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“Some people think we’re crazy for doing this” – Meet the Finns opening bars and restaurants in the coronavirus era

When bars, restaurants and cafes were allowed to re-open on 1st June, business owners rushed to ensure their premises complied with new regulations in the coronavirus era. Restaurants can't offer a buffet service and must restrict their occupancy to 50%...

Pride postponed – but issues linger in Finland around flags, advocacy and ‘pinkwashing’

Pride events in Finland, and around the world, are postponed. Usually a month filled with colour, music and diversity, June this year is more subdued as plans to celebrate LGBTQI culture are on hold until the autumn. In Lapland, Arctic Pride...

Competing Tallinn tunnel visions head for regional council vote

Two competing visions of a train tunnel linking Finland and Estonia branch off in different directions this week, as the Uusimaa Regional Council is asked to discuss a future-looking transport plan for the region. The 2050 transport plan for Uusimaa...

Thousands turn out for Helsinki Black Lives Matter rally

Thousands of people joined a rally in Helsinki to support the Black Lives Matter movement in America, to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody, and to highlight Finland's own problems with racism. Police estimate that 3,000 people...

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 to get back to business after two months of enforced closures. But for others Monday is...

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 government still recommends against leisure travel abroad, and suggests foreign travel only for essential reasons...

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 up to their international obligations. His comments come after a video conference meeting between EU foreign...

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten to breach river banks and flood defences in a number of towns including Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi,...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay around implementing new laws and providing clarity on funding that it might not be a...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called you from WhatsApp and now you know my phone number!" she exclaims, having informed me...

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Food camps teaching lessons about nutrition and sustainability

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Finland urges Lebanon reform after €250 million aid conference

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Morning headlines: Monday 10th August 2020

Campaigners push for VAT reduction in menstrual products A campaign spearheaded by the Finnish Feminist Association Naisunioni is working with political parties to raise awareness of...

Podium finish for Valtteri Bottas at 70th anniversary British Grand Prix

Finnish racer Valtteri Bottas has climbed back onto the podium after finishing third in Sunday's British Grand Prix. Bottas started the race in pole position but...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 5 is out now

The new episode of our summer Podkäst is available now wherever you listen to your podcast content. On this week’s show Education Minister Li Andersson (Left) talks about the new...

Flags are flying – with one small mishap – for Moomin creator Tove Jansson

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate a beloved figure of the Finnish literary world, a writer and artist who created the enchanted...

Let’s speak about our periods: Campaign pressures politicians to cut tax on sanitary products

A campaign spearheaded by the Finnish Feminist Association Naisunioni is working with political parties to raise awareness of the issues of period poverty, and...