LIFE

City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

Being a parent is not always easy, but it is comforting to know that many others grapple with the same types of difficulties. Parents do not  have to be together to be good parents, and the composition of families varies a lot. The children may, for example, only live with one parent  or in several homes as part of a reconstituted family. Notions of the baby The child grows and develops in the womb for nine months. The birth of parenthood takes at least as long. Becoming a parent is one important  transitional phase in life, which gives the chance to consider and  review one’s own thoughts and experiences and learn something new about yourself. One’s future parenthood is strongly influenced by two things:  early experiences of childhood and what kind of mental image one has of  the baby during the pregnancy. These are some of the topics you will find on the website, which is now  available in English.  ...
Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

The Winter Garden is ready for Christmas. This Helsinki attraction provides warmth and splendor for people from near and afar. Santa’s Little Helpers at the garden have prepared a Christmas oasis that is sure to delight families and people of all ages. Christmas decorations are displayed throughout the Christmas season until after Epiphany, to close on 8 January. There is a Christmas tree and candles, Santa’s Little Helpers and animals of the forest. Santa’s Little Helpers perform tricks that will bring joy to all visitors. The garden’s biggest Christmas plant is a Camellia tree, which is about to bloom. The final touch to the Christmas spirit is given by poinsettias, hyacinths, amaryllis, cacti that are at their best in November and December, and Christmas arrangements. Santa’s Little Helpers can be imagined to roam in the garden making their plans for Christmas Eve. The Christmas spirit is also created by the light of large white candles and the Christmas tree as well as by Christmas-inspired flower arrangements. The Christmas time is the Winter Garden’s high season, only equalled by Easter. The garden is one of the favourites of day care centres, families, school children and grown-ups alike – and for a reason, as the garden allows visitors to enjoy the spirit of old-time Christmas. The garden café serves sweet buns and glögg mulled wine during the holidays. Read more Helsingin Kaupunki    ...
City of Helsinki website best among Europe’s big cities

City of Helsinki website best among Europe’s big cities

An international survey of city websites has identified Helsinki as the second best city in the world and best in Europe in performance of municipal e-governance for the years 2015–2016. Seoul was the top-ranked city in the world. The survey was conducted by the E-Governance Institute at the National Center for Public Performance of Rutgers University–Newark of the United States. The current Global E-Governance Survey was the seventh in a series of surveys. Helsinki’s ranking increased markedly from the previous survey of 2013–2014, when Helsinki was in 16th position. In the current survey, the city of Madrid was in 3rd position followed by Hong Kong and Prague The survey evaluated city websites in five categories and with 104 criteria. The Helsinki site ranked high in the categories Citizen and Social Engagement, Privacy and Security, and Usability. According to the survey, the home page of the Helsinki website is user-friendly and interactive, the site enables citizen engagement with public officials, and the site addresses privacy and security concerns of its users. The City of Helsinki website was redesigned in 2015–2016 and optimized for smart phones and tablet computers. The site is now increasingly user and service oriented. The concept of the site will be revised again in the autumn of 2017, in order to further improve usability. Helsingin Kaupunki  ...

CULTURE

Centenary Championships in Lahti this month

Centenary Championships in Lahti this month

The Lahti Nordic Skiing Championships will be held from February 22 to March 5 in the southern Finnish city of Lahti, and will be taking on a special flavour in light of the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence this year. Over the 12 days more than 700 athletes from 60 different countries will compete in 21 disciplines, with each day culminating with the biggest après-ski in the world as well as the medal award ceremonies. At the centenary championships, visitors will enjoy the world’s best winter sports combined with an unforgettable winter festival full of good food, music and unique atmosphere in breathtaking setting of Salpausselkä. For more information on the events themselves, the history of the games, the city of Lahti, accommodation, and tickets.  ...
The Helsinki International Boat Show

