Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Finland

Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Finland thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is a training programme for young journalists organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has administrated thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP) since 1990. In 2018, thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme will be organized in August. More information coming soon. Information on future FCPs will be published on fcp.finland.fi. The programme is targeted for young international journalists, and provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Finland, Finnish society and the Finnish way of life.

Sorry, #FCP2020 application process has been stopped! Due to the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation we...
11/03/2020
Sorry…! – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

Sorry, #FCP2020 application process has been stopped!
Due to the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation we are not able to organize ThisisFINLAND’s Foreign Correspondents’ programme in June, 2020 as planned...

Sorry…!   We are sorry to inform you that due to the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation we are not able to organize ThisisFINLAND’s Foreign Correspondents’ programme in June, 2020 as planned. Application process has been stopped. This is a precautionary measure aimed to prev...

#FCP2020 is open! If you are a citizen or permanent resident of one of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Ch...
24/02/2020
Attention aspiring journalists: ThisisFINLAND’s Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is looking for you! – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

#FCP2020 is open!
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of one of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Angola, Tunisia, Israel, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the UK - READ THIS:

Attention aspiring journalists: ThisisFINLAND’s Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is looking for you!   Have you always wanted to visit Finland? Have you ever wondered about Finnish society and the Finnish way of life? If you’re a young journalist or social media influencer, you might have a ...

11/02/2020

Sorry for the silence... But we are soon ready to open #FCP2020. Stay tuned!

As Catia says - happiness became a running gag between all participants this year. Read more:
16/09/2019
From welfare to well-being. No wonder Finns are the happiest – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

As Catia says - happiness became a running gag between all participants this year. Read more:

From welfare to well-being. No wonder Finns are the happiest I didn’t take notes during professor Antti Kaupinen’s presentation. Not because I was not interested on the subject (Happiness and Well-Being) but because I was so captivated and intrigued at the same time by the topic that I did not k...

Yes, the Finns #1 national pride: Sauna. As Fabienne found out "one could not be unhappy when the most common pastime in...
11/09/2019
thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme – Experiencing Finland through the young journalist's eyes

Yes, the Finns #1 national pride: Sauna.
As Fabienne found out "one could not be unhappy when the most common pastime includes hot steam, an ice cold beer and skinny dipping"

When a negative is actually a positive I have learned the secret of Finnish happiness. And I’m going to reveal it exclusively to readers of this blog. After consulting some of the country’s top academics (and several people down the pub) the answer turns out to be … drumroll … a lack of UNha...

During the week Benjamin worked hard to find out if Finns are happy...
05/09/2019
Are Finns happy? – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

During the week Benjamin worked hard to find out if Finns are happy...

Are Finns happy? Helsinki, Monday 8 am …The Finnish capital seems strangely calm during rush hours. Trams and cars intersect, but very little traffic. The city of 650,000 inhabitants doesn’t know the traffic congestion. On the radio, not really traffic information, it is necessary only in case o...

Read Matija's blog:
20/08/2019
See you soon Finland – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

Read Matija's blog:

See you soon Finland It was 15 years since my last landing at Vantaa Helsinki Airport. But already the first impression – it was about 11 PM when my flight arrived but still not dark of course – was Finnish capital changed a lot. On the way to the hotel I noticed Helsinki is a city under constru...

Now that some time has passed, let's take a moment and look back at our fantastic #FCP2019 week. In this article we take...
27/06/2019
The FCP Alumni Edition 2019 was a blast! – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

Now that some time has passed, let's take a moment and look back at our fantastic #FCP2019 week. In this article we take a closer look at each days' programme and we also reflect how we tackled the themes of our programme. Buckle up and enjoy the memories!

We'll start publishing blog posts from this year's participants in August. We look forward hearing their experiences from the eventful week!

Once again, thank you for everyone who made the FCP Alumni Edition 2019 possible! 👏

A gallery dedicated to the wonderful memories from #FCP2019.The FCP Alumni Edition 2019 came to an end last saturday. We...
19/06/2019

A gallery dedicated to the wonderful memories from #FCP2019.

