Politics

New ‘hybrid timetable’ to phase out coronavirus restrictions

The government has unveiled what it calls a 'hybrid timetable' to phase out many of the restrictions brought in to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland. At a Monday evening press briefing, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP), Finance Minister Katri...

New polls show government solidifying support

Two new polls show how the government, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Social Democrats in particular, have benefited from increased political support during the coronavirus crisis. A survey published Monday in Rural Future newspaper finds that support for the government's handling...

Politicians adapt traditional May Day speeches to the online new normal

Finnish politicians traditionally use the May Day holiday to give speeches in their home constituencies, setting out policy ideas or promoting some of their recent parliamentary work. However with coronavirus restrictions in place this year, many have taken their message...

Pandemic ‘pressure points’ shape Government talks on easing restrictions

As the Finnish Government meets midweek to begin talks on when and how coronavirus restrictions might be eased, their discussions are being shaped by a number of pressure points. Ministers are walking a tightrope between ending the current restrictions too...

Sanna Marin’s partner in company cronyism case

The partner of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is caught up in a potential case of cronyism. On Thursday Talouselämä magazine reported that someone at the Tampere marketing company where Markus Räikkönen works had sent an email to potential clients saying they could help...

PM self-isolates as precaution over Kesäranta virus

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is self-isolating and working from home at her official residence in Kesäranta, after one of the staff there was in contact with someone else who tested positive for coronavirus. The person who had been working...

Government talks look at when and how to start easing restrictions

Government ministers are meeting on Wednesday at the House of the Estates in Helsinki to discuss when and how they might begin to lift some restrictions that were put in place during March to limit the spread of coronavirus. Many...

Justice Minister interview: “Travel restrictions can’t be taken lightly in a democratic and free society”

When the Finnish government introduced internal travel restrictions on the southern Uusimaa region at the end of April to slow the spread of Covid-19, critics responded with overwrought comments about their human rights being breached, and living inside a...

Former President Ahtisaari and Eeva Ahtisaari test negative for Covid-19

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari and his wife Eeva have both tested negative for Covid-19 after previously testing positive with the virus. A statement issued by the Office of the President of the Republic on Tuesday says the couple continue to...

Katri Kulmuni interview: “It would be easy if we could just spend our way out of this crisis”

Finland's Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) has been burning the candle at both ends. A marathon 16-hour video conference at the start of the week with her EU colleagues was peppered by three one-hour naps; and then she went...

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Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...