Crime

Supreme Court upholds fine for judge in Axl Smith sex tape case

The Supreme Court has issued a ruling Friday morning to uphold a fine against a judge in the Axl Smith sex tape case. Helsinki District Court judge Maritta Pakarinen was fined for negligent breach of duty in a case which...

Police detain one person after threats against Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo

One man is in custody awaiting a court appearance, after allegedly sending threatening messages to Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) via social media. The minister wrote about it on Twitter briefly, saying "I've received threats, which the police have registered as ...

Racism trial begins for Finns Party Youth activists

Three activists from the Finns Party Youth group are on trial today at Pirkanmaa District Court, facing charges of racial incitement connected to last year's European Parliament elections. In spring 2019 the Finns Party Youth shared post on its Facebook...

Fines for Greenpeace protesters who climbed Parliament columns

A group of Greenpeace protesters have been convicted and sentenced to fines for climbing up the columns outside Parliament to hang a banner urging climate change. The incident took place in March 2019 and Helsinki District Court found eight people...

Government to set up anti-human trafficking taskforce

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) says the government will set up a national anti-human trafficking group coordinated by the police. She made the announcement in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat, and says there will be 20 officers assigned to the unit...

One arrest after Laurea University security alert and campus lockdown

Police have arrested one person after a security alert at the Leppävaara campus of Laura University of Applied Sciences in Espoo. Students received an alert message shortly after 11:00 on Friday morning saying "This is not a rehearsal." "We have closed...

Supo: Growing threat from right-wing terrorism in Finland

The security and intelligence service Supo says there's a growing threat of terrorism from extreme right-wing groups in Finland. In a new report published Thursday, SUPO says individuals or small groups supporting far-right ideology - or radical Islamism - "pose...

PM: ID number changes for Vastaamo hacking victims is possible

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) says it's already possible under Finnish law for someone to change their official identification number. She was speaking before the start of the government's monthly 'night school' session where ministers met at the House of the...

MTV News: Court orders assets freeze for Vastaamo’s ex-CEO

MTV News reports that Helsinki District Court has ordered the temporary seizure of assets belonging to Ville Tapio, the former CEO of Vastaamo therapy centres, and his family, to the tune of almost €10 million. The company was owned by...

Maria Ohisalo: Vastaamo cyber attack and blackmail demands “serious, outrageous and cowardly”

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) says a cyber attack on Vastaamo psychotherapy centre computer systems, which may have resulted in as many as 40,000 patient records being held for ransom, is "a serious, outrageous and cowardly attack." Details of the data...

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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...