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Katri Kulmuni interview: “It would be easy if we could just spend our way out of this crisis”

Finland's Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) has been burning the candle at both ends. A marathon 16-hour video conference at the start of the week with her EU colleagues was peppered by three one-hour naps; and then she went...

Oulu footballers tackle coronvirus with community service

Footballers in Finland, left with no games or training due to the coronavirus restrictions, are finding new ways to tackle the impact of the epidemic. Players and staff at AC Oulu haven't yet faced mandatory salary cuts, but as a...

Restaurant owners pivot, as pressure grows for more help for the hospitality industry

Finland's bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs shut their doors to customers at midnight on Friday, as new rules came in to slow the spread of coronavirus, which keeps businesses closed until at least the end of May. But for many...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Finnair and diplomats in Delhi. When the A350 took off from Goa on Wednesday,...

Jan Vapaavuori interview: I’m reaching out to international, marginalised and isolated city residents

The corridors and public spaces of Helsinki City Hall are rather empty these days. With many staff working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the building is so quiet it makes you instinctively want to whisper. But in the late...

Finnair CEO interview: ‘Coronavirus is the biggest crisis in airline history’

The Finnair departure gates at Helsinki Airport are empty for large parts of the day. The usual ebb and flow of flights - the morning rush to European capitals, the evening hustle of Asia-bound planes - replaced with just a...

#PysyKotona – Meet the Finns getting creative as they stay at home

Have you thought about dressing up as a Disney character? Did you ever wonder if quarantine was just the right time to start writing a cookbook, do some home decorating, find a new online hobby or potty train a...

Billion euro help for businesses – but Kokoomus wants more say in coronavirus budget plans

The Government has announced a total of one billion euros in funding for small and medium sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis - an increase on their previous announcement. Business Finland will get €700 million of the money to...

Government imposes new Uusimaa travel restrictions

The Finnish Government has announced new travel restrictions affecting some 1.7 million people in the Uusimaa region - which are planned to come into effect on Friday after a confirmatory vote in Parliament, and last until 19th April. When the...

Trade unions boss: “The situation is pretty drastic”

The trade unions are talking, and the government is listening. Last week's €15 billion Government bailout package, and measures to try and safeguard Finnish jobs during this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, was in large part proposed a few days...

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Finland wraps up repatriation flights, after thousands brought home

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is bringing repatriation flights to an end, after returning 3,227 tourists back to Finland or their home countries in...

Finland begins first domestic face mask production

Three Finnish companies have started large-scale manufacturing of protective face masks this week. Ministers announced on Wednesday that Filterpak, Lifa Air and Teho Filter are...

Barbecue books: Libraries to offer grills on loan for summer

Finns are known for their love of libraries - and in the summer also known for their love of outdoor grilling. So it's perhaps not...

Number of unemployed jobseekers nearly doubles in April

The number of people out of work and looking for employment almost doubled in April compared with the year before, as the coronavirus crisis...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Unemployment numbers almost doubled in April The Ministry of Employment and Economy has published new figures which show the number of registered unemployed jobseekers at...

Coronavirus round-up: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus numbers and new heatmap from THL Confusion & delays for restaurants...

Turku plans drive-in entertainment for coronavirus summer

The Turku Exhibition Centre has come up with an imaginative summer programme to bring audiences together for concerts, cinema, comedy and karaoke - but...

Police search for scammer targeting foreigners with Helsinki apartments

Helsinki Police are investigating a scammer targeting foreigners and offering them bogus apartment rentals in the capital city. Authorities have taken the unusual step of...