Politics

Brisk Start To Advance Voting

It's been a brisk start on the first day of early voting in the presidential election. Almost 270,000 ballots were cast on Wednesday, that's 6.4% of eligible votes so far. Hundreds of polling stations are until 20th January at libraries and...

Academic Cheating Claims Hit Huhtasaari Campaign

Finns Party presidential candidate Laura Huhtasaari has been hit by claims that she plagiarised the work of other people and passed it off as her own to complete a masters degree dissertation at the University of Jyväskylä. The claims are...

Paavo Väyrynen Would Scrap Schengen, Impose EU Border Checks

Presidential candidate Paavo Väyrynen says he wants to restore the EU's internal border controls. In a new interview with STT Finnish News Agency, the veteran politician describes the current Schengen system of free movement between 26 European countries as "mistake". "The...

‘Forcible Kiss’ MP Stripped Of Role, Seeks Alcohol Help

A Finns Party MP who forcibly kissed another politician has received a 'serious warning' from his party officials, and been stripped of his role as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Finns Party in parliament. Teuvo Hakkarainen has apologised for...

Presidential Election: On The Campaign Trail

There's nothing glamorous about canvasing for votes in Finland in November. Just ten weeks away from the first round of voting in the presidential election, candidates are starting to push their campaigns out to potential voters. There's no stadiums filled with...

Sampo Terho Seeks Chairmanship of New Blue Party

The new Blue Future political party announced the date of its first party conference today, and a candidate for party Chairman. The party, which has 20 MPs including five cabinet ministers in the government coalition, will hold a congress in...

Matti Vanhanen Hospitalised, Presidential Campaigning Paused

The Centre Party's candidate for the 2018 presidential elections, Matti Vanhanen has been hospitalised with a heart condition. The announcement came on Vanhanen's Facebook page, where he wrote that he has been in the hospital since Friday because of a cardiac...

Paavo Väyrynen’s Presidential Bid Falters

A bid to enter the 2018 Presidential election race by veteran politician Paavo Väyrynen has hit a snag: he can't get enough endorsements. Candidates need 20,000 signatures from registered voters to be able to run - if they're not already...

The Lapland MP, Julian Assange, Fake News & Catalonia

Finnish politician Mikko Kärnä (Centre) will publish the text of a parliamentary motion today which calls on MPs to recognize an independent Catalonia. It's a move which has brought applause and critiques; sparked a wave of international media stories of...

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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...