Politics

Viva Åland! Independence Dream Not Dead, But More Autonomy Comes First

The ongoing turmoil in Spain over Catalan independence is being watched very carefully in the Åland Islands. "I'd say what we learned from Catalonia is of course what we maybe already knew, the importance of keeping an independence process with...

Voter Registration Milestone for Blue Group Politicians

The Blue Group of politicians who split from the Finns Party at the beginning of summer, has collected the 5,000 signatures of voters it needs to register as an official political party. MP Sampo Terho says the Blues will lodge...

Government Faces Afternoon No Confidence Vote

Finland's government is facing a no confidence vote in parliament this afternoon, as five opposition parties unite around the subject of railway reform and proposed privatization measures for the railway monopoly VR. At present, the government lead by Prime Minister...

Blue Group Closer To Becoming Legit Political Party

The 'Blue' Parliamentary Group is getting closer to becoming a legitimate political party according to chairman Simon Elo. They need the support of 5000 registered voters, and Elo reckons they've only got less than one hundred signatures still to find. "As...

2018 Presidential Election – Candidate Snapshot

Finland's 2018 Presidential election takes place in a little more than three months. So what's the current state of play with candidates? There are seven politicians who want to be Finland's next President, but one of them is dominating the...

Power Shuffle At Parliament

There's a change in store for some key positions in the Finnish Parliament. The moves have come about, because the Finns Party split in half over the summer, with 19 MPs forming a new 'Blue Group' in Parliament, while 16...

Parliament’s Delete Button: Transparency vs Media vs Privacy

Parliament's Executive Director says that criticism of its practice of destroying visitor logs at the end of each day cannot be taken lightly. "It is still harming the parliament's reputation, that has to be admitted" Pertti Rauhio tells News Now Finland. Rauhio's...

Espoo Greenlights Official Language Status for English

Espoo City council has approved an ambitious plan to make English the third official language of the region. In a late night vote, local councilors decided by a margin of 70-4 to greenlight a sweeping future plan for the region,...

Janne Strang Editorial: President Niinistö’s Election Non-Campaign

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö plays the role of international statesman this week when he meets the Russian and US Deputy Foreign Ministers in Helsinki, where the pair are having talks to try and repair the fragile relationship between their...

Janne Strang Editorial – Social Democrats Countdown to Abdication

A new poll by state-funded broadcaster YLE shows the Social Democrats losing ground. So how long until there's regime change at the top of one of Finland's grand old parties? After the announcement last weekend that the Social Democrats had...

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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...