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Finnish MEPs find unity opposing monthly Brussels-Strasbourg Parliament move

The European Parliament is having its monthly plenary session in Strasbourg this week, when all the politicians - including 14 Finnish MEPs and their staff - will make the trip from Brussels. It's a controversial move that costs tens of...

Blini menus serve up a Finnish winter take on traditional dish

The perfect blini is soft and fluffy on the inside with a crispy shell on the outside that forms when they're fried in clarified butter in cast iron skillets. It's easy to see why blinis have become such a restaurant...

Traditional or progressive? Kokoomus airs their dirty laundry in public

A discussion within the National Coalition Party - known as Kokoomus in Finnish - hit the headlines this week, highlighting the divisions which exist between traditional conservatives and more progressive party members. Those divisions have always been there, but they...

Job losses likely as European Chemicals Agency closes the door to Brits in Finland

Up to ten British nationals could lose their jobs at the European Chemicals Agency ECHA in Helsinki as a direct result of Brexit. After the UK formally left the European Union on 1st February, the Chemicals Agency updated its website...

Finnish healthcare providers increasingly targeting men as a business growth market

Finnish healthcare providers are increasingly targeting men to sell more healthcare products, but experts have raised questions about how necessary some of the services really are. There is a genuine need to raise awareness about health issues which affect men,...

Citizen activists: Baltic Herring Movement’s first public action draws modest crowd in the rain

A grassroots movement that aims to unite a broad coalition against hate speech and racism; and stands up for human rights, rule of law and the fight against climate change has held its first public rally on a rainy...

Toxic comments highlight bitter divisions in Finland over Brexit

The EU flag was still flying outside the British Embassy in Helsinki on Friday evening as staff locked up and diplomats went home for the weekend - although it will likely be down by dawn. Earlier, comments on the Embassy's...

Government ministers haven’t yet focused on the fate of Brexit Brits in Finland

News Now Finland understands that government ministers have yet to focus on what happens to some British nationals who would not normally qualify for permanent residence status in Finland, after the end of the Brexit transition period in December...

Tromsø conference raises questions over Finland’s Arctic priorities

An Arctic conference in northern Norway, attended by Minister of Trade Ville Skinnari (SDP) raises questions about whether Finland sees the region as a commodity, or a conservation project. The 2020 Arctic Frontiers event is being held in the town of...

WATCH: Lions, dragons and fireworks in Helsinki signal Chinese New Year

Thousands of people came out to downtown Helsinki to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday. The Year of the Rat launched with a firework display over the China-themed area with red pavilions, a golden pagoda and traditional red lanterns. Chinese culture...

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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...

Coronavirus round-up: Wednesday 8th April 2020

Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: 2,487 confirmed cases / 40 fatalities PM criticises municipalities for 'poor preparedness' Fimea...

Fimea joins EU stocktaking in case of possible medicines shortage

The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea says it is preparing for any possible shortage of medicines used to treat patients in hospital with coronavirus symptoms. A...

Porvoo fire destroys old music school building

A large wooden building in the centre of Porvoo has been destroyed by an early morning fire. Rescue crews were alerted around 05:00 on Wednesday...

PM criticises municipalities for ‘poor preparedness’ over coronavirus response

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has criticised municipalities for their 'poor preparedness' in response to the coronavirus edpidemic. It comes after the government has itself faced...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 8th April 2020

Old Porvoo music school building destroyed by fire  A large wooden building in the centre of Porvoo has been destroyed by an overnight fire. Rescue...

Coronavirus round-up: Tuesday 7th April 2020

Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: 2,308 confirmed cases / 34 fatalities New international border restrictions come into place ...

Nationwide antibody testing programme begins

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is launching a coronavirus antibody testing study, to see how far the virus might have spread...