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New plans to save Lapland’s tourist industry as the clock runs down on winter holiday sales

Package holiday travel corridors, tourism bubbles, test-to-fly schemes: the government and regional tourism operators are casting a wide net to come up with ways to save Finland's highly seasonal foreign tourist industry. The raft of new initiatives which emerged over...

Exploring Finland in autumn – the best outdoor time of the year

The leaves are turning yellow, orange and red; the mornings are fresh; and it gets dark again earlier each day - all signs point towards autumn, the best time to enjoy the outdoors in Finland. Not only are the majority...

Parliament’s return brings surefire political clashes, and a chance for change

Parliament returns to business this week for the autumn session, although this year Finnish politics never really took much of a holiday. The coronavirus pandemic kept politicians at work through the summer dealing with the ongoing crisis domestically, then engaging...

GALLERY: Celebrating Finnish Nature Day through stunning sunsets

No matter the season there's always the chance of a beautiful sunset in Finland if the clouds part, or even if they don't fully disappear. With Finland being a long country the light at sunset in the south can be...

Baltic Sea Day highlights issues of heritage and environmental protection

Towns and cities along Finland's southern and western coast are joining together to celebrate the heritage of the Baltic Sea, and highlight the need for greater environmental protection. As a central feature in the lives of many Finns - whether...

Development Minister: Pandemic laid bare weaknesses in society

In the last half year, as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the planet, Finland has been quietly working with other donor countries to continue providing aid to nations most in need. Countries like Iraq or Somalia, with public healthcare systems...

Bittersweet victory for Finns with partners trapped abroad and waiting on visas

Campaigners say they're pleased that new visa rules mean their partners, stranded abroad by coronavirus travel bans, can now apply for visas to visit Finland - but they question why it's taken so long to happen. Posting online as part...

Olympic Stadium strikes gold with modern take on heritage architecture

Helsinki's iconic Olympic Stadium, a field of dreams for thousands of athletes over the decades, is open again for sporting glory. After four years of renovations, the results of a €300 million makeover showcase the original 1930's architecture with a...

Get into hiking: Tips for exploring Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi – even if you’re a beginner!

This weekend is set to be another warm one, with temperatures hitting +22°C - possibly for the last time this summer. If you're in the Helsinki metropolitan region having two national parks right on the doorstep of Helsinki, Vantaa and...

Hunger strikers take climate change message to parliament

A group of protesters is hoping their peaceful but jarring hunger strike action sends a clear message to the Finnish government that more action needs to be taken to slow climate change. With its tents, colourful banners, potted plants and...

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Finnish artists scoop three Nordic Council prizes

The Nordic Council has given out its 2020 awards at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday evening with Finnish artists scooping three out of five...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 28th October 2020

Finland's Somali community uses soap opera to communicate Covid-19 messages Members of Finland’s Somali community are using a home-made soap opera, and a fact-driven TV...

Finland beat Scotland 1-0 in Helsinki Euro 2022 clash

The Finnish women's national football team won their Euro 2022 qualifier match in Helsinki on Tuesday night, beating pre-match favourites Scotland 1-0. The only goal...

MTV News: Court orders assets freeze for Vastaamo’s ex-CEO

MTV News reports that Helsinki District Court has ordered the temporary seizure of assets belonging to Ville Tapio, the former CEO of Vastaamo therapy...

Economic outlooks paint a mostly gloomy picture of Finland’s financial wellbeing

A trio of economic outlooks published Tuesday paint a mostly gloomy picture of Finland's financial wellbeing. The latest consumer confidence numbers from Statistics Finland show...

Top flight hockey club SaiPa starts talks about temporary job cuts

Lappeenranta's professional ice hockey team SaiPa is starting co-operation negotiations on temporary job cuts at the club. The talks apply to all personnel at Liiga-SaiPa...

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...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 27th October 2020

Vastaamo CEO 'takes responsibility' as board fires him over 'hidden' previous data breach The board of psychotherapy services provider Vastaamo has fired the CEO Ville Tapio...