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Morning headlines: Friday 10th July 2020

Another prediction for Finland's shrinking economy   Mortgage credit specialists Hypo predicts that the Finnish economy will shrink by 7% this year, the latest organistion to give its forecast on the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The Bank of Finland,...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency call is received. The shortest times would be set at 11 minutes in large cities, and...

Morning headlines: Thursday 9th July 2020

Justice Minister: Special preparations in place for 2021 elections Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henrkisson (SFP) tells Uutissuomalainen newspaper group that there could be special preparations put in place for the 2021 municipal elections, in case they are impacted by another coronavirus...

First group of child migrants arrives in Mediterranean deal

The first group of children and young people from refugee camps in the Mediterranean region arrived in Finland on Wednesday. The 24 minors, aged 10 to 16, came to Finland as part of a deal the Finnish government announced in...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any reason, and not be expected to go into self-isolation when they arrive. Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green)...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 8th July 2020

Government hold talks on opening the borders Government ministers are meeting at House of the Estates in Helsinki today to discuss the possibilities of further relaxing the country's border controls. Finnish authorities have previously said that countries which could show...

Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle tags to track their location. Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) said in a Tuesday interview that the...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after a number of countries ran into tech...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many calls going unanswered. The popular phone services - in Arabic, Somali and Russian - were discontinued...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the conscripts are going to the army (9,200) - with the largest contingents beginning their conscription...

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Morning headlines: Friday 10th July 2020

Another prediction for Finland's shrinking economy   Mortgage credit specialists Hypo predicts that the Finnish economy will shrink by 7% this year, the latest organistion...

Museums hope for post-lockdown July visitor boom

After months of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, Finland's museums are hoping for for a visitor boom in July. There's already been a rise in the...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency...

Finnish diver dies in Lofoten Islands accident

A Finnish man has died in a diving accident in northern Norway. The University of Northern Norway says on Twitter that the incident took place in Fiskebøl in...

Morning headlines: Thursday 9th July 2020

Justice Minister: Special preparations in place for 2021 elections Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henrkisson (SFP) tells Uutissuomalainen newspaper group that there could be special preparations put...

Police make arrests after shot fired at Helsinki bar

Police in Helsinki say they've made several arrests after a shooting at a Helsinki karaoke bar which left one person injured. It happened on Snellmaninkatu...

First group of child migrants arrives in Mediterranean deal

The first group of children and young people from refugee camps in the Mediterranean region arrived in Finland on Wednesday. The 24 minors, aged 10...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any...