Crime

New police warnings about blackmail demands for leaked therapy records

The National Bureau of Investigation NBI says that a number of people have received blackmail demands connected with a data breach at Vastaamo, a company that offers psychotherapy services. Vastaamo revealed earlier this week they'd been the victim of hacking,...

Police release one suspect, arrest another, in political assassination attempt case

The National Bureau of Investigations NBI has let one former suspect go free, and arrested another in the case of an attempted political homicide. Far-right activist Tero Ala-Tuuhonen is no longer considered a suspect in the beating attack on Finns Party...

Hackers hold patient information for ransom in psychotherapy data breach

A company that offers psychotherapy to thousands of patients across Finland says it's been the victim of a data breach, with the personal information of customers held for ransom. Vastaamo, which sees patients in 20 cities including Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä,...

Justice at last for Namibian students as Joensuu racist attackers are convicted

Two foreign students from Namibia, who were the victims of a racist assault in September 2018, have finally seen their attackers convicted. A 35-year old Finnish man was sentenced to six months in prison for his part in the attack,...

Prosecutor opens preliminary investigation into police pepper spray incident

UPDATE 15.10.20 - The Parliamentary Ombudsman says they will *not* investigate 15 complaints about police conduct in this case, while there's an active preliminary investigation underway. --- The Prosecutor General's office is opening a preliminary investigation into an incident earlier this...

“Unreasonable” – Reaction as journalist loses appeal in case with right-wing politician

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi today upheld the decision of a lower court to convict and fine journalist Johanna Vehkoo for insulting a local politician from Oulu. On her private Facebook page Vehkoo, founder of the Long Play investigative journalism...

MPs call for littering fines to be doubled

Four Members of Parliament have drawn up a bill proposing that fines for littering be doubled, as a deterrent measure. National Coalition Party MPs Saara-Sofia Sirén, Markku Eestilä, Sari Multala and Pauli Kiuru want to see the fines increased from €100...

Supreme Court orders Nordic Resistance Movement banned

Finland's Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of two lower courts, and ordered the Nordic Resistance Movement banned. The group had appealed those rulings to the Supreme Court, but in its ruling the court rejected the appeal and said the...

Councilor to file police report after Finns Party pigs video

A local councilor in Helsinki says he'll file a report to the police after a Finns Party politician in Central Ostrobothnia posted an inflammatory video on social media. Veteli councilor Jarno Vähäkainu posted a short video clip of two pigs, with...

Human rights court rules against Finland in mass shooting case

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled against Finland in the case of a 2008 mass shooting incident, saying that authorities failed to take action against the killer. The court has ordered the Finnish state to...

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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...