Crime

Police launch investigation of neo-Nazi gathering, as Independence Day marches are banned

The National Bureau of Investigation says it is looking into whether the Nordic Resistance Movement has breached a court ruling to suspend its operations, by protesting under a different name instead. On Saturday 9th November several far right protesters were...

Significant drop in reported hate crimes

The number of suspected hate crimes in Finland has decreased, according to the latest figures from the Policy University College in Tampere. Last year police recorded 910 reports of suspected hate crimes, which was 22% less than in the previous...

Kuopio sword attack suspect transferred to Hämeenlinna Prison hospital

The only suspect in October's deadly sword attack at a Kuopio school has been transferred to Hämeenlinna Prison hospital for further treatment. Twenty-four-year old Joel Marin was shot by police and injured during the attack at Savo Vocational College in Kuopio. One...

Missing conscript: police officially investigating the case as murder

The National Bureau of Investigation NBI says it’s now investigating the case of a missing Somero conscript as a murder, and pushed back the deadline to bring charges in the case to January 2020. Milla Aronen, 21, from Somero was...

Interior Minister voices her support for cannabis law changes

Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo (Green) has voiced her qualified support for changes in the laws on cannabis growth, possession and use. Writing on Facebook, Green party leader Ohisalo notes that a citizen's initiative earlier in October collected the required 50,000...

HS: Fresh allegations of sexual harassment at Police College

The Police University College in Tampere is investigating fresh allegations of sexual harassment, according to Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. The paper says female students have made official complaints about the behaviour of some male students. The allegations include verbal and physical harassment...

Border Guard suspects two Iranians of people smuggling in Finland

The Border Guard Rajavartiolaitos suspects two Iranian men, living in Finland, of being behind a people-smuggling operation. Authorities think the Iranians obtained a fake French passport for another Iranian, via a Malaysian national, according to a statement. The fraud was detected...

Oulu Police in 200km per hour car chase

Officers on Oulu chased suspects traveling at speeds up to 200km per hour overnight. The incident started as police were escorting a special transport convoy on Pohjantie in the northern city. The driver of one car attempted to drive around the...

Cannabis decriminalisation efforts can now move to parliament

A grassroots effort to decriminalise cannabis in Finland has taken a step forward this week, with a citizen's initiative exceeding the required 50,000 signatures to submit it to parliament. Rather than legalise cannabis, the initiative proposes decriminalisation which would discharge...

Taser used on protester, as police say Kurdish march organisers refused to obey safety instructions

Helsinki Police say they had to resort to using force during a demonstration in the capital, with officers smashing a car window to stop the vehicle joining a parade of marchers. The incident took place during a pro-Kurdish, anti-Turkey march...

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Morning headlines: Friday 17th January 2020

Government to update on employment measures Minister of Labour Tuula Haatainen (SDP) is set to announce the government's latest initiatives to boost employment. The aim is to...

SK: Finns Party MPs concealed China-linked tech company cash

Two Finns Party MPs, including the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, concealed their links to a tech company that received funding from China. The...

Latvian man on trial for bomb plot to target “foreigners and Muslims”

A man has appeared at Helsinki District Court, facing charges of plotting to set off home made bombs during 2018 New Year's Eve celebrations...

Saving Amanda: Helsinki considers how to protect the famous fountain

Helsinki City Council is looking into measures to protect one of the country's most recognisable landmarks. The Havis Amanda fountain and statue, built in the...

Defence Ministers use Nordic hotline for the first time

Nordic Defence Ministers have used a special crisis hotline for the first time, to discuss the situation in the Middle East. According Defence Minister Antti...

World Jewish Congress calls Left Alliance MP “antisemitic”

The World Jewish Congress has criticized Finnish Member of Parliament Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza. The powerful US-based lobby...

Morning headlines: Thursday 16th January 2020

World Jewish Congress criticizes Left Alliance MP The World Jewish Congress has criticized Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza - calling...

Navy takes charge of renovated Hamina-class patrol boats

The Finnish Navy took possession of the first patrol boat to go through a refit today, extending its life cycle for more than a...