Politics

Opposition: Rinne’s Brexit comments in Paris “very unprofessional”

Opposition politicians have criticised Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) for comments he made about Brexit in France this week. On Wednesday Rinne went to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. Afterwards, he told Finnish journalists that Britain had a 12 day...

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...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...