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Lab-grown coffee, “dirty” play in daycares and green initiatives

Yasmin Warsame, Omar Abdi and Khadar Ayderus Ahmed celebrated The Gravedigger’s Wife’s world premiere at Cannes Film Festival.

Sami Kuokkanen/ Bufo 2021

The City of Lahti shows the way in sustainability, while Finnish TV and film productions embrace green measures and kids in daycare get to play in the forest undergrowth. Click on any photo and take a look at recent creativity from Finland.

Get those hands dirty. Daycares in Finland built mini forests and found that playing in their undergrowth can change a child’s immune system for the better in just one month. (Photo: Pasi Markkanen) Checkout Science Alert’s article for more

The Gravedigger’s Wife wins at the Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Somali-Finn Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, the film tells the story of a man who’s trying to find ways to pay for his sick wife’s treatment. (Photo: Lasse Lecklin/ Bufo) The National News spoke with Ahmed


Finnish pop star Alma has performed and written music with superstars such as Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey. A new documentary by Pamela Tola explores Alma’s rise in the notoriously difficult industry amid challenging conditions. (Photo: Lucy Loves/ PME Records) Tola talked with Variety about her creative process

Lordi is back. The Eurovision-winning band has released a new thrash metal-influenced single, Abracadaver. It is guaranteed to strike a chord in the mosh pit, predicts BraveWords. (Photo: Lordi/ Facebook)

When it comes to sustainability, Lahti stands out. The Finnish city is the northernmost city ever to be crowned the European Green Capital. Lahti has embedded green solutions into town planning, including a carbon trading mobile app for its citizens. (Photo: Visit Lahti Photo Library) Read more at Good News from Finland.


What was that sound? When you hear footsteps, closing doors and other sounds in film, they are likely created by a Foley artist after filming. Three Finnish audio experts have made a name in this field, creating sound effects for films such as Ad Astra, Beguiled and Sound of Metal. (Photo: Jukka Lehojärvi/ H5 Film Sound/ Facebook) Read their interview with Yle.

Meet the young professionals putting Nordic music on the map. Twenty young talents with fresh perspectives, ideas and business models made it onto the latest Nordic Music Biz 20 Under 30 list for 2021. (Photo: NOMEX Nordic Music Export) Find the full list at Music Finland.

Film producers take a green focus. A new initiative between APFI, the film and TV producers’ association in Finland, and environmental non-profit Albert aims to combat climate issues on projects shooting in the country. The initiative equips producers with tools and metrics to measure a production’s carbon footprint. (Photo: Detective Agency Henkka & Kivimutka/ Fishcock Films Company) Checkout Variety’s article for more.

Lab-grown coffee anyone? Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have successfully produced coffee cells in a bioreactor. They promise the taste and smell of the coffee is exactly like “the real thing”. More significantly it could help to tackle the soaring demand for coffee in a sustainable way. (Photo: VTT) Read more at Fast Company and Good News from Finland

By: Eeva Haaramo