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News, 04/05/2017

Finnish kids create media buzz every spring

Illustration: Dahya and Matias, grade 4

Called Kevätpörriäinen (Buzzing Spring Bee) and founded in 1949, the magazine is legendary for its jokes page; some of the material may even give professional comedians a run for their money. The publication also contains poems, stories, games and artwork, all produced by kids in grades one to six. All profits are considered charitable donations and are distributed to schools for the benefit of the students.

As warmer spring weather reaches Finland, it is common to encounter groups of children selling the magazine. It’s not just child’s play – “grown-up” media often quote their favourite excerpts from Kevätpörriäinen on TV and radio and in paper publications. Below are our own favourites, used by permission. In honour of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, the 2017 edition includes sections called “Top 5: Best things about Finland” and “My Finland.”

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Updated 04/05/2017

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