insect bread. Markus Hellstrom, head of the Fazer group's bakery division, said that one loaf contains about 70 dried house crickets, ground into powder and added to the flour. The farm-raised crickets represent... More »

Flight 666 Flies to HEL on Friday the 13th

For the last time, sadly

(Newser) - For the last time, Finnair Flight 666 flew to HEL on Friday the 13th. Twenty-one times over the past 11 years, Finnair flights numbered 666 have departed for Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport, whose airport code is HEL, on a Friday the 13th. The latest one departed at 1:18pm local... More »

Finnish Police Treating Deadly Stabbing as Possible Terrorism

18-year-old suspect and 4 others in custody

(Newser) - A suspect detained for allegedly stabbing two people to death in a knife attack in the western Finnish city of Turku is being investigated for murder with possible terrorist intent, police said Saturday. The dead from the apparent indiscriminate attack on Friday are Finnish citizens, while the eight wounded include... More »

2 Dead in Finland Stabbing Rampage

6 others wounded in the attack

(Newser) - Police in Finland say that two people have been killed and six others wounded in stabbings in the western city of Turku, about 90 miles west of the capital, Helsinki, the AP reports. Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot... More »

Finland's New Craze: Hobby-Horsing

Thousands of teen girls and their fake horses have spawned a new subculture

(Newser) - Sporting a leather jacket, dyed red hair, and tattoos, Alisa Aarniomaki looks like she's on her way to band rehearsal. But instead of a guitar, the 20-year-old Finn gently holds on to something else: a puffy stuffed horse head on a wooden stick complete with glued-on eyes, mane, and... More »

In a Lapland Cabin, Shia LaBeouf Lives Alone

It's part of a 30-day art project

(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf's latest stunt is to spend a month isolated in a cabin in Finland's remote Lapland region with his only communication with the outside world coming via text messages from visitors to a Helsinki museum. The project is called #ALONETOGETHER and involves the other two members of... More »

eBay Founder Invests $500K to Test Theory on Income

Charity arm will give money to poor in Kenya for 12 years

(Newser) - The concept of basic income is a simple idea: Impoverished people receive a fixed amount of money on a regular basis to pay for necessities such as food, clothing, and housing. While the limited research available suggests that it can provide a host of benefits—lowering drug and alcohol abuse,... More »

Finland Tries Paying Its Unemployed a Basic Income

Experiment aims to discourage 'disincentive problem'

(Newser) - Finland is the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to $587, in a unique social experiment that aims to cut government red tape, reduce poverty, and boost employment. Olli Kangas from KELA, the government agency responsible for social benefits, said Monday that... More »

Norway Refuses to Gift Finland Even One Measly Mountain

Semantics put a stop to a fun birthday idea

(Newser) - Norwegians made the news late last year with an innovative proposal to celebrate Finland's 100th birthday by gifting their neighboring country the summit of Mount Halti , which sits on the border of the two Scandinavian countries. Most of the mountain is already in Finnish territory, the Independent reports. While... More »

Nobel Economics Winner: CEO Bonuses Are 'Too Complicated'

Oliver Hart of the UK and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland are pioneers in contract theory

(Newser) - British-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to contract theory, shedding light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their theories "are valuable to the understanding of real-life... More »

5 Countries May Make Seniors Go Back to School

To keep their skills current and the Nordic region a major player in global arena

(Newser) - A recently published 36-page report outlining proposals to improve working life in the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Norway—has a proposal that Quartz says contains a "startling" word: "mandatory." Poul Nielson, a Danish politician given the task last year of preparing a labor... More »

10 Countries With the Highest Quality of Life

Finland bests the rest

(Newser) - The US is in the top 20 countries with the highest standard of living—but don't let that go to your head. The Social Progress Index says that at No. 19, America is a "disappointment" given its huge economy, per Business Insider . The ranking is based on three... More »

1,380 Feet Below Finland, $4B Tomb Being Built

Finland looks to be the first country to bury its nuclear waste permanently

(Newser) - Finland is preparing to seal 5,500 tons of dangerously radioactive nuclear waste in 26 miles of tunnels for the next 100,000 years. AFP calls it "the world's costliest and longest-lasting burial." Finland generates more than one-third of its electricity through nuclear power, and the radioactive... More »

Finnish Island Freaks Out During Military 'Invasion'

The 'invasion' was really just a training exercise

(Newser) - There's a goofy Monty Python song called "Finland," and what transpired on one of the Nordic country's islands last week could have been taken right out of one of the comedy troupe's sketch lineups—except local residents weren't laughing. No one gave the people... More »

Not Enough Mail, So Finland's Postal Service Will Mow Lawns

On Tuesdays, and it won't provide the mower

(Newser) - The USPS isn't the only woebegone postal service. Things are bad enough in Finland that the state-owned Posti is getting into ... lawn care. Under the new program, which begins next month, postal workers will mow residents' lawns each Tuesday, when mail volumes are typically lower, broadcaster Yle reports. Interested... More »

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