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Interior Minister: No guarantees for Brits in Finland if Brexit deal fails

The Finnish government can't guarantee that British nationals will have an automatic right to stay in the country if Britain exits the EU without a deal. In a statement to News Now Finland, Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen (NCP) says that Finland "wants to...

Finland criticised over minority language failures

The Council of Europe has criticised Finland for not doing enough to promote and protect minority languages like Karelian, Swedish and Sámi. In a recent report the Council said while there had been some progress, many of Finland's lesser-spoken languages...

VIDEO: Urban art splashes Helsinki’s concrete walls with colour

A project to brighten up some of Helsinki's most boring concrete neighbourhoods is splashing colourful murals onto some pretty big canvases. Inspired by street art movements in other parts of the world, Helsinki Urban Art was founded with the idea...

Murder appeal for ‘brutal and cruel’ Lapland tour guide killer

A Lapland tour guide jailed for killing his girlfriend will get a new day in court, when his appeal against a murder conviction starts this week in Rovaniemi. Czech national Karel Frybl and his Scottish girlfriend Rebecca Johnson were working at a remote...

First Finnish aid team arrives in Indonesia disaster zone

The first aid workers from Finland have arrived in Indonesia to help with relief efforts, a week after an earthquake and massive tsunami hit the city of Palu, on the island of Sulawesi. Now, Finnish experts from the Red Cross...

Former PM Alex Stubb announces bid to be ‘President of Europe’

Former Prime Minister Alex Stubb (NCP) has announced his bid to become the President of the European Commission. Stubb has been out of frontline politics for the past two years, filling a job at the European Investment Bank. But at a press...

National reflector day shines a light on winter safety

At this time of year there's no escaping the encroaching winter, with days getting noticeably shorter from week to week. Today's sunrise time in Helsinki is 07:25, and it sets again at 18:53, giving a little more than 11 and...

Frozen: Sámi Parliament vote exposes deep divisions on identity and rights

Proposed new legislation covering the relationship between the Sámi Parliament and the Finnish state has been put on ice, after politicians in Inari voted against it. The breakdown in the legislative process highlights an apparent lack of understanding from the...

Finland navigates the UN with focused agenda and high profile representation

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly begins in New York this week, and President  Sauli Niinistö is leading a Finnish delegation which also includes embattled Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) and Minister for Development Anne-Mari Virolainen (NCP). Niinistö's packed schedule and visibility helps keep Finland's profile as...

WEEKEND: Vibrant new exhibit ties EMMA in knots

If you're thinking about how to brighten up the increasingly gloomy days when the rain comes (and the rain will definitely come!) then a new exhibit at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA could be the perfect autumn...

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More than 200 quarantined in Lapland, as small coronavirus cluster detected

Public health official say more than 200 people have been put into self-isolation as a precaution after a small cluster of positive coronavirus cases...

Emergency centre for migrant Roma moving to new Helsinki location

A centre which provides a vital lifeline for Helsinki's migrant Roma population is moving to a new location, with more space to offer services...

Senate Square terrace expanding with space for hundreds more customers

The popular summer terrace that's taken over Senate Square this year - already the largest in the country - just got bigger. From Wednesday there...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 15th July 2020

Finland's economic output fell during May New figures released Wednesday morning by Statistics Finland show the working day adjusted output of the national economy fell...

Appeals Court cuts sentence for pro-Kremlin activist involved in online hate campaign

The Helsinki Appeals Court has reduced a sentence for a Finnish academic convicted for his part in a sustained hate campaign against a journalist,...

Summer nurses listening to young people after coronavirus lockdown

Teams of nurses and social workers are back on the streets of the capital city this year to engage with young people about any...

Foreign Minister: Hong Kong extradition treaty should not be applied

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says an extradition treaty between Finland and China “should not be applied” any longer because it means that suspects would...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Foreign Minister: Hong Kong extradition treaty should not be applied Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that an extradition treaty between Finland and China "should not...