Politics

Attempted attack on Timo Soini at election campaign event

UPDATE: Timo Soini has written about the attack on his blog. "Today, there was a terrible incident that nobody wanted or hoped for. The threatening situation quickly settled down" "I have been to the Korso market many many times. There are...

Kokoomus candidate: “Why does multiculturalism not work?”

Officials from the National Coalition Party - known in Finnish as Kokoomus - are distancing themselves from an election candidate who used a campaign event to spread his views that multiculturalism doesn't work. It's the kind of rhetoric which shows...

Appeals Court increases fine for Finns Party assault MP

A Finns Party MP who assaulted and sexually harassed a female MP in parliament has had his punishment increased by the Helsinki Appeals Court. Teuvo Hakkarainen, who hit the headlines again this week with anti-immigrant slogans on the side of...

Colourful flashmob highlights human rights concerns

A colourful flashmob in the centre of Helsinki used bright pink smoke and banners to raise awareness of human rights concerns. Organised by the Feminist Party, dozens of participants gathered at Hakaniemi Bridge on Thursday evening with a 20 metre-long...

Finns Party candidate tries to spin ‘immigrant invader’ election slogan

A Finns Party candidate for parliament is trying to explain an anti-immigrant slogan emblazoned on the side of his car as part of an election campaign stunt. MP Teuvo Hakkarainen has the phrase "immigrant invader, where do you come from? You're going back...

Delay to new navy project after government resignation

A major military spending project is to be delayed because of the resignation of the government earlier this month. A decision on the acquisition of three new corvettes for the navy has to be put on hold until after the...

Greens launch national bus tour with pledge to off-set the carbon emissions

The Green Alliance are taking their election campaign on the road with a national bus tour. The 6000km trip launched on the weekend, with the first stops in Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo. The distinctive bright green bus will be calling at...

Local issues beat out national concerns on the campaign trail

With less than one month to go until the general election, candidates are making a big push to get their name and message out to the public. Last Thursday, individual candidates received their voting numbers and so this was the...

Finns Party activist criticised over New Zealand terror attack post

The Chairman of the Finns Party Youth in Lapland has been criticised over a social media post he wrote about the New Zealand terror attack. At least 49 people are confirmed dead by authorities, and another 40 injured, after a...

While sote planning ends, €200 million investment money ‘can still be saved’

A €200 million sum that's been spent on preparations and planning for social, health and regional reform - known as sote in Finnish - can still be put to use by the next government, according to officials, even though...

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Report: American officials lied to Congress over Finnish journalist’s award

A new report by the US State Department's Office of Inspector General found that American officials lied to Congress about the reasons for revoking...

Experts: Finland’s United Nations bid comes with diplomatic challenges

Finland's bid to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council faces diplomatic challenges that mean the Nordic nation may have to...

HUS: Start wearing face masks in shops, banks, libraries, church and more

The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District, Finland's biggest public healthcare provider, says they now recommend that face masks, covering nose and mouth, should be...

Morning headlines: Friday 25th September 2020

Mask recommendations extend to almost all public spaces Public health authorities have issued new recommendations that means wearing a mask which covers the nose and...

Finland tightens borders, again, amid rising Covid-19 numbers in Europe

The Government has announced new restrictions on foreigners who want to come to Finland, which come into effect from Monday 28th September. The new rules...

Viking Line picks up the bill after ferry rescue company demands cargo collaterol

Viking Line will pick up the bill for maritime salvage being levied at truck owners by the company that towed the M/S Amorella into...

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,...

THL issues new face mask recommendations, as virus situation worsens

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has issued new recommendations on wearing face masks, as the coronavirus situation continues to deteriorate. Overnight there...