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Finland Burqa Ban Debate

Most Finnish political parties do not support a full ban on face coverings, which would de facto target some Muslim women, except the populist right wing Finns Party. A better alternative, according to MPs, is a partial ban similar to...

Morning Headlines: Thursday 12th October 2017

Author Pentti Holappa, Dies at 90 Finlandia Prize-winning author Pentti Holappa has died, his longtime friend Samuli Vierikko confirms. Holappa was born in 1927, and died at his home in Helsinki on Tuesday. He was 90-years-old. Holappa was awarded...

Niklas Herlin, One of Finland’s Richest People, Dies

One of Finland's richest men, Niklas Herlin - journalist, and business owner - has died in the south of France age 53. Niklas Herlin was one of the main owners of cargo company Cargotec, publishing company Teos, and media company...

Morning Headlines: Wednesday 11th October 2017

Morning Commuter Flood Warnings The Finnish Transport Agency is warning of flooded roads and delays on the western approach to Helsinki this morning. Commuters should expect delays with only one lane open in each direction on the Turku motorway, before...

Morning Headlines: Tuesday 10th October 2017

Weather Warnings There's a weather warning of 'potentially dangerous' strong winds across much of the country and sea areas today, issued by the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Northeast winds gusting up to 15 metres per second will hit most of...

Baby Announcement for President and First Lady

Finland's 'First Couple', President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio have announced they are expecting a baby. The new arrival is due in February 2018. "We are happy to announce, if everything goes as expected our family will grow in...

Morning Headlines: Monday 9th October 2017

Rail Survey Fees The Ministry of Transport and the Prime Minister's office paid €700,000 of consulting fees for a study into the impact of rail transport reform. The price charged by Boston Consulting Group for one report was $475,000 with...

Morning Headlines: Friday 6th October 2017

Helsinki Morning Commute Delays A burst water pipe has caused some flooding and traffic delays in Siilitie in east Helsinki. Emergency crews were notified around 06:00 that a pipe had burst underground and that water was flooding onto the street....

Morning Headlines: Thursday 5th October 2017

New Security Strategy Presented The Government will unveil its new 'roadmap' for internal security today. More than 100 experts from 30 organizations have taken part in preparing the new strategy, and concerns have been raised during the preparatory work, about...

Morning Headlines: Wednesday 4th October 2017

Government Faces No Confidence Vote The Finnish government will face a vote of no confidence in parliament this afternoon, after a debate on the future plans for railway competition. It comes after five opposition parties filed an 'interpellation' - a...

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Morning headlines: Thursday 1st October 2020

Two Covid-19 tests open up travel restrictions from high risk countries A new system of coronavirus tests opens up travel to passengers from high risk...

New Finnish robot drives to clean up the dirty business of street sweeping

A company from Kuopio has invented a new type of autonomous street sweeper that's as powerful as a traditional truck, but has zero carbon...

“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...

Parliament committee approves citizen’s initiative on FGM

The cross-party Parliamentary Legal Committee has voted unanimously to approve a citizen's initiative to ban female genital mutilation. Although FGM is already considered a crime...

Brexit Brits: Finnish permanent residence applications will cost €48

British nationals living in Finland who want to apply for permanent residence will be charged €48, according to the Immigration Service Migri. Anyone who has...

Double duty: PM to represent Finland and Sweden at EU meeting

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is attending a special European Council meeting in Brussels on 1st and 2nd October - and rather unusually she'll be...

WATCH: How coronavirus changed Finland’s population

Did you know that the coronavirus pandemic is already having an impact on Finland's population? According to Statistics Finland the number of people in Finland...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 30th September 2020

Bar and restaurant restrictions "disproportionately severe" and unconstitutional.  The Finnish Hospitality Industry MaRa says new rules to slow the spread of coronavirus by limiting the...