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Finnair CEO interview: ‘Coronavirus is the biggest crisis in airline history’

The Finnair departure gates at Helsinki Airport are empty for large parts of the day. The usual ebb and flow of flights - the morning rush to European capitals, the evening hustle of Asia-bound planes - replaced with just a...

#PysyKotona – Meet the Finns getting creative as they stay at home

Have you thought about dressing up as a Disney character? Did you ever wonder if quarantine was just the right time to start writing a cookbook, do some home decorating, find a new online hobby or potty train a...

Billion euro help for businesses – but Kokoomus wants more say in coronavirus budget plans

The Government has announced a total of one billion euros in funding for small and medium sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis - an increase on their previous announcement. Business Finland will get €700 million of the money to...

Government imposes new Uusimaa travel restrictions

The Finnish Government has announced new travel restrictions affecting some 1.7 million people in the Uusimaa region - which are planned to come into effect on Friday after a confirmatory vote in Parliament, and last until 19th April. When the...

Trade unions boss: “The situation is pretty drastic”

The trade unions are talking, and the government is listening. Last week's €15 billion Government bailout package, and measures to try and safeguard Finnish jobs during this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, was in large part proposed a few days...

GALLERY: Adorable forest rodents foraging in the snow

The bank vole is Finland’s most abundant mammal with a population estimated at about 300 million during peak years. Bank voles live in forest and wetland edges and clear-cut forest. You can also find bank voles in gardens. What makes the...

Finland’s small businesses already hit hard by coronavirus crisis

Business owners across the country are already feeling the impact on the economy as customers stay away during the coronavirus pandemic. This week the Central Chamber of Commerce warned that more than 30% of their member companies were worried about...

Restaurant’s community spirit cooks up 500 food parcels for elderly people

A restaurant in Helsinki is trying to help more vulnerable members of the community, even as its own business is hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Lie Mi Vietnamese Kitchen in Kamppi has seen a big downturn in customer numbers as...

Delayed justice: Foreign students wait years for court date after racist attack

Two foreign students, on the receiving end of a racist attack in Joensuu, will not get their day in court until more than two years after the incident which left one of them needing hospital treatment. The case is symptomatic...

Sweeping new coronavirus measures shut down schools, limit public gatherings, protect elderly

The Finnish Government has declared a state of emergency, and a raft of sweeping new measures to fight the spread of coronavirus. They include: Introducing the Emergency Act to give authorities more temporary powers; Shutting down schools, colleges and universities...

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Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...

Morning headlines: Monday 6th July 2020

12,000 new recruits start military service Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes...

Valtteri Bottas wins Austria Grand Prix in first post-covid race

The Formula One season got into gear again on Sunday, with the first race of the re-arranged schedule taking place in Austria. Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas...

Turku hospital starts coronavirus drug treatment tests

Turku University Hospital Tyks has launched a trial of a drug called tocilizumab to see if it can help stop coronavirus patients from becoming...

HS investigation reveals widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff

A lengthy investigation by Helsingin Sanomat has uncovered widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff who are low paid, and often asylum seekers or new immigrants hoping...

Finnair raises €501 million, as passengers get ‘clean kits’ on expanded flight services

Finland's national airline Finnair has raised €501 million in a share offering that was so popular, it was oversubscribed by 11%. The fundraising effort was...

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...