Politics

Latest Poll Shows Support For Niinistö Strong, But Slipping

A new opinion poll conducted by Gallup and commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat newspaper shows support for incumbent President Sauli Niinistö strong, but slipping slightly, with ten days before election day. The survey found that 68% of voters would elect Niinistö...

Concern Over Inadequate Voting Arrangement For Conscripts

The Finnish Conscripts' Union Varusmiesliitto says it is concerned about access to vote, for thousands of conscripts currently doing their basic military training. Under Finnish law, polling stations must be open to everyone.  But if there was a polling place...

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...

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Morning headlines: Monday 13th July 2020

EU Minister: Finland wants to know clearly all EU coronavirus funding liabilities Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week...

Europe Minister: Finland wants to know all EU coronavirus recovery package liabilities are clear

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week for a summit, the first time they've met in person...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 2 out now

Just in time for the weekend, the second episode of our summer Podkäst is available now. On this week's show Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) talks...

Morning headlines: Friday 10th July 2020

Another prediction for Finland's shrinking economy   Mortgage credit specialists Hypo predicts that the Finnish economy will shrink by 7% this year, the latest organistion...

Museums hope for post-lockdown July visitor boom

After months of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, Finland's museums are hoping for for a visitor boom in July. There's already been a rise in the...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency...

Finnish diver dies in Lofoten Islands accident

A Finnish man has died in a diving accident in northern Norway. The University of Northern Norway says on Twitter that the incident took place in Fiskebøl in...

Morning headlines: Thursday 9th July 2020

Justice Minister: Special preparations in place for 2021 elections Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henrkisson (SFP) tells Uutissuomalainen newspaper group that there could be special preparations put...