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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...

Finnish conductor received threats over controversial BBC performance

Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska says she and her family have received abuse and even threats, after a newspaper article implied she played some role in the BBC's decision to include only orchestral versions of two patriotic songs in a performance this...

Tallinn tunnel developers unveil new floating island plans

The developers behind plans to build a high speed rail link under the Baltic Sea, connecting Helsinki Airport with Tallinn Airport, have unveiled the latest plans for the project. The FinEst Bay Area Company is partnering with Japanese and Dutch...

Coronavirus: Traffic lights, testing and waves of infections every few years

Finnish authorities have unveiled their new 'traffic light' system of warnings for European countries based on their various coronavirus infection rates. At a Wednesday afternoon briefing the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL said that: Green: Means the risk of...

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Council of Europe calls for more action to support for Finland’s minority languages

The Council of Europe says it wants to see more support for several of Finland's minority languages - despite progress that's been made for...

Ministry: Regional measures have slowed the spread of coronavirus

Experts from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs say the growth in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Finland has slowed down...

Morning headlines: Thursday 22nd October 2020

Handling China: Lessons to learn as Finland stands up to China  Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the...

Handling Beijing: Nordic and EU lessons to be learned as Finland stands up to China

Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the anniversary comes with a diplomatic bump in the road, as...

Toxic smoke alert as huge fire burns Turku industrial property

Residents living in the area near a large fire in Turku have been warned about toxic smoke billowing from the scene of the blaze. An...

Hackers hold patient information for ransom in psychotherapy data breach

A company that offers psychotherapy to thousands of patients across Finland says it's been the victim of a data breach, with the personal information...

HS poll: Sanna Marin’s Social Democrats remain on top

A new poll published by Helsingin Sanomat takes a look at the popularity of Finland's political parties and asks potential voters who they would...

New rules for restaurants, nightclubs and bars “a step in the right direction”

New powers that make it easier to differentiate between restaurants, bars and nightclubs has been cautiously welcomed as "a step in the right direction"...