Politics

Bitcoins, micro-payments and merch: fundraising innovation on the campaign trail

With the general election only two and a half months away, campaigning is in full swing as parties announce their policy platforms, leaders take part in debates, and candidates try to make themselves as visible as possible. So how do...

SDP’s Maarit Feldt-Ranta stops election campaign after stomach cancer returns

A senior figure in the Social Democrat Party, Maarit Feldt-Ranta, has said she won't continue her general election campaign, due the return of stomach cancer. In an open letter on Facebook, Feldt-Ranta writes that the cancer had returned once again,...

Ville Niinistö announces Euro Parliament bid

Green party member of parliament Ville Niinistö has announced that he's running for a seat in the European Parliament elections this coming May. Niinistö also said he's available to be Finland's EU commissioner- "I have decided to stand as a candidates in...

Blue Reform MP defects to reality TV star’s Liike Nyt political movement

A Blue Reform MP, former speaker of parliament Maria Lohela has announced she's jumping ship from her current party, and joining the Liike Nyt parliamentary group instead. The move comes just 13 week before the elections, and she cites her lack...

Government examining international treaty obligations in light of child abuse allegations

The Finnish government say it is re-examining the international treaties it's signed up to, to make sure the country's "interpretation" of them is correct says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), with regards to migrants and asylum seekers. Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen says that...

Finns Party leader gets slapped with partial Twitter ban

Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho has been partially censured by Twitter, a process known informally as ‘shadow banning’. It means that the right wing politician can’t post or comment to the social media site, and his profile is more difficult for users...

Finnish politicians react to Brexit vote

Politicians in Finland have been reacting to the latest Brexit twists and turns. On Tuesday night, Theresa May suffered the biggest defeat of any British Prime Minister in the modern democratic era, when the deal she negotiated with the EU...

80,000 back citizens’ initiative on punishment for asylum seeker sex crimes

More than 80,000 people have signed a citizens' initiative which calls for foreign sex offenders to automatically lose their existing residence permit, and be immediately deported. The petition was started in December by Tampere woman Saila Al-Jewari shortly after the first Oulu...

Emergency government talks as new Helsinki sex abuse allegations revealed

The three parties which make up the Finnish government coalition are set to hold a series of emergency talks this week, in the wake of sex abuse allegations in Oulu and Helsinki. Today, police said they detained three suspects in...

Prime Minister responds to latest Oulu sex abuse allegations

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has given his first public statement in response to the latest allegations of sex abuse by migrant men in Oulu. Sipilä, whose constituency and family home is just outside the northern city, says in a statement that accusations...

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Open for business – but immigrant entrepreneurs struggle during coronavirus pandemic

Business is brisk on a Saturday afternoon in Adil Al-Massi's Tapiola barber shop. Its prime location between Ainoa shopping centre and Sokos Hotel means there's a...

One giant leap for Nokia, as telecoms company lands lunar contract

The US space agency NASA has announced $14.1 million funding (€12 million) for Nokia to build a 4G communication network on the moon. It was...

Morning headlines: Monday 19th October 2020

Appeals Court hears Raseborg conscript deaths case The Helsinki Appeals Court begins hearing the case of three conscripts killed in a level crossing accident. The...

Hundreds of ‘Brexit Brits’ lodge Migri applications – but questions remain about the process

Hundreds of British nationals have lodged applications to change their immigration status in Finland since the Immigration Service Migri opened the process at the...

Ready for winter driving? Police offer seasonal advice for motorists

With frosty mornings back on the calendar, police are offering some seasonal safety tips for motorists as road conditions turn more wintry. Vehicle windshields need...

Finns Party politician becomes the first MP to test positive for Covid-19

Finns Party MP Tom Packalén says he's tested positive for Covid-19 - becoming the first Member of Parliament to infected with coronavirus. Writing on his Facebook...

Justice at last for Namibian students as Joensuu racist attackers are convicted

Two foreign students from Namibia, who were the victims of a racist assault in September 2018, have finally seen their attackers convicted. A 35-year old...

Morning headlines: Friday 16th October 2020

VTT study: disposable masks can be washed and re-used A new study by scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre found that in some circumstances...