Politics

Air miles ministers: meet the government’s most frequent flyers

Finnish ministers have clocked up thousands of of flights since the current government came to power in 2015. But who flies the most? According to a new story in Suomen Kuvalehti magazine today Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has the most...

Finns Party MP compares EU to Nazis; as deputy leader is banned from blogging

Two Finns Party politicians have hit the headlines over controversial comments. In parliament today Ville Tavio struck a nerve with other politicians when he compared the European Union to Nazi Germany. His comments came during a debate about the future of the...

PM Sipilä to meet American Veep in Washington

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is set to meet American Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday for talks in Washington DC. The meeting was announced Tuesday evening, and is scheduled to be the first bilateral meeting between a Finnish PM and American...

€800 basic income plan unveiled by Left Alliance

Finland's Left Alliance political party has unveiled a new basic income policy it hopes will be part of future government programmes. It would mean a huge overhaul of the country's unwieldy social security system, and give everyone in the country...

Could ‘pleasant politics’ catch on in parliament?

Working in politics can be a dirty business, but one Finnish political operator decided to be Mr Nice Guy this week. Dimitri Qvintus, who works as an advisor to Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne wrote tweets about colleagues in parliament from across...

Law and order proposals: is Finland really turning into a ‘police state’?

Finnish ministries made two proposals which hit the headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. First, there was the idea that police would have sudden unfettered access to medical records; then controversy about possible restrictions to citizens' rights to...

Finland’s former PM Alex Stubb soundly beaten in EU top job vote

Finland's former Prime Minister Alex Stubb has been soundly beaten in a vote that would have taken him one step closer to becoming 'President of Europe'. Hundreds of delegates from the European People's Party EPP, congress in Helsinki, voted 492 to...

Decision day for Euro party voters: Alex Stubb or Manfred Weber

Delegates at the European People's Party congress in Helsinki will decide today whether to choose German MEP Manfred Weber or ex-Finnish Prime Minister Alex Stubb (NCP) as their candidate to be 'President of Europe'. The European People's Party EPP is an umbrella...

PM hosts Merkel, Orban, Barnier and Varadkar for talks

The Prime Minister's residence at Kesäranta has seen a revolving door of European leaders and officials today, arriving for meetings with Juha Sipilä (Centre). They're all in Helsinki for the European People's Party (EPP) congress, but also held bilateral talks with...

Wife’s cancer diagnosis puts Paavo Väyrynen’s political ambitions on hold

Veteran politician Paavo Väyrynen has revealed that his wife has been diagnosed with cancer, and says he's now uncertain about his own political future. Väyrynen says his wife Vuokko had been ill for several weeks before the cancer was diagnosed on Saturday, and...

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Air Force’s Ruska 20 exercise takes off

The Finnish Air Force's main military exercises take off today, with Ruska 20 lasting through until 6th October. It's the largest war games of the...

Government considers new bar and restaurant restrictions

The Finnish government is considering bringing in new restrictions on bars and restaurants because of the continued spread of coronavirus. Speaking to MTV News on...

Valtteri Bottas races to victory at Russia Grand Prix

Finnish F1 driver Valterri Bottas has raced to victory at the Russian Grand Prix, at the expense of his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Bottas lead for...

Morning headlines: Monday 28th September 2020

Government considers new bar and restaurant restrictions The Finnish government is considering bringing in new restrictions on bars and restaurants because of the continued spread...

Foreign Minister “seriously concerned” about escalating Caucasus conflict

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says he's "seriously concerned" about the situation in the Caucasus region of Central Asia. His comments come as Armenia and...

Tiny dining: Finland’s ‘smallest restaurant’ is up for sale, and looking for just the right buyer

A tiny restaurant in Töölö, part of the Helsinki neighbourhood's fabric for more than half a century,  is up for sale - but the...

Finland’s rugby champions crowned, despite disrupted Covid-19 season

Finland's domestic rugby season came to a climax this weekend after a summer season curtailed by coronavirus restrictions. Although other sports have started their competitions...

GALLERY: Autumn brings mushroom explosion to Finland’s forests

Late summer and early autumn is the time when the hidden mycorrhizae of the forest produce their fruiting bodies that are better known as mushrooms...