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GALLERY: Finland’s colourful winter birds

It might be the warmest winter for a decade in Finland, but there's still been some record snowfalls in Lapland, and plenty of winter wildlife to spot. Kuusamo in north-east Finland has some of the best examples of old growth...

Timo Soini interview: The unrepentant father of Finnish populism

Timo Soini's in rare form. Seven months out of the political spotlight - seven weeks of which was spent writing his new book on populism - have had a liberating effect on the previously bullish, now ebullient former foreign minister. For...

New year, new work opportunities with a surge of job seekers

January is a time when many people make resolutions and decide to start the new year with a fresh start - with varying degrees of success. Often it's about ending bad habits, or making positive lifestyle changes. But for many...

Sign of the times: Helsinki adds interpreters to improve local government access

Helsinki City Council is set to add sign language interpreters in Finnish and Swedish in an effort to make local politics more accessible and transparent for deaf and hearing-impaired residents. The move comes after an initiative by councilman Suldaan Said Ahmed (Left) received...

How Finland’s fake four-day week became a ‘fact’ in Europe’s media

Have you heard the news? Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is doing something radical. "Finland's new prime minister, 34-year-old Sanna Marin, has announced plans to introduce a four-day week" says the Guardian, underneath the statement that Marin has "promised" a short...

WATCH: Lux Festival brings fire and light to the darkest days of winter

Helsinki's annual arts festival Lux is back again for 2020, lighting up the capital city during the darkest days of winter. This year sees Lux visitors taking a new route around the city, starting at Senate Square and going through...

Baltic Herring Movement: ‘Most Finns oppose the rise of the alt-right’

A grassroots Finnish movement that wants to rally people against hate speech and racism; and stands up for human rights, rule of law and the fight against climate change has attracted tens of thousands of followers online since it...

Europe Minister interview: Mixed report card as Finland hands over European Council Presidency

There's a few good images online from the 2012 presidential inauguration in Helsinki. Outgoing President Tarja Halonen (SDP) was giving up the keys of Mäntyniemi after 12 years in office and she's grinning from ear to ear. Her successor Sauli...

Finnish politics review 2019: “A totally crazy year!”

It's the Friday before Christmas and Parliament has the atmosphere of school on the last day of term. When the division bell rings at 10:00, MPs make their way into the chamber to vote on a slate of budget proposals,...

Jikŋon: ‘Frozen 2’ brings Sámi language and culture to Disney audiences

The long-awaited sequel to Disney's blockbuster 'Frozen' opens in Finnish cinemas over Christmas, and becomes the first feature-length Hollywood film to be dubbed in Northern Sámi. A unique collaboration between Disney Animation Studios and indigenous communities has helped shape the...

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Jari Sillänpää child sex abuse trial begins at Helsinki court

Singer Jari Sillänpää, one of Finland's most popular and well-known entertainers, goes on trial Wednesday at Helsinki District Court. He's accused of sexually abusing a...

Haavisto heads to Washington; and still leads presidential poll

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is heading to Washington DC today for talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo. On the agenda for the two-day trip is...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 26th February 2020

Survey: Police don't have time to do their jobs properly The results of a new survey, released on Wednesday, paints a grim picture of the...

Coronavirus quarantine keeps Finns in Tenerife hotel lockdown

Almost two dozen Finns are among a thousand people quarantined at a hotel in the Canary Islands, after three guests were diagnosed with Coronavirus. The...

‘Woodsman’ in court appealing his fourth murder conviction

A convicted killer known as the 'Woodsman' is back in court this week, appealing his latest conviction for murdering a career criminal he first...

Political groups suspend contacts with Finns Party Youth over fascism concerns

The youth organisations of seven Finnish political parties say they're suspending cooperation with the Finns Party Youth Group over concerns about how predominant fascism...

Employment rate – and unemployment rate – up in January

Finland's employment rate and unemployment rates both rose in January, compared with a year before. The government's target of 75% employment looks a step closer...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 25th February 2020

Ministry to consider funding implications for Finns Party Youth 'fascist' video The Ministry of Education and Culture tells News Now Finland a video by a senior Finns...