The FCP Alumni Edition 2019 came to an end last saturday. We enjoyed a hectic week full of programme with magnificent hosts from City of Espoo, University of Helsinki, Helsinki Marketing, Hybrid CoE and Åland self-government. Thank you so much for the memorable week you provided us!

Our participants, the journalists, were an active bunch with lot of experience from different fields. In every place we visited, they had lot of good and precise questions to ask. They came well prepared! What an awesome group they were, with good group dynamics and packed with great sense of humour.

Participants liked the programme and hopefully we'll be reading all about it from their articles in the near future. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs would like to thank all the participants and those who contributed to #FCP2019! You all made it possible.

We coordinators are already missing all the participants and hopefully our paths cross in the future again!

Until then, enjoy the memories from the week with FCP 2019 Alumni Edition gallery!

A gallery dedicated to the wonderful memories from #FCP2019.

The FCP Alumni Edition 2019 came to an end last saturday. We enjoyed a hectic week full of programme with magnificent hosts from City of Espoo, University of Helsinki, Helsinki Marketing, Hybrid CoE and Åland self-government. Thank you so much for the memorable week you provided us!

Our participants, the journalists, were an active bunch with lot of experience from different fields. In every place we visited, they had lot of good and precise questions to ask. They came well prepared! What an awesome group they were, with good group dynamics and packed with great sense of humour.

Participants liked the programme and hopefully we'll be reading all about it from their articles in the near future. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs would like to thank all the participants and those who contributed to #FCP2019! You all made it possible.

We coordinators are already missing all the participants and hopefully our paths cross in the future again!

Until then, enjoy the memories from the week with FCP 2019 Alumni Edition gallery!

#FCP2019 having a tour in Oodi library.
18/06/2019

#FCP2019 having a tour in Oodi library.

The third day of #FCP2019 was another fully charged day with full of programme! In the morning we visited Helsingin Sano...
13/06/2019

The third day of #FCP2019 was another fully charged day with full of programme! In the morning we visited Helsingin Sanomat where we discussed about future of news and media freedom with editor-in-chief Kaius Niemi.

During the afternoon we had programme coordinated by Helsinki Marketing and we got to see the beautiful Oodi library and a new school being built in Jätkäsaari which has no typical class rooms but multipurpose rooms instead. We also visited the New Children's Hospital that has been designed to be as comfortable and child friendly as possible. In the evening we enjoyed the Helsinki Day's programme including outdoor karaoke and free concert at the Lasipalatsi Square. #myhelsinki

On the fourth day we visited the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats which is located in Helsinki. After hearing insight regarding countering hybrid threats in EU and Nato countries the participants had the afternoon free for interviews. Tomorrow is the last full day of the programme and we're heading to Åland!

During the second day of the #FCP2019 we had programme coordinated by University of Helsinki. In the morning we were at ...
11/06/2019

During the second day of the #FCP2019 we had programme coordinated by University of Helsinki. In the morning we were at the Think Corner of City Centre Campus, hearing analysis of the EU Presidency and the possibilities for small member states to influence EU's direction. We also continued with the happiness theme and learned from the Finnish national traits, including Everyman's Rights, that contribute to the overall happines of the country. Also populist movement and its transformation towards open racism was discussed.

In the afternoon we headed to the Kumpula Campus where we had valuable insight regarding air quality and measuring it with versatile atmospheric measurements used in urban areas, and in Antarctica as well. A place like Antarctica is an excellent environment for measuring small particles in the air, because the air is so clean compared to urban areas. In the picture we're on the roof of the Physicum Building learning from weather and aerosol monitors based there. University of Helsinki

The #FCP2019 has started but here's one final blog post gathering the feelings of Matija before the beginning of the pro...
11/06/2019

The #FCP2019 has started but here's one final blog post gathering the feelings of Matija before the beginning of the programme. "My memories on this Nordic country are just incredible great, I had fantastic time here. Not just Helsinki, also border with Russia, Lahti, Rovaniemi, Inari, Åland, Tampere, hanging around with inspired young journalists with all the professional life ahead. Freedom!"

