Very Finnish Problems
About This Show
What‘s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British writer and Helsinki resident Joel Willans, the creator of Very Finnish Problems, and best-selling author of 101 Very Finnish Problems: The Foreigner’s Guide to Surviving in Finland, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, life in his much-loved, adopted country.
Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 11: When you don’t like strong women
What’s different about femininity in Finland? Joel Willans, author and creator of Very Finnish Problems consults lifestyle and travel blogger Varpu Pöyry, of Her Finland. We learn about the perils of gender stereotypes and Varpu’s engineering approach to improving her memory. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is mostly concerned about the social lives of Finnish men.
A special guest, Yle News journalist Ronan Browne, also appears briefly while shooting a story about Very Finnish Problems.
Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media
Yle News’ story on Very Finnish Problems: https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/self-deprecating_finnish_memes_a_big_online_hit/10120020
The circumstances surrounding Finland's first female prime minister's resignation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_leak
Joel’s book - 101 Very Finnish Problems: https://www.gummerus.fi/fi/kirja/9789512407507/101-very-finnish-problems/
Yle News - Finland ranks sixth in English skills, early instruction crucial: https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finland_ranks_sixth_in_english_skills_early_instruction_crucial/10071036
Varpus’ book recommendation - “How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours: Shortcuts and brain hacks for learning new skills fast” by Tansel Ali: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26242226-how-to-learn-almost-anything-in-48-hours
Joel’s book recommendation - “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22822858-a-little-life
Thomas’ podcast recommendation - The Assasination, an investigation into the death of Pakistan’s first female prime minister, Benazir Bhutto: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05r6cgx/episodes/downloads
Check out Varpu’s Finnish words and memory tricks on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BekdQqHnuUZ/
Episodes of This Show
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Oct 21, 2017
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