Politics

HS poll: Sanna Marin’s Social Democrats remain on top

A new poll published by Helsingin Sanomat takes a look at the popularity of Finland's political parties and asks potential voters who they would cast a ballot for, if an election was held right now. It shows the Social Democrats,...

Tampere tram ‘will bring unemployed immigrants to city centre to ask for more benefits’

A Finns Party politician has sparked consternation after claiming that a new Tampere tram line will become "a train for mamu" - a Finnish word for immigrants. "Unemployed immigrants from the suburbs can come in a larger group to the...

America elects: Finns among the most pro-Biden, anti-Trump in Europe

America's long road to the 2020 presidential election finally comes to a climax on Tuesday 3rd November - although as many as half of the ballots are likely to be cast in advance of election day itself. The nation faces...

Finns Party politician becomes the first MP to test positive for Covid-19

Finns Party MP Tom Packalén says he's tested positive for Covid-19 - becoming the first Member of Parliament to infected with coronavirus. Writing on his Facebook page the Helsinki politician says "starting yesterday I'm officially a corona 'patient' and in...

Finns Party ‘most popular’ for younger voters

A new poll find that if a general election were held today, the Finns Party would be the most popular choice for young voters aged 15-29. The poll was commissioned by the Association for Rural Culture and Education's think tank...

Minister survives no-confidence vote, but ‘maskgate’ rumbles on

Finland's Minister for Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) has survived a no-confidence vote brought by the opposition National Coalition Party over her handling of the coronavirus epidemic. The votes went Kiuru's way 106 to 70 in Parliament on...

Kokoomus MPs apologise for sharing misogynistic blog post about Sanna Marin

Two National Coalition Party MPs have apologised for sharing a misogynistic blog post about Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP). Elina Lepomäki and Juhanna Vartiainen both shared the post via their Twitter accounts, Vartiainen expressing his thoughts that it was a "good text"...

Sanna Marin and Petteri Orpo take to Twitter in latest war of words

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and National Coalition Party leader Petter Orpo have taken to Twitter in the latest war of words between the two politicians. Their current dispute centres around Marin's comments on Thursday in Parliament that there weren't enough masks...

Sanna Marin lets 16-year old become ‘PM for the day’

Prime Minister Sanna Marin is one of a number of prominent politicians leaders from the world of business being replaced by a teenage girl for the day. It's part of Plan International's 'Girl's Takeover' event in Finland which coincides with the...

Parliament committee approves citizen’s initiative on FGM

The cross-party Parliamentary Legal Committee has voted unanimously to approve a citizen's initiative to ban female genital mutilation. Although FGM is already considered a crime under statutes dealing with assault and aggravated assault, the citizen's initiative wanted it to become...

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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...