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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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Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

VR waives railway restaurant rents for two months

State railways operator VR Group says it is waiving the rents of cafes and restaurants on its station properties across the country for two...

Mika Lintilä: “This is the worst moment of Finland’s economic history”

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) says the coronavirus crisis "is the worst moment of Finland's economic history" as he set out new...

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...