Politics

Just one Green leadership candidate so far, as front-runner drops out

The early front-runner to lead Finland's Green Alliance political party says she won't join the race to be the new chairperson. Only Helsinki MP Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto has so far said she wants the job. Helsinki City Councilor Maria Ohisalo had been the temporary leader...

Turn the page: political parties hope November brings a new chapter

For a number of Finnish politicians and political parties, it's been a bruising autumn so far, and they'll be hoping November allows them to the page on past problems. The Greens saw sliding poll numbers, bad press, and the resignation...

‘Everyone swallows a little pride’ as unions agree to government’s watered-down employment proposals

Finland Interior Minister Petteri Orpo (NCP) says that "everyone has had to swallow a bit of pride" after the country's largest trade union umbrella groups accepted the government's watered-down proposals on employment rights, in a bid to stop any more...

Government offers concessions to unions over controversial firing rules

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has offered a new set of proposals to unions, to try and de-escalate an ongoing dispute that has seen tens of thousands of workers in different sectors stage industrial action. This evening, after hours of meetings...

Christian Democrats back Stubb’s rival in ‘President of Europe’ election

Finland's Christian Democrats have thrown their support behind Alex Stubb's rival Manfred Weber, in the race to become the next 'President of Europe'. Former Prime Minister Stubb and German MEP Weber are both seeking the nomination as European People's Party...

Green Chairman Touko Aalto resigns on health grounds

The Chairman of the Green Alliance political party Touko Aalto has resigned on health grounds. His decision was announced by party officials at a press conference in Helsinki early Wednesday afternoon, and writing on Facebook, Aalto said he had been suffering...

Charities help feed low income kids as strike hits school kitchens for a second day

Charities and good Samaritans have been stepping in to help low-income families provide lunches for children this week, as industrial action hits school kitchens for a second day. The Industrial Union Teollisuusliitto and the Welfare Sector Union JHL are taking part in  strikes this...

Thousands on strike as government and unions face off in battle of wills

Thousands of workers are going on strike on Monday and Tuesday, as the government and unions continue their battle of wills over proposed changes to working conditions. The Industrial Union Teollisuusliitto will strike later in the week, while the Welfare Sector...

Thousands attend Helsinki climate change rally as Timo Soini lands in hot water. Again.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Helsinki this weekend, marching to raise awareness of the dangers that climate change poses to the planet. The march began at Senate Square and continued up Aleksanterinkatu to Parliament, and was attended...

Blow to Stubb as EU leaders support his rival

Former Prime Minister Alex Stubb (NCP) has been dealt a serious blow in his bid to become the next ‘President of Europe’. Stubb launched his election campaign earlier this month, to try and get enough support from his European Peoples Party EPP group to...

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Britain imposes new restrictions for Finns who want to work in UK

The British Government has raised the bar on Finns - and other Europeans - who want to move to the UK after Brexit. From January...

Capital region shoppers are Finland’s biggest organic food buyers

The Helsinki capital region is the country's biggest market for organic food, according to retailer HOK-Elanto. The company - which operates S-Market, Alepa, Sale, Prismo...

Embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto facing Parliament, criminal investigations

Finland's embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) whose leadership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been beset with allegations of bullying and poor staff...

New poll provides some political relief for government’s biggest parties

A new political poll from Helsingin Sanomat published on Wednesday provides some good news for the two main parties in government. Both the Social Democrats...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Marin meets Merkel for Berlin talks  Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is in Berlin on Wednesday for her first meeting on German soil with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The...

Marin meets Merkel as Germany mulls generational political change

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is in Berlin on Wednesday for her first meeting on German soil with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The main topic on...

WATCH: Last of the ‘Top Gun’ test jets arrive in Finland

The last of the international contenders to replace Finland’s ageing fleet of Hornet jets arrived at Pirkkala Air Base on Tuesday afternoon. Boeing sent an...

Korkeasaari bears wake early from winter hibernation

The two resident brown bears at Helsinki's Korkeasaari Zoo have woken early from their winter hibernation due to warmer weather, after a two month...