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Finnish Church, a hub of community life in London, facing lockdown again

The Finnish Church in London is facing another period of prolonged lockdown as coronavirus cases surge in England - and that means ongoing restrictions for the staff and those people who rely on the church's services. There's an estimated 20,000...

A full blue moon illuminates kekri, Halloween and All Saints’ Day in Finland

If you look to the skies above Finland on Saturday evening you'll see a full moon - known as a blue moon because it's the second full moon within a calendar month. This year it lights up traditional All Saints...

Finland’s Somali community uses soap opera and TV talk show in coronavirus awareness push

Members of Finland's Somali community are using a home-made soap opera, and a fact-driven TV talk show in their public health toolbox to promote greater Covid-19 awareness. Harnessing the power of television is just one aspect of a project called...

Maria Ohisalo: Vastaamo cyber attack and blackmail demands “serious, outrageous and cowardly”

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) says a cyber attack on Vastaamo psychotherapy centre computer systems, which may have resulted in as many as 40,000 patient records being held for ransom, is "a serious, outrageous and cowardly attack." Details of the data...

GALLERY: Nutcrackers, magpies and ravens – meet Finland’s resident corvids

In Finland there are eight species of bird in the Corvidae - or corvid - family. Some of these can be seen every day, in any part of the country, while others you can only find in old-growth forest,...

Handling Beijing: Nordic and EU lessons to be learned as Finland stands up to China

Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the anniversary comes with a diplomatic bump in the road, as Europe considers the balance of its relationship with the Asian economic powerhouse around issues like...

Open for business – but immigrant entrepreneurs struggle during coronavirus pandemic

Business is brisk on a Saturday afternoon in Adil Al-Massi's Tapiola barber shop. Its prime location between Ainoa shopping centre and Sokos Hotel means there's a good flow of customers dropping in for a haircut or beard trim. Since Friends Barbershop -...

Hundreds of ‘Brexit Brits’ lodge Migri applications – but questions remain about the process

Hundreds of British nationals have lodged applications to change their immigration status in Finland since the Immigration Service Migri opened the process at the beginning of October - but the process itself still raises a lot of questions among...

WATCH: Helsinki Herring Market brings coastal food traditions to the capital

The Baltic Herring Market has been a Helsinki tradition since 1743. Every autumn fishing boats from along the southern coast and Archipelago - from Kotka to Åland - make their way to the capital city's Market Square to sell their...

Restaurant and bar workers bring ‘Ladle Revolution’ protest to the streets of Helsinki

Hundreds of restaurant and bar workers, many carrying ladles from their kitchens, gathered in Helsinki on Thursday to protest increased coronavirus restrictions which they say will impact thousands of jobs in the industry. The demonstrators banged the utensils together within...

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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...