Politics

Rinne will be first Finnish PM to march in Pride parade

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) is set to make history this weekend when he becomes the first Finnish PM to march in a Pride parade. "When we boldly defend the indivisible dignity of every human being, the world becomes a more just...

Parliament Speaker Matti Vanhanen confirms cancer surgery

Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (Centre) says his recent surgery to remove a kidney came after a cancer diagnosis. The former Prime Minister is currently on sick leave after the operation, but writing on social media he revealed that tests showed...

Prime Minister unveils Finland’s EU Presidency agenda to Parliament

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has put action to combat climate change at the heart of Finland's EU Presidency, as he unveiled the government's programme for the next six months. "Measures to fight climate change must be carried out in a...

Second contender joins Centre Party leadership race

Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni has become the second candidate to say they want to be the new leader of the Centre Party. Current chairman, former Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will step down in the autumn, falling on his sword...

Government plans new ‘Animal Ombudsman’ for Finland

The government is planning to re-introduce the post of 'Animal Ombudsman' as part of a wider effort to revitalise the Animal Welfare Act. The position would be based in Seinäjoki alongside the Food Agency, with the expectation that there should...

WATCH: Prime Minister Antti Rinne attends his first EU summit

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) is in Brussels attending the European Council meeting of EU heads of government. It's Rinne's first time representing Finland at one of these meetings since he became PM earlier this month. On the agenda for the...

‘Movement Now’ decides to become a political party

The Liike Nyt - Movement Now - political movement has decided to become an official political party. The group's founder, and only MP, is multi-millionaire businessman and reality TV host Hjallis Harkimo. In a Thursday morning statement, Liike Nyt said that Harkimo...

Ministry cancels Finns Party Youth grant and demands repayment

The Ministry of Education and Culture has decided not to pay the second half of a €115,000 grant to the Finns Party Youth group, and claim back €57,500 which has already been paid this year, over posts on social media. "Youth...

Pay for politics: 2019 general election spending revealed

How much does it take to win, or lose, a seat in parliament? Depending on the candidates, the campaign budget could range from a thrifty €300 to a whopping €115,000! The deadline for politicians to declare their election campaign budgets has come...

Government formally nominates Finland’s next EU Commissioner

The Government has formally nominated Jutta Urpilainen (SDP) as Finland's next EU Commissioner. An experienced politician, Urpilainen has represented her Vaasa constituency in parliament since 2003. She's been a Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from 2011-2014; and was the first...

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Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...