Politics

Left Alliance parliament candidate suspends campaign after alleged attack

A parliamentary candidate for the Left Alliance says he was attacked and verbally abused in east Helsinki on Monday. Suldaan Said Ahmed wrote on social media that the incident happened in the metro station at Itäkeskus, as he was leaving a...

Finns Party candidate makes ‘false flag’ claims as party leaders react to Soini attacker

A Finns Party candidate for parliament has claimed that an attack on Foreign Minister Timo Soini might have been a 'false flag' operation carried out just to boost votes for government coalition parties ahead of next month's election. Writing on Facebook, Arto Luukkanen said...

Attempted attack on Timo Soini at election campaign event

UPDATE: Timo Soini has written about the attack on his blog. "Today, there was a terrible incident that nobody wanted or hoped for. The threatening situation quickly settled down" "I have been to the Korso market many many times. There are...

Kokoomus candidate: “Why does multiculturalism not work?”

Officials from the National Coalition Party - known in Finnish as Kokoomus - are distancing themselves from an election candidate who used a campaign event to spread his views that multiculturalism doesn't work. It's the kind of rhetoric which shows...

Appeals Court increases fine for Finns Party assault MP

A Finns Party MP who assaulted and sexually harassed a female MP in parliament has had his punishment increased by the Helsinki Appeals Court. Teuvo Hakkarainen, who hit the headlines again this week with anti-immigrant slogans on the side of...

Colourful flashmob highlights human rights concerns

A colourful flashmob in the centre of Helsinki used bright pink smoke and banners to raise awareness of human rights concerns. Organised by the Feminist Party, dozens of participants gathered at Hakaniemi Bridge on Thursday evening with a 20 metre-long...

Finns Party candidate tries to spin ‘immigrant invader’ election slogan

A Finns Party candidate for parliament is trying to explain an anti-immigrant slogan emblazoned on the side of his car as part of an election campaign stunt. MP Teuvo Hakkarainen has the phrase "immigrant invader, where do you come from? You're going back...

Delay to new navy project after government resignation

A major military spending project is to be delayed because of the resignation of the government earlier this month. A decision on the acquisition of three new corvettes for the navy has to be put on hold until after the...

Greens launch national bus tour with pledge to off-set the carbon emissions

The Green Alliance are taking their election campaign on the road with a national bus tour. The 6000km trip launched on the weekend, with the first stops in Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo. The distinctive bright green bus will be calling at...

Local issues beat out national concerns on the campaign trail

With less than one month to go until the general election, candidates are making a big push to get their name and message out to the public. Last Thursday, individual candidates received their voting numbers and so this was the...

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End of kaamos: Utsjoki wakes up from winter

Finland's most northerly municipality is waking up from darkness on Friday and briefly experiencing its first sunrise. The sun last set in Utsjoki on 25th...

Football stars score at annual Sports Gala

Finnish footballers have enjoyed a night of awards glory at the annual Sports Gala Urheilugaala in Helsinki on Thursday night. Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki...

Morning headlines: Friday 17th January 2020

Government to update on employment measures Minister of Labour Tuula Haatainen (SDP) is set to announce the government's latest initiatives to boost employment. The aim is to...

SK: Finns Party MPs concealed China-linked tech company cash

Two Finns Party MPs, including the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, concealed their links to a tech company that received funding from China. The...

Latvian man on trial for bomb plot to target “foreigners and Muslims”

A man has appeared at Helsinki District Court, facing charges of plotting to set off home made bombs during 2018 New Year's Eve celebrations...

Saving Amanda: Helsinki considers how to protect the famous fountain

Helsinki City Council is looking into measures to protect one of the country's most recognisable landmarks. The Havis Amanda fountain and statue, built in the...

Defence Ministers use Nordic hotline for the first time

Nordic Defence Ministers have used a special crisis hotline for the first time, to discuss the situation in the Middle East. According Defence Minister Antti...

World Jewish Congress calls Left Alliance MP “antisemitic”

The World Jewish Congress has criticized Finnish Member of Parliament Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza. The powerful US-based lobby...