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...

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...

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Katri Kulmuni interview: Centre Party leader is down, but not yet out

Time might be running out for Katri Kulmuni's short reign as leader of the Centre Party. Either that or she's gearing up for a triumphant...

Contact tracing app launches in limited test phase

A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is being launched on Tuesday for a month...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 4th August 2020

Contact tracing app launches in test phase today A new mobile phone application which helps public health officials track and trace cases of coronavirus is...

New airport coronavirus testing option: “All the processes were very smooth”

Officials at Helsinki Airport say that "all the processes were very smooth" on the first day of offering coronavirus tests for arriving passengers. Public health...

Linnanmäki coronavirus ‘mass exposure’ confirmed by city

The City of Helsinki is confirming a coronavirus 'mass exposure' event took place at Linnanmäki amusement park in the capital at the end of...

MP Petri Honkonen joins Centre Party leadership race

The Vice Chairman of the Centre Party Petri Honkanen has joined the race to be the next party leader, challenging incumbent Katri Kulmuni. He's the second serious...

Young entrepreneurs: Twin brothers launching new Helsinki-Turku bus service

Two young entrepreneurs are set to launch a brand new bus service linking Helsinki and Turku with low-cost fares. Twins Henri and Eero Autio are just 21-years...

Tallink Silja stops selling ferry tickets from Sweden to Finland

Ferry company Tallink Silja is halting sales of round-trip ferry tickets from Sweden to Finland as of 7th August due to the coronavirus travel...