Politics

Minister to repay €50,000 media training money

Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) is to repay more than €50,000 invoiced to two ministries for media training. Suomen Kuvalehti first reported that Kulmuni had received the training from a company called Tekir Oy, first during the period when she...

New budget gives €5.5 billion coronavirus recovery shot in the arm

The Government has unveiled it's new supplementary budget which gives a €5.5 billion shot in the arm to Finland, to help the country recover from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the key areas which will receive...

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 to open again for business on 1st June. Businesses will be able to serve alcohol until...

Prime Minister’s sick leave continues until the end of the week

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on sick leave until the end of the week. In a statement, the PM's office says she is suffering from a cold and decided on Monday evening to take sick leave. At the time she...

Cautious government response, critical opposition response to EU recovery plan

The Government has given a guarded response to the new EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, while Finland's main opposition parties have been more critical. On Wednesday the European Commission outlined it's €750 billion fund to help Member States recover from...

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 accused of unnecessarily keeping them secret. The non-confidential papers were used by the government's Coronavirus Coordination...

“There is no normal politics at all” as Social Democrats pull ahead in latest poll

A new poll published Wednesday in Helsingin Sanomat shows Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Social Democrats extending their lead, the Finns Party taking another tumble, and the other parties stagnating. A wide sample of 2,214 people were questioned between 20th April and...

Prime Minister’s briefing: Coronavirus peak is behind us

The Chief Physician at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL Taaneli Puumalainen says he believes that Finland's coronavirus peak is now behind us. He made the comments on Friday morning at a briefing alongside Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and said...

President’s Kultaranta talks get coronavirus agenda

President Sauli Niinistö's annual Kultaranta policy forum is moving online this year due to the pandemic, and participants will be discussing Finland - and the world - after coronavirus. The talks take place on Sunday 24th May and feature guests...

Education Minister Li Andersson outlines new back to school rules

Education Minister Li Andersson (Left) says the government is preparing an amendment to the Basic Education Act which would make it easier to switch between distance education and normal classroom contact teaching in the autumn, if it was required by...

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Morning headlines: Friday 10th July 2020

Another prediction for Finland's shrinking economy   Mortgage credit specialists Hypo predicts that the Finnish economy will shrink by 7% this year, the latest organistion...

Museums hope for post-lockdown July visitor boom

After months of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, Finland's museums are hoping for for a visitor boom in July. There's already been a rise in the...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency...

Finnish diver dies in Lofoten Islands accident

A Finnish man has died in a diving accident in northern Norway. The University of Northern Norway says on Twitter that the incident took place in Fiskebøl in...

Morning headlines: Thursday 9th July 2020

Justice Minister: Special preparations in place for 2021 elections Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henrkisson (SFP) tells Uutissuomalainen newspaper group that there could be special preparations put...

Police make arrests after shot fired at Helsinki bar

Police in Helsinki say they've made several arrests after a shooting at a Helsinki karaoke bar which left one person injured. It happened on Snellmaninkatu...

First group of child migrants arrives in Mediterranean deal

The first group of children and young people from refugee camps in the Mediterranean region arrived in Finland on Wednesday. The 24 minors, aged 10...

Finland opening borders to more foreign travelers

The government says it's easing border restrictions with more than 20 countries, so that visitors will be able to come to Finland for any...