Economy & Business

Coronavirus epidemic means fewer summer jobs available

The number of summer jobs available this year in Finland has dropped compared to the year before. According to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, the number of summer jobs has fallen across all sectors but especially in...

Finns wary about long-term damage to the economy from coronavirus

The majority of Finns say that although they accept there's gloomy economic times ahead, they're in agreement that there needs to be some exceptional measures taken to boost the economy - but those measures shouldn't damage the economy in...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay around implementing new laws and providing clarity on funding that it might not be a...

Ministry wants to order €100 million worth of protective equipment

The Ministry of Health has submitted a procurement proposal to buy €100 million worth of protective equipment for the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA, as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The ministry announced the bid on Monday, and wants to buy...

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 services from July - and plans to operate 70% of flights from the end of...

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 SOK's department stores. Although there was a significant drop in customers to the physical stores, e-commerce...

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 coronavirus pandemic. Speaking in Helsinki, Niinistö said that a return to the original principles of 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 house prices across the country this year, but a strong start to 2020 will save...

Petrol station networks opening up restaurants and cafes 

Hundreds of petrol stations around the country are getting ready to open up their restaurants and cafes from the beginning of June as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased. During the last two months most petrol stations were limited to selling...

Helsinki plans Senate Square summer transformation

The City of Helsinki plans to transform Senate Square into an outdoor restaurant and hang-out spot - complete with social distancing. During the summer the city centre square would usually be thronged with tourists and crowded with tour buses. But...

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Museums hope for post-lockdown July visitor boom

After months of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, Finland's museums are hoping for for a visitor boom in July. There's already been a rise in the...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency...

Finnish diver dies in Lofoten Islands accident

A Finnish man has died in a diving accident in northern Norway. The University of Northern Norway says on Twitter that the incident took place in Fiskebøl in...

Morning headlines: Thursday 9th July 2020

Justice Minister: Special preparations in place for 2021 elections Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henrkisson (SFP) tells Uutissuomalainen newspaper group that there could be special preparations put...

Police make arrests after shot fired at Helsinki bar

Police in Helsinki say they've made several arrests after a shooting at a Helsinki karaoke bar which left one person injured. It happened on Snellmaninkatu...

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...