Politics

100th anniversary of Finland’s first president

Finland got its first president exactly 100 years ago today. The Republic of Finland was born on 17th July 1919 and the first president Karlo Juho Ståhlberg was elected a few days later on 25th July. Members of the new Finnish parliament gave...

Ohisalo: “We cannot allow anyone to drown in the Mediterranean Sea”

Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has issued a stark warning as she meets her EU counterparts in Helsinki to discuss the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Thousands of people have drowned making the crossing from North Africa to Europe in recent...

Rinne tells EU Parliament that Europe’s core values are being challenged

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has used a speech at the European Parliament to warn MEPs that the continent's core values "are being challenged", that poor economic growth has lead to more unemployment and inequality, and is "paving the way...

Krista Mikkonen: EU countries “moving towards” 2050 carbon neutral goal

Environment and Climate Change Minister Krista Mikkonen (Green) thinks that all of the EU countries can find common ground to agree a 2050 deadline to become carbon neutral. Mikkonen is chairing a meeting of environment ministers from around Europe at Finlandia...

Angela Merkel has another shaking incident at Antti Rinne ceremony

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered from another bout of shaking, during a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP). Rinne was making his first visit to Berlin since becoming Prime Minister, and the incident happened as the pair were outside reviewing a...

Tax increases on alcohol and sodas “possible” – Minister

The government is planning to raise taxes on alcohol and soft drinks, according to a report in business newspaper Kauppalehti today. But Finance Minister Mika Lintilä (Centre) says while it's "possible", no decisions have been made just yet. A tax on booze could help...

Juncker in Finland: the European Union needs leadership and stability

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has just started his term of office, while EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is just coming to the end of his tenure. Politically the two men come from different camps, but in Helsinki on Friday it was all...

Saimaa seals citizen’s initiative reaches signature goal

A citizen's initiative to ban net fishing in areas of Lake Saimaa that are home to endangered ring seals has reached the 50,000 signature threshold. The petition was organised by a group of family and friends as four rare Saimaa ringed...

Hautala beats Huhtasaari for top Euro Parliament role

Green MEP Heidi Hautala has been elected as a Vice-President of the European Parliament. She was successful in the first round of voting this week with 336 votes for one of the 14 Vice-President positions in Brussels and Strasbourg. Previous Finnish Vice Presidents...

Competitiveness on the agenda as EU politicians meet in Helsinki

Finlandia Hall takes centre stage on Thursday and Friday as Finland hosts the first major ministerial meetings of its six-month EU Presidency. The EU ministers responsible for competitiveness will be discussing sustainable groth, digital transformation, international competition and climate change...

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Finns wary about long-term damage to the economy from coronavirus

The majority of Finns say that although they accept there's gloomy economic times ahead, they're in agreement that there needs to be some exceptional...

Police investigate booby-trapped apartment bomb, a death inside and two injured officers

Two police officers were injured in an explosion on Monday night after trying to open the door of a booby-trapped apartment in Espoo. One body...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date Finland’s restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay...

Coronavirus round-up: Monday 25th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus numbers from THL Ministry wants to buy €100 million worth of...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other...

Ministry wants to order €100 million worth of protective equipment

The Ministry of Health has submitted a procurement proposal to buy €100 million worth of protective equipment for the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA,...

Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...