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Twenty-one mayors criticise government’s municipal aid offer

Mayors from 21 Finnish cities have written an open letter criticising the government's new offer to help their finances. In an open letter signed by the mayors of the C21 network (which includes the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Turku,...

PM criticises municipalities for ‘poor preparedness’ over coronavirus response

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has criticised municipalities for their 'poor preparedness' in response to the coronavirus edpidemic. It comes after the government has itself faced criticism over a lack of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and a limited testing...

Government talks focus on coronavirus budget spending

Government ministers are meeting for two days of budget talks largely focused on how much to spend to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Arriving at the House of the Estate in Helsinki on Tuesday, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said...

Poll: Prime Minister’s Social Democrats on top, as Finns Party falls

A new poll from Alma Media released on Tuesday shows that support for the Prime Minister's Social Democrats has climbed 4.4 percentage points since the previous poll in January-February. In this latest survey the Social Democrats are Finland's most popular...

Billion euro help for businesses – but Kokoomus wants more say in coronavirus budget plans

The Government has announced a total of one billion euros in funding for small and medium sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis - an increase on their previous announcement. Business Finland will get €700 million of the money to...

PM prepares restaurant and bar closures, Uusimaa isolation

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has said again that her government is ready to shut down restaurants and bars, shopping centres, and also impose travel restrictions around Uusimaa region in southern Finland. However - she's not putting a deadline on it...

Sanna Marin: We’re laying the groundwork for Finland travel restrictions

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) says the government is preparing to order restrictions on movement around the country, and to close private businesses such as restaurants, in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. Writing on Twitter on Monday, Marin...

New opinion poll signals good news for the government

A new opinion poll published by Helsingin Sanomat newspaper on Wednesday shows an increase in the total support for the five government coalition parties at 53.9%. That's up from a month ago, when it was less than 53%, and there's...

Borders closed from Thursday, medicines restricted, police monitor Emergency Act rules

Finland will close off its external borders from Thursday and ban foreign travel for at least two weeks, as police ensure residents are complying with new provisions to deal with the spread of coronavirus. The Emergency Act will be finalised...

Paavo Väyrynen selflessly offers himself as Centre Party leader

Veteran Finnish politician Paavo Väyrynen has offered himself up to be the leader of the Centre Party - but only on a temporary basis. Although the Centre Party doesn't have a leadership vacancy, Väyrynen says that he could take charge through...

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Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

Finnair is starting additional layoff talks today involving more than 6,000 staff. Although the national carrier has announced a return to around 30% of its...

Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...