Politics

Government budget talks: the big spends explained

The outcome of Monday's government budget talks is being hotly debated by opposition politicians, experts, pundits and the media alike. The government says it's delivering on the promises of its programme; critics - and there are many - say they're...

Europe Minister: Britain’s Brexit strategy is a “rather bleak situation”

Finland's Europe Minister has described Britain's chaotic Brexit strategy as a "rather bleak situation." Writing on Twitter from Strasbourg at the start of a European Parliament plenary session to discuss Britain's departure from the European Union, Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) shared her...

Centre Party calls for more job creation and stronger regional policies

The new leader of the Centre Party Katri Kulmuni has used her first major policy speech since being elected last weekend to call for more efforts to create jobs. Under the previous Centre Party-lead government of Juha Sipilä the employment rate rose...

Open heart surgery for Speaker of Parliament

The Speaker of Parliament, and former Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (Centre) is having open heart surgery on Thursday. The 63-year old politician has had a number of health issues in the last year including heart problems and treatment for cancer, and...

President Niinistö marks Constitution’s 100th anniversary

President Sauli Niinistö has praised Finland as one of the world's most stable countries, describing it as "a clear-headed and reliable actor" as he commemorates 100 years of constitutional democracy. The Constitution Act was brought before parliament in 1919 by Finland's...

Katri Kulmuni interview: “I’m just an ordinary girl from Lapland”

In the excitable hours after being voted the new Centre Party Chair, Katri Kulmuni is still swept up in the day's events. "It was a mixture of relief, excitement and shock. And I had to think is it really happening?...

Prime Minister Rinne: No-deal Brexit “very obvious”

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) says he thinks it's now "very obvious" that Britain will crash out of the European Union without a deal. Speaking at a joint press conference in Helsinki with the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Rinne...

Parliament resumes for autumn session

Finland's 200 Members of Parliament gather back in Helsinki today for the start of the autumn term. The first plenary session begins on Wednesday afternoon at 14:00 and on the agenda are a wide range of topics including reports on...

Police to politician: Facebook ban is not a crime

Police in Tampere have carried out a thorough investigation... and come to the conclusion that if Facebook bans you, no crime has been committed. Officers had to look into the case after a local Member of Parliament Veikko Vallin (Finns) complained...

Government steps in to Posti dispute over high salaries and contract conditions

The government has stepped into a labour dispute which has exposed the high salaries of executives at the state-owned Posti postal service. At a press conference in Helsinki on Tuesday, Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering Sirpa Paatero (SDP) said...

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A new political party? Timo Soini says maybe.

Veteran politician Timo Soini, who lead the Finns Party to become a major force in Finnish politics, who was a founding member of Blue Reform...

Finns’ confidence in life and the economy after coronavirus improves

A new survey highlights how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic subsides, and how they have more confidence in...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd July 2020

Finns relaxing their own coronavirus restrictions Two surveys have highlighted how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic fades in Finland....

Appeals Court upholds verdict against Finns Party MP for incitement crimes

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi has ruled to uphold a verdict against Finns Party Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen. The Oulu MP was convicted...

Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...