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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...

No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says there were no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Finland on Friday. The total number of people...

Experts: Coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down in Finland 

The team of public health experts monitoring the government's hybrid strategy of slowly easing restrictions says the coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down compared...

Restrictions eased for Finland’s elderly as coronavirus crisis moves into summer

The Government has unveiled new guidelines for older people during the coronavirus crisis, stressing a flexible individual approach to keeping them safe. These new instructions...

Finnish researchers look to dogs to sniff out coronavirus

Researchers at the University of Helsinki are investigating whether dogs' sense of smell could be a faster and more accurate test for coronavirus. Scientists from...

Number of unemployed jobseekers nearly doubles in April

The number of people out of work and looking for employment almost doubled in April compared with the year before, as the coronavirus crisis...

Coronavirus epidemic means fewer summer jobs available

The number of summer jobs available this year in Finland has dropped compared to the year before. According to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade...

Finns wary about long-term damage to the economy from coronavirus

The majority of Finns say that although they accept there's gloomy economic times ahead, they're in agreement that there needs to be some exceptional...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay...

Finnish floorball gets an international-focused makeover

Finland's semi-professional floorball league is being rebranded and given a new identity as F-Liiga. The new brand incorporates 30 clubs with 16 women's teams and...

Women’s football league is first major competition to re-start

Finland's National League - Kansallinen Liiga - the top flight of women's football, is the first major competition to announce a start date, after...

Mixed fortunes for pro sports, as clubs look to government for bailout

Finland's grass pitches stand idle. The basketball courts are empty. The ice rinks have melted. Pro sports is caught in the middle of unprecedented restrictions...

Oulu footballers tackle coronvirus with community service

Footballers in Finland, left with no games or training due to the coronavirus restrictions, are finding new ways to tackle the impact of 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...

Janne Strang column: Deliverance day for Finland’s left

As the party line-up of the new Finnish government and its policy program was formally announced on Monday, the fiscally conservative right, who for...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi column: We need a Sámi go-to person in the Finnish Parliament

There are two versions of autonomy within Finland: the region of the Åland Islands between Finland and Sweden is autonomous; and the indigenous people...

Mikko Kiesiläinen column: Lestijärvi is distributing your tax money to their residents

The tiny municipality of Lestijärvi gives out a baby bonus of €10,000 to the families of babies born within the municipality. The sum is paid...

Barbecue books: Libraries to offer grills on loan for summer

Finns are known for their love of libraries - and in the summer also known for their love of outdoor grilling. So it's perhaps not...

Turku plans drive-in entertainment for coronavirus summer

The Turku Exhibition Centre has come up with an imaginative summer programme to bring audiences together for concerts, cinema, comedy and karaoke - but...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says there were no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Finland on Friday. The total number of people...

Experts: Coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down in Finland 

The team of public health experts monitoring the government's hybrid strategy of slowly easing restrictions says the coronavirus epidemic continues to slow down compared...

Restrictions eased for Finland’s elderly as coronavirus crisis moves into summer

The Government has unveiled new guidelines for older people during the coronavirus crisis, stressing a flexible individual approach to keeping them safe. These new instructions...

Finnish researchers look to dogs to sniff out coronavirus

Researchers at the University of Helsinki are investigating whether dogs' sense of smell could be a faster and more accurate test for coronavirus. Scientists from...

Police search for scammer targeting foreigners with Helsinki apartments

Helsinki Police are investigating a scammer targeting foreigners and offering them bogus apartment rentals in the capital city. Authorities have taken the unusual step of...

Police investigate booby-trapped apartment bomb, a death inside and two injured officers

Two police officers were injured in an explosion on Monday night after trying to open the door of a booby-trapped apartment in Espoo. One body...

Police launch investigation into North Savo nursing home deaths

Police in Eastern Finland have launched a formal preliminary investigation into the Kallionsydän nursing home in Kiuruvesi where at least 11 elderly people have...

Trial begins in Somero conscript homicide case

The trial gets underway at Turku District Court today in the case of a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. Military conscript Milla Aronen, 21, was...

Finland begins first domestic face mask production

Three Finnish companies have started large-scale manufacturing of protective face masks this week. Ministers announced on Wednesday that Filterpak, Lifa Air and Teho Filter are...

Barbecue books: Libraries to offer grills on loan for summer

Finns are known for their love of libraries - and in the summer also known for their love of outdoor grilling. So it's perhaps not...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Unemployment numbers almost doubled in April The Ministry of Employment and Economy has published new figures which show the number of registered unemployed jobseekers at...

Coronavirus round-up: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus numbers and new heatmap from THL Confusion & delays for restaurants...

Finland wraps up repatriation flights, after thousands brought home

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is bringing repatriation flights to an end, after returning 3,227 tourists back to Finland or their home countries in...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...

Swedish minister concerned over Finland travel restrictions

Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde says she's concerned that travelers from her country might not be allowed to travel freely to other Nordic countries as...

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...

Porvoo software company urges government to be more cyber secure

A Porvoo software company is urging the government to take more care with cyber security, and perhaps switch even casual communications between ministers to...

Ministry plans tracker app to trace coronavirus chains

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is planning to introduce a mobile phone app to help trace the spread of coronavirus in Finland. Other...

Slush 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

This year's Slush startup event, set to be held in November, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organisers made the announcement on...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

Storm warnings prompt flight cancellations

A storm system moving into southern and central areas of Finland on Wednesday brings with it high winds, rain, sleet and snow. The Finnish Meteorological...

Canary Islands flights getting back to normal after Sahara sandstorm delays

Flights to and from the Canary Islands are getting back to normal on Monday, after hundreds of Finns were among the passengers delayed by...

Warm winter: January sets new weather records across the country

Warm winter temperatures in January mean that many parts of Finland saw new weather records being set. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute January was...

Forty degree+ temperature spread, as winter’s coldest low is recorded in Lapland

The weather in Finland is a tale of two temperatures at the moment - with a forty degree difference between the warmest and coldest...

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Finland wraps up repatriation flights, after thousands brought home

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is bringing repatriation flights to an end, after returning 3,227 tourists back to Finland or their home countries in...

Finland begins first domestic face mask production

Three Finnish companies have started large-scale manufacturing of protective face masks this week. Ministers announced on Wednesday that Filterpak, Lifa Air and Teho Filter are...

Barbecue books: Libraries to offer grills on loan for summer

Finns are known for their love of libraries - and in the summer also known for their love of outdoor grilling. So it's perhaps not...

Number of unemployed jobseekers nearly doubles in April

The number of people out of work and looking for employment almost doubled in April compared with the year before, as the coronavirus crisis...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Unemployment numbers almost doubled in April The Ministry of Employment and Economy has published new figures which show the number of registered unemployed jobseekers at...

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