Economy & Business

Extra trains for Russia rush as winter tourists arrive in Finland

This week is one of the busiest of the year for Russian tourists to visit Finland. It's because of Russian Orthodox Christmas, and the holidays when many people will be off from school and work. State railway company VR has laid...

Report: Erkki Liikanen tipped to be next Euro Bank boss

The Financial Times newspaper is reporting that former President of the Bank of Finland Erkki Liikanen is the leading candidate – but not the only candidate – to be chosen as the head of the European Central Bank later in 2019. The...

Turning Christmas ham fat into renewable diesel fuel

Households all across Finland have a pretty good idea of what to do with Christmas leftovers - they're having the ham fat converted to renewable fuel. A surprising number of Finns are collecting the fat from the cooked Christmas ham,...

Aktia Bank revises Finland’s economic growth downwards

Finland’s Aktia Bank says it is re-evaluating the economic outlook for the year ahead. Previously, the bank said it expected Finland’s economy to grow around 2.2% during 2019, but it’s now revising that downwards to 1.8%. The bank stresses that this...

Ambitious new campus plans for old hospital site

The City of Helsinki has announced an ambitious new plan to partner with dozens of companies to develop and expand the Maria 01 campus in Hietaniemi neighbourhood. There's currently more than 90 startups at the site of Helsinki's first public...

€100 million for Peter Vesterbacka’s Tallinn tunnel project

Finnish entrepreneur Peter Vesterbacka has announced an injection of €100 million for his plans to build a tunnel under the Baltic Sea, linking Helsinki and Tallinn. The money comes from a Middle East investment company called Arj Holding, based in Dubai. At...

Redi shopping centre boss removed after disappointing launch

The director of Redi shopping centre in east Helsinki has been let go from her current position, after a disappointing launch for the flagship project. Redi opened its doors in September, hoping to lure shoppers with dozens of stores, more...

Back to black: why Finnish retailers are expanding their sales

The Black Friday sales event might only have been introduced from America to Finland a few years ago, but now retailers are expanding their promotions to a whole Black Week of offers to tempt consumers to part with their...

Wonderer wanted: Seinäjoki ‘dream job’ up for grabs

Seinäjoki is offering a unique job to someone who wants to discover the city. For a salary of more than €8000 plus accommodation, the successful applicant would spend 10 days in the northern city using social media to tell its...

Finnish supermarkets braced for Brexit price increases

Finnish supermarkets are making contingency plans for Britain leaving the EU without a deal in place for future trade relations. It means possible disruptions in supply chains for imported food and drinks; price increases as added taxes and customs fees...

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Britain imposes new restrictions for Finns who want to work in UK

The British Government has raised the bar on Finns - and other Europeans - who want to move to the UK after Brexit. From January...

Capital region shoppers are Finland’s biggest organic food buyers

The Helsinki capital region is the country's biggest market for organic food, according to retailer HOK-Elanto. The company - which operates S-Market, Alepa, Sale, Prismo...

Embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto facing Parliament, criminal investigations

Finland's embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) whose leadership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been beset with allegations of bullying and poor staff...

New poll provides some political relief for government’s biggest parties

A new political poll from Helsingin Sanomat published on Wednesday provides some good news for the two main parties in government. Both the Social Democrats...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Marin meets Merkel for Berlin talks  Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is in Berlin on Wednesday for her first meeting on German soil with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The...

Marin meets Merkel as Germany mulls generational political change

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is in Berlin on Wednesday for her first meeting on German soil with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The main topic on...

WATCH: Last of the ‘Top Gun’ test jets arrive in Finland

The last of the international contenders to replace Finland’s ageing fleet of Hornet jets arrived at Pirkkala Air Base on Tuesday afternoon. Boeing sent an...

Korkeasaari bears wake early from winter hibernation

The two resident brown bears at Helsinki's Korkeasaari Zoo have woken early from their winter hibernation due to warmer weather, after a two month...