Economy & Business

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...

New rules for restaurants, cafes and bars introduced from 1st June

Ministers have announced a new set of rules for restaurants, cafes and bars when they open on 1st June after an extended coronavirus lockdown. Speaking in Helsinki, Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) outlined the plan that...

Finnair to increase international flights from July

Finnair is set to increase its international flights from July, and will review the schedule on a monthly basis depending on how many tickets are sold. The airline cut 90% of its services during the coronavirus crisis when travel restrictions...

Mixed reaction as government unveils new coronavirus business fund

The government has unveiled a new fund to help businesses stay afloat, and hopefully avoid bankruptcies and mass unemployment during the coronavirus crisis. Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) outlined the new package which is available to companies whose turnover...

Alko sales jump 23% in April, during coronavirus lockdown

Finland's state alcohol monopoly Alko sold 23% more booze in April this year compared to the year before. The increase coincides with the most stringent lockdown measures during the coronavirus crisis when bars, cafes, restaurants and other licensed premises were...

Green ideas: How to rebuild Finland after the pandemic, with a focus on the environment

As Finland looks ahead to a period of economic rebuilding and societal recovery after the worst months of the coronavirus crisis, ministers have repeatedly emphasised the importance of 'green spending' - making investments in the future that are economically...

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Finns Party cuts ties with MP who posted racist meme online

The Finns Party Parliamentary Group says it is cutting ties with MP Ano Turtiainen after he posted a racist meme on Twitter on Wednesday, mocking...

Record high amphetamine levels and drug-drive offenses

Researchers have found record high levels of amphetamines in capital region wastewater – a level which has continued to grow even during coronavirus lockdown...

Flags and flyovers commemorate Defence Forces Day

Flags have been run up flag poles around the country on Thursday morning to mark Defence Forces Day. The date commemorates the birthday of Carl...

Morning headlines: Thursday 4th June 2020

Record high amphetamine levels in capital wastewater Researchers have found record high levels of amphetamines in capital region wastewater - which has continued to grow...

No mandatory masks – but government says the are times to consider wearing them

After several months without a decision, and conflicting advice from officially-appointed panels of experts, the Finnish Government has finally decided they won't make it...

Minister to repay €50,000 media training money

Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) is to repay more than €50,000 invoiced to two ministries for media training. Suomen Kuvalehti first reported that Kulmuni had...

Thousands turn out for Helsinki Black Lives Matter rally

Thousands of people joined a rally in Helsinki to support the Black Lives Matter movement in America, to protest the death of George Floyd...

Supercell donates to Black Lives Matter funds

Finnish gaming company Supercell says it will be donating an undisclosed amount of money to anti-racism organisations in the USA, as protests continue across...