Politics

Pay for politics: 2019 general election spending revealed

How much does it take to win, or lose, a seat in parliament? Depending on the candidates, the campaign budget could range from a thrifty €300 to a whopping €115,000! The deadline for politicians to declare their election campaign budgets has come...

Government formally nominates Finland’s next EU Commissioner

The Government has formally nominated Jutta Urpilainen (SDP) as Finland's next EU Commissioner. An experienced politician, Urpilainen has represented her Vaasa constituency in parliament since 2003. She's been a Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from 2011-2014; and was the first...

Former PM Matti Vanhanen becomes new Speaker of Parliament

Centre Party politician, former Prime Minister and former presidential candidate Matti Vanhanen has been elected as the new Speaker of Parliament. In a closed ballot in the chamber Vanhanen got 141 votes while 39 MPs abstained. "As Speaker, I will promote a culture...

Climate change the central theme as Prime Minister Rinne sworn in

Finland's incoming Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has used his first speech as PM to highlight the importance of tackling the climate change crisis for his new administration, saying "come the 2030s, we can no longer keep asking whether we should...

Centre Party and Left Alliance pick their new ministers

The final pieces of the ministerial puzzle were put in place late Wednesday night with both the Centre Party and Left Alliance deciding on their picks. Li Andersson becomes the Left's choice as Minister of Education while the other job of...

Poll: Finns Party popularity slips, as new coalition government leads overall

A new poll carried out for Helsingin Sanomat newspaper finds the Finns Party are still the most popular single party in the country, enjoying 18.2% support - but that's down half a percent from the last time this survey...

Greens announce ministerial picks

The Greens have announced the names of their three ministers in Finland's next coalition government. Outgoing party chair Pekka Haavisto (61) a former UN envoy and two time presidential candidate becomes Foreign Minister as expected. The party's next leader Maria Ohisalo (34) a...

Social Democrats and Swedish People’s Party unveil their new ministerial teams

The Social Democrats SDP, winners by a one seat margin in April's general election, have unveiled their new ministerial team for the next government. The smaller Swedish People's Party SFP have also named their two ministers on Monday. Incoming Prime...

Consensus and concessions as new government programme unveiled

The incoming Finnish government launched its policy agenda on Monday, engaging directly with members of the public, the media and non-governmental organisations on its programme for the next four years. The event took place at Oodi Central Library as Social...

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...

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Appeals Court upholds verdict against Finns Party MP for incitement crimes

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi has ruled to uphold a verdict against Finns Party Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen. The Oulu MP was convicted...

Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party...

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued another warning about the risks of spreading coronavirus through border crossings between Finland and Sweden. THL...

Finland boosting coronavirus healthcare aid for Iraq, Somalia

Finland is strengthening its support for two countries hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with extra funding for healthcare initiatives in Iraq and Somalia. In...