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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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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...