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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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Viking Line picks up the bill after ferry rescue company demands cargo collaterol

Viking Line will pick up the bill for maritime salvage being levied at truck owners by the company that towed the M/S Amorella into...

MPs call for littering fines to be doubled

Four Members of Parliament have drawn up a bill proposing that fines for littering be doubled, as a deterrent measure. National Coalition Party MPs Saara-Sofia Sirén,...

THL issues new face mask recommendations, as virus situation worsens

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has issued new recommendations on wearing face masks, as the coronavirus situation continues to deteriorate. Overnight there...

Morning headlines: Thursday 24th September 2020

Decisions expected on face masks and travel Decisions are expected today on a new regional approach towards face masks, and also on restricting travel again...

President Niinistö at virtual UN: ‘Global challenges require global responses’

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has given a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly taking place this week in New York. However, because of travel...

Covid-19 sniffer dogs start work at Helsinki Airport

Ten specially-trained dogs are starting work at Helsinki Airport, using their noses to sniff out passengers with Covid-19. It's part of the City of Vantaa's...

THL: Stay away from public places with Covid symptoms, as virus cases increase

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is urging anyone with even mild coronavirus symptoms to stay away from public spaces and gatherings. The...

Nordic Defence Ministers meet, as Finland postpones major international exercise

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (SDP) is in northern Norway today, meeting with his counterparts from Sweden and Norway for talks. The trio are in Laksel, Lemmijoki,...