Politics

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...

Viva Åland! Independence Dream Not Dead, But More Autonomy Comes First

The ongoing turmoil in Spain over Catalan independence is being watched very carefully in the Åland Islands. "I'd say what we learned from Catalonia is of course what we maybe already knew, the importance of keeping an independence process with...

Voter Registration Milestone for Blue Group Politicians

The Blue Group of politicians who split from the Finns Party at the beginning of summer, has collected the 5,000 signatures of voters it needs to register as an official political party. MP Sampo Terho says the Blues will lodge...

Government Faces Afternoon No Confidence Vote

Finland's government is facing a no confidence vote in parliament this afternoon, as five opposition parties unite around the subject of railway reform and proposed privatization measures for the railway monopoly VR. At present, the government lead by Prime Minister...

Blue Group Closer To Becoming Legit Political Party

The 'Blue' Parliamentary Group is getting closer to becoming a legitimate political party according to chairman Simon Elo. They need the support of 5000 registered voters, and Elo reckons they've only got less than one hundred signatures still to find. "As...

2018 Presidential Election – Candidate Snapshot

Finland's 2018 Presidential election takes place in a little more than three months. So what's the current state of play with candidates? There are seven politicians who want to be Finland's next President, but one of them is dominating the...

Power Shuffle At Parliament

There's a change in store for some key positions in the Finnish Parliament. The moves have come about, because the Finns Party split in half over the summer, with 19 MPs forming a new 'Blue Group' in Parliament, while 16...

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Morning headlines: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Li Andersson: 'Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring' Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw...

Li Andersson interview: ‘Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring’

Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw classes suspended during the worst of the coronavirus epidemic...

Turku knife attack hero in court over compensation fraud 

A British man hailed as a hero during the Turku terror attack was in court Tuesday facing charges of fraud. Hassan Zubier, who lives in...

Finland’s top diplomat in Beirut: ‘Lebanese people seem to be tired of rising from the ashes’

The Muslim call to prayer echoed from mosques across Lebanon on Tuesday evening, as church bells tolled at exactly 18:09, a week after a...

Minister of Justice caught out by announcement of strict quarantine rules

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (RKP) was apparently caught out by a Monday night announcement from Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) that...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 11th August 2020

New testing regime, and fines or prison time for travelers who don't self-isolate Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence...

Minister: Fines or prison time for travelers who don’t self-isolate

Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence for people who refuse to go into self-isolation when they arrive from...

Investigators scour social media video for Hanko powerboat crash clues

Accident investigators are scouring social media video to find different views of a boat crash that left a child of primary school age dead,...