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“Winter War miracle” – Finland marks 80th anniversary of brutal conflict with the Soviet Union

Finland is marking the 80th anniversary of the start of the Winter War on 30th November 1939. The conflict began when the Soviet Union attacked Finland without a declaration of war, sparking 105 days of fierce fighting which left tens...

Black Friday bargain: giant dragon for sale in Tikkakoski

If you're in the mood to spend some serious Black Friday money this year, one Finnish craftsman is ready to sell you something you might have always thought your home was lacking: a giant wooden dragon called Teppo. It took Jarkko...

Survey: most Finns are against fur farming in its current form

Two new surveys carried out by animal welfare groups highlights the Finnish public's changing attitudes to fur farming. The practice of 'factory farming' mammals for their fur - including foxes, Arctic foxes and raccoon dogs - has drawn international criticism...

Minister Sirpa Paatero resigns in Posti strike fallout

Government minister Sirpa Paatero (SDP) has handed in her resignation and gone on sick leave, the most high profile casualty yet from the recent postal strike. Paatero's title is Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering which means she has oversight of...

Low up-take on government, Sitra carbon footprint pledge

A year after Sitra and the government launched a ‘Commitment 2050’ website to encourage Finns to reduce their carbon footprint, only 1400 people have pledged to take concrete action. That’s despite tens of thousands of individuals marching all over the...

Morning headlines: Friday 29th November 2019

Low up-take on government, Sitra carbon footprint pledge  A year after Sitra and the government launched a 'Commitment 2050' website to encourage Finns to reduce their carbon footprint, only 1300 have said they'll take action. Those who made the pledge...

Prime Minister gets set to host children’s Independence Day party

Hundreds of children all over Finland are getting ready for the annual Independence Day party for children, which mirrors the formal reception that is held each year at the Presidential Palace. The event is hosted by Prime Minister Antti Rinne...

War games sends troops close to the Russian border

The Finnish Defence Forces began a major military exercise in south east Finland this week, close to the Russian border. Some 12,000 people, including 6,200 conscripts, 3,200 reservists and 2,600 service personnel are taking part in the Kaakko 19 exercise...

Morning headlines: Thursday 28th November 2019

Three arrested in overnight violent death  Three people have been arrested after police found a man dead in a private home in Tomhajärvi. Police, Border Guard and ambulance crews were called to the private home shortly after midnight and found...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 27th November 2019

Postal strike resolution could be close Both parties in the ongoing postal strike dispute are set to give their response to a settlement offer this morning. The strike is in its third week and has spread beyond the postal service...

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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...