https://fcp.finland.fi/15-years-ago/

The first day of #FCP2019 started of with a eventful and sunny day! We started the day from Ministry for Foreign Affairs...
10/06/2019

The first day of #FCP2019 started of with a eventful and sunny day! We started the day from Ministry for Foreign Affairs receiving lot of insight concerning Finland's EU Presidency and Finland as the happiest country in the world. During the afternoon we headed to Aalto university in #Espoo where we learned about themes on sustainability. The evening we spent in the beautiful island of Pentala and visited its archipelago museum. Thank you for the great programme to the city of Espoo and #visitespoo & #espooinnovation. We got a great start for the programme! #summerespoo

A reminder indeed. Only a few more days until the programme starts! We the coordinators, are getting bit impatient to me...
05/06/2019
Reminders – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

A reminder indeed. Only a few more days until the programme starts! We the coordinators, are getting bit impatient to meet all the fantastic alumnis.

According to Sorana: "It’s not an overstatement when I say that the way the FCP was run and what I’ve learned on this trip on the way Finns do their work has forever set a standard in my work as well." We hope that the FCP can keep up with the high standards it left the last time!

Sorana's #FCP2019 -Blog post in the link below.

Pierre was a participant of FCP in 1996 when the programme was known as simply "Young Journalists Programme". A lot has ...
03/06/2019
Post from the last millenium – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

Pierre was a participant of FCP in 1996 when the programme was known as simply "Young Journalists Programme". A lot has changed since then in the programme and in Finland. At that time for example, Finland had won only one Ice Hockey World Championship and now we have three titles!

Pierre has written stories about Finland since his visit and he has also done documentaries, including a road movie from Finland. "I try to combine very human stories with the complexity of the global context. I am convinced that it is visually possible to mix in a very attractive and concerning way the emotional level with strong policy questions."

More on Pierre's experiences and career from the latest #FCP2019 -Blog post.

"It was not that long ago."Cátia was a participant of FCP in 2013 and she is having a hard time accepting that some time...
29/05/2019
It was not that long ago. But it sure feels like it – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

"It was not that long ago."

Cátia was a participant of FCP in 2013 and she is having a hard time accepting that some time has past since her last visit to Finland. "It was not that long ago, but so much has changed in the meantime. So I can not wait to see and hear and feel what has changed in Finland in the meantime."

So what was the FCP like for Cátia last time and what has happened to her afterwards? Read it from her new #FCP2019 -Blog post.

With our newest #FCP2019 -Blog post we have Fabienne writing her thoughts on returning to Finland after general election...
28/05/2019
There’s one thing which didn’t change – and I wonder why – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

With our newest #FCP2019 -Blog post we have Fabienne writing her thoughts on returning to Finland after general elections as the new governement is currently forming.

"With participating in the FCP Alumni edition 2019 I hope to reconnect with the country, see how the trends and innovations I learned about four years ago developed since then."

More about Fabienne's thoughts from the blog:

There’s one thing which didn’t change – and I wonder why When I participated in the FCP 2015, I basically knew nothing about Finland, the history, the culture and the Finnish way of life. When I left three weeks later, I have not only gained knowledge in all of this areas which led to coverage...

In the spirit of celebrating Finland defeating Sweden in quarter finals of 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships yest...
24/05/2019
Seagulls, taste of Salmiakki and memories… – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

In the spirit of celebrating Finland defeating Sweden in quarter finals of 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships yesterday, #FCP2019 participant Miho Dobrašin was having difficulties finishing his blog post "... while I am writing this, I crossed my fingers for the Finnish ice-hockey team which is just competing at the World Cup in Slovakia, so my typing has slowed down."

Read more about Miho's expectations on returning to Finland on June from his blog post!

Today's blog post is from Lucy Christie who comes from United Kingdom. As she recalls, during the time she took part in ...
22/05/2019
A special af-fin-ity… – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

Today's blog post is from Lucy Christie who comes from United Kingdom. As she recalls, during the time she took part in the FCP: "It was the summer Beyonce was Crazy in Love and Captain Jack Sparrow swashbuckled onto our screens." If you can't guess the year, you better read it from the article.

