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Tax increases on alcohol and sodas “possible” – Minister

The government is planning to raise taxes on alcohol and soft drinks, according to a report in business newspaper Kauppalehti today. But Finance Minister Mika Lintilä (Centre) says while it's "possible", no decisions have been made just yet. A tax on booze could help...

Juncker in Finland: the European Union needs leadership and stability

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has just started his term of office, while EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is just coming to the end of his tenure. Politically the two men come from different camps, but in Helsinki on Friday it was all...

Saimaa seals citizen’s initiative reaches signature goal

A citizen's initiative to ban net fishing in areas of Lake Saimaa that are home to endangered ring seals has reached the 50,000 signature threshold. The petition was organised by a group of family and friends as four rare Saimaa ringed...

Hautala beats Huhtasaari for top Euro Parliament role

Green MEP Heidi Hautala has been elected as a Vice-President of the European Parliament. She was successful in the first round of voting this week with 336 votes for one of the 14 Vice-President positions in Brussels and Strasbourg. Previous Finnish Vice Presidents...

Competitiveness on the agenda as EU politicians meet in Helsinki

Finlandia Hall takes centre stage on Thursday and Friday as Finland hosts the first major ministerial meetings of its six-month EU Presidency. The EU ministers responsible for competitiveness will be discussing sustainable groth, digital transformation, international competition and climate change...

Rinne will be first Finnish PM to march in Pride parade

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) is set to make history this weekend when he becomes the first Finnish PM to march in a Pride parade. "When we boldly defend the indivisible dignity of every human being, the world becomes a more just...

Parliament Speaker Matti Vanhanen confirms cancer surgery

Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (Centre) says his recent surgery to remove a kidney came after a cancer diagnosis. The former Prime Minister is currently on sick leave after the operation, but writing on social media he revealed that tests showed...

Prime Minister unveils Finland’s EU Presidency agenda to Parliament

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has put action to combat climate change at the heart of Finland's EU Presidency, as he unveiled the government's programme for the next six months. "Measures to fight climate change must be carried out in a...

Second contender joins Centre Party leadership race

Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni has become the second candidate to say they want to be the new leader of the Centre Party. Current chairman, former Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will step down in the autumn, falling on his sword...

Government plans new ‘Animal Ombudsman’ for Finland

The government is planning to re-introduce the post of 'Animal Ombudsman' as part of a wider effort to revitalise the Animal Welfare Act. The position would be based in Seinäjoki alongside the Food Agency, with the expectation that there should...

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Report: Finnish Embassy in Beirut ‘destroyed’ by blast

The Finnish embassy in Beirut has reportedly been 'destroyed' by the blast from a powerful explosion which rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday evening. Deputy...

Katri Kulmuni interview: Centre Party leader is down, but not yet out

Time might be running out for Katri Kulmuni's short reign as leader of the Centre Party. Either that or she's gearing up for a triumphant...

Contact tracing app launches in limited test phase

A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is being launched on Tuesday for a month...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 4th August 2020

Contact tracing app launches in test phase today A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is...

New airport coronavirus testing option: “All the processes were very smooth”

Officials at Helsinki Airport say that "all the processes were very smooth" on the first day of offering coronavirus tests for arriving passengers. Public health...

Linnanmäki coronavirus ‘mass exposure’ confirmed by city

The City of Helsinki is confirming a coronavirus 'mass exposure' event took place at Linnanmäki amusement park in the capital at the end of...

MP Petri Honkonen joins Centre Party leadership race

The Vice Chairman of the Centre Party Petri Honkanen has joined the race to be the next party leader, challenging incumbent Katri Kulmuni. He's the second serious...

Young entrepreneurs: Twin brothers launching new Helsinki-Turku bus service

Two young entrepreneurs are set to launch a brand new bus service linking Helsinki and Turku with low-cost fares. Twins Henri and Eero Autio are just 21-years...