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Justice Minister interview: “Travel restrictions can’t be taken lightly in a democratic and free society”

When the Finnish government introduced internal travel restrictions on the southern Uusimaa region at the end of April to slow the spread of Covid-19, critics responded with overwrought comments about their human rights being breached, and living inside a...

GALLERY: Spring awakening for Finland’s hibernating wild bears

Despite the current coronavirus restrictions - and after the dark snowless winter months - spring has reached at least the southern half of Finland. In the east of the country however, brown bears are waking up from their hibernation in...

Summer festivals press pause, waiting for government coronavirus decision

Festival organisers are hoping for a clear indication from the government about the fate of their summer events. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said this week that she would announce a decision in April about whether festivals are allowed to go...

Cross-border care: Finnish healthcare staff play vital role in Sweden’s Norrbotten region

Every day dozens of Finnish healthcare workers cross over the northern border into Sweden, and at the end of their shifts return home again to self-isolation. They're part of a small number of international travelers who don't need to go...

Yemen U-turn: Finland reverses human rights policy on military exports

Finland has issued new licenses for military exports to the United Arab Emirates, reversing a 2018 policy promise to stop sales to any country involved in the Yemen conflict. The move comes after intensive lobbying by the Emiratis towards a...

Katri Kulmuni interview: “It would be easy if we could just spend our way out of this crisis”

Finland's Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) has been burning the candle at both ends. A marathon 16-hour video conference at the start of the week with her EU colleagues was peppered by three one-hour naps; and then she went...

Oulu footballers tackle coronvirus with community service

Footballers in Finland, left with no games or training due to the coronavirus restrictions, are finding new ways to tackle the impact of the epidemic. Players and staff at AC Oulu haven't yet faced mandatory salary cuts, but as a...

Restaurant owners pivot, as pressure grows for more help for the hospitality industry

Finland's bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs shut their doors to customers at midnight on Friday, as new rules came in to slow the spread of coronavirus, which keeps businesses closed until at least the end of May. But for many...

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 cooperation with Finnair and diplomats in Delhi. When the A350 took off from Goa on Wednesday,...

Jan Vapaavuori interview: I’m reaching out to international, marginalised and isolated city residents

The corridors and public spaces of Helsinki City Hall are rather empty these days. With many staff working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the building is so quiet it makes you instinctively want to whisper. But in the late...

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Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...

Morning headlines: Monday 6th July 2020

12,000 new recruits start military service Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes...

Valtteri Bottas wins Austria Grand Prix in first post-covid race

The Formula One season got into gear again on Sunday, with the first race of the re-arranged schedule taking place in Austria. Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas...

Turku hospital starts coronavirus drug treatment tests

Turku University Hospital Tyks has launched a trial of a drug called tocilizumab to see if it can help stop coronavirus patients from becoming...

HS investigation reveals widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff

A lengthy investigation by Helsingin Sanomat has uncovered widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff who are low paid, and often asylum seekers or new immigrants hoping...

Finnair raises €501 million, as passengers get ‘clean kits’ on expanded flight services

Finland's national airline Finnair has raised €501 million in a share offering that was so popular, it was oversubscribed by 11%. The fundraising effort was...

GALLERY: Finland’s baby birds are kind of adorable!

May and June are the busiest months in Finland for spotting baby birds. There are still some around in July but by now most...