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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city region. The government made the announcement on Monday, in consultation with President Sauli Niinistö, and after...

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 us. There is a surprising variety of wildlife in Finnish towns. From small rodents like voles to...

GALLERY: Finland’s great tits! Also blue tits, coal tits, crested tits and more!

The Paridae is a large family of small birds found in the Northern Hemisphere and Africa. They are commonly referred to as tits over most of their distribution, but in North America they are known as chickadees or titmice. In...

Transport Minister: Fast new train links will benefit housing, jobs and economy

An ambitious multi-billion euro plan to expand Finland's rail network and introduce high speed connections between southern cities benefits housing, the environment, and the country's international 'kerb appeal' according to the Minister for Transport and Communications, and city leaders. Speaking...

Interview: Finland-lead international conference finds Afghanistan at a crossroads

Finland's foreign policy soft power takes centre stage this week at the United Nations in Geneva, as the Nordic nation co-hosts an international development conference on Afghanistan. Although in financial terms the Finns are relatively small players in the Afghanistan...

GALLERY: Winter is around the corner

Winter is coming, but it will be a bit late. Sometime soon most if not all of Finland should get a covering of snow, transforming the landscape. The outlines of shapes and contours will soften, small bushes like bilberry...

Interview: Finland puts green agenda at the top of Nordic Council priorities list

Finland wants to focus on the climate crisis, sustainability, and more cooperation over security of supplies in times of crisis during its presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021, as the region tries to recover from the...

Meet the Finn with the uphill task of helping America to heal

With America's long and divisive election campaign finally over, there are few people who would argue the last four years haven't been deeply damaging for the nation. The issues faced by communities around inequalities and injustice didn't begun during Donald...

Finnish truffle hunters strike black gold with fungus harvest

When Labradors Noora and Neea put their specially-trained noses to work, they're striking black gold in southwest Finland - but this black gold isn't oil, it's truffles. The dogs are rooting around in the undergrowth to find the latest crop...

Report: Neste responsible for rainforest destruction ‘the size of Paris’ since 2019

A new report claims that Finland's majority state-owned fuel company Neste is responsible for the destruction of at least 10,000 hectares of rainforest since 2019 - an area the size of Paris. Friends of the Earth Netherlands Milieudefensie says Neste...

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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...