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WATCH: Penkkarit parade – costumes and candy for the last day of school

High school seniors across the country celebrated today with noisy and colourful penkkarit parades. It's a tradition that dates back generations, when seniors marked the last day of school before study leave and spring exams. The students dress up in costume,...

Could Sean Bergenheim become Finland’s first NHL member of parliament?

Former pro hockey player Sean Bergenheim is planning to swap pucks for politics at the upcoming general election, as he makes a bid to become a member of parliament. Bergenheim is running as a Swedish People's Party candidate on the Uusimaa...

Global architects get on board Tallinn tunnel project

Internationally renowned firm Zaha Hadid Architects is positioning itself to be a leading partner in the tunnel linking Helsinki and Tallinn which is being spearheaded by serial entrepreneur Peter Vesterbacka. Added to strong interest from local real estate developers, the Estonian government,...

Report: Finnish soldiers with Nazi units likely killed Jews and other civilians

A new investigation into the involvement of Finnish soldiers in an SS unit during the Second World War has concluded that Finns took part in some atrocities, but that the perpetrators are now dead. Some 1408 Finnish volunteers served in...

Ready for departure: new airport terminal is cleared for take-off

Helsinki Airport will debut a brand new terminal space for long haul passengers this month. 'Aukio' is designed to be a first impression of Finland showcasing design, natural wood and high tech innovations to add more facilities, more shops and...

Finnish professionals brace for Brexit uncertainty

Many Finnish professionals living and working in the United Kingdom are facing continued uncertainty about their careers as the deadline for Britain to quit the EU looms. The UK is set to leave the other 27 European Union countries at...

Say what? The message behind political party election slogans

With the general election getting closer, Finland's political parties are sharpening their messages, promoting their manifesto pledges and unveiling their campaign slogans. So is there much value attached to the images, colours and words in campaign advertising, or is it...

Meet the Finn who’s baking for Britain

There's a production line in progress at Janita Maaranen's home in South Yorkshire. When the amateur baker needs to produce a hundred Karelian pies, she can do it in just a few hours if she ropes her daughter in to help. The...

Bitcoins, micro-payments and merch: fundraising innovation on the campaign trail

With the general election only two and a half months away, campaigning is in full swing as parties announce their policy platforms, leaders take part in debates, and candidates try to make themselves as visible as possible. So how do...

New Finnish law to guarantee Brexit status of Brits

The Finnish government has put in motion special new legislation that would guarantee the full rights of British nationals in Finland, in the event of a deal or no-deal Brexit. Speaking to News Now Finland on Friday morning about the latest...

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Closing time: eased restrictions on bars and restaurants come too late for some businesses

A decision to ease restrictions and allow restaurants, cafes and bars to re-open this week is welcome news for many in the industry eager...

Morning headlines: Monday 1st June 2020

Coronavirus restrictions eased today  Restrictions put in place over the last several months to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland are being eased today....

Three Isis-linked Finnish families arrive from al-Hol refugee camp

Three Finnish families, women and children, arrived in Finland on Sunday from the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms...

Everything changes: Your guide to coronavirus life in Finland from 1st June

On Monday 1st June there is a whole range of new rules, regulations and recommendations coming into play as coronavirus restrictions are eased. While the...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 29th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL New guidelines: yes, it's okay to travel around...

New guidelines: Yes, it’s okay to travel around the country

New guidelines issued by the Government on Friday confirm that yes, domestic travel is allowed again, as long as people take sensible precautions. There had...

Parliament approves new rules to open restaurants, cafes and bars

Parliament and the President approved new temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act on Friday, which makes it possible for restaurants, bars and cafes...