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Airport exercise sparks Finns Party conspiracy theory

A training exercise at Helsinki Airport has fueled a conspiracy theory from a senior politician. Finnish Customs Tulli is working with other first responders at the airport on Wednesday to conduct a training scenario about how to deal with infectious...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 11th December 2019

President weighs in on al-Hol refugee camp case President Sauli Niinistö says the new Finnish government - sworn in on Tuesday - should consider making a clear political decision about the fate of Finns at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria....

New government sworn in: Sanna Marin becomes Finland’s youngest ever PM

Finland's new government has been sworn in by President Sauli Niinistö at a ceremony in Helsinki on Tuesday afternoon. The five parties remain the same as the government sworn in after the spring general election - Social Democrats, Centre Party, Greens,...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 10th December 2019

Government parties work to build trust  Finland’s incoming prime minister says “we have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust” after ten days of political turmoil that saw the government’s junior coalition partner withdraw support for Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP), who...

Strike action affects 100,000 workers this week

Up to 100,000 workers are on strike this week, as members of the Finnish Industrial Union Teollisuusliitto and other unions stage three days of strikes. It's the largest industrial action to hit Finland in recent years and mostly affecting workers...

Morning headlines: Monday 9th December 2019

Sanna Marin becomes Finland's PM-in-waiting The Social Democrats have nominated Tampere MP Sanna Marin as their candidate to be Finland's prime minister. The 34-year old will become the country's third female PM, and the youngest PM, when she passes a confirmatory...

Rival protesters take to Helsinki streets on Independence Day

Police in Helsinki made a number of arrests on Friday evening, as rival protesters took to the streets of the capital on Independence Day. A number of people were arrested on the metro on the way to protests, while several...

Independence Day headlines: Friday 6th December 2019

Independence Day begins with flag raisings Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Independence Day, and the country's 102nd birthday. A flag-raising ceremony takes place at Helsinki's Tähtitorninmäki at 09:00 with a speech by the Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen...

Morning headlines: Thursday 5th December 2019

Imatra apartment building destroyed in fire A small apartment building in Imatra has been destroyed by a fire on Thursday morning. Rescue crews were called to an address in the city's Karhumäenkatu around 07:00 and when they got there found...

Veikkaus will limit gaming machines to a maximum of seven per location from January

Finland's state-run gambling monopoly Veikkaus says it will start reducing the number of gaming machines from January - and limit them to just seven per location. It means by the end of 2020 there will be 15,000 fewer machines available...

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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...

HS: Pekka Haavisto facing two police charges over al-Hol handling

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is facing two police charges over his handling of the al-Hol refugee situation, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The newspaper reports that...

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...

VR ending ticket sales, laying off staff at five mainline stations

Finnish railways operator VR is to end ticket sales at five mainline stations, and potentially making 13 staff unemployed. Dedicated VR ticket sales offices at...

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...

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 ...

Finland’s 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...