Five facts about populism

The idea of building a border wall offers a simple solution to the complex problem of immigration. Such populist ideas and the contested nature of contemporary media are contributing to…

Knowledge is useless without motivation

Changing one’s health habits may be difficult for various reasons. People need concrete support, not to be preached at. Most Finns are familiar with the basics of healthy habits: they…

Unaccompanied minors arriving in Finland need a lot of support

In 2015, over 3,000 refugee children arrived in Finland without their parents.   By the end of November 2016, a further 385 had arrived. Some of them were accompanied by…

Finnish basic income experiment piques the interest of South Koreans

In January, doctoral student Hyeon Su Seo from the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere wrote an essay on the universal basic income experiment in Finland and published…

Calling attention to expertise

Letting others know about one’s own expertise is now an integral part of a researcher’s professional qualifications.   Three years ago, Nina V. Nygren, a university lecturer in environmental policy…

The Global Health Programme is expanding its students’ perspectives on well-being

Health is not only a medical matter; it is also a social one. It is only in recent years that international debate has started to turn to the links between…

Not just another fad diet

According to Professor Katri Kaukinen, people should not avoid grains if they do not experience any symptoms: a gluten-free diet is not a shortcut to weight loss. Nevertheless, grains do…

Finnish pensioners migrate to Thailand

Growing numbers of Finnish pensioners are spending their winters in Thailand. The country is even seeking to attract pensioners with its special Retirement Visa scheme. In the dark winter months,…

Global Health students fight to contain a dangerous epidemic in a new training simulation

You find yourself in the following scenario: you are working in a developing country, and a very sick patient comes to visit your rural health clinic. His symptoms point to…

Eating cabbage is not the solution to poverty

The number of people living on low incomes in Finland is increasing, but even so, the well-off have a hard time understanding the comprehensive effects of poverty. Professor Juho Saari…