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WEEKEND: Teivo Teivainen Shouts Out Loud

Renaissance man Teivo Teivainen is a professor of World Politics at Helsinki University, an acclaimed author, an activist and advocate, and a "petty bourgeois academic professional" - his own words. Known for his 'grand salons' that bring together academics and...

Ticket To Ride: Länsimetro Finally On Track For Capital Region

On Saturday morning just after 5am, the first Länsimetro train is scheduled to leave Matinkylä in Espoo, and head towards Helsinki. At Ruoholahti it merges with the existing metro line, and cements a decades-long ambition to connect the Finnish capital...

Climate Change Hits The Slopes

At the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn this month, politicians, scientists and experts are discussing the impact of rising global temperatures - among a host of other pressing environmental concerns. Closer to home, snow-watchers in Finland have already seen the...

You Are What You Eat: New Food Rules for Finland

Do you know where your food comes from? Do you even want to know? New regulations set to come into force mean that restaurants will have to inform customers of the country of origin of fresh and frozen meant and...

Lessons Learned: Ten Years Since Jokela School Shooting

Tuesday marks ten years since a student at Jokela high school killed eight people, before turning the gun on himself. On November 7th 2007, Pekka-Eric Auvinen skipped his first lessons of the day. The 18-year-old walked into school at 11:40...

The Ice Dragon Cometh: China’s Arctic Ambitions

Chinese companies are investing billions of euros in Lapland projects. There's plans for a railway linking the north of Finland with Asia routes. They're even sponsoring a Rovaniemi football team and a professor at the University of Lapland. And the...

WEEKEND: André Wickström Jokes Around

Comedian André Wickström is a well known face on Finnish television, on the stand-up circuit, and from his quirky character commercials for energy company HELEN. This weekend for News Now Finland, André tells us in his own words about Finnish humour,...

Nordic Council Looks For New Relevance In Energy, Language and ID Policies

A politician from the Faroe Islands tells a joke. "What's the difference between the Nordic Council and a camel?" "A camel can work for a week without eating or drinking. But the Nordic Council can eat and drink for a week,...

The Lapland MP, Julian Assange, Fake News & Catalonia

Finnish politician Mikko Kärnä (Centre) will publish the text of a parliamentary motion today which calls on MPs to recognize an independent Catalonia. It's a move which has brought applause and critiques; sparked a wave of international media stories of...

After Harvest Disaster, Government’s Money Not Enough, Say Farmers

Finnish farmers say the money being offered by the government to help cover extra costs associated with bad summer weather and poor harvests is not enough. This week, the government announced a budget amendment that would free up €25 million...

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Football stars score at annual Sports Gala

Finnish footballers have enjoyed a night of awards glory at the annual Sports Gala Urheilugaala in Helsinki on Thursday night. Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki...

Morning headlines: Friday 17th January 2020

Government to update on employment measures Minister of Labour Tuula Haatainen (SDP) is set to announce the government's latest initiatives to boost employment. The aim is to...

SK: Finns Party MPs concealed China-linked tech company cash

Two Finns Party MPs, including the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, concealed their links to a tech company that received funding from China. The...

Latvian man on trial for bomb plot to target “foreigners and Muslims”

A man has appeared at Helsinki District Court, facing charges of plotting to set off home made bombs during 2018 New Year's Eve celebrations...

Saving Amanda: Helsinki considers how to protect the famous fountain

Helsinki City Council is looking into measures to protect one of the country's most recognisable landmarks. The Havis Amanda fountain and statue, built in the...

Defence Ministers use Nordic hotline for the first time

Nordic Defence Ministers have used a special crisis hotline for the first time, to discuss the situation in the Middle East. According Defence Minister Antti...

World Jewish Congress calls Left Alliance MP “antisemitic”

The World Jewish Congress has criticized Finnish Member of Parliament Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza. The powerful US-based lobby...

Morning headlines: Thursday 16th January 2020

World Jewish Congress criticizes Left Alliance MP The World Jewish Congress has criticized Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza - calling...