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“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...

Social Democrats inch ahead in election with mixed fortunes

The Social Democrats lead by former union boss Antti Rinne have eked out a narrow lead in the general election with 99% of the votes counted. In a close race for the top three parties, the centre left SDP are on course to...

Election Day: LIVE

01:30 - The Social Democrats appear to have carved out a slim lead in the election, but how did the other parties fair? Here's our wrap-up of all the election night news. https://newsnowfinland.fi/politics/social-democrats-inch-ahead-in-election-with-mixed-fortunes 23:45 - Eva Biaudet (SFP) got elected in Helsinki...

University course lets immigrant journalists retrain to work in Finland

A group of twenty students has started their studies at an innovative university course which takes immigrants who already have a background in journalism, and updates their skills to match the needs of potential new Finnish employers. It’s thought to...

Political hate speech targets immigrant candidates

Politicians in Finland are all too frequent targets of abusive emails and social media messages. But election candidates with immigrant backgrounds are often the particular targets of race hate abuse. We talked with five candidates from three parties, and asked...

Being Darude: On the road to Eurovision

When Finland's Eurovision duo takes to the stage in Tel Aviv on 14th May, the performance will be the culmination of a journey for DJ superstar Darude that started last September, when he agreed to represent his country at...

International educators take Finnish lessons as classrooms adapt to change

At Kalasatama primary school in east Helsinki, a class of noisy nine-year olds charges around the gym hall, dodging a ball thrown by their teacher. They're burning off some steam before heading back to lessons where art, maths, geography and...

Kokoomus candidate: “Why does multiculturalism not work?”

Officials from the National Coalition Party - known in Finnish as Kokoomus - are distancing themselves from an election candidate who used a campaign event to spread his views that multiculturalism doesn't work. It's the kind of rhetoric which shows...

Ready Player Yksi: Finland’s esports athletes get brand new training centre

A new training centre for some of Finland's most successful athletes has opened in downtown Helsinki. It's where the country's elite players will hone their skills: but you won't see a running track, astroturf or weights. Instead, the training centre is...

Local issues beat out national concerns on the campaign trail

With less than one month to go until the general election, candidates are making a big push to get their name and message out to the public. Last Thursday, individual candidates received their voting numbers and so this was the...

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First group of child migrants arrives in Mediterranean deal

The first group of children and young people from refugee camps in the Mediterranean region arrived in Finland on Wednesday. The 24 minors, aged 10...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any...

HS: Pekka Haavisto facing two police charges over al-Hol handling

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is facing two police charges over his handling of the al-Hol refugee situation, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The newspaper reports that...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 8th July 2020

Government hold talks on opening the borders Government ministers are meeting at House of the Estates in Helsinki today to discuss the possibilities of further...

VR ending ticket sales, laying off staff at five mainline stations

Finnish railways operator VR is to end ticket sales at five mainline stations, and potentially making 13 staff unemployed. Dedicated VR ticket sales offices at...

Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...