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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...

Parliament Returns: It’s The Economy, Stupid

Finland's Members of Parliament get back to work today after the long summer recess, with a busy legislative schedule ahead. The government has the economy firmly in its sights, and hopes to see more improvement as the country eases slowly...

Death Threats, Racial Abuse & Taunts of Sexual Violence: How Much Online Hate Should Politicians Expect?

When Finland's parliament returns for the autumn session this week, politicians will face a continued barrage of hate mail, death threats and personal attacks.   While Helsinki police tells News Now Finland they don't keep specific statistics on the number of...

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Report: Finnish Embassy in Beirut ‘destroyed’ by blast

The Finnish embassy in Beirut has reportedly been 'destroyed' by the blast from a powerful explosion which rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday evening. Deputy...

Katri Kulmuni interview: Centre Party leader is down, but not yet out

Time might be running out for Katri Kulmuni's short reign as leader of the Centre Party. Either that or she's gearing up for a triumphant...

Contact tracing app launches in limited test phase

A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is being launched on Tuesday for a month...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 4th August 2020

Contact tracing app launches in test phase today A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is...

New airport coronavirus testing option: “All the processes were very smooth”

Officials at Helsinki Airport say that "all the processes were very smooth" on the first day of offering coronavirus tests for arriving passengers. Public health...

Linnanmäki coronavirus ‘mass exposure’ confirmed by city

The City of Helsinki is confirming a coronavirus 'mass exposure' event took place at Linnanmäki amusement park in the capital at the end of...

MP Petri Honkonen joins Centre Party leadership race

The Vice Chairman of the Centre Party Petri Honkanen has joined the race to be the next party leader, challenging incumbent Katri Kulmuni. He's the second serious...

Young entrepreneurs: Twin brothers launching new Helsinki-Turku bus service

Two young entrepreneurs are set to launch a brand new bus service linking Helsinki and Turku with low-cost fares. Twins Henri and Eero Autio are just 21-years...