Politics

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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Police search for scammer targeting foreigners with Helsinki apartments

Helsinki Police are investigating a scammer targeting foreigners and offering them bogus apartment rentals in the capital city. Authorities have taken the unusual step of...

Coronavirus epidemic means fewer summer jobs available

The number of summer jobs available this year in Finland has dropped compared to the year before. According to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade...

Finns wary about long-term damage to the economy from coronavirus

The majority of Finns say that although they accept there's gloomy economic times ahead, they're in agreement that there needs to be some exceptional...

Police investigate booby-trapped apartment bomb, a death inside and two injured officers

Two police officers were injured in an explosion on Monday night after trying to open the door of a booby-trapped apartment in Espoo. One body...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date Finland’s restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay...

Coronavirus round-up: Monday 25th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus numbers from THL Ministry wants to buy €100 million worth of...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other...