Politics

Juha Sipilä steps down as Centre Party leader… in September

Outgoing Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says he'll step down from his role as the leader of the Centre Party - but only in September. Writing on his website on Tuesday, Sipilä that he had asked for an extraordinary meeting of the...

“Values” at the heart of coalition government negotiations

Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne has put the theme of "values" at the centre of his plans to try and form Finland's next coalition government. And he's not alone. Responding to the entrenched electoral success of the populist Finns Party, a number...

Social Democrats inch ahead in election with mixed fortunes

The Social Democrats lead by former union boss Antti Rinne have eked out a narrow lead in the general election with 99% of the votes counted. In a close race for the top three parties, the centre left SDP are on course to...

Election Day: LIVE

01:30 - The Social Democrats appear to have carved out a slim lead in the election, but how did the other parties fair? Here's our wrap-up of all the election night news. https://newsnowfinland.fi/politics/social-democrats-inch-ahead-in-election-with-mixed-fortunes 23:45 - Eva Biaudet (SFP) got elected in Helsinki...

Cyber attack on election system, as 1.5 million Finns vote in advance

The National Bureau of Investigation NBI is looking into the circumstances around an apparent cyber attack against Finland's election information systems. It happened over the weekend, when the official results service was hit by a denial of service attack. The...

Police investigate political signs as possible racist and homophobic crimes

Police in Helsinki have launched an investigation to determine whether some political campaign banners have broken the law. They're looking specifically into the leader and a candidate from the small far right party Finnish Nation First, and their recent election...

Polls tighten on last day of election advance voting

Today is the last day of advance voting before Sunday's general election, and the latest polls show the race to be the leading party is tightening. Hundreds of polling places are open across the country in municipal buildings or libraries...

Finns Party joins German far right in European alliance

The Finns Party has signed up to form a pan-European alliance with other political parties, ahead of May's European elections. The other members are Italy's League, Denmark's People's Party and Germany's far right opposition party AfD. The Finns Party's Olli Kotro,...

Political hate speech targets immigrant candidates

Politicians in Finland are all too frequent targets of abusive emails and social media messages. But election candidates with immigrant backgrounds are often the particular targets of race hate abuse. We talked with five candidates from three parties, and asked...

‘Easy language’ videos help with election voting

A new resource for people voting in the upcoming general election has been released this morning by the Ministry of Justice. Videos in easy-to-understand Finnish, Swedish and English have been published on YouTube, instructing people how to vote in advance...

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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...

No decision on mandatory face masks – but ‘no strong scientific evidence’ say experts

A study commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health about the use of face masks during the coronavirus pandemic has been completed...

Morning headlines: Friday 29th May 2020

Restaurant opening law to get Parliament vote today A law that could allow Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars to open up for business again will...

Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...