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Column: Political Transparency, The View From Brussels

By Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, EU Commission Spokesperson on Climate Action & Energy They say old habits die hard, but we are already seeing a huge change in the culture of how people perceive lobbying. Long considered the shady side of politics,...

Editorial: Finland’s Alcohol Addiction

Parliament is debating the latest proposals to reform Finland's alcohol laws. But as Janne Strang argues in this editorial, the country is long overdue for a wholesale reform and rethink of the issues around alcohol - and in the end,...

Janne Strang Editorial: President Niinistö’s Election Non-Campaign

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö plays the role of international statesman this week when he meets the Russian and US Deputy Foreign Ministers in Helsinki, where the pair are having talks to try and repair the fragile relationship between their...

Janne Strang Editorial – Social Democrats Countdown to Abdication

A new poll by state-funded broadcaster YLE shows the Social Democrats losing ground. So how long until there's regime change at the top of one of Finland's grand old parties? After the announcement last weekend that the Social Democrats had...

Islam Al-Nassar Column: Who Pays The Price of Turku?

I was in Helsinki on the beginning of July, attending a political camp that taught participants more about politics, and also how to improve our skills to become better politicians. We visited several different ministries like the treasury, and...

Pekka Sauri Column: Is Tourism a Blessing or a Curse?

In the past few months, I’ve noted that sentiments critical of mass tourism are growing around Europe. Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik are recent examples, and there are probably many more. There are a number of reasons for this – overcrowding...

Päivi Anttikoski Column: Don’t Change The Channel for Children

”There has been a massive explosion at the city centre! But the Prime Minister is safe!” I could hear the loud noise through my thoughts. I think I was writing some nonsense or maybe spending time at Facebook. Stood up,...

Janne Strang Editorial: Helsinki Calling

It is hardly news to anyone that during the last few years, Europe and the West have witnessed a rather strong surge of populist rhetoric in politics, followed and accelerated by a dire shift in the news media landscapes. And...

Editorial: Mystery Presidential Meeting in the Centre of Storms

Editorial by Janne Strang for News Now Finland President Sauli Niinistö’s eagerly awaited meeting with US President Donald Trump was moved forward from Tuesday to Monday, due to Hurricane Harvey. But it is still unclear what the substance of the...

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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...