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Hello Espoo – a friendly welcome to the city

Espoo has established a new web portal for foreigners looking to move to the city, with step-by-step guides containing all the advice they need...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Poll: Finns – mostly young people – have doubts about coronavirus vaccine

A new survey by MTV News finds a large number of Finns have doubts about getting a coronavirus vaccine, with just over a third...

THL: Quarter of all coronavirus infections in speakers of foreign languages

The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare THL says that a quarter of all Covid-19 infections in the country have been detected in people...

New capital region covid restrictions come into force

New restrictive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are being introduced Monday  in the capital city region. Joint action by Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and...

Union calls for restaurant compensation: full fixed costs including staff salaries

The Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa is calling on the government to fully compensate business owners in the sector for their fixes costs, including staff...

Alko sales increased in November

New figures show the number of liters of alcohol sold in Alko stores during November increased 5% compared with the previous year. There's been a...

Stockmann will sell flagship Helsinki store to pay debts

Finnish retailer Stockmann plans to sell its flagship Helsinki department store, as well as stores in Tallinn and Riga, to pay off some of...

Stora Enso investing €14 million in Kotka mill facility

Stora Enso is set to invest €14 million building a new specialist plant at the Sunila Mill in Kotka. The new facility will make it...

Young Lions enter ‘ice bubble’ after slippery start to Canada world champs journey

Finland's u20 men's ice hockey team have arrived in Edmonton Canada to enter a coronavirus 'bubble' ahead of this year's World Championship Tournament. But the...

WATCH: Spectacular last gasp goal seals Helmarit win in Scotland

A last gasp goal in the 95th minute of the game sealed victory for the Finnish women's national football team 0-1 against Scotland in...

Valtteri Bottas salutes medical crews after Grosjean’s Bahrain F1 crash

Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has praised the reactions of race officials and medical crews after a dramatic crash on the first lap of...

Huuhkajat arrive in Wales for crucial decider without key players

The Finnish men's national football team arrived in Wales on Monday ahead of a crunch match, without their captain at the helm, or two...

Ahtisaari Day celebrated for 10th time this year

The national Ahtisaari Day, named after former Finnish president and Nobel Peace Laureat Martti Ahtisaari, is behing held in Finland for the 10th time and...

Ted Urho column: Celebrating the Swedish king who fell off his horse in Germany

Being a Swedish-speaking Finn means you’re just like everyone else, but at the same time not. In my language it’s known as being finlandssvensk,...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi column: Sámi homeland, a scarce resource

Watching one industrial project after another trying to enter the Sámi homeland in Finland, I’ve started wondering whether companies and authorities understand that the...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi column: Stereotypes keep minorities “in their place”

Finnish Member of Parliament and a former comedian Pirkka-Pekka Petelius (Green) apologised this week to the Sámi people for his offensive 'drunken Sámi' TV sketches. Petelius...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

€17 million coronavirus grants for orchestras, museums and theatres

Finland's arts and culture sector, hard hit by the downturn in visitors and events during the coronavirus crisis this year, is getting a €17...

Espresso House offers new ‘Netflix’-style unlimited drinks option

One of the biggest coffee shop chains in Finland, Espresso House, is launching the Nordic region's first an all-you-can-drink option for customers - which...

Finnish truffle hunters strike black gold with fungus harvest

When Labradors Noora and Neea put their specially-trained noses to work, they're striking black gold in southwest Finland - but this black gold isn't...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Poll: Finns – mostly young people – have doubts about coronavirus vaccine

A new survey by MTV News finds a large number of Finns have doubts about getting a coronavirus vaccine, with just over a third...

THL: Quarter of all coronavirus infections in speakers of foreign languages

The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare THL says that a quarter of all Covid-19 infections in the country have been detected in people...

New capital region covid restrictions come into force

New restrictive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are being introduced Monday  in the capital city region. Joint action by Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

MTV News: Police investigating far-right plot to target minister, prosecutor

The National Bureau of Investigations NBI says it is investigating a "serious and wide-ranging" plot by far-right activists to carry out criminal offenses "against...

Police investigate Oulu councilor’s video broadcast

Police in Oulu say they’re investigating a suspected incident of threatening language and defamation by city councilor Junes Lokka. The alleged incident took place during the time of...

Four-month sentence for man who threatened Maria Ohisalo

A man who threatened Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) on social media has been convicted, and sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence. It means he...

Union calls for restaurant compensation: full fixed costs including staff salaries

The Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa is calling on the government to fully compensate business owners in the sector for their fixes costs, including staff...

Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

Sanna Marin holds first talks with new Estonian prime minister

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has held her first video call with the new Estonian PM Kaja Kallas who took office on Tuesday. The pair...

Across Our Region: Top stories from the last seven days

Hej! Tere! Sveiki! Halló! If you're a regular News Now Finland reader then hopefully you're well-versed in all the news that's happening here at home....

Across Our Region: Top stories from the last seven days

Hej! Tere! Sveiki! Halló! If you're a regular News Now Finland reader then hopefully you're well-versed in all the news that's happening here at home....

Analysis: Russia’s western heliport near Finland’s coast

By Robin Häggblom Russia built a heliport on Gogland . Russian news agency TASS provided some details. A Mi-26, the Soviet C-130 sized helicopter, flew in...

Analysis: A dawn raid in the Archipelago

By Robin Häggblom The day started with what sounded like a rare but not unique message on Twitter by the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation: The current search...

Analysis: Finland’s Basic Income Experiment

By Simo Raittila Finnland's basic income experiment will end – as planned. In recent days there have been some news sites claiming that the Finnish basic...

Analysis: Finland Goes Missile Shopping

By Robin Häggblom In the shadow of the HX-fighter competition, the state of the ground based air defences in Finland has again appeared in the...

More than 2.5 million downloads help break coronavirus infection chains

Finland's coronavirus track and trace app Koronavilkku has now been downloaded more than 2.5 million times since it was release on 1st September, and...

Working from home? Sales of laptops increasing year-on-year

As many people settle in for a longer period of working from home in Finland - the government recommends doing this where possible until...

One giant leap for Nokia, as telecoms company lands lunar contract

The US space agency NASA has announced $14.1 million funding (€12 million) for Nokia to build a 4G communication network on the moon. It was...

Koronavilkku app now available in English for Android and iPhone

The Koronavilkku track and trace app has released a new update, adding English to the existing Finnish and Swedish language options. Although many Android and...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Agency: Finland one of the few European countries protecting citizens from air pollution

A new scientific study from the European Environment Agency finds that Finland is one of the few European countries protecting citizens from air pollution. In...

GALLERY: Winter is around the corner

Winter is coming, but it will be a bit late. Sometime soon most if not all of Finland should get a covering of snow,...

Finland’s all-time November heat record broken

It’s already been a mild start to November, and in one part of the country the national heat record has been broken. The temperature at...

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Union calls for restaurant compensation: full fixed costs including staff salaries

The Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa is calling on the government to fully compensate business owners in the sector for their fixes costs, including staff...

Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

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