Politics

Social Democrats inch ahead in election with mixed fortunes

The Social Democrats lead by former union boss Antti Rinne have eked out a narrow lead in the general election with 99% of the votes counted. In a close race for the top three parties, the centre left SDP are on course to...

Election Day: LIVE

01:30 - The Social Democrats appear to have carved out a slim lead in the election, but how did the other parties fair? Here's our wrap-up of all the election night news. https://newsnowfinland.fi/politics/social-democrats-inch-ahead-in-election-with-mixed-fortunes 23:45 - Eva Biaudet (SFP) got elected in Helsinki...

Cyber attack on election system, as 1.5 million Finns vote in advance

The National Bureau of Investigation NBI is looking into the circumstances around an apparent cyber attack against Finland's election information systems. It happened over the weekend, when the official results service was hit by a denial of service attack. The...

Police investigate political signs as possible racist and homophobic crimes

Police in Helsinki have launched an investigation to determine whether some political campaign banners have broken the law. They're looking specifically into the leader and a candidate from the small far right party Finnish Nation First, and their recent election...

Polls tighten on last day of election advance voting

Today is the last day of advance voting before Sunday's general election, and the latest polls show the race to be the leading party is tightening. Hundreds of polling places are open across the country in municipal buildings or libraries...

Finns Party joins German far right in European alliance

The Finns Party has signed up to form a pan-European alliance with other political parties, ahead of May's European elections. The other members are Italy's League, Denmark's People's Party and Germany's far right opposition party AfD. The Finns Party's Olli Kotro,...

Political hate speech targets immigrant candidates

Politicians in Finland are all too frequent targets of abusive emails and social media messages. But election candidates with immigrant backgrounds are often the particular targets of race hate abuse. We talked with five candidates from three parties, and asked...

‘Easy language’ videos help with election voting

A new resource for people voting in the upcoming general election has been released this morning by the Ministry of Justice. Videos in easy-to-understand Finnish, Swedish and English have been published on YouTube, instructing people how to vote in advance...

Early voting begins, as vandals target campaign posters

Police in Jyväskylä and Tampere are asking the public for information about vandals who targeted election campaign posters in those cities. Several locations in Jyväskylä were damaged, including Kirkkopuisto, Honkaharju and Suluntie, where racks of posters had been put up...

Deleted Finns Party video prompts conspiracy theories, and apology from Yle

Finland's public-funded broadcaster Yle has found itself in the middle of a dust-up with the Finns Party over a technical problem. An interview show which featured Finns Party chairman Jussi Halla-aho was deleted from the broadcaster's Areena catch-up service on...

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Caught on camera: Police release pictures of crime boss’s guns, drugs and homes

The National Bureau of Investigations says it's wrapping up an investigation into the man who headed the United Brotherhood crime gang. During the course of...

Flow announces more international acts for summer festival

Summer might seem like a long time away, but Finland's festival season is just around the corner and one of the biggest arts events...

WATCH: French jets arrive in Finland for a week of combat tests

Two Rafale fighter jets built by French manufacturer Dassault have landed at Pirkkala Air Force Base to start two weeks of intensive testing and...

Police arrest two suspects after string of robberies, including MP’s home

Police have arrested two Lithuanian men who are suspected of breaking into MP Ruut Sjöblom's (NCP) home in Tuusula earlier in January. Officers believe the men...

Measles risk warning for middle-aged people

People born between 1965 and 1975 may be at increased risk of catching measles because they lack sufficient vaccine protection. The warning from health authorities...

Migri: Surge in Iraqi citizenship applications and ‘Brexit refugees’

The latest figures released by the Finnish Immigration Service Migri on Monday show a rise in the number of Iraqis applying for citizenship; an...

Musti ja Mirri pet store chain plans stock exchange float

The popular pet supplies chain Musti ja Mirri is planning an initial public offering IPO and listing shares on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. The move...