Politics

EU elections: Thousands vote overseas, as poll shows NCP on top

Thousands of Finns took the opportunity to cast a ballot overseas in advance of Sunday's European Parliament elections. According to figures released by the Foreign Ministry, 16,325 people voted at Finland's missions and offices abroad in the advance voting period. There's...

Almost 900,000 advance votes cast in EU Parliament elections

Almost 900,000 people have already cast their ballots in advance of Sunday's European Parliament elections. New figures from the Ministry of Justice show that 897,162 people voted between 15th and 21st May - or 21% of people entitled to vote. The...

Ministry could cut Finns Party Youth funding over ‘racist’ social media posts

The Ministry of Education and Culture says it's looking at funding the Finns Party Youth has received, in light of recent social media postings by the group. Finns Party Youth has been granted €115,000 this year from the ministry. Half...

Finns Party Euro candidate wants to scrap Schengen for Russian visa system

A Finns Party candidate in the upcoming European Parliament elections has said he wants to scrap the Schengen visa agreement, and introduce visa-free travel with Russia instead. Olli Kotro made the comments in an interview with a pro-Kremlin media outlet...

Government negotiations enter third – and final? – week

Talks to form the next coalition government have entered the third week at the House of the Estates in Helsinki, but there already seem to be difficulties. The negotiations are being lead by Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne and his counterparts...

Finns Party activists make ‘OK’ hand gesture used by white supremacists

A number of Finns Party activists have been caught on camera using a controversial 'OK' hand gesture which has been co-opted by white supremacists. Images from election night broadcasts on 14th April appear to show Finns Party Youth Uusimaa chairman Pyry-Lii...

Meet the candidate hoping to be Europe’s first indigenous MEP

On a chilly spring morning Mikkel Näkkäläjärvi (SDP) is shuttling through Helsinki Central Railway Station, taking a well-traveled route from Lapland to the capital. After this month's European Parliament elections he's hoping for a much longer commute, all the way to Brussels and...

Advance Euro voting begins today, as more young people say they plan to vote this time

Early voting begins today for the European Parliament elections. Finns, and EU nationals registered to vote in Finland, can vote in advance between today and next Tuesday 21st May at more than 900 advance polling stations around the country. They can...

Politicians tackle lobbyist controversy in government negotiations

The second week of government negotiations is underway, as political party representatives meet at the House of the Estates in Helsinki to hammer out policy positions for the future coalition government. However there's some controversy around the negotiations as it...

Maria Ohisalo the sole candidate for Green party leader

It looks like a one horse race to be the next leader of Finland's Green League political party. A Saturday deadline for candidates attracted only one name: Maria Ohisalo. The Vice Chair of the Greens, and first-time MP, will take over from Pekka...

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Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

VR waives railway restaurant rents for two months

State railways operator VR Group says it is waiving the rents of cafes and restaurants on its station properties across the country for two...

Mika Lintilä: “This is the worst moment of Finland’s economic history”

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) says the coronavirus crisis "is the worst moment of Finland's economic history" as he set out new...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd April 2020

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in...

City of Savonlinna starts mass lay-off talks 

The city of Savonlinna in Finland's eastern lakeland region has started talks on lay-offs for municipal workers due to the impact of the coronavirus...

SUPO: Finland’s main terror threat still comes from lone wolf attacks

The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service Supo  published its new year book on Thursday, painting a picture of the threats facing Finland from domestic...