Politics

Jan Vapaavuori: ‘We’re working to fix covid testing problems’

The Mayor of Helsinki says his administration is working with Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District HUS to fix some major problems with coronavirus testing in the capital. This week has seen a steady stream of media stories highlighting the several-days...

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 a strict new regime of tests and quarantine was being introduced at Finland's ports and...

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 second act. The Lapland MP stepped down from her finance minister job in late spring over...

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 contender from within the party to step forward after Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 4 out now

The new episode of our summer Podkäst is available now wherever you listen to your podcast content. On this week’s show Centre Party leader Katri Kulmuni talks about her summer 'listening tour' where she's been meeting hundreds of voters across the country - she also talks...

Secret weekend wedding for Sanna Marin and her new husband

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) married her long-term partner Markus Räikkönen on Saturday at a small ceremony at the PM's official Kesäranta residence in Helsinki. The nuptials were not announced in advance, and Marin waited until Sunday to reveal that the wedding...

Prime Minister cautions the country over coronavirus second wave

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has urged caution over a possible second wave of coronavirus in Finland. Writing on Twitter the PM notes that restrictions put in place to slow the pandemic have been gradually lifted since June but that "there...

Science and culture minister Annika Saarikko joins Centre Party leadership race

Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko is joining the Centre Party leadership race, in a bid to oust incumbent Katri Kulmuni. Saarikko only returned from maternity leave on Thursday and already announced her plan to challenge Kulmuni at the party's autumn...

Finns agree on ‘necessary evil’ of EU coronavirus recovery budget

A new poll by three Finnish newspapers finds that most Finns – two out of three – broadly support the the recent EU budget deal which provides a €750 billion fund to help countries recover from the impact of...

No action over MP’s “pathetic assholes” comment

The Finns Party says it doesn't plan to take any action over one of its Members of Parliament Mauri Peltokangas, after he wrote that Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and her ministers were "pathetic assholes." Peltokangas wrote the comments in a...

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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,...