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Government announces end to coronavirus state of emergency

The Government of Finland has decided to end the Emergency Act which was brought into use for the first time since WWII in March to give authorities exceptional scope to try and halt the spread of coronavirus around the...

Finns Party: No apology for racist, anti-women book

The leader of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho says his party won't be issuing any official apology for the publication of a book this week that contained numerous racist and anti-women paragraphs. The book was published by the Suomen Perusta think...

Pride postponed – but issues linger in Finland around flags, advocacy and ‘pinkwashing’

Pride events in Finland, and around the world, are postponed. Usually a month filled with colour, music and diversity, June this year is more subdued as plans to celebrate LGBTQI culture are on hold until the autumn. In Lapland, Arctic Pride...

Helsinki’s mayoral office criticised for “concentration of power”

The management of the City of Helsinki, with a directly elected mayor, has been criticised for a "concentration of power" in the hands of incumbent Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) that leaves confusion about who is in charge of what in...

Finns Party distances itself from ‘racist’ book despite Halla-aho appearing at launch

The Finns Party's senior leaders are scrambling to distance themselves from a book published by a right-wing think tank associated with their party, after a number of misogynistic and racist passages were highlighted by the media. On Monday, party chairperson...

Vanhanen in, Kulmuni out of “top 5” government line-up

Finland's new Finance Minister Matti Vanhanen (Centre), who was sworn into the position by President Niinistö on Tuesday morning, also becomes the country's new Deputy Prime Minister and will represent his party in the government's "top 5" group. That means...

Former PM Matti Vanhanen picked to be new finance minister

Former Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen has been selected as his party's pick to be the new Minister of Finance. Vanhanen, 64, was chosen by party leadership, Members of Parliament and MEPs on Monday after the previous incumbent Katri Kulmuni stepped...

Justice Minister: Time to look at ending state of emergency

Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) says the Government needs to start discussing soon a complete end to the state of emergency declared in April to slow the spread of coronavirus. While some of the restrictions brought into place under the auspices...

Centre Party leader Katri Kulmuni quits her ministerial role

Centre Party leader Katri Kulmuni has quit her role as Finland's Minister of Finance, over payments for media training to a consulting company. At a brief Friday afternoon press conference in Parliament, Kulmuni said that she had to take responsibility for...

Finns Party cuts ties with MP who posted racist meme online

The Finns Party Parliamentary Group says it is cutting ties with MP Ano Turtiainen after he posted a racist meme on Twitter on Wednesday, mocking the death of George Floyd in police custody in America. Turtiainen can apply for membership of...

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Morning headlines: Friday 10th July 2020

Another prediction for Finland's shrinking economy   Mortgage credit specialists Hypo predicts that the Finnish economy will shrink by 7% this year, the latest organistion...

Museums hope for post-lockdown July visitor boom

After months of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, Finland's museums are hoping for for a visitor boom in July. There's already been a rise in the...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency...

Finnish diver dies in Lofoten Islands accident

A Finnish man has died in a diving accident in northern Norway. The University of Northern Norway says on Twitter that the incident took place in Fiskebøl in...

Morning headlines: Thursday 9th July 2020

Justice Minister: Special preparations in place for 2021 elections Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henrkisson (SFP) tells Uutissuomalainen newspaper group that there could be special preparations put...

Police make arrests after shot fired at Helsinki bar

Police in Helsinki say they've made several arrests after a shooting at a Helsinki karaoke bar which left one person injured. It happened on Snellmaninkatu...

First group of child migrants arrives in Mediterranean deal

The first group of children and young people from refugee camps in the Mediterranean region arrived in Finland on Wednesday. The 24 minors, aged 10...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any...