Politics

Ilja Janitskin dies from cancer, age 42

Ilja Janitskin, the founder of far-right magazine MV Lehti, and who held unapologetically racist views, has died age 42. He was diagnosed more than three years ago with bowel cancer which then spread to his lymph nodes. Although there were...

Traditional or progressive? Kokoomus airs their dirty laundry in public

A discussion within the National Coalition Party - known as Kokoomus in Finnish - hit the headlines this week, highlighting the divisions which exist between traditional conservatives and more progressive party members. Those divisions have always been there, but they...

Politicians present a broadly united front on Finland’s security

As Parliament resumes this week for the spring session, MPs are broadly united when it comes to Finland's security. A new study by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs FIIA, finds that 86% of MPs agree the Finnish defence system should...

Government announces new plan for equal paid parental leave

The Government has announced plans to give all parents the same amount of paid parental leave in an effort to increase gender equality and encourage more dads in Finland to take time off work and spend it with their...

Government talks wrestle with carbon-neutral target practicalities

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has convened a two-day meeting of coalition government partners to discuss how Finland can transition to a carbon-neutral economy. The event brings together the Social Democrats with the Centre Party, Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People's...

Paavo Väyrynen, Simon Elo announce their new political homes

Two former frontline politicians have announced their new political homes on Monday. Former Centre Party heavyweight Paavo Väyrynen says he's returning to the party was so closely linked with over many years. "I have decided to respond to the wishes of...

Jörn Donner: Oscar winner, cultural giant, diplomat and politician dies age 86

Finnish film producer, director and actor; acclaimed author; long-time politician and one-time diplomat Jörn Donner has died age 86. His wife said he passed away on Thursday at a Helsinki hospital surrounded by family members. He had been suffering from...

Halla-aho tells police officer to drop complaint into Finns Party MP

The leader of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho has urged a senior Helsinki police officer to withdraw an official complaint he made about one of the Finns Party MPs. Superintendent Jari Taponen from Helsinki Police filed a criminal complaint earlier this week...

Prosecutor General wants to charge Finns Party MP with ethnic incitement

Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen wants to charge a Finns Party MP with inciting hatred towards an ethnic group. During a June 2019 debate in Parliament, Juha Mäenpää said that asylum seekers were like an 'invasive species'. Mäenpää has claimed this was a...

Government increases the money it gives to political parties

The Government has decided to increase the amount of financial grants it gives to registered political parties by €6 million. The system of financial help has been in place since 1967 and for 2020 the subsidies amounts to €35,635,000 in...

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Jari Sillänpää child sex abuse trial begins at Helsinki court

Singer Jari Sillänpää, one of Finland's most popular and well-known entertainers, goes on trial Wednesday at Helsinki District Court. He's accused of sexually abusing a...

Haavisto heads to Washington; and still leads presidential poll

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is heading to Washington DC today for talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo. On the agenda for the two-day trip is...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 26th February 2020

Survey: Police don't have time to do their jobs properly The results of a new survey, released on Wednesday, paints a grim picture of the...

Coronavirus quarantine keeps Finns in Tenerife hotel lockdown

Almost two dozen Finns are among a thousand people quarantined at a hotel in the Canary Islands, after three guests were diagnosed with Coronavirus. The...

‘Woodsman’ in court appealing his fourth murder conviction

A convicted killer known as the 'Woodsman' is back in court this week, appealing his latest conviction for murdering a career criminal he first...

Political groups suspend contacts with Finns Party Youth over fascism concerns

The youth organisations of seven Finnish political parties say they're suspending cooperation with the Finns Party Youth Group over concerns about how predominant fascism...

Employment rate – and unemployment rate – up in January

Finland's employment rate and unemployment rates both rose in January, compared with a year before. The government's target of 75% employment looks a step closer...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 25th February 2020

Ministry to consider funding implications for Finns Party Youth 'fascist' video The Ministry of Education and Culture tells News Now Finland a video by a senior Finns...