Politics

Katri Kulmuni interview: “I’m just an ordinary girl from Lapland”

In the excitable hours after being voted the new Centre Party Chair, Katri Kulmuni is still swept up in the day's events. "It was a mixture of relief, excitement and shock. And I had to think is it really happening?...

Prime Minister Rinne: No-deal Brexit “very obvious”

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) says he thinks it's now "very obvious" that Britain will crash out of the European Union without a deal. Speaking at a joint press conference in Helsinki with the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Rinne...

Parliament resumes for autumn session

Finland's 200 Members of Parliament gather back in Helsinki today for the start of the autumn term. The first plenary session begins on Wednesday afternoon at 14:00 and on the agenda are a wide range of topics including reports on...

Police to politician: Facebook ban is not a crime

Police in Tampere have carried out a thorough investigation... and come to the conclusion that if Facebook bans you, no crime has been committed. Officers had to look into the case after a local Member of Parliament Veikko Vallin (Finns) complained...

Government steps in to Posti dispute over high salaries and contract conditions

The government has stepped into a labour dispute which has exposed the high salaries of executives at the state-owned Posti postal service. At a press conference in Helsinki on Tuesday, Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering Sirpa Paatero (SDP) said...

MP wants housing tax break extended to singles and couples

A Centre Party MP wants to see a special tax break for married people also applied to single people and couples. Freshman MP Joonas Könttä wants to change the rules on tax deductions for work-related second homes. At present if a married...

City Councilman receives noose and death threat in the mail

A Helsinki City Councilman of Somali origin has received a letter containing a noose and a death threat at the first City Council meeting of the new session. Abdiurahim ‘Husu’ Hussein (SDP) reported for Wednesday night's meeting and was told there...

Jan Vapaavuori interview: the rebel Mayor and the rise of the cities

With its oversized potted plants and stylish furniture, the Helsinki Mayor's office doesn't look much like the headquarters of an insurgent movement. And the urbane mayor himself Jan Vapaavuori doesn't look much like the leader of a rebel alliance. But in 2018...

Defence Minister slightly ahead in Centre Party leadership race

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen is slightly ahead of Economic Affairs Minister Katri Kulmuni in the race to be the next leader of the Centre Party. Uutissuomalainen newspaper asked district heads of the Centre Party and found that eight support Kaikkonen, while five...

Sámi Parliament elections going ahead, despite legal issues

Voting is set to begin next week to elect 21 members of the Sámi Parliament. But an ongoing legal battle of who is eligible to vote overshadows the process. The Sámi Parliament in Inari believes it should have the final...

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Hunger strikers take climate change message to parliament

A group of protesters is hoping their peaceful but jarring hunger strike action sends a clear message to the Finnish government that more action...

Coronavirus: Finnair cuts Europe flights but adds domestic services

Finland's national airline Finnair says it will need to cut the frequency of some European flight services during September as countries start to impose...

PM announces new voluntary face mask policy, backtracks on border testing and self-isolation

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) says the government supports a national recommendation to use face masks on public transport and other situations where it's not...

Morning headlines: Thursday 13th August 2020

Face mask decision expected today The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is expected to issue new guidelines on Thursday afternoon with strong recommendations...

Jan Vapaavuori: ‘We’re working to fix covid testing problems’

The Mayor of Helsinki says his administration is working with Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District HUS to fix some major problems with coronavirus testing...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Li Andersson: 'Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring' Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw...

Li Andersson interview: ‘Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring’

Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw classes suspended during the worst of the coronavirus epidemic...

Turku knife attack hero in court over compensation fraud 

A British man hailed as a hero during the Turku terror attack was in court Tuesday facing charges of fraud. Hassan Zubier, who lives in...