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TV Series: 'Arctic Circle'

I just finished watching a Finnish-German TV series entitled Arctic Circle. Most of the series takes place in Lapland, the largest, northernmost and least densely populated region of Finland. Less than 4% of Finland’s 5.6 million people live in Lapland.

The crux of the story is the hunt for a deadly virus that has the potential to spread and kill many people. The heroine of the story is Lapland police officer Nina Kautsalo who is ably portrayed by the beautiful Iina Kuustonen. The hunt for the virus involves international crime figures and Finland’s neighbor Russia. There subplots include a love story, parental love and the complexities of modern marriage. It’s hard to describe more without spoilers. The dialogue is in Finnish, English, German and Russian. The subtitles are good and easy to follow.

The scenery is gorgeous. I really now want to visit Lapland, one of the best places to see the Northern Lights.

By Čeština: Petr Vodička, WikipedieEnglish: Petr Vodička, Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46453801

You can read more about this fine series on The Euro TV Place, which is my primary source for great European television worth watching. The series is available exclusively on a new streaming service called Topic. Topic is also available as an Amazon channel, which is how I watched it.

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The Far Right: Now Normal in Europe?

K. Biswas writing for The New York Times:

The taboo on the far right in government has been comprehensively broken: Mainstream parties appear happy to cooperate with those once considered “toxic.” Nativist representatives have been invited into ruling coalitions in Denmark, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands to act as support partners for traditional conservatives unable to win parliamentary majorities. No longer derided or dismissed by their mainstream rivals, far-right parties now show themselves capable of winning nationwide elections. Last year France’s National Rally, Italy’s League and Britain’s Brexit Party won the most votes in their countries’ elections to the European Parliament.

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Finland: Led by 34-Year Old Sanna Marin

Finland, a country of 5.5 million people, has the world’s youngest prime minister. Sanna Marin, who is 34 years old, took charge on December 10, 2019. Marin heads a five party coalition in which 12 out of 19 ministers in the cabinet are women. She is of modest means and was elected to Parliament in 2015.

Nice to see.