The Helsinki International Boat Show

The Helsinki International Boat Show offers fine experiences to boaters, water sports enthusiasts and anglers; The Boat Show presents everything that can be done on water. The Helsinki International Boat Show opens the boating season and shows the way The Helsinki International Boat Show, held in February each year, is by far Finland’s most comprehensive and most important preview of what’s on offer for the coming boating season. The organiser of Helsinki International Boat Show is the Finnish Fair Corporation, with commissioning by the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat. The event fills all available halls in the Helsinki Fair Centre, which typically displays close to 600 boats in six halls. Each year, the boat show attracts about 80,000 visitors, making it the largest exhibition organised at the Helsinki Fair Centre. Marine engines and related equipment, accessories and components will also be on display. The show will also include numerous peripheral events and seminars. Vene Båt 17 will be held between the 10th and 19th February 2017. Spirit FM will broadcast live from the fair on Friday the 10th from 15.00 until 18.00 and Saturday the 11th of February, 11.00 – 15.00. Opening hours Friday 10 Feb (Trade Day) 14:00-18:00
; Sat-Sun 11 – 12 Feb 10:00-18:00; 
Mon-Fri 13-17 Feb 11:00-20:00; 
Sat 18 Feb 10:00-18:00; 
Sun 19 Feb 10:00-17:00 Tickets If you buy your tickets by Thursday 9 February, you get your tickets cheaper:
 Adults 16 €/person
; Children (7-15 yrs.), retirees, recruits, students 10 €/person
; Family ticket (max. 2 adults and children under 16 years) 36 €; 
Group ticket (min. 10 persons) 10 € /person For full details  ...
Spirit FM to broadcast live at Matkamessut 2017

Spirit FM to broadcast live at Matkamessut 2017

Spirit FM is delighted to announce that we will be broadcasting live from Matkamessut 2017, between 11.00 and 18.00 on Thursday, January 19th until Sunday, January 22nd. Both our Midday Run and Happy Hour Shows will conduct their entire shows on location at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, combining live interviews information with stories and information related to the travel world. We want to represent Finland in a language the exhibitors can understand, while also being a vessel for countries and organisations from around the world to promote what they have to offer to the Finnish population. This is a truly international event and one which perfectly suits the ethos and ideals of Spirit FM. We are represented by more than eight nationalities at the station and it is our wish to promote Finland around the world while spreading the word about this wonderful country. By having eight live shows broadcast from Matkamessut 2017, we believe this will allow us to not only show what Finland has to offer, but also what the exhibitors and countries can offer people who live here in Finland, thus broadening all our horizons simultaneously.  ...

CONCERTS

Bruno Mars to Helsinki, May 22nd

Bruno Mars to Helsinki, May 22nd

Hawaiian-born Bruno Mars, (born Peter Gene Hernandez) is one of today’s most successful pop music superstars, and he will hold his first-ever concert in Finland in May next year. The Finnish concert of the multi-platinum record seller and Grammy winning guitarist is part of his massive 24K Magic world tour. The tour is his first full-length tour since his successful Moonshine Jungle World tour in 2013, which sold more than 2 million tickets in 155 sold-out concerts around the world. He has sold more than 170 singles and over 26 million albums. Bruno Mars, will appear at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena on Monday, May 22nd. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.fi prices, including service charges range from € 43.50 to € 88.50. Doors open at the Hartwall Arena at 6 PM.  ...
ROCK OF AGES in Turku 13.1.2017

ROCK OF AGES in Turku 13.1.2017

Vuosituhannen parhaat kasaribileet Domino-teatterissa! Rock of Ages musical is a story of two young people with big dreams. An aspiring rocker, Drew and Sherrie, who is looking for an acting breakthrough, meet on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The globally successful rock musical gets its Finnish premier in Turku City Theatres Domino Theatre in October 2016. Rock of Ages will delight with the best and loudest rock hits from the 1980s. Rock of Ages brings arena rock to Domino Theatre and blasts the best hits of the 80s on stage. In this party, the rockers are sexy, the groupies attractive and the 80s fashion almost stylish. The performance is in Finnish. The performance is a comedy/concert/drama/stand-up act/visiting act in Turku City Theatre. The performance is in Finnish. Age recommandation 15 years Event organizer: Turun Kaupunginteatteri 14.1.2017 19.00 20.1.2017 19.00 21.1.2017 19.00 Special Dress- & sing-along-show Event address: Domino-teatteri Humalistonkatu 7, 20100 TURKU  ...
New Year’s Eve in Turku for kids and families

New Year’s Eve in Turku for kids and families

Join us in welcoming the New Year 31.12.2016 15.00–18.15 at 15 – 17.45 Children’s wonderland at Kupittaa Sports Hall The Wonderland Café will be open (cash only) Snow sculpting in front of the Sports Hall entrance at 18 Fireworks Fireworks will be shot from the outdoors swimming pool area. The fireworks can be seen from most of Kupittaa Park. The loudest bangs have been left out. However, we recommend that children wear earmuffs. The Childrens’ New Years Event is immensly popular among families in Turku. We recommend you arrive by foot or public transportation, since parking is scarce. Event turnout: 3000 persons Seikkailupuisto Kupittaankatu 2 20520 Turku  ...