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Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Three Reasons To Be Critical About The Planned Arctic Railway

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications wants to build an Arctic railway line through the indigenous Sámi heartland in Northern Finland. The Ministry recently announced that a railway routing from Rovaniemi to the Arctic Ocean via Inari and Kirkenes...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Celebrating Sámi National Day

"Help! This comes at short notice, but I’m looking for a smart Sámi, who’d be in Helsinki next Tuesday February 6, and could go and speak about Sáminess at a theme day of the Mäkelänrinne secondary school." A familiar shout-out...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Presidential Candidates Lack Sámi Focus

The highlight of Sauli Niinistö’s first term as a president of Finland? This, if you ask me: “Indigenous Peoples should have the right to participate in matters concerning them in the United Nations. We look forward to the Secretary-General`s proposals...

Habiba Ali Column: Let’s Vote For A Moral Leader

This is my first column this year, and I hope you start 2018 like me with recharged batteries. You might have noticed that we have a presidential election coming up! Of course we all have known this for quite some time,...

Janne Strang Editorial: The Slip & Slide of Swedish in Finland

The turn of the new year saw another domain loss for those who cherish the idea of Finland as a bilingual country, when news service FNB Finska notisbyrån, the Swedish language department of STT News Agency, closed for good.   For...

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...

Pekka Sauri Column: Velvet Underground Beginning To See The Light

As I write this on Friday 17th November, the western extension of the Helsinki metro system is about to open for passengers after a considerable delay, several budget overdrafts and, obviously, a lively heritage of sarcastic social media memes...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi Column: Sámi Of The Year

I was named the 2017 Sámi of the Year on Saturday. What an honour and what a responsibility! First and foremost, the title is an honour. The person awarded is determined through a process, in which anyone can suggest who should...

Janne Strang Editorial: Finland’s Yellow & Red Heritage

Since you no doubt are wondering why the Finnish flag is hoisted up every available pole on a Monday in November, let me cut to the chase. Today Finland is celebrating Svenska dagen – the Finland Swedish Heritage Day –...

Habiba Ali Column: A Question of Identity

This is my first column for News Now Finland. I hope many more will follow. So at first, let me introduce myself. My name is Habiba Ali, this year I was elected into the Espoo City Council for the first...

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Morning headlines: Friday 3rd April 2020

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in...

City of Savonlinna starts mass lay-off talks 

The city of Savonlinna in Finland's eastern lakeland region has started talks on lay-offs for municipal workers due to the impact of the coronavirus...

SUPO: Finland’s main terror threat still comes from lone wolf attacks

The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service Supo  published its new year book on Thursday, painting a picture of the threats facing Finland from domestic...