Health & Lifestyle

Finland and Helsinki top the new World Happiness Report

Finland has been ranked as the world’s happiest country for the third year in a row. The World Happiness Report is produced by the United Nations in partnership with a number of leading universities and foundations, and takes an annual...

Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 19th March 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of coronavirus news from Finland: 400 confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases S-Group closes hotels, 1000+ staff laid off Restaurant's community spirit providing 500 meals Finnish diplomatic missions stop issuing visas Health services mobilising more resources to...

Health service mobilising more resources to fight Covid-19

Healthcare authorities are preparing to mobilise more resources to fight the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic in Finland, as the Government gives additional advice to older people about social distancing. At a Thursday press conference, Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista...

Coronavirus latest: Tuesday 17th March 2020

Here’s the latest news you need to know about coronavirus in Finland: 319 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Finland Tram, train & metro service reductions; VR lays off staff Finnair cancels more flights and AGM Picking up prescriptions for...

Early start for capital region bike share scheme

The mild winter means an early start to the capital region's popular bike sharing scheme. Season passes will go on sale this week, with the distinctive yellow bikes available to ride from Monday 23rd March - although not every station...

Sweeping new coronavirus measures shut down schools, limit public gatherings, protect elderly

The Finnish Government has declared a state of emergency, and a raft of sweeping new measures to fight the spread of coronavirus. They include: Introducing the Emergency Act to give authorities more temporary powers; Shutting down schools, colleges and universities...

Coronavirus latest: Monday 16th March 2020

Here’s the latest news you need to know about coronavirus in Finland: Newspaper reports government will order all schools closed Tallink suspends Silja Europa services Helsink/Tallinn Finnair cuts 90% of its flight capacity Police warn about coronavirus scammers Danske...

Medicines Agency Fimea urges people not to stockpile drugs supplies at home

The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea is urging pharmacies to only dispense one pack of over-the-counter pain or fever medication per customer during the current coronavirus outbreak. The agency is encouraging people to be more thoughtful about the amount of medicines...

Coronavirus latest: Sunday 15th March 2020

Here’s the latest news you need to know about coronavirus in Finland: 30 new Covid-19 cases / 241 diagnosed cases in total Why numbers don't tell the whole picture Helsinki to keep schools open for the time being Finnair...

Coronavirus latest: Saturday 14th March 2020

Here’s the latest news you need to know about coronavirus in Finland: 55 new cases since Friday / 210 cases in total Government to meet on Sunday Finnair forced to cancel more flights, ahead of AGM Uusimaa emergency hotline...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...