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Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten to breach river banks and flood defences in a number of towns including Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi,...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay around implementing new laws and providing clarity on funding that it might not be a...

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 you from WhatsApp and now you know my phone number!" she exclaims, having informed me...

Laser beams and birds of prey: battling the goose migration that ruffles a few feathers

The annual migration of barnacle geese is underway as an estimated 130,000 leave their winter feeding grounds in the Netherlands and fly over southern and eastern Finland to their summer breeding grounds in Russia's Arctic archipelago. Unlike Sweden and Estonia,...

Communities speak out about Finnair flight cuts

Communities in Finland affected by Finnair's decision to axe summer flights are imploring the airline - and the government - to think again. Their reactions come the same day that Ryanair accuses a number of European airlines, including Finnair,...

Netflix shines a global spotlight on Turku’s food and design scene

Netflix is shining a global spotlight on Turku's food and design scene, as the new season of a restaurant makeover show lands on the streaming platform. 'Restaurants on the Edge' brings together a chef, a restaurateur and an interior designer...

Schools are open for contact teaching, but parents and pupils are divided

Thousands of students in primary and lower secondary school go back to class on Thursday, after almost two months of enforced distance learning during the coronavirus crisis. Pupils and teachers are returning with just two weeks to go until the...

Coronavirus and the over-70s: “I’m afraid. The hardest part is psychological I think”

Older people in Finland, faced with continued restrictions on social contact, need more instructions on how to safeguard their physical and mental health in the coming months. That's the message from former minister and diplomat Ole Norrback, Chairman of the Swedish...

Green ideas: How to rebuild Finland after the pandemic, with a focus on the environment

As Finland looks ahead to a period of economic rebuilding and societal recovery after the worst months of the coronavirus crisis, ministers have repeatedly emphasised the importance of 'green spending' - making investments in the future that are economically...

Europe Day: Finland’s youngest MEP wants to make Euro politics more relevant

Europe Day is usually a time when politicians and political parties get out in the streets and meet their potential voters, literally and figuratively flying the EU flag. The date marks the 1950 signing of the Schumann Declaration, which is...

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Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...

Municipal workers reach new pay and conditions deal

Thousands of workers in the municipal sector, including some teachers, nurses and other  healthcare workers, will be covered by a new collective bargaining contract...

Stay or go? Conflicting signals on domestic summer travel

Should you go to summer cottage this weekend, or stay at home? Are you allowed to plan a domestic travel 'staycation' this summer or...

Prime Minister’s sick leave continues until the end of the week

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on sick leave until the end of the week. In a statement, the PM's office says she is suffering from...

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten...

Cautious government response, critical opposition response to EU recovery plan

The Government has given a guarded response to the new EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, while Finland's main opposition parties have been more critical. On...

Morning headlines: Thursday 28th May 2020

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years,...

Coronavirus round-up: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Finland begins first domestic face mask production Unemployment...