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Along the way

A tour through Europe: Liverpool 2008

A tour through Europe: Liverpool 2008

  Liverpool is a city in the North West of England with a population of around half a million. It used to be known for its industry, in particular for being a significant port city, especially...

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A tour through Europe: Linz 2009

A tour through Europe: Linz 2009

  The Austrian city of Linz, with a population of around 200,000 was nominated European Capital of Culture (ECoC) for 2009 together with the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Linz had several goals...

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Forests and bank cards

Forests and bank cards

"What are you doing in Ruka?, I asked the young woman who joined me in the hotel sauna. It was a dark autumn day and a cold drizzle had just started outside. “I’m on my summer holiday”, came the...

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A tour through Europe: Istanbul 2010

A tour through Europe: Istanbul 2010

  The biggest city in Turkey, Istanbul, with a population of over 15 million inhabitants, was one of the three European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) in 2010, together with Essen and the Ruhr...

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A tour through Europe: Pécs 2010

A tour through Europe: Pécs 2010

  The Hungarian city of Pécs was one of the three European Capitals of Culture (ECoC ) in 2010, together with Essen (which included the Ruhr region in its project) and Istanbul. For Pécs, the...

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Finnish health care: my first experience

Finnish health care: my first experience

Disaster often strikes when you’re on top of the world. In early August I moved to Oulu after a wonderful six-week holiday. Bursting with energy, I was keen to meet my new colleagues and start...

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Why I’ve moved to Oulu?

Why I’ve moved to Oulu?

I moved to London from Budapest when I got my first job with BBC News 23 years ago. I was thrilled. Living in London gave my kids fantastic opportunities: they grew up bilingual in a liberal, open,...

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How I fell in love with Finland

How I fell in love with Finland

I arrived in Finland after three months of living under strict lockdown in London. Covid-19 was spreading like wildfire in Britain, with hundreds of people dying and thousands of new infections...

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