Politics

Brisk Start To Advance Voting

It's been a brisk start on the first day of early voting in the presidential election. Almost 270,000 ballots were cast on Wednesday, that's 6.4% of eligible votes so far. Hundreds of polling stations are until 20th January at libraries and...

Academic Cheating Claims Hit Huhtasaari Campaign

Finns Party presidential candidate Laura Huhtasaari has been hit by claims that she plagiarised the work of other people and passed it off as her own to complete a masters degree dissertation at the University of Jyväskylä. The claims are...

Paavo Väyrynen Would Scrap Schengen, Impose EU Border Checks

Presidential candidate Paavo Väyrynen says he wants to restore the EU's internal border controls. In a new interview with STT Finnish News Agency, the veteran politician describes the current Schengen system of free movement between 26 European countries as "mistake". "The...

‘Forcible Kiss’ MP Stripped Of Role, Seeks Alcohol Help

A Finns Party MP who forcibly kissed another politician has received a 'serious warning' from his party officials, and been stripped of his role as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Finns Party in parliament. Teuvo Hakkarainen has apologised for...

Presidential Election: On The Campaign Trail

There's nothing glamorous about canvasing for votes in Finland in November. Just ten weeks away from the first round of voting in the presidential election, candidates are starting to push their campaigns out to potential voters. There's no stadiums filled with...

Sampo Terho Seeks Chairmanship of New Blue Party

The new Blue Future political party announced the date of its first party conference today, and a candidate for party Chairman. The party, which has 20 MPs including five cabinet ministers in the government coalition, will hold a congress in...

Matti Vanhanen Hospitalised, Presidential Campaigning Paused

The Centre Party's candidate for the 2018 presidential elections, Matti Vanhanen has been hospitalised with a heart condition. The announcement came on Vanhanen's Facebook page, where he wrote that he has been in the hospital since Friday because of a cardiac...

Paavo Väyrynen’s Presidential Bid Falters

A bid to enter the 2018 Presidential election race by veteran politician Paavo Väyrynen has hit a snag: he can't get enough endorsements. Candidates need 20,000 signatures from registered voters to be able to run - if they're not already...

The Lapland MP, Julian Assange, Fake News & Catalonia

Finnish politician Mikko Kärnä (Centre) will publish the text of a parliamentary motion today which calls on MPs to recognize an independent Catalonia. It's a move which has brought applause and critiques; sparked a wave of international media stories of...

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Finns’ confidence in life and the economy after coronavirus improves

A new survey highlights how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic subsides, and how they have more confidence in...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd July 2020

Finns relaxing their own coronavirus restrictions Two surveys have highlighted how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic fades in Finland....

Appeals Court upholds verdict against Finns Party MP for incitement crimes

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi has ruled to uphold a verdict against Finns Party Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen. The Oulu MP was convicted...

Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party...