Politics

Poll: Prime Minister’s Social Democrats on top, as Finns Party falls

A new poll from Alma Media released on Tuesday shows that support for the Prime Minister's Social Democrats has climbed 4.4 percentage points since the previous poll in January-February. In this latest survey the Social Democrats are Finland's most popular...

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...

PM prepares restaurant and bar closures, Uusimaa isolation

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has said again that her government is ready to shut down restaurants and bars, shopping centres, and also impose travel restrictions around Uusimaa region in southern Finland. However - she's not putting a deadline on it...

Sanna Marin: We’re laying the groundwork for Finland travel restrictions

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) says the government is preparing to order restrictions on movement around the country, and to close private businesses such as restaurants, in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. Writing on Twitter on Monday, Marin...

New opinion poll signals good news for the government

A new opinion poll published by Helsingin Sanomat newspaper on Wednesday shows an increase in the total support for the five government coalition parties at 53.9%. That's up from a month ago, when it was less than 53%, and there's...

Borders closed from Thursday, medicines restricted, police monitor Emergency Act rules

Finland will close off its external borders from Thursday and ban foreign travel for at least two weeks, as police ensure residents are complying with new provisions to deal with the spread of coronavirus. The Emergency Act will be finalised...

Paavo Väyrynen selflessly offers himself as Centre Party leader

Veteran Finnish politician Paavo Väyrynen has offered himself up to be the leader of the Centre Party - but only on a temporary basis. Although the Centre Party doesn't have a leadership vacancy, Väyrynen says that he could take charge through...

Finns Party plus one, file no-confidence motion against government

The opposition Finns Party, with support from the only Movement Now Liike Nyt MP Hjallis Harkimo, have filed a motion of no confidence in the government for its handling of the refugee crisis in Greece. The other opposition parties the...

Opposition calls for limit on asylum seekers, and more action on national security

The opposition National Coalition Party Kokoomus says it wants to temporarily limit the number of asylum seekers Finland can accept at its borders, on the grounds of national security. The party has responded robustly to the current refugee crisis unfolding...

Finns Party launches new youth group after ‘fascist’ rebellion

The Finns Party, the largest opposition party in Parliament, has launched a new youth group after cutting ties with the old youth organisation when it refused to play by the rules. Months of tension between the parent party and the...

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First coronavirus cases detected in Finnish nursing homes

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus have been detected in Finnish nursing homes. Three elderly residents have died at a care home in the Ylä-Savon...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 3rd April 2020

Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest: 1,615 coronavirus cases, 20 deaths - information letters sent out. Rescued: Behind...

Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

VR waives railway restaurant rents for two months

State railways operator VR Group says it is waiving the rents of cafes and restaurants on its station properties across the country for two...

Mika Lintilä: “This is the worst moment of Finland’s economic history”

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) says the coronavirus crisis "is the worst moment of Finland's economic history" as he set out new...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd April 2020

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in...