Crime

Delayed justice: Foreign students wait years for court date after racist attack

Two foreign students, on the receiving end of a racist attack in Joensuu, will not get their day in court until more than two years after the incident which left one of them needing hospital treatment. The case is symptomatic...

Rapper convicted over restaurant bathroom sex offense

Finnish rapper Nikke Ankara - the stage name of Niiles Hiirola - has been convicted and fined by the Helsinki District Court of a sex offense. The court found that in July 2017 Ankara was in a Helsinki restaurant, when...

Police arrest Sierra Leone war crimes suspect living in Finland

The National Bureau of Investigation NBI says it has arrested a citizen of Sierra Leone suspected of murder, aggravated war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sierra Leone was plunged into a bitter civil war between 1991 and 2001 when a...

Check your cash: Police flag up high volume of counterfeit notes

Southeast Finland Police are flagging up a high volume of counterfeit bank notes circulating in the area. So far this year there's been 17 cases of counterfeit money detected in the area: seven in Kouvola, four in Kotka and four...

Police launch week-long road safety crackdown

Police forces around the country this week will be carrying out an operation to ensure drivers comply with road safety rules: from wearing a seatbelt to the proper use of electronic devices while driving, to giving pedestrians more space...

Latvian man cleared in Helsinki bomb plot trial

A Latvian man accused of plotting a bomb attack against Muslims and foreigners at Helsinki New Year's Eve celebrations in 2018 has had the charges against him dismissed. Helsinki District Court had previously heard allegations that the 22-year old researched...

Finns Party politician and newspaper editors face trial in ‘fake rape case’

Finns Party Member of Parliament Juha Mäenpää, and the former editors of two regional newspapers, are facing a court case later in March. The trial concerns an article which Mäenpää wrote criticizing the principal of South Ostrobothnia College for failing to...

Appeals Court drops all charges against Iraqi twins accused of terror massacre

Judges at the Court of Appeal in Turku have unanimously dropped all charges against twin brothers from Iraq who were accused of being involved in a terror massacre. Isis propaganda video from Tirkit in 2014 showed a red haired man...

Police survey paints a grim picture of life on the beat

The results of a new survey paint a grim picture of the state of policing in Finland. The Finnish Police Federation SPJL canvased 10,000 members and received more than 3,400 responses recording their thoughts on life as a police officer. Seven out...

Jari Sillänpää child sex abuse trial begins at Helsinki court

Singer Jari Sillänpää, one of Finland's most popular and well-known entertainers, goes on trial Wednesday at Helsinki District Court. He's accused of sexually abusing a child, and distributing offensive images. The singer could be facing up to four years in prison,...

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Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...

Crisis impacts Finland’s buying and renting house markets

The coronavirus crisis is having a negative impact on Finland's housing market. Mortgage credit association Hypo says it could lead to a 2% fall in...