Politics

Juha Sipilä’s government becomes Finland’s longest-serving administration*

The outgoing government of caretaker Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is set to become Finland's longest-serving administration. With a caveat! On Saturday, Sipilä's government will have clocked up 1465 days in office, meaning he'll be the longest-serving PM who heads up one government. Other...

Government programme ready on Friday – with conditions

Talks to form a new coalition government, with a policy agenda that five different parties can agree on, is almost over. Negotiators have the day off today, but talks continue on Friday with Social Democrat boss Antti Rinne saying he expects...

Pick 6 – Things we learned from the European Parliament elections

1. Voter turnout Voter turnout was up compared with the last election five years ago. In 2015 just 39.1% of eligible voters in Finland, and Finns overseas, cast their votes. According to the EU's official election results, the figure rose...

Green growth, as National Coalition Party tops Euro Parliament poll

Finland's Greens have picked up one extra seat and grown their share of the vote by 6.7% to come second in the European Parliament elections. The National Coalition Party was always predicted to retain its three seats in Brussels, and...

Sote reform debacle comes back to haunt new government

Plans to reform Finland's social and health care, and regions, known as sote, are causing problems for the new government before it's even taken office. Politicians and party officials from the Social Democrats, Centre Party, Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People's Party...

Finns Party Youth group promises better judgment after ‘racist’ tweet

The Vice President of the Finns Party Youth has called one of the tweets he sent from the organisation's official account "thoughtless", in an apparent attempt to diffuse a Ministry of Education investigation into official funding for the group. In...

EU elections: Thousands vote overseas, as poll shows NCP on top

Thousands of Finns took the opportunity to cast a ballot overseas in advance of Sunday's European Parliament elections. According to figures released by the Foreign Ministry, 16,325 people voted at Finland's missions and offices abroad in the advance voting period. There's...

Almost 900,000 advance votes cast in EU Parliament elections

Almost 900,000 people have already cast their ballots in advance of Sunday's European Parliament elections. New figures from the Ministry of Justice show that 897,162 people voted between 15th and 21st May - or 21% of people entitled to vote. The...

Ministry could cut Finns Party Youth funding over ‘racist’ social media posts

The Ministry of Education and Culture says it's looking at funding the Finns Party Youth has received, in light of recent social media postings by the group. Finns Party Youth has been granted €115,000 this year from the ministry. Half...

Finns Party Euro candidate wants to scrap Schengen for Russian visa system

A Finns Party candidate in the upcoming European Parliament elections has said he wants to scrap the Schengen visa agreement, and introduce visa-free travel with Russia instead. Olli Kotro made the comments in an interview with a pro-Kremlin media outlet...

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Closing time: eased restrictions on bars and restaurants come too late for some businesses

A decision to ease restrictions and allow restaurants, cafes and bars to re-open this week is welcome news for many in the industry eager...

Morning headlines: Monday 1st June 2020

Coronavirus restrictions eased today  Restrictions put in place over the last several months to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland are being eased today....

Three Isis-linked Finnish families arrive from al-Hol refugee camp

Three Finnish families, women and children, arrived in Finland on Sunday from the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms...

Everything changes: Your guide to coronavirus life in Finland from 1st June

On Monday 1st June there is a whole range of new rules, regulations and recommendations coming into play as coronavirus restrictions are eased. While the...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 29th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL New guidelines: yes, it's okay to travel around...

New guidelines: Yes, it’s okay to travel around the country

New guidelines issued by the Government on Friday confirm that yes, domestic travel is allowed again, as long as people take sensible precautions. There had...

Parliament approves new rules to open restaurants, cafes and bars

Parliament and the President approved new temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act on Friday, which makes it possible for restaurants, bars and cafes...