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MPs call for littering fines to be doubled

Four Members of Parliament have drawn up a bill proposing that fines for littering be doubled, as a deterrent measure. National Coalition Party MPs Saara-Sofia Sirén, Markku Eestilä, Sari Multala and Pauli Kiuru want to see the fines increased from €100...

Councilor to file police report after Finns Party pigs video

A local councilor in Helsinki says he'll file a report to the police after a Finns Party politician in Central Ostrobothnia posted an inflammatory video on social media. Veteli councilor Jarno Vähäkainu posted a short video clip of two pigs, with...

Finnair cuts domestic flights as government guarantees regional connections

Finnair says it will continue some flight services through the winter to five regional airports, but then stop those connections at the end of March next year. The airports affected are Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kemi and Kokkola. Finnair said reduced demand...

What you need to know: Finland’s 2021 budget plan

The government has formerly unveiled their 2021 budget proposals after two-and-a-half days of negotiations between ministers, and party leaders separately, in Helsinki. All the budget decisions are set against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis which has  impacted the economy...

Budget talks continue for second day, as 2021 deficit could top €7 billion

Government party leaders are meeting again in Helsinki for a second day of talks to set the 2021 budget. It's supposed to be the last day of discussions, however, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) says it looks like talks will...

Entire Jyväskylä City Board resigns over criminal suspicion of one councilor

The entire Jyväskylä City Board has resigned after one of its members was detained by police on suspicion of attempted murder of a City Council member. The move is procedural, as a way to force Teemu Torssonen (Ind) off the...

2021 budget negotiations begin under coronavirus financial constraints

Government ministers have started the latest phase of their 2021 budget negotiations today, against the backdrop of the impact the coronavirus epidemic has had on Finland's economy. Talks are taking place at House of the Estates in Helsinki, and arriving...

Finland to relax travel restrictions for Sweden, Norway, Germany

Ministers have agreed to relax travel restrictions for a number of European countries, after the second day of late night discussions to come up with a new hybrid border strategy. The move comes amid a rising number of coronavirus...

PM to work remotely as coronavirus precaution

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will be working remotely from her official residence Kesäranta, after a possible exposure to coronavirus. In a press release her office describes it as a "precautionary measure" and says Marin will continue to work normally via...

Poll: Prime Minister’s coronavirus job satisfaction rate falling

A new poll carried out for Helsingin Sanomat shows a fall in the public's satisfaction with the way Sanna Marin (SDP) is handling the coronavirus crisis. However the figures are still rather high. Back in May when a similar survey was carried...

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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...