Arts & Culture

Director Lauri Törhönen Quits Culture Role After Harassment Accusations

Film director Lauri Törhönen has resigned from his role at a management company which oversees activites at the Kaapelitehdas and Suvilahti cultural venues in Helsinki. "It was clear that Törhönen did not have the support to continue his work" Helsinki...

Finland’s Christmas Radio Moves To Year-Round Format

Are you already missing the most wonderful time of the year? Finland's Christmas Radio station Jouluradio is extending the seasonal spirit from the usual holiday period, to all year round. So you can listen to traditional and contemporary music from Finland...

Finns Count Backyard Birds In Annual Wildlife Survey

Finnish nature lovers - from amateur bird watchers to seasoned ornithologists - are taking part in an annual exercise to count the number and variety of backyard birds. 'Pihabongaus' is the country's biggest bird event and takes place over two...

Panda Diplomacy: Two Bears Arrive From China

Two giant pandas have arrived in Finland, where they'll spend the next 15 years under a loan scheme from the Chinese government. Lumi (Snow) and Pyry (Blizzard) landed on a cargo flight in Helsinki, where they were greeted by an...

Saara Aalto’s Three Eurovision Songs For Finland

Singer Saara Aalto has picked three songs which she could perform for Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. Aalto wrote on Twitter "choosing my 3 Eurovision options in the next 5 minutes. EXCITING". In recent years, state-funded broadcaster YLE has organised...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Saana Illumination Is Grotesque & Reeks Of Colonialism

The Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi, in the 'Arm of Finland' is illuminated on Monday and Tuesday as part of the official programme celebrating Finland's 100 years of Independence. Saana lies in the heartland of the Sámiland - a thoroughly colonized area, which has been carved up by the borders of the four nation states, and continues to be...

WEEKEND: Pekka Strang On Stage & Screen

The headlines this year have all been about the Tom of Finland movie. So bring us up to date, what are you working on now? Right now I'm in rehearsals for Don't Dress for Dinner which opens at the...

Lightbringer: The Story Of Finland’s New Winter War Memorial

A striking new sculpture lights up the dark skies this week, when Finland's first ever national memorial to the Winter War of 1939 and 1940 is unveiled on Thursday. Called 'Valontuojia' - or Lightbringer in English - the thoroughly modern...

WEEKEND: André Wickström Jokes Around

Comedian André Wickström is a well known face on Finnish television, on the stand-up circuit, and from his quirky character commercials for energy company HELEN. This weekend for News Now Finland, André tells us in his own words about Finnish humour,...

Two Royal Princes Heading to Helsinki

Finland will have an influx of royal visitors at the end of November, when not one but two princes head to Helsinki on the same date. Sweden's Prince Daniel - husband of Crown Princess Victoria - will make a two...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...