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Fire Alarm: Minority Report

Helsinki Rescue Department is making progress in its efforts to attract more firefighter students from diverse backgrounds. Until recently, the capital city had no firemen with minority backgrounds, but that's now slowly changing. "We partly succeeded" Matti Waitinen, Principal of Helsinki...

New Lessons Aim To Speed Up Refugee Integration

A group of refugees are the first to try a new way to integrate into life in Finland. Through the Finnish Refugee Council Pakolaisapu they will receive Finnish lessons, and separately, a class in their own language to help them navigate...

How Cheap Is Your Beer?

New research shows that tax increases on alcohol on both sides of the Baltic Sea won't be enough to stop Finns going to Estonia to buy cheap booze. The study was commissioned by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association PTY and...

Hope Floats: Turku’s Economic Turnaround

Southwest Finland has seen a jobs boom in recent years, but it's not in the sectors anyone could have predicted. Even ten years ago, few economists would have said that manufacturing would be bringing good jobs to Finland. The future...

Fake News? Hybrid Warfare’s New Helsinki HQ

NATO's Secretary General and the EU's Foreign Minister are among the guests in Helsinki today, at the official opening of the new European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats - or Hybrid CoE for short. Jens Stoltenberg and Federica...

Paving Paradise: Nature Lovers Battle Espoo Building Plans

Environmental groups, some politicians, and local nature enthusiasts are uniting in a bid to stop a pair of controversial building developments in Espoo, which they say could irreparably harm a wetlands site where rare birds and other animals live. There...

From Lohja To Rohingya Refugee Camp

Jaana Laine is expecting to see malnourished mothers, under-weight infants, and possibly an outbreak of cholera when she arrives at a refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border today. It's a far cry from the pristine hospital environment the Lohja midwife...

Parliament’s Delete Button: Transparency vs Media vs Privacy

Parliament's Executive Director says that criticism of its practice of destroying visitor logs at the end of each day cannot be taken lightly. "It is still harming the parliament's reputation, that has to be admitted" Pertti Rauhio tells News Now Finland. Rauhio's...

Merkel’s Losses Are Finland’s Gain

The dust has barely settled on vote counting from yesterday's general election in Germany, and diplomats, politicians and analysts in Helsinki and Berlin are trying to figure out what it means for the two countries. Some experts believe that a...

Aftershock: Finland’s International Rescue Response

When a deadly earthquake hit the Mexico City region this week, buildings collapsed, leaving many people trapped in the rubble, and so far more than 270 deaths. Finnish rescue teams were on standby as always, ready to assist if...

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Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th April 2020

Government announces new border restrictions The government has announced a tightening of Finland's northern borders with Norway and Sweden until the middle of May. The...

Coronavirus round-up: Monday 6th April 2020

Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: 2,176 confirmed cases / 27 fatalities Restaurants & cafe owners pivot to new...

Slush 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

This year's Slush startup event, set to be held in November, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organisers made the announcement on...

Lahti orchestra embraces technology for online Sibelius celebration

More than 60 Finnish classical musicians have joined together online - but remotely - to record a coronavirus-inspired version of the Sibelius classic Finlandia. Sinfonia...

THL launches national coronvirus research project 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is launching a new national project to gather more data about people who have coronavirus. Researchers are...

Stockmann files for corporate restructuring

The Stockmann Group has filed paperwork with Helsinki District Court on Monday morning for corporate restructuring. It comes after the company says the coronavirus has...

Morning headlines: Monday 6th April 2020

Restaurant owners pivot & calls grows for more help for the hospitality industry Finland’s restaurant and cafe owners are looking for new ways to do...

Finlandia Hall bathed in blue to honour healthcare workers

Finlandia Hall is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in the Finnish capital, and now it's acting as a symbol of thanks for...