Arts & Culture

The theme for this year’s Independence Day reception announced

The theme of this year's Independence Day reception will be knowledge and discussion. The annual event sees President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio welcome nearly 2000 guests to the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on 6th December. "Finland's strength has...

More local news in English for the capital city region

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...

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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...