Scotland introduced baby boxes in 2017 and she wants to find out, if there's other socially progressive policies the world could adopt from Finland. Read more about Lucy's expectations from the #FCP2019 blog.

"My participation to the Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Finland next month will be the continuation of this desire...
21/05/2019
From Belgium with love… – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

"My participation to the Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Finland next month will be the continuation of this desire to learn and meet. I will have the chance to reinforce my journalistic network." , Benjamin Carlier is eager to meet other participants of the #FCP2019 and also interesting people from different fields in Finland. Read more about Benjamin's expectations from the blog!

From Belgium with love… My name is Benjamin, Benjamin Carlier. My talent is not to save Great Britain against the evil but to help belgian viewers and listeners to understand the world they live in. I don’t have the pretension to know everything about everything, and after 15 years of practicing...

First in our #FCP2019 blog series, we'll find out about Veronika's thoughts on coming back to Finland. She originally pa...
16/05/2019
Why on Earth are they so happy? – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

First in our #FCP2019 blog series, we'll find out about Veronika's thoughts on coming back to Finland. She originally participated to the FCP in 2003 and she has visited Finland several times afterwards.

This time she would like to know how Finnish society has changed in politics and why the populist movements are on the rise in Finland as well. But she is also very curious to know why is Finland ranked the happiest country in the world!

30/04/2019
Here they are: FCP Alumni Edition 2019 Participants! – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

New FCP blog update about our awesome participants of #FCP2019 is here! Check it out and get to know our alumni participants who come from all over the Europe. They will be writing about their expectations on their revisit to Finland before the programme starts on 10th of June. So stay tuned as their blogs will start to come out after few weeks...

https://fcp.finland.fi/here-they-are-fcp-alumni-edition-2019-participants/

Here they are: FCP Alumni Edition 2019 Participants! June and the beginning of thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme Alumni Edition 2019 is approaching fast. Let us now introduce our magnificent participants, who come from 10 countries all over the Europe. They can’t wait to visit Finl...

The participants for FCP Alumni Edition 2019 have been selected! The selected participants have been informed by our loc...
12/04/2019
FCP Alumni Edition 2019 participants have been selected! – thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents' Programme

The participants for FCP Alumni Edition 2019 have been selected! The selected participants have been informed by our local embassies. A warm thank you to all applicants for their great enthusiasm and interest in the programme! 💙🇫🇮 Hopefully you'll get another chance to re-visit Finland as part of the alumni programme in the future! #FCP2019

https://fcp.finland.fi/fcp-alumni-edition-2019-participants-have-been-selected/

FCP Alumni Edition 2019 participants have been selected! The long-awaited 2019 Alumni Edition of Foreign Correspondents’ Programme is getting closer. Approximately two months from now, the ten selected alumni will start their one-week journey in Finland on June 10th full of exciting experiences wi...

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has administrated thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP) since 1990. In 2019, thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme will be an Alumni Edition and it’s organized in June. Information on future FCPs will be published on fcp.finland.fi. The programme is targeted for young international journalists, and provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about Finland, Finnish society and the Finnish way of life.

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Hi there, do you perhaps have an indication of when the application for the FFC programme, which was canceled due to COVID19 this year will open for 2021? Best
Help him to find his family. He is from Finland. Suddenly he got ill in Sylhet District. https://www.facebook.com/sylnewsbd2017/videos/242715357119619/
At the moment only in Finnish
Hello... Have the applicants accepted for interviews been informed for Lebanon?
Bonsoir Monsieur et Madamme, I checked this post and I find it really interesting,I would love to be involved in this programme, and I will also love if anyone can please give me more information about it,have gone over it but would still love more information about it, Merci beaucoup.
I am also interested in this program please suggest me the way to follow.
How does one apply for this training
Hi, this is Ai from China. My major is not about News or Media. Can I still apply? Thank you!
Its nice to know about this programme..would like to know more details.. [email protected] and [email protected]