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Europe Day: Finland’s youngest MEP wants to make Euro politics more relevant

Europe Day is usually a time when politicians and political parties get out in the streets and meet their potential voters, literally and figuratively flying the EU flag. The date marks the 1950 signing of the Schumann Declaration, which is...

Government to think again on “lousy” restaurant compensation package

The Government is to reconsider its compensation package for restaurants, cafes and licensed premises after a chorus of complaints that the deal, unveiled just 24 hours before, is deeply flawed. The €123 million plan included an element worth €83 million...

Cabinet moves to home working after ministers exposed to possible coronavirus case

The entire Finnish government cabinet will work from home at least until the end of this week, after two ministers and, separately, a senior politician, may have been exposed to coronavirus. Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen (Left) and...

Under-fire public health chief receives support from colleagues, and PM

The public health official who has become the face of Finland's fight against coronavirus has found himself also the target of criticism of some politicians, sections of the media and scientific critics over his handling of the crisis. Professor Mika Salminen,...

New ‘hybrid timetable’ to phase out coronavirus restrictions

The government has unveiled what it calls a 'hybrid timetable' to phase out many of the restrictions brought in to slow the spread of coronavirus in Finland. At a Monday evening press briefing, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP), Finance Minister Katri...

New polls show government solidifying support

Two new polls show how the government, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Social Democrats in particular, have benefited from increased political support during the coronavirus crisis. A survey published Monday in Rural Future newspaper finds that support for the government's handling...

Politicians adapt traditional May Day speeches to the online new normal

Finnish politicians traditionally use the May Day holiday to give speeches in their home constituencies, setting out policy ideas or promoting some of their recent parliamentary work. However with coronavirus restrictions in place this year, many have taken their message...

Pandemic ‘pressure points’ shape Government talks on easing restrictions

As the Finnish Government meets midweek to begin talks on when and how coronavirus restrictions might be eased, their discussions are being shaped by a number of pressure points. Ministers are walking a tightrope between ending the current restrictions too...

Sanna Marin’s partner in company cronyism case

The partner of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is caught up in a potential case of cronyism. On Thursday Talouselämä magazine reported that someone at the Tampere marketing company where Markus Räikkönen works had sent an email to potential clients saying they could help...

PM self-isolates as precaution over Kesäranta virus

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is self-isolating and working from home at her official residence in Kesäranta, after one of the staff there was in contact with someone else who tested positive for coronavirus. The person who had been working...

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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...