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Christmas stories from St Helena and Finland

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First broadcast:
Friday 21 December 2012

In Britain, thoughts are turning to Christmas this weekend, as many workers get a break and shops welcome one last influx of customers before the holiday. But on the Atlantic island of St Helena, a British possession since 1934, Christmas arrived weeks ago. The island’s remoteness means that it is heavily reliant on ships going to and from the British Isles. The deadline for Christmas postal shipments was in mid-November. But with the construction of a new airport, change is coming to the island. Horatio Clare reports.
Also on the programme, another holiday special from Finland. Mark Bosworth has been to a town that trades on its proximity to the Arctic Circle – and sells itself as the home of Santa Claus.
Presented by Pascale Harter.



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