Politics

Ministers press for more haste on Nordic electronic ID card

Two Finnish ministers have called for the government to move faster with plans to introduce a new identification card that would work across all Nordic countries. Although this project is in the governmental programme as part of its digitalization plans,...

HS poll shows mixed fortunes for political parties

A new poll in Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday shows the changing fortunes of Finland's political parties. It's the first of the newspaper's regular surveys carried out since a change of government in December brought Sanna Marin into power as prime minister....

World Jewish Congress calls Left Alliance MP “antisemitic”

The World Jewish Congress has criticized Finnish Member of Parliament Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza. The powerful US-based lobby group called Kontula's protest a double standard and anti-Semitic because she only complained about Israel's...

Timo Soini interview: The unrepentant father of Finnish populism

Timo Soini's in rare form. Seven months out of the political spotlight - seven weeks of which was spent writing his new book on populism - have had a liberating effect on the previously bullish, now ebullient former foreign minister. For...

Parliament Committee wants more information in Pekka Haavisto case

Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee hasn't been able to find any clear resolution on whether Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) acted legally or properly in the case of Isis-linked Finns at the al-Hol refugee camp. The Committee met during the day on...

Left Alliance MP arrested by Israeli police

Left Alliance MP Anna Kontula was arrested in Israel on Monday the party has said. "Her intention was to penetrate the Israeli wall surrounding Gaza" the party writes on Twitter. "The purpose was to draw the world's attention to the situation in...

Holocaust research riles Finns Party MPs; as president announces Israel visit

President Sauli Niinistö has announced an upcoming visit to Israel, where he'll attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. The president will travel to the Middle East from 21st to 24th January and have bilateral meetings with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and...

Sign of the times: Helsinki adds interpreters to improve local government access

Helsinki City Council is set to add sign language interpreters in Finnish and Swedish in an effort to make local politics more accessible and transparent for deaf and hearing-impaired residents. The move comes after an initiative by councilman Suldaan Said Ahmed (Left) received...

Government corrects misinformation about 4-day working week

The Finnish Government has had to issue a brief statement online, after a story about a supposed new policy went viral. Hundreds of stories appeared in the international media on Monday and Tuesday saying that Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) had announced...

Education Minister: ‘I welcome debate on reforming religion lessons in schools’

Finland's Education Minister Li Andersson (Left) says she is "delighted" about a debate on reforming religion lessons in schools. Her comments come after a poll by public broadcaster Yle finds that 70% of people are in favour of dropping compulsory classroom lessons...

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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...