They provide more than warmth.
Cape Town reggae artist, Teba Shumba.
Reggae in South Africa has lost its visibility and prominence inside the country after apartheid. But local artists have built up extensive international links.
Down the steps of Finland’s famous Bengtskaer lighthouse.
This problem masks a greater threat to the welfare state than it first appears.
Protest against the law “El Khomri” in Paris, 2016.
Jeanne Menjoulet & Cie/Flickr
Today young people are the first victims of the increasing job insecurity in the world. Can a universal basic income, as proposed by a number of politicians, change things for the better?
Can basic income become a worldwide policy?
The arguments for an universal basic income have emerged from a rising disillusionment in classic economics and expectations of more security.
A new plan.
The country's new scheme could make it an extremely popular destination.
Mission: poverty eradication.
Scotland is the latest place to look at piloting the concept.
John’s the don.
The Scots thought their education system was world-beating, until the OECD started publishing rankings.
A Finnish family, pictured around the late 19th century.
Study investigates whether a decrease in serious childhood disease could be extending human lifespan.
Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer took the far right to the brink of victory in the recent election.
Radical right populists are on the brink of power in Austria and making gains across the region. And the European leaders who once were willing to publicly condemn them are silent now.
The Saami have a history of colonisation and discrimination, and tend not to have easy relationships with the four modern states they inhabit.
Although the Saami have made political and legal gains in the past decades, progress is precarious. And recognition of their rights cannot be taken for granted.
This is what could cause the collapse of the EU – and what could save it.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Symposium, 1894 (Sibelius sits on far right).
In his 150th anniversary year it seems appropriate that Sibelius and his reception receive a critical re-evaluation.
The atmosphere in classrooms in Finland is more relaxed.
October 5 is World Teachers' Day. How about paying some attention to how teachers experience their work? Do teachers in Finland have more autonomy when compared to those in the US?
During the 1890s Sibelius cemented his position as Finland’s leading composer.
Allan Watt/ Helsinki, Sibelius Monument
The classical music world is marking the 150th anniversary of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius with concerts across Finland and in Australia too. But who was the man behind the music?
Rising imprisonment rates are the result of political responses to media and public agitation for tougher sentences.
Some claim rising crime rates justify jailing more people, others that such policies cut crime. Evidence from around the world shows those claims are wrong and that we should be looking at inequality.
The Finns Party celebrating their leap forward.
After four years of a government that put itself at the centre of the EU, Finland has dramatically changed course.
Russia won’t like this.
Finland is to become the last Nordic country to legalise same-sex marriage. And Russia isn't going to like it.
A large number of teachers leave the profession each year.
Man image via www.shutterstock.com
With teachers leaving the profession in large numbers and a drop in candidates applying to teaching programs, it is time to take a fresh look at education reforms.
What books will children need if subjects are off the timetable?
Finland backpack via Sergey A.Kravchenko/www.shutterstock.com
It easy to lampoon education reforms in Finland that aim to scrap the teaching of traditional subjects in favour of broader topics. The new initiative could see history, geography and languages replaced…