Politics

Prosecutor General wants to charge Finns Party MP with ethnic incitement

Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen wants to charge a Finns Party MP with inciting hatred towards an ethnic group. During a June 2019 debate in Parliament, Juha Mäenpää said that asylum seekers were like an 'invasive species'. Mäenpää has claimed this was a...

Government increases the money it gives to political parties

The Government has decided to increase the amount of financial grants it gives to registered political parties by €6 million. The system of financial help has been in place since 1967 and for 2020 the subsidies amounts to €35,635,000 in...

Ministers press for more haste on Nordic electronic ID card

Two Finnish ministers have called for the government to move faster with plans to introduce a new identification card that would work across all Nordic countries. Although this project is in the governmental programme as part of its digitalization plans,...

HS poll shows mixed fortunes for political parties

A new poll in Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday shows the changing fortunes of Finland's political parties. It's the first of the newspaper's regular surveys carried out since a change of government in December brought Sanna Marin into power as prime minister....

World Jewish Congress calls Left Alliance MP “antisemitic”

The World Jewish Congress has criticized Finnish Member of Parliament Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza. The powerful US-based lobby group called Kontula's protest a double standard and anti-Semitic because she only complained about Israel's...

Timo Soini interview: The unrepentant father of Finnish populism

Timo Soini's in rare form. Seven months out of the political spotlight - seven weeks of which was spent writing his new book on populism - have had a liberating effect on the previously bullish, now ebullient former foreign minister. For...

Parliament Committee wants more information in Pekka Haavisto case

Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee hasn't been able to find any clear resolution on whether Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) acted legally or properly in the case of Isis-linked Finns at the al-Hol refugee camp. The Committee met during the day on...

Left Alliance MP arrested by Israeli police

Left Alliance MP Anna Kontula was arrested in Israel on Monday the party has said. "Her intention was to penetrate the Israeli wall surrounding Gaza" the party writes on Twitter. "The purpose was to draw the world's attention to the situation in...

Holocaust research riles Finns Party MPs; as president announces Israel visit

President Sauli Niinistö has announced an upcoming visit to Israel, where he'll attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. The president will travel to the Middle East from 21st to 24th January and have bilateral meetings with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and...

Sign of the times: Helsinki adds interpreters to improve local government access

Helsinki City Council is set to add sign language interpreters in Finnish and Swedish in an effort to make local politics more accessible and transparent for deaf and hearing-impaired residents. The move comes after an initiative by councilman Suldaan Said Ahmed (Left) received...

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Foreign Ministry issues new China travel warning

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a new advisory for Finnish citizens traveling in China. The new strain of Wuhan coronavirus, which started in...

Education Minister warns of school consequences of population decline

Minister of Education Li Andersson (Left) is warning that declining population in some parts of the country might mean there's not enough children for each...

Anti-Semitic acts in Tampere and Turku, as Finland’s leaders mark Holocaust

Police in Tampere are investigating an incident in the city involving a small group of neo-Nazis who burned an Israeli flag and denounced the...

Morning headlines: Monday 27th January 2020

Tromsø conference raises questions over Finland’s Arctic priorities An Arctic conference in northern Norway, attended by Minister of Trade Ville Skinnari (SDP) raises questions about whether Finland...

Tromsø conference raises questions over Finland’s Arctic priorities

An Arctic conference in northern Norway, attended by Minister of Trade Ville Skinnari (SDP) raises questions about whether Finland sees the region as a commodity,...

WATCH: Lions, dragons and fireworks in Helsinki signal Chinese New Year

Thousands of people came out to downtown Helsinki to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday. The Year of the Rat launched with a firework display...

THL: False alarm over suspected Wuhan coronavirus cases in Lapland

The National Institute for Health and Welfare THL says that two suspected cases of Wuhan coronavirus turned out to be false alarms. Two members of...

Police investigating spate of Lapland online romance scams

Police in Lapland are investigating a spate of romance scams after several incidents were reporting during a short period of time. In the latest incident,...