Politics

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...

Investigation dropped into local politician after Finns Party complaint

Police say they've got no plans to investigate a Helsinki city councilor who was accused of making racially-charged comments about supporters of the Finns Party. Abdiurahim 'Husu' Hussein (SDP) wrote on social media in July that Finland was a racist...

HS Poll: Finns Party on the rise

A new poll from Helsingin Sanomat shows the right wing populist Finns Party increasing their appeal to potential voters. In April's election the Finns Party came in second place behind the Social Democrats but the latest survey shows them with...

100th anniversary of Finland’s first president

Finland got its first president exactly 100 years ago today. The Republic of Finland was born on 17th July 1919 and the first president Karlo Juho Ståhlberg was elected a few days later on 25th July. Members of the new Finnish parliament gave...

Ohisalo: “We cannot allow anyone to drown in the Mediterranean Sea”

Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has issued a stark warning as she meets her EU counterparts in Helsinki to discuss the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Thousands of people have drowned making the crossing from North Africa to Europe in recent...

Rinne tells EU Parliament that Europe’s core values are being challenged

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has used a speech at the European Parliament to warn MEPs that the continent's core values "are being challenged", that poor economic growth has lead to more unemployment and inequality, and is "paving the way...

Krista Mikkonen: EU countries “moving towards” 2050 carbon neutral goal

Environment and Climate Change Minister Krista Mikkonen (Green) thinks that all of the EU countries can find common ground to agree a 2050 deadline to become carbon neutral. Mikkonen is chairing a meeting of environment ministers from around Europe at Finlandia...

Angela Merkel has another shaking incident at Antti Rinne ceremony

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered from another bout of shaking, during a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP). Rinne was making his first visit to Berlin since becoming Prime Minister, and the incident happened as the pair were outside reviewing a...

Tax increases on alcohol and sodas “possible” – Minister

The government is planning to raise taxes on alcohol and soft drinks, according to a report in business newspaper Kauppalehti today. But Finance Minister Mika Lintilä (Centre) says while it's "possible", no decisions have been made just yet. A tax on booze could help...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...