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Day of Finnish Literature celebrates tragic, brilliant writer Aleksis Kivi with flags

Flags are flying across the country on 10th October to celebrate the annual Day of Finnish Literature, and the life and work of one of Finland’s most revered writers Aleksis Kivi. Born in the 1840s in Nurmijärvi north of Helsinki,...

PM defends Krista Kiuru as opposition seeks political gain in exploiting mask advice

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) says that Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) "has the trust of me and the government" in a Friday afternoon Twitter post. The move to publicly back the minister comes as the opposition National...

Morning headlines: Friday 9th October 2020

Government healthcare reform negotiations drag on The government's negotiations on reforming social and healthcare known as sote - a topic that has bedeviled successive Finnish governments and ultimately brought down the administration of PM Juha Sipilä in 2019 - will continue on...

Coronavirus: ‘The second wave has been underway for some time’

Public health experts say the rising number of coronavirus cases, lack of traceability in some areas, and a growing need for hospital care mean the second wave of the pandemic has been underway for a long time. At a Thursday...

Crash figures show low levels of young driver deaths

New figures published on Thursday show a low level of young driver deaths, despite several cases recently of teenagers killed in car wrecks. Data released by the Accident Information Institute OTI shows that from January until the end of August...

Morning headlines: Thursday 8th October 2020

New restaurant and bar restrictions enforced today  New restrictions on bar and restaurant opening times which were introduced on 1st October in a transition phase are now being enforced by authorities from today. It means that all bars, restaurants and...

Five regions hit with new bar and restaurant restrictions as coronavirus cases increase

Five Finnish regions will be hit with tighter opening hours and occupancy restrictions for bars, restaurants and nightclubs as the number of coronavirus cases increases. From Sunday venues in Uusimaa, Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Kanta-Häme and Ostrobothnia must call last orders...

Facebook bans QAnon sites including in Finland – but loopholes remain

Social media platform Facebook has announced a ban on all pages, groups and Instagram accounts linked to QAnon as the company cracks down on the far-right conspiracy theory movement. A previous ban on QAnon in September only applied to Facebook...

Sanna Marin lets 16-year old become ‘PM for the day’

Prime Minister Sanna Marin is one of a number of prominent politicians leaders from the world of business being replaced by a teenage girl for the day. It's part of Plan International's 'Girl's Takeover' event in Finland which coincides with the...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 7th October 2020

Facebook bans QAnon sites including in Finland Social media platform Facebook has announced a ban on all pages, groups and Instagram accounts linked to QAnon, as it cracks down on the far-right conspiracy theory movement. A previous ban only applied...

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Ministry: Regional measures have slowed the spread of coronavirus

Experts from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs say the growth in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Finland has slowed down...

Morning headlines: Thursday 22nd October 2020

Handling China: Lessons to learn as Finland stands up to China  Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the...

Handling Beijing: Nordic and EU lessons to be learned as Finland stands up to China

Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the anniversary comes with a diplomatic bump in the road, as...

Toxic smoke alert as huge fire burns Turku industrial property

Residents living in the area near a large fire in Turku have been warned about toxic smoke billowing from the scene of the blaze. An...

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...

HS poll: Sanna Marin’s Social Democrats remain on top

A new poll published by Helsingin Sanomat takes a look at the popularity of Finland's political parties and asks potential voters who they would...

New rules for restaurants, nightclubs and bars “a step in the right direction”

New powers that make it easier to differentiate between restaurants, bars and nightclubs has been cautiously welcomed as "a step in the right direction"...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 21st October 2020

Police investigate elderly care home deaths Police in Eastern Finland are investigating coronavirus-related deaths at a nursing home run by Attendo in Kiuruvesi as possible...