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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...

Finns Party activist criticised over New Zealand terror attack post

The Chairman of the Finns Party Youth in Lapland has been criticised over a social media post he wrote about the New Zealand terror attack. At least 49 people are confirmed dead by authorities, and another 40 injured, after a...

While sote planning ends, €200 million investment money ‘can still be saved’

A €200 million sum that's been spent on preparations and planning for social, health and regional reform - known as sote in Finnish - can still be put to use by the next government, according to officials, even though...

Scientists support student school strike over climate change

More than 1200 members of Finnish the scientific community have pledged their support to the student strike movement aiming to raise awareness of climate change. This Friday, a large demonstration is being organised by high school students, who will march...

“A deadly cocktail against democracy” – fighting election fake news

Finnish officials are several weeks into a campaign to educate civil servants, political parties and the media about the threats of 'fake news' ahead of April's election, even as  debate around pressure-point topics becomes more polarizing. The education campaign is...

Everything stays the same, as Finland’s government resigns

Despite the resignation of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and his three-party coalition government today, very little changes in Finnish politics. Sipilä continues as Caretaker Prime Minister for the next five weeks until the general election, which was anyway scheduled for...

Politicians mostly united against supermarket wine and spirit sales

In the run-up to elections, Finnish politicians get asked their views on all sorts of subjects, but a survey by Keskisuomalainen media group had only some of them popping a cork. The media company asked a group of leading politicians...

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Government increases the money it gives to political parties

The Government has decided to increase the amount of financial grants it gives to registered political parties by €6 million. The system of financial help...

Man’s best friend: Finland’s most popular dog breed revealed

Finland's most popular dog breed are Labradors, which have been 'top dog' since reaching first place in the Finnish Kennel Club's list back in...

Finland ranks 3rd in international corruption and transparency index

Finland has ranked third in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International. The index offers a snapshot of the relative degree of corruption...

Ministers press for more haste on Nordic electronic ID card

Two Finnish ministers have called for the government to move faster with plans to introduce a new identification card that would work across all...

The number of children born in Finland drops to famine-era low

Finland’s declining birth rate has reached a level where the number of children being born is as low now, as it was during the...

Morning headlines: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Finland's birth rate reaches 'famine level low' Finland's declining birth rate has reached a level where it's as low as during the famine years of...

Which MPs attend committee meetings, and who’s missing out?

Members of Parliament have hectic schedules: dividing their time between home constituencies, plenary sessions in Parliament, committee time and office work as well as...

Chelsea Flower Show garden celebrates Finland’s Baltic coast

A Finnish garden at this year's Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London will celebrate the country's Baltic coast and sauna culture. 'The Finnish...