Politics

Government, foreign minister, easily win no-confidence vote

The government of Sanna Marin (SDP), and Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) have survived a vote of no-confidence in them 110 to 79. The motion in parliament was tabled by opposition parties the National Coalition Party, Liike Nyt, Finns Party and the Christian Democrats...

Sámi Parliament approves Truth and Reconciliation Commission proposal

The Sámi Parliament in Inari has voted to approve a move to establish a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' to look at the current and historical relationship between the Finnish State and the Sámi people of northern Finland. In a statement...

Government survives first of two parliament votes this week

The new government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has passed a vote of confidence in parliament, the first of two votes this week on the administration. Marin's government was sworn in just last Tuesday, and although they're following the same...

Government to repatriate al-Hol children “as soon as possible”

The Finnish government says it has an "unequivocal and common resolve to repatriate children" from the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria "as soon as possible." The government released guidelines late Monday night about what to do with the estimated ten...

President has to clarify al-Hol refugee position

President Sauli Niinistö has issued a statement clarifying his position on Isis-linked Finnish women and their children at al-Hol refugee camp in Syria. In recent days Niinistö has given comments to journalists and written on social media about the situation, which...

Bad start: Two government apologies in 24 hours after media snafus

The new Finnish government is only a few days old, and it's already having to issue apologies for things that went wrong this week. In Brussels Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) was forced to say sorry, after one of her media handlers...

PM in Brussels: “The new generation are expecting us to act”

Finland's new prime minister is attending her first European Council meeting since being sworn in on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on arrival in Brussels, Sanna Marin (SDP) said she was looking forward to the "interesting discussions" with other EU leaders...

Airport exercise sparks Finns Party conspiracy theory

A training exercise at Helsinki Airport has fueled a conspiracy theory from a senior politician. Finnish Customs Tulli is working with other first responders at the airport on Wednesday to conduct a training scenario about how to deal with infectious...

President, Helsinki mayor weigh in on al-Hol refugee camp case

President Sauli Niinistö says the new Finnish government - sworn in on Tuesday - should consider making a clear political decision about the fate of Finns at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria. The president made the comments through his office...

New government sworn in: Sanna Marin becomes Finland’s youngest ever PM

Finland's new government has been sworn in by President Sauli Niinistö at a ceremony in Helsinki on Tuesday afternoon. The five parties remain the same as the government sworn in after the spring general election - Social Democrats, Centre Party, Greens,...

Latest News

Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...

Municipal workers reach new pay and conditions deal

Thousands of workers in the municipal sector, including some teachers, nurses and other  healthcare workers, will be covered by a new collective bargaining contract...

Stay or go? Conflicting signals on domestic summer travel

Should you go to summer cottage this weekend, or stay at home? Are you allowed to plan a domestic travel 'staycation' this summer or...

Prime Minister’s sick leave continues until the end of the week

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on sick leave until the end of the week. In a statement, the PM's office says she is suffering from...

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten...

Cautious government response, critical opposition response to EU recovery plan

The Government has given a guarded response to the new EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, while Finland's main opposition parties have been more critical. On...

Morning headlines: Thursday 28th May 2020

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years,...

Coronavirus round-up: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Finland begins first domestic face mask production Unemployment...