Oulu's Finnish language newspaper Kaleva is one of the largest in the
country, with articles on everything from thirsty moose calves in
local forests, to the latest political stance on immigrants and
parking meters. With Oulu's penchant for air guitar championships,
garlic festivals, and ice swimming, a lot of the news has a wacky bent
– but discussion on local issues can be explosive and the paper's
Internet forums downright incendiary.
Like most places in Finland, Oulu has a variety of free publications.
Everyone from the local recycling centre to the social services
publish their own glossy magazine, and if you don't mark "EI
ILMAISJAKELUJA, KIITOS" (no free distributions, please) on your
letterbox, you'll soon loose your hall table under a pile of papers
thick enough to send Greenpeace into apoplexy – as if they weren't
sending out their missives as well.
A recent addition to the local news scene is 65 Degrees North, an
Internet newspaper written and edited entirely by local expatriates.
Though the staff's small and the number of articles published per
month limited, the number of readers has been growing steadily and,
taken simply as a resource for new residents, the paper is gaining
momentum – with reviews on swimming pools, columns by local writers,
and coverage of local events in English.