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Indian news outlet publishes fake Sanna Marin interview

An Indian news outlet published an interview with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Sunday - and it was totally fake. The story was reported by Journalisti lehti magazine and shows how the interviewer posed 15 questions, for which...

Finland picks crooner Aksel Kankaanranta for Eurovision 2020

Televoters and music juries have selected singer Aksel Kankaanranta to represent Finland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Kankaanranta was the only male contestant, and his pop-ballad 'Looking Back' scored 170 points at the Uuden Musiikin Kilpaulu UMK 2020 competition on...

Border Guard helps with Greece refugee crisis, as Finns Party calls for border closures

The Finnish Border Guard is helping out authorities in Greece amid the latest surge of refugees trying to cross from Turkey to the EU. The European Board and Coast Guard Frontex sent a request this week for help with a...

Russia’s Sergei Lavrov meets Niinistö, Haavisto for talks in Helsinki

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in Helsinki on Tuesday for his first visit in three years. In the morning he met with President Sauli Niinistö at his official resident Mäntyniemi, with the deteriorating military and humanitarian situation in northern Syria along the...

Investigation: Finnish students shun university education in post-Brexit Britain

The number of Finnish students applying for university places in the UK has dropped by almost a quarter in recent years, with students and education experts citing a range of Brexit-related concerns, as well as the ease of applying...

Haavisto heads to Washington; and still leads presidential poll

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is heading to Washington DC today for talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo. On the agenda for the two-day trip is bilateral relations between the two countries, plus the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East process,...

Coronavirus quarantine keeps Finns in Tenerife hotel lockdown

Almost two dozen Finns are among a thousand people quarantined at a hotel in the Canary Islands, after three guests were diagnosed with Coronavirus. The lockdown is being enforced by authorities at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in the...

Canary Islands flights getting back to normal after Sahara sandstorm delays

Flights to and from the Canary Islands are getting back to normal on Monday, after hundreds of Finns were among the passengers delayed by a massive sandstorm, which blew in from the Sahara desert during the weekend. Spanish airports operator...

Finland to take in 175 child refugees and single-parent families

The Finnish government says it's agreed to take in up to 175 primary school-aged children and single parent families from overcrowded refugee camps in Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Italy. In a statement, the Interior Ministry says that in practice this...

PM in Brussels: “We have to be ambitious, but we also have to be realistic”

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has set out her opening gambit in Brussels, ahead of multi-year budget talks that are likely to be contentious. Speaking to reporters before the start of formal talks with the 26 other EU national leaders, Marin...

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Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

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...

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...

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...

No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says there were no new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Finland on Friday. The total number of people...