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Oval Office ceremony marks return, reburial of Indigenous remains from Finnish museum

A ceremony at the Oval Office with US President Donald Trump marked the end of a four year process to return Indigenous bones and burial objects from the National Museum of Finland to their ancestral homelands. The remains of 20...

Q&A – New immigration registration process for Brits in Finland

A new system for British nationals is coming into effect in Finland from 1st October, after President Sauli Niinistö signed the final legal paperwork on Friday. Under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, British nationals already living in Finland and registered with...

Ministers: Easing travel restrictions paves the way for coronavirus ‘new normal’

The government is paving the way for a long-term 'new normal' where Covid-19 is entrenched in Europe for months or years to come, by easing border restrictions to allow more people to travel to Finland. Until now Finland has relied...

Finland to relax travel restrictions for Sweden, Norway, Germany

Ministers have agreed to relax travel restrictions for a number of European countries, after the second day of late night discussions to come up with a new hybrid border strategy. The move comes amid a rising number of coronavirus...

Ministers consider new hybrid travel solutions

Ministers are meeting on Wednesday to discuss the possible introduction of ‘hybrid’ measures to open up the country's travel market. The government is coming under pressure to ease some restrictions to allow more business travel as well as tourism at...

Turku opens coronavirus advice experiment for ferry passengers on Monday

The City of Turku is trialing a new strategy for coronavirus advice and testing at the port from Monday. Incoming passengers from Sweden will be offered health information about the virus and the possibility to get a Covid-19 test. Today the...

Jokerit’s Belarus game canceled as human rights pressure mounted

The KHL season opener for Helsinki ice hockey team Jokerit against Dinamo Minsk in Belarus has been canceled. The team didn't show up at Helsinki Airport for their early afternoon flight, and shortly afterwards the club and KHL both issued...

Jokerit fans threaten home game boycott if team goes to Belarus

The official Jokerit ice hockey supporters club says it will boycott home games in Finland if the team goes ahead with Thursday's match against Dinamo Minsk in Belarus. In a statement Eteläpääty Ry says they've discussed the situation and come...

Jokerit facing backlash over Belarus game decision

Helsinki ice hockey club Jokerit are facing a backlash over their decision to go ahead with a game in the Belarus capital Minsk on Thursday, which critics say helps normalise the regime of President Lukashenko, and undermines support for...

Traficom orders temporary halt to Turku-Skopje flight connection

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has ordered a temporary halt to the Turku-Skopje flight connection operated by budge airline WizzAir. The ban begins on Friday, and remains in place until 10th September to try and limit the spread...

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Q&A – New immigration registration process for Brits in Finland

A new system for British nationals is coming into effect in Finland from 1st October, after President Sauli Niinistö signed the final legal paperwork...

Morning headlines: Friday 18th September 2020

Ministers head to Naantali after Neste refinery closure Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is leading a delegation of ministers to Naantali today, to meet with management...

Government ‘forgot’ about restaurant and tourism industry in budget

The Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa says the government 'forgot' about the restaurant and tourism industry in the 2021 budget, which was unveiled on Wednesday. MaRa has...

Barack Obama’s new book to be published in Finnish

The new book by former US President Barack Obama will be published in November in 25 languages, including Finnish. Obama's memoir, 'A Promised Land' -...

Finnair cuts domestic flights as government guarantees regional connections

Finnair says it will continue some flight services through the winter to five regional airports, but then stop those connections at the end of...

Human rights court rules against Finland in mass shooting case

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled against Finland in the case of a 2008 mass shooting incident, saying that authorities...

Autumn storm Aila causes minor damage as it moves from west to east

Autumn storm Aila is continuing to cause minor damage and power outages as it moves from west to east. Overnight around 60,000 people were left...

Morning headlines: Thursday 17th September 2020

Hurricane-speed winds as autumn storm Aila causes damage Autumn storm Aila hit Åland and the west coast of Finland overnight with gusts of wind up...