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Thousands attend charity Christmas lunch in Helsinki

Thousands of people have attended a traditional Christmas lunch in Helsinki, hosted by the Hursti Foundation. President Sauli Niinistö attended this year's event, and spoke about the need to find compassion, caring and humour to combat loneliness during the festive season. "This...

GALLERY: Discovering Lapland’s snow monsters

Riisitunturi National Park in Posi, eastern Lapland, is famous for its snow-burdened trees during the winter months. Crown snow, or tykky in Finnish, forms in lawyers from cooled water droplets in fog that freeze on contact with the trees, and...

Here’s where you can find a white Christmas in Finland

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas in Finland, the general advice is head north. There hasn’t been a proper white Christmas for nearly 10 years in the south of the country and it's unlikely to happen this year either. Even...

Almost half of Lutheran pastors have a positive attitude towards euthanasia

A new study finds around half of Lutheran ministers in Finland have a positive attitude towards euthanasia - a stark contrast to the official position of the church which forbids assisted suicide. PhD researcher Miia Kontro from the University of Eastern...

Estonia’s Interior Minister launches attack on Finnish government

Estonia's Interior Minister Mart Helme has launched an attack on the Finnish government, telling a radio programme "we see that the saleswoman has become a prime minister, while some other street activists and illiterate people have become members of the...

Finnair’s sky high domestic prices could buy a ticket half way round the world

If you want to travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi next Monday, a one-way ticket booked a week in advance at the Finnair website will set you back €354. For the same price, give or take a few euros in either...

Station refurbishment brings back the age of comfortable travel

An ambitious four-year plan, with a price tag north of €10 million, aims to bring back the golden age of train travel to Helsinki's 101-year old Central Railway Station. Refurbishments will add more comfort and choices for passengers throughout the...

Government parties working to build trust after Rinne debacle

Finland's incoming prime minister says "we have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust" after ten days of political turmoil that saw the government's junior coalition partner withdraw support for Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP), who promptly handed...

Social Democrats pick Sanna Marin as Finland’s PM-in-waiting

The Social Democrats have chosen Tampere MP Sanna Marin to be their candidate to lead the government, a move that effectively makes the 34-year old Finland's prime minister-in-waiting. At a special party conference on Sunday evening Marin beat out the SDP's...

Rival protesters take to Helsinki streets on Independence Day

Police in Helsinki made a number of arrests on Friday evening, as rival protesters took to the streets of the capital on Independence Day. A number of people were arrested on the metro on the way to protests, while several...

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WATCH: Do Finns prefer strawberry jam or almond paste?

Finns celebrate Shrove Tuesday this week – known as Laskiainen in Finnish. It’s the culmination of late winter, and the start of the Easter period,...

Viking Line introduces digital keys for passenger cabins

Passengers on Viking Line ships will be able to use a new digital key system to get into their cabins from later this week. The...

The Finnish trick for getting children to eat enough vegetables and fruit

As any parent knows, it can be an uphill battle to get children to eat enough fruit and vegetables. But researchers at the University of...

Canary Islands flights getting back to normal after Sahara sandstorm delays

Flights to and from the Canary Islands are getting back to normal on Monday, after hundreds of Finns were among the passengers delayed by...

Poll: More than a quarter of Finns would support president’s third term

President Sauli Niinistö's popularity is so high that 26% of Finns say they would support an exemption to let him stay in office for...

Morning headlines: Monday 24th February 2020

Racist death threat forces Kokoomus Youth Group resignation & apology A member of the Kokoomusnuoret Youth Group of the National Coalition Party has resigned after a...

Racist death threat forces Kokoomus Youth Group resignation and apology

A member of the Kokoomusnuoret Youth Group of the National Coalition Party has resigned after a racist death threat he sent to a local...

Finland to take in 175 child refugees and single-parent families

The Finnish government says it's agreed to take in up to 175 primary school-aged children and single parent families from overcrowded refugee camps in...