Economy & Business

Government’s new plans to open up travel branded as “far too complicated”

New proposals to make it easier for foreign tourists to come to Finland have been described as "far too complicated" by the Chairman of the Social Affairs and Health Committee in parliament. The government's proposals would mean tourists from high...

Shoe designer Minna Parikka to close her business

Finnish shoe designer Minna Parikka has announced she's closing down her business, with the last date to buy shoes from the online store just before Christmas on 20th December. The businesswoman says that she has achieved everything she wanted in her...

Kokoomus proposes more streamlined process for international recruitment

The National Coalition Party Kokoomus is calling for a more streamlined approach from the government to international recruitment. Their idea is to bring together civil servants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Immigration Service Migri, and the Ministry...

High earners revealed in annual tax day frenzy

It's the one story which dominates Finnish media every year: tax day. Today the annual tax details of the country's highest earners were under scrutiny as journalists, and the puplic, poured over the 2019 tax returns of Finland's rich and...

Extended restaurant and bar restrictions criticised by industry

A move by the government to extend legislation that allows stricter control over the operations of bars and restaurants until the end of February 2021 has been criticised by the industry's main lobby group. The rules dictate how many customers...

Economic outlooks paint a mostly gloomy picture of Finland’s financial wellbeing

A trio of economic outlooks published Tuesday paint a mostly gloomy picture of Finland's financial wellbeing. The latest consumer confidence numbers from Statistics Finland show the Consumer Confidence Index CCI - which measures how optimistic or pessimistic consumers are regarding...

Working from home? Sales of laptops increasing year-on-year

As many people settle in for a longer period of working from home in Finland - the government recommends doing this where possible until the beginning of next year - sales of laptops are on the rise. According to telecoms...

Budget deficit rises to almost €20 billion in latest coronavirus funding round

The Finnish government is increasing debt to almost €20 billion to help the country recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. A new, seventh, supplementary budget agreed on Friday between coalition party leaders will make another €1.5 billion...

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" by the Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa. On Tuesday the Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs and Health...

Vantaa mayor sounds economy warning, as Finnair cuts 700 staff

The Mayor of Vantaa has sounded the economic alarm bell for her city, saying the impact of coronavirus, in particular connected to the airport and travel restrictions, will be deeply damaging to the area. "The airport has directly or indirectly...

Latest News

Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...