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Parliament’s return brings surefire political clashes, and a chance for change

Parliament returns to business this week for the autumn session, although this year Finnish politics never really took much of a holiday. The coronavirus pandemic kept politicians at work through the summer dealing with the ongoing crisis domestically, then engaging...

GALLERY: Celebrating Finnish Nature Day through stunning sunsets

No matter the season there's always the chance of a beautiful sunset in Finland if the clouds part, or even if they don't fully disappear. With Finland being a long country the light at sunset in the south can be...

Baltic Sea Day highlights issues of heritage and environmental protection

Towns and cities along Finland's southern and western coast are joining together to celebrate the heritage of the Baltic Sea, and highlight the need for greater environmental protection. As a central feature in the lives of many Finns - whether...

Development Minister: Pandemic laid bare weaknesses in society

In the last half year, as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the planet, Finland has been quietly working with other donor countries to continue providing aid to nations most in need. Countries like Iraq or Somalia, with public healthcare systems...

Bittersweet victory for Finns with partners trapped abroad and waiting on visas

Campaigners say they're pleased that new visa rules mean their partners, stranded abroad by coronavirus travel bans, can now apply for visas to visit Finland - but they question why it's taken so long to happen. Posting online as part...

Olympic Stadium strikes gold with modern take on heritage architecture

Helsinki's iconic Olympic Stadium, a field of dreams for thousands of athletes over the decades, is open again for sporting glory. After four years of renovations, the results of a €300 million makeover showcase the original 1930's architecture with a...

Get into hiking: Tips for exploring Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi – even if you’re a beginner!

This weekend is set to be another warm one, with temperatures hitting +22°C - possibly for the last time this summer. If you're in the Helsinki metropolitan region having two national parks right on the doorstep of Helsinki, Vantaa and...

Hunger strikers take climate change message to parliament

A group of protesters is hoping their peaceful but jarring hunger strike action sends a clear message to the Finnish government that more action needs to be taken to slow climate change. With its tents, colourful banners, potted plants and...

Li Andersson interview: ‘Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring’

Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw classes suspended during the worst of the coronavirus epidemic in spring, and a switch to distance learning for tens of thousands of pupils. Although classes...

Finland’s top diplomat in Beirut: ‘Lebanese people seem to be tired of rising from the ashes’

The Muslim call to prayer echoed from mosques across Lebanon on Tuesday evening, as church bells tolled at exactly 18:09, a week after a man-made disaster caused widespread destruction in the capital Beirut. Finland's Acting Ambassador to Lebanon Aki Kauppinen...

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Finland, Estonia, Sweden to assess any “significant” new ferry disaster information

The foreign ministers of Finland, Estonia and Sweden have released a joint statement saying they'll assess any "new significant information" about the sinking of...

Air Force’s Ruska 20 exercise takes off

The Finnish Air Force's main military exercises take off today, with Ruska 20 lasting through until 6th October. It's the largest war games of the...

Government considers new bar and restaurant restrictions

The Finnish government is considering bringing in new restrictions on bars and restaurants because of the continued spread of coronavirus. Speaking to MTV News on...

Valtteri Bottas races to victory at Russia Grand Prix

Finnish F1 driver Valterri Bottas has raced to victory at the Russian Grand Prix, at the expense of his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Bottas lead for...

Morning headlines: Monday 28th September 2020

Government considers new bar and restaurant restrictions The Finnish government is considering bringing in new restrictions on bars and restaurants because of the continued spread...

Foreign Minister “seriously concerned” about escalating Caucasus conflict

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says he's "seriously concerned" about the situation in the Caucasus region of Central Asia. His comments come as Armenia and...

Tiny dining: Finland’s ‘smallest restaurant’ is up for sale, and looking for just the right buyer

A tiny restaurant in Töölö, part of the Helsinki neighbourhood's fabric for more than half a century,  is up for sale - but the...

Finland’s rugby champions crowned, despite disrupted Covid-19 season

Finland's domestic rugby season came to a climax this weekend after a summer season curtailed by coronavirus restrictions. Although other sports have started their competitions...