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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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“Unreasonable” – Reaction as journalist loses appeal in case with right-wing politician

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi today upheld the decision of a lower court to convict and fine journalist Johanna Vehkoo for insulting a...

Parliament committee approves citizen’s initiative on FGM

The cross-party Parliamentary Legal Committee has voted unanimously to approve a citizen's initiative to ban female genital mutilation. Although FGM is already considered a crime...

Brexit Brits: Finnish permanent residence applications will cost €48

British nationals living in Finland who want to apply for permanent residence will be charged €48, according to the Immigration Service Migri. Anyone who has...

Double duty: PM to represent Finland and Sweden at EU meeting

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is attending a special European Council meeting in Brussels on 1st and 2nd October - and rather unusually she'll be...

WATCH: How coronavirus changed Finland’s population

Did you know that the coronavirus pandemic is already having an impact on Finland's population? According to Statistics Finland the number of people in Finland...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 30th September 2020

Bar and restaurant restrictions "disproportionately severe" and unconstitutional.  The Finnish Hospitality Industry MaRa says new rules to slow the spread of coronavirus by limiting the...

New restrictions on bars and restaurants as some cities enter ‘accelerated phase’

The government has decided to impose temporary new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, after many new cases were linked to bars and...

Nokia inks new 5G infrastructure deal in UK

Nokia has signed a deal to become the largest infrastructure partner for British telecoms company BT. As part of the deal Nokia will provide equipment...