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Navigating Helsinki in a wheelchair throws up challenges where old meets new

For most people who visit the Finnish capital during summer months, Helsinki is an easy city to explore. With an extensive public transport system, a compact and walkable city centre, and many major attractions relatively close together, thousands of tourists...

New China deal keeps Tallinn tunnel project on track, but it’s still dogged by critics

When officials from China's Railway Engineering Corporation CREC came to Vantaa last September to take part in a conference on large-scale tunnel construction, they arrived too late to attend the main event. A delay in getting Finnish visas - one...

WATCH: 10-metre tall plastic pile signals environment concerns

A 10-metre tall pile of plastic waste has grown overnight in Helsinki. Situated between Parliament and Oodi Central Library in Kansalaistori, 'Plastic Mama' is an installation by Finnish artist Kaisa Salmi. The sheer scale of the piece, which is shaped like a...

Royal visit burnishes Finland’s business and culture profile in Japan

The visit of Japan's Crown Prince and Princess to Finland officially marks 100 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, but it also raises the Nordic nation's profile as a partner for Japanese companies and as a gateway...

Europe Minister: Climate change, Brexit and Finland’s EU impact

Finland's Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) says she hopes Brexit doesn't overshadow Finland's Presidency of the European Council over the next six months, as the Finns try to keep a firm focus on climate change. The Nordic country took over the rotating...

WATCH: Traditional Scottish sports take the high road to Loviisa

The skirl of the bagpipes livened up Midsummer holiday weekend in Loviisa, as enthusiasts of Scottish culture and sports gathered to celebrate a traditional Highland Games. The annual event was a showcase for some of Finland's strongest athletes who chucked,...

Midsummer weather: your full holiday weekend forecast

Midsummer is the most-anticipated holiday of the year in Finland, with many people heading away from home to their countryside, coast or lakeside cottages. And the weather is one of the most talked-about topics in the weeks leading up to...

American embassy sidesteps Trump Pride flag ban

The American embassy in Helsinki has sidestepped a ban from the Trump administration on flying Pride flags on their flagpole - although there won't be a rainbow flag hoisted at the mission in Helsinki's Eira neighbourhood. US and international media...

Thin blue line: government already failing on police staffing levels

On the hottest day of the year so far, Junior Constable Juho Mielonen has just started his night shift in south Helsinki. "You never know what's going to happen. The usual calls are for drunk people, thefts, and some people...

Consensus and concessions as new government programme unveiled

The incoming Finnish government launched its policy agenda on Monday, engaging directly with members of the public, the media and non-governmental organisations on its programme for the next four years. The event took place at Oodi Central Library as Social...

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Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other...

Ministry wants to order €100 million worth of protective equipment

The Ministry of Health has submitted a procurement proposal to buy €100 million worth of protective equipment for the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA,...

Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

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...