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If you've opened the pages of Helsingin Uutiset, Vantaan Sanomat or Länsiväylä newspapers recently you might have noticed something new. We've partnered with publisher Etelä-Suomen Media Oy to cooperate on sharing journalism content - so at the end of each month you can find...

Really? Russian tourists think Helsinki is Europe’s most boring city

There's a constant stream of Russian tourists visiting the capital of Finland, but what do our eastern neighbours really think of Helsinki? A new social media survey in Russia finds that 30% of respondents say Helsinki is the most boring...

Greens pull funding for Vihreä Lanka party magazine

The Green League political party has decided to withdraw funding for its magazine Vihreä Lanka - Green Yarn - at the end of the year, effectively shutting down the 36-year old publication. In a statement, the Greens note that they...

Biography sheds light on political intrigue and health crisis for Antti Rinne

A new biography of Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) hit the shelves on Thursday, with the PM showing up at Helsinki Book Fair to promote the launch. The 350-page book reveals new information about Rinne's political and personal life, and although...

Finnish pop star Alma to support Christina Aguilera on UK tour

Finnish pop sensation Alma is set to play some of Europe's biggest venues when she joins global superstar Christina Aguilera on her upcoming UK tour. Alma - whose full name is Alma-Sofia Miettinen - made the announcement on her social media...

Sámi journalist named one of BBC’s ‘100 women of 2019’

A Sámi journalist - one of only two who writes and broadcasts in the Skolt Sámi language - has been named as one of the BBC's '100 women of 2019'. The annual list from the British Broadcasting Corporation brings together...

Author Sofi Oksanen makes press freedom donation

Author Sofi Oksanen has donated €15,000 to the Finnish branch of Reporters Without Borders to support the organisation's work to promote freedom of expression. Oksanan says that democracy is under threat even in Finland because public debate can easily be silenced. "Some...

Recommended reading: books spark imagination during autumn holidays

The pages of a book can transport its reader to other countries, other times or other worlds, and that's why the Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI is encouraging school students to read during the autumn holiday break. A trip...

GALLERY: Red, green and gold – Lapland’s ‘ruska’ colours

At this time of year Finland's forests and fells are rapidly changing through the short autumn season when the leaves turn many different shades. This is known as 'ruska' in Finnish, where the vivid reds from bilberry and lingonberry bushes...

Makia clothing brand responds to design plagiarism accusations

It should have been a landmark week for Finnish fashion brand Makia, as the company launched a capsule collection with CupOfTherapy to raise awareness of mental health issues. Instead, the trendy Helsinki-based clothing company has been in the headlines for all...

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GALLERY: Discovering Finland’s urban wildlife residents

How well do you know your neighbours? No, not your human neighbours, but the other animals that share our cities, towns and villages with...

Morning headlines: Friday 15th January 2020

Cold snap continues across the country  A cold front with some extremely chilly temperatures continues across most of central, southern and eastern Finland on Friday...

Morning headlines: Thursday 14th January 2021

Coronavirus update: No new restrictions expected today Public health officials, and Minister Krista Kiuru (SDP) will give a coronavirus update on Thursday morning but are not...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Southern snow storm continues, as temperatures drop A snowstorm that swept through southern Finland in the last 36 hours continues on Wednesday, although snow will...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Snow storm brings dangerous driving conditions, power outages A snowstorm sweeping across western and southern Finland on Tuesday brings dangerous driving conditions to roads and...

Morning headlines: Monday 11th January 2021

Exceptionally heavy snowfall on the way from Monday night Meteorologists are warning of "exceptional" levels of snowfall with up to 30-40cm of accumulated snow forecast...

Morning headlines: Friday 8th January 2021

Minister calls for faster vaccine delivery from EU Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) has written to the EU's Health Commissioner calling for...

Morning headlines: Thursday 7th January 2021

Finnish leaders react to American political violence  Finnish leaders have reacted to a night of political violence in America, when armed supporters of US President...