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Meet the candidate hoping to be Europe’s first indigenous MEP

On a chilly spring morning Mikkel Näkkäläjärvi (SDP) is shuttling through Helsinki Central Railway Station, taking a well-traveled route from Lapland to the capital. After this month's European Parliament elections he's hoping for a much longer commute, all the way to Brussels and...

Parties leverage Europe Day to boost their Euro Parliament prospects

Finnish political parties, fresh off a long domestic election season, have cranked up the campaign machinery again ahead of the European Parliament elections on 26th May. Although candidates rosters have all been announced, many parties are using the Europe Day...

Darude teaches the world to make music ahead of Eurovision Song Contest

Finland's Eurovision hopes are pinned firmly on DJ/Producer Darude and singer Sebastian Rejman at this year's contest in Tel Aviv. The duo have already started rehearsals on the main stage, and compete in the first semi- final next Tuesday evening with their...

Finland’s Arctic Council spotlight undermined by America and Russia

Politicians from eight Arctic nations and representatives from regional indigenous groups are meeting in Rovaniemi this week at the two-day Arctic Council Ministerial. The meeting marks the end of Finland's two-year Arctic Council chairmanship, which officials are at pains to...

New wave of scooters tests sustainability and durability on Helsinki’s streets

Visitors to the Finnish capital in recent months will have noticed the influx of scooters, with riders zipping around the city's streets on green and red vehicles. The electric-powered scooters are the latest ride share craze to take off, augmenting...

New Zealand: We want Finland’s help to tackle online extremism after Christchurch attack

The New Zealand government would welcome Finland's support as it launches a new initiative to try and tackle extremist content online. The initiative, to be promoted jointly with France at an upcoming conference, comes in the wake of the Christchurch...

Public transport overhaul lays the groundwork for network expansion

The public transport network in Finland's capital city region is undergoing the biggest shakeup in more than 30 years as travel boundaries are redrawn and new fare structures come into force. The old travel zones, based on municipal boundaries, are...

WATCH: Vintage Helsinki tram gets a new lease of life

A vintage Helsinki tram is getting a new lease of life. It was one of a number of carriages that were donated to different projects in the capital city region, and recently arrived at Teurastamo in east Helsinki, where it's...

Almost 200,000 reasons why Finland’s left emerged as the big election winners

Twenty years ago in 1999 the euro currency was introduced; Ricky Martin launched his English-language singing career; cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants made its debut, and East Timor became independent. It was also the last time the Social Democrats were the biggest...

“Values” at the heart of coalition government negotiations

Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne has put the theme of "values" at the centre of his plans to try and form Finland's next coalition government. And he's not alone. Responding to the entrenched electoral success of the populist Finns Party, a number...

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Finns Party cuts ties with MP who posted racist meme online

The Finns Party Parliamentary Group says it is cutting ties with MP Ano Turtiainen after he posted a racist meme on Twitter on Wednesday, mocking...

Record high amphetamine levels and drug-drive offenses

Researchers have found record high levels of amphetamines in capital region wastewater – a level which has continued to grow even during coronavirus lockdown...

Flags and flyovers commemorate Defence Forces Day

Flags have been run up flag poles around the country on Thursday morning to mark Defence Forces Day. The date commemorates the birthday of Carl...

Morning headlines: Thursday 4th June 2020

Record high amphetamine levels in capital wastewater Researchers have found record high levels of amphetamines in capital region wastewater - which has continued to grow...

No mandatory masks – but government says the are times to consider wearing them

After several months without a decision, and conflicting advice from officially-appointed panels of experts, the Finnish Government has finally decided they won't make it...

Minister to repay €50,000 media training money

Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) is to repay more than €50,000 invoiced to two ministries for media training. Suomen Kuvalehti first reported that Kulmuni had...

Thousands turn out for Helsinki Black Lives Matter rally

Thousands of people joined a rally in Helsinki to support the Black Lives Matter movement in America, to protest the death of George Floyd...

Supercell donates to Black Lives Matter funds

Finnish gaming company Supercell says it will be donating an undisclosed amount of money to anti-racism organisations in the USA, as protests continue across...