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Viva Åland! Independence Dream Not Dead, But More Autonomy Comes First

The ongoing turmoil in Spain over Catalan independence is being watched very carefully in the Åland Islands. "I'd say what we learned from Catalonia is of course what we maybe already knew, the importance of keeping an independence process with...

Sports First for Finland International, as Female Referees Take Charge

Myllypuro in east Helsinki is the unlikely setting for a sports milestone this weekend. When the Finland men's rugby national team take on Norway, there will be a female referee in charge. It's the first time a woman has ever refereed...

Call Me Crazy: Why Stockmann Needs Retail Boost

Stockmann's twice-yearly "Crazy Days" event gets underway again this week, and the sales promotion couldn't come at a more timely moment for the company after recent warnings over falling profits. Yellow Tradition You can't fail to notice the splash of yellow...

A Bug’s Life: Finland’s New Food Economy

Food producers in Finland are moving ahead with plans for production and harvesting of insects, after the Food Safety Authority Evira approved a change in the way existing legislation is interpreted, to allow certain insects to enter the human food...

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...

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Coronavirus round-up: Friday 29th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL New guidelines: yes, it's okay to travel around...

New guidelines: Yes, it’s okay to travel around the country

New guidelines issued by the Government on Friday confirm that yes, domestic travel is allowed again, as long as people take sensible precautions. There had...

Parliament approves new rules to open restaurants, cafes and bars

Parliament and the President approved new temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act on Friday, which makes it possible for restaurants, bars and cafes...

No decision on mandatory face masks – but ‘no strong scientific evidence’ say experts

A study commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health about the use of face masks during the coronavirus pandemic has been completed...

Morning headlines: Friday 29th May 2020

Restaurant opening law to get Parliament vote today A law that could allow Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars to open up for business again will...

Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...

Municipal workers reach new pay and conditions deal

Thousands of workers in the municipal sector, including some teachers, nurses and other  healthcare workers, will be covered by a new collective bargaining contract...

Stay or go? Conflicting signals on domestic summer travel

Should you go to summer cottage this weekend, or stay at home? Are you allowed to plan a domestic travel 'staycation' this summer or...