Politics

City Councilman receives noose and death threat in the mail

A Helsinki City Councilman of Somali origin has received a letter containing a noose and a death threat at the first City Council meeting of the new session. Abdiurahim ‘Husu’ Hussein (SDP) reported for Wednesday night's meeting and was told there...

Jan Vapaavuori interview: the rebel Mayor and the rise of the cities

With its oversized potted plants and stylish furniture, the Helsinki Mayor's office doesn't look much like the headquarters of an insurgent movement. And the urbane mayor himself Jan Vapaavuori doesn't look much like the leader of a rebel alliance. But in 2018...

Defence Minister slightly ahead in Centre Party leadership race

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen is slightly ahead of Economic Affairs Minister Katri Kulmuni in the race to be the next leader of the Centre Party. Uutissuomalainen newspaper asked district heads of the Centre Party and found that eight support Kaikkonen, while five...

Sámi Parliament elections going ahead, despite legal issues

Voting is set to begin next week to elect 21 members of the Sámi Parliament. But an ongoing legal battle of who is eligible to vote overshadows the process. The Sámi Parliament in Inari believes it should have the final...

Christian Democrats and Feminist Party keep their leaders for another term

Two Finnish political parties from opposite ends of the spectrum have had weekend votes to decide who should be the leader of their parties. And both decided to keep the same politicians at the helm for another term. The Christian Democrats...

Police open pre-trial investigations into three MPs

Three Members of the Finnish Parliament, from three different parties, are facing possible court cases as police announce they're launching pre-trial investigations into the politicians. Christian Democrat MP, former party leader and ex-interior minister Päivi Räsänen posted on Twitter in June...

Blue Reform founder quits, as party struggles for political relevance

One of the founders of the Blue Reform political party Simon Elo has resigned, saying he thinks the party can no longer be effective in politics. It's another nail in the coffin of the party which only formed in summer 2017...

Social Democrats clear MP, but police investigation continues

The Social Democrats have decided to take no further again against one of their MPs Hussein al-Taee over controversial online posts. The social media posts, which are several years old, came to light before April's general election, but al-Taee avoided answering...

Government’s new budget plan includes big increase for their own salaries

The government revealed its 2020 budget proposals on Friday, which included a raft of provisions to boost employment and innovation; to cut carbon emissions and integrate foreigners. However, the headline-grabbing provision was an extra €5 million to raise their own...

Halla-aho accuses police of ‘political attack’ investigation

Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho has accused Helsinki Police of carrying out a political attack as they investigate one of his MPs. This week it emerged that Detective Chief Inspector Pekka Hätönen, who is heading up an ongoing investigation into three Members...

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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...

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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...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party...

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued another warning about the risks of spreading coronavirus through border crossings between Finland and Sweden. THL...

Finland boosting coronavirus healthcare aid for Iraq, Somalia

Finland is strengthening its support for two countries hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with extra funding for healthcare initiatives in Iraq and Somalia. In...

Poll: Race tightening in potential presidential match-up

A new poll in Rural Future newspaper looks ahead to the 2024 presidential election to get a snapshot of how potential candidates are faring...