Politics

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...

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...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...