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Europe Minister: Finland wants to know all EU coronavirus recovery package liabilities are clear

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week for a summit, the first time they've met in person since the start of the coronavirus crisis limited meetings to video conference calls. On the agenda...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after a number of countries ran into tech problems with their own software efforts. Officials are keen...

GALLERY: Finland’s baby birds are kind of adorable!

May and June are the busiest months in Finland for spotting baby birds. There are still some around in July but by now most have flown the nest. Many young birds like the mallards and goldeneyes in this gallery can...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party gained five seats at the 2019 general election, and then endured a baptism of fire...

Senate Square gears up for socially-distant summer reinvention

Helsinki's Senate Square, usually the focal point of tourist activity in the capital during summer, is getting a socially-distant reinvention. On 1st July the square will become a summer urban garden with bars, restaurants and music, in a bid to...

Border Guard, ministers, unsighted about UK-Finland “travel corridor” plan

The BBC reports that Boris Johnson's government is set to announce a list of countries, including Finland, to be part of a scheme for travel in both directions with no quarantine restrictions. These "travel corridors" would be formed with countries...

Costa Mayor’s message to Finnish tourists: “We are returning to normal life”

Spain has opened its borders to EU and Schengen visitors this week, and authorities are hoping enough tourists come to help boost the economy during the rest of the summer season. The Mediterranean country would normal expect 80 million visitors...

Hold the sausages! A century of Finland’s changing Midsummer traditions

As people in Finland enjoy the long Midsummer weekend holiday - with mostly hot weather this year - they're taking part in annual rituals that signal the start of summer. There's trips to summer cottages, grilling sausages, going to sauna...

Midsummer weather: turn up the temperatures!

As Finland starts an annual slowing down towards the Midsummer holiday weekend the most one question everyone wants to know is what the weather's going to be like. This year it's going to be hot, above +25°C in most of...

“Some people think we’re crazy for doing this” – Meet the Finns opening bars and restaurants in the coronavirus era

When bars, restaurants and cafes were allowed to re-open on 1st June, business owners rushed to ensure their premises complied with new regulations in the coronavirus era. Restaurants can't offer a buffet service and must restrict their occupancy to 50%...

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Council of Europe calls for more action to support for Finland’s minority languages

The Council of Europe says it wants to see more support for several of Finland's minority languages - despite progress that's been made for...

Ministry: Regional measures have slowed the spread of coronavirus

Experts from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs say the growth in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Finland has slowed down...

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Handling China: Lessons to learn as Finland stands up to China  Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the...

Handling Beijing: Nordic and EU lessons to be learned as Finland stands up to China

Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the anniversary comes with a diplomatic bump in the road, as...

Toxic smoke alert as huge fire burns Turku industrial property

Residents living in the area near a large fire in Turku have been warned about toxic smoke billowing from the scene of the blaze. An...

Hackers hold patient information for ransom in psychotherapy data breach

A company that offers psychotherapy to thousands of patients across Finland says it's been the victim of a data breach, with the personal information...

HS poll: Sanna Marin’s Social Democrats remain on top

A new poll published by Helsingin Sanomat takes a look at the popularity of Finland's political parties and asks potential voters who they would...

New rules for restaurants, nightclubs and bars “a step in the right direction”

New powers that make it easier to differentiate between restaurants, bars and nightclubs has been cautiously welcomed as "a step in the right direction"...