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Viva Åland! Independence Dream Not Dead, But More Autonomy Comes First

The ongoing turmoil in Spain over Catalan independence is being watched very carefully in the Åland Islands. "I'd say what we learned from Catalonia is of course what we maybe already knew, the importance of keeping an independence process with...

Sports First for Finland International, as Female Referees Take Charge

Myllypuro in east Helsinki is the unlikely setting for a sports milestone this weekend. When the Finland men's rugby national team take on Norway, there will be a female referee in charge. It's the first time a woman has ever refereed...

Fire Alarm: Minority Report

Helsinki Rescue Department is making progress in its efforts to attract more firefighter students from diverse backgrounds. Until recently, the capital city had no firemen with minority backgrounds, but that's now slowly changing. "We partly succeeded" Matti Waitinen, Principal of Helsinki...

New Lessons Aim To Speed Up Refugee Integration

A group of refugees are the first to try a new way to integrate into life in Finland. Through the Finnish Refugee Council Pakolaisapu they will receive Finnish lessons, and separately, a class in their own language to help them navigate...

How Cheap Is Your Beer?

New research shows that tax increases on alcohol on both sides of the Baltic Sea won't be enough to stop Finns going to Estonia to buy cheap booze. The study was commissioned by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association PTY and...

Hope Floats: Turku’s Economic Turnaround

Southwest Finland has seen a jobs boom in recent years, but it's not in the sectors anyone could have predicted. Even ten years ago, few economists would have said that manufacturing would be bringing good jobs to Finland. The future...

Fake News? Hybrid Warfare’s New Helsinki HQ

NATO's Secretary General and the EU's Foreign Minister are among the guests in Helsinki today, at the official opening of the new European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats - or Hybrid CoE for short. Jens Stoltenberg and Federica...

From Lohja To Rohingya Refugee Camp

Jaana Laine is expecting to see malnourished mothers, under-weight infants, and possibly an outbreak of cholera when she arrives at a refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border today. It's a far cry from the pristine hospital environment the Lohja midwife...

Parliament’s Delete Button: Transparency vs Media vs Privacy

Parliament's Executive Director says that criticism of its practice of destroying visitor logs at the end of each day cannot be taken lightly. "It is still harming the parliament's reputation, that has to be admitted" Pertti Rauhio tells News Now Finland. Rauhio's...

Merkel’s Losses Are Finland’s Gain

The dust has barely settled on vote counting from yesterday's general election in Germany, and diplomats, politicians and analysts in Helsinki and Berlin are trying to figure out what it means for the two countries. Some experts believe that a...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...