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Finland’s Elderly Care Crisis

When Maarit Junnola visited her ex-mother-in-law in Hanko recently, she was shocked to find the elderly woman hungry and thirsty, laying in her own urine-soaked bed sheets. In the caregiver diary was a note to say the old lady hadn't...

After London: How Safe Are Finland’s Trains?

The improvised device exploded with a bang and a flash of light, on a busy London subway carriage last Friday morning. Passengers evacuated the train and cleared the station swiftly, but although the bomb failed to go off as...

Dead Sea: Baltic Cleanup Efforts Pay Off Slowly

Ongoing efforts to clean up the Baltic Sea are at last having some tangible success, according to scientists studying the so-called 'dead zones' in the Baltic Sea which have too little oxygen to support life. "It's quite safe to swim...

Drill: Ferry Fire & Chemical Spill Test Rescue Responses

Hundreds of rescue personnel from Finland and Sweden, medical staff and volunteers are taking part in a large scale search and rescue drill called 'Sommarö' off the coast of Vaasa today. Sommarö Scenario A fire has broken out on the parking...

Espoo Greenlights Official Language Status for English

Espoo City council has approved an ambitious plan to make English the third official language of the region. In a late night vote, local councilors decided by a margin of 70-4 to greenlight a sweeping future plan for the region,...

The Radicals Among Us

Finland has an ongoing problem with both Islamic radicalization in prison and political radicalization in society, according to a new official report, and interviews with experts working to combat the problems. In Finnish prisons, access to the internet is limited....

World Strongman Championships Come To Kokkola

The World Strongman Championships are taking place in Kokkola this weekend. More than 50 power lifters from 19 different countries are taking part in the under-90kg and under-105kg weight categories. On the first day of competition, every athlete gets the chance...

Boiling Point: How Helsinki’s Restaurant Industry Overcooked

Helsinki's push to turn itself into a city of foodies has lead to a cut-throat market for rental space, driven by demand for an unsustainable number of new restaurants every year; as amateur cooks and established kitchen stars alike...

Russia’s Military Build-Up: Zapad Decoded

Russia is set to hold the Zapad 2017 military exercises at the end of next week, and it's believed to be the largest of its kind since the end of the Cold War. Although officially only 13,000 troops are taking...

Finland’s Transgender Troops

US President Donald Trump says transgender personnel will no longer be allowed to serve in America's military, a decision potentially affecting several thousand servicemen and women. In Finland there's no legal ban on military service. But life remains complicated for...

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Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

VR waives railway restaurant rents for two months

State railways operator VR Group says it is waiving the rents of cafes and restaurants on its station properties across the country for two...

Mika Lintilä: “This is the worst moment of Finland’s economic history”

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) says the coronavirus crisis "is the worst moment of Finland's economic history" as he set out new...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd April 2020

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...

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...

City of Savonlinna starts mass lay-off talks 

The city of Savonlinna in Finland's eastern lakeland region has started talks on lay-offs for municipal workers due to the impact of the coronavirus...

SUPO: Finland’s main terror threat still comes from lone wolf attacks

The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service Supo  published its new year book on Thursday, painting a picture of the threats facing Finland from domestic...