Politics

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...

Greens pick Pekka Haavisto to see them through the elections

Finland's Green Alliance political party has voted veteran politician Pekka Haavisto to be their new chairman. Haavisto, a former cabinet minister, two time presidential candidate and UN envoy, will serve the remaining term of office of Touko Aalto, who resigned in October...

Pekka Haavisto joins Green party leadership race

Two-time presidential candidate, former minister and ex-UN official Pekka Haavisto says he's running to become the leader of the Green Alliance political party. The Greens will choose a new leader on Saturday, to serve for an interim period, to replace Touko Aalto,...

Just one Green leadership candidate so far, as front-runner drops out

The early front-runner to lead Finland's Green Alliance political party says she won't join the race to be the new chairperson. Only Helsinki MP Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto has so far said she wants the job. Helsinki City Councilor Maria Ohisalo had been the temporary leader...

Turn the page: political parties hope November brings a new chapter

For a number of Finnish politicians and political parties, it's been a bruising autumn so far, and they'll be hoping November allows them to the page on past problems. The Greens saw sliding poll numbers, bad press, and the resignation...

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First Covid-19 vaccines in Finland will likely be rolled out in early 2021

The first Covid-19 vaccines could get the green light from European authorities before the end of the year, according to Finnish public health officials. Speaking...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 1st December 2020

Finland's covid vaccine plan to be unveiled today Public health officials are set to announce Finland's strategy for rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations today. Finland has...

Finnair extends meals-to-go sales, adds in-flight juice and extra jobs

Finnair is expanding its cooperation with K-Group after sales of ready-meals inspired by on-board service have proved a hit with consumers. The meals-to-go range will...

New capital region covid restrictions come into force

New restrictive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are being introduced Monday  in the capital city region. Joint action by Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and...

Valtteri Bottas salutes medical crews after Grosjean’s Bahrain F1 crash

Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has praised the reactions of race officials and medical crews after a dramatic crash on the first lap of...

Morning headlines: Monday 30th November 2020

New capital area coronavirus restrictions in place today New restrictive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are being introduced today in the capital city...

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Agency: Finland one of the few European countries protecting citizens from air pollution

A new scientific study from the European Environment Agency finds that Finland is one of the few European countries protecting citizens from air pollution. In...