Politics

HS investigation reveals widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff

A lengthy investigation by Helsingin Sanomat has uncovered widespread mistreatment of cleaning staff who are low paid, and often asylum seekers or new immigrants hoping to use their jobs to stay permanently in Finland. The newspaper exposed multiple cases where workers...

A new political party? Timo Soini says maybe.

Veteran politician Timo Soini, who lead the Finns Party to become a major force in Finnish politics, who was a founding member of Blue Reform party, says he's considering whether to start a new political party - or not. In response...

Appeals Court upholds verdict against Finns Party MP for incitement crimes

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi has ruled to uphold a verdict against Finns Party Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen. The Oulu MP was convicted in District Court in October 2019 for a Facebook post where he wrote about Islam...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party gained five seats at the 2019 general election, and then endured a baptism of fire...

Poll: Race tightening in potential presidential match-up

A new poll in Rural Future newspaper looks ahead to the 2024 presidential election to get a snapshot of how potential candidates are faring among voters. The survey finds that two prominent politicians have seen their support levels slump since...

Finns Party MP avoids prosecution after Parliament vote

Finns Party MP Juha Mäenpää has avoided having his parliamentary immunity lifted and being indicted by prosecutors after a Friday vote failed to secure a 'super majority' from parliamentarians. While 121 Members of Parliament voted to lift the MP's immunity, and...

Parliament starts debate on rare MP prosecution request

Members of Parliament will begin a discussion today on whether MP Juha Mäenpää from the Finns Party can be prosecuted for comments he made in the chamber last June. Finland's Prosecutor General has asked the Constitutional Affairs Committee for permission...

New HS poll: Social Democrats maintain their lead

The Social Democrats, lead by Prime Minister Sanna Marin have maintained their lead in a new opinion poll published Wednesday by Helsingin Sanomat. However the growth in support for Demarit, which has been growing since January, has now leveled off. Respondents were...

Ussimaa Regional Council votes to restrict Tallinn tunnel options

The Uusimaa Regional Council has voted 44-32 to restrict options for a planned tunnel to Tallinn. Councilors could have kept exact details of the tunnel's route flexible while giving it the overall green light as part of the region's 2050...

Government announces end to coronavirus state of emergency

The Government of Finland has decided to end the Emergency Act which was brought into use for the first time since WWII in March to give authorities exceptional scope to try and halt the spread of coronavirus around the...

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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...