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Opposition accuses minister of “flirting with anarchy” over police probe

Opposition MP Tom Packalén (Finns) has written an open letter to Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) accusing her of "flirting with anarchy" after a weekend protest in Helsinki. The minister has asked police for an explanation of the circumstances of why they used...

Sámi branding helps Ministry of Justice promote indigenous languages

The Ministry of Justice unveiled a new Sámi-language logo on Monday, which has the ministry's name translated in all three Sámi languages used in Finland: Northern Sámi, Inari Sámi and Skolt Sámi. It's part of an initiative by the Sámi...

Morning headlines: Monday 21st October 2019

Disinformation discussion 'beyond the grasp' of Finns Party politicians Finns Party politicians at the European Parliament have voted repeatedly this month to block efforts to fight disinformation and interference by foreign governments in elections in European Union countries. The move effectively...

Two bodies found on Tallink Silja Europa ship

Police in Estonia say they've found two bodies on board Tallink Silja Europa cruise ship. The deceased are a 21-year old man and 25-year old woman, both Finnish citizens. According to Estonian police they don't think the deaths are related. A spokesperson...

Taser used on protester, as police say Kurdish march organisers refused to obey safety instructions

Helsinki Police say they had to resort to using force during a demonstration in the capital, with officers smashing a car window to stop the vehicle joining a parade of marchers. The incident took place during a pro-Kurdish, anti-Turkey march...

Poll: most Finns against banning milk and meat from menus

Most people in Finland are opposed to banning milk and meat from menus at schools, elderly care homes or local government facilities in the name of battling climate change. There's been a movement in recent months to try and change...

Cannibalism, tiny cages, squalid conditions: international investigation reveals Finland’s fur farm cruelty

An undercover investigation by an international animal welfare organisation has again revealed the shocking conditions in some of Finland's fur farms, where an estimated four million animals are bred to be slaughtered for their pelts. The Humane Society UK teamed...

Morning headlines: Friday 18th October 2019

Brexit breakthrough as Euro Council meeting continues  Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) continues the second day of the European Council meeting in Brussels with other EU leaders today. It comes after a last gasp deal on Brexit, with changes to the withdrawal...

Slight increase in September road death numbers

The number of people who died in accidents on Finnish roads during September is up from the same month a year ago. New figures released by Statistics Finland on Thursday morning show that 24 people died in road accidents last...

Morning headlines: Thursday 17th October 2019

PM heads to Brussels for crucial European Council meeting Prime Minister Antti Rinne is in Brussels today attending a European Council meeting with Britain's departure from the European Union dominating talks. Negotiators didn't manage to agree a deal late Wednesday night and...

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Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

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...