Health & Lifestyle

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 restaurants. From 1st October bars and restaurants across the country must stop serving alcohol at midnight,...

HUS: Start wearing face masks in shops, banks, libraries, church and more

The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District, Finland's biggest public healthcare provider, says they now recommend that face masks, covering nose and mouth, should be worn more widely in public places. "HUS experts recommend that face masks be used in public...

THL issues new face mask recommendations, as virus situation worsens

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has issued new recommendations on wearing face masks, as the coronavirus situation continues to deteriorate. Overnight there were 91 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed around the country, with the biggest rises in...

Covid-19 sniffer dogs start work at Helsinki Airport

Ten specially-trained dogs are starting work at Helsinki Airport, using their noses to sniff out passengers with Covid-19. It's part of the City of Vantaa's efforts to test new ways to reduce the spread of the virus, with the canine...

THL: Stay away from public places with Covid symptoms, as virus cases increase

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is urging anyone with even mild coronavirus symptoms to stay away from public spaces and gatherings. The warning comes as public health authorities record 93 new cases of Covid-19 in Finland and...

‘Patient Zero’ – Following the viral exposure of a Covid-19 sports cluster

When Roni Klemola went to play ice hockey on Friday 4th September he was feeling completely fine. The 23-year old forward wasn't under the weather at all at the rink, with no suspicions he might have coronavirus before he went...

THL: Concerns over larger coronavirus outbreaks, as 98 new cases confirmed

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL says there were 98 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported in the last day. It brings the total number of cases in Finland to 8,725 since the first case at the end...

HUS: Half of new coronavirus cases are patients with foreign backgrounds

Around half of the recent new cases of coronavirus in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District HUS are people with foreign backgrounds, according to a senior doctor. HUS Chief Physician of Infectious Diseases Asko Järvinen says although the number of cases...

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...

More than 40 codes given out to trace virus chains on new app

Healthcare officials have given out more than 40 codes to people using the Koronavilkku app, and who tested positive for Covid-19. The app was launched at the beginning of September and has so far been downloaded by the equivalent of...

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GALLERY: Discovering Finland’s urban wildlife residents

How well do you know your neighbours? No, not your human neighbours, but the other animals that share our cities, towns and villages with...

Morning headlines: Friday 15th January 2020

Cold snap continues across the country  A cold front with some extremely chilly temperatures continues across most of central, southern and eastern Finland on Friday...

Morning headlines: Thursday 14th January 2021

Coronavirus update: No new restrictions expected today Public health officials, and Minister Krista Kiuru (SDP) will give a coronavirus update on Thursday morning but are not...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Southern snow storm continues, as temperatures drop A snowstorm that swept through southern Finland in the last 36 hours continues on Wednesday, although snow will...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Snow storm brings dangerous driving conditions, power outages A snowstorm sweeping across western and southern Finland on Tuesday brings dangerous driving conditions to roads and...

Morning headlines: Monday 11th January 2021

Exceptionally heavy snowfall on the way from Monday night Meteorologists are warning of "exceptional" levels of snowfall with up to 30-40cm of accumulated snow forecast...

Morning headlines: Friday 8th January 2021

Minister calls for faster vaccine delivery from EU Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) has written to the EU's Health Commissioner calling for...

Morning headlines: Thursday 7th January 2021

Finnish leaders react to American political violence  Finnish leaders have reacted to a night of political violence in America, when armed supporters of US President...