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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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Britain imposes new restrictions for Finns who want to work in UK

The British Government has raised the bar on Finns - and other Europeans - who want to move to the UK after Brexit. From January...

Capital region shoppers are Finland’s biggest organic food buyers

The Helsinki capital region is the country's biggest market for organic food, according to retailer HOK-Elanto. The company - which operates S-Market, Alepa, Sale, Prismo...

Embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto facing Parliament, criminal investigations

Finland's embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) whose leadership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been beset with allegations of bullying and poor staff...

New poll provides some political relief for government’s biggest parties

A new political poll from Helsingin Sanomat published on Wednesday provides some good news for the two main parties in government. Both the Social Democrats...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Marin meets Merkel for Berlin talks  Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is in Berlin on Wednesday for her first meeting on German soil with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The...

Marin meets Merkel as Germany mulls generational political change

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is in Berlin on Wednesday for her first meeting on German soil with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The main topic on...

WATCH: Last of the ‘Top Gun’ test jets arrive in Finland

The last of the international contenders to replace Finland’s ageing fleet of Hornet jets arrived at Pirkkala Air Base on Tuesday afternoon. Boeing sent an...

Korkeasaari bears wake early from winter hibernation

The two resident brown bears at Helsinki's Korkeasaari Zoo have woken early from their winter hibernation due to warmer weather, after a two month...