Politics

Finns Party MEP likens the European Union to the Soviet Union

One of the Finns Party's two MEPs in Brussels, Laura Huhtasaari, has likened the European Union to the Soviet Union. It's not the first time the right-wing politician, and former Finnish presidential candidate, has made the comparison. In a weekend interview with...

Europe Minister: Finland wants to know all EU coronavirus recovery package liabilities are clear

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week for a summit, the first time they've met in person since the start of the coronavirus crisis limited meetings to video conference calls. On the agenda...

HS: Pekka Haavisto facing two police charges over al-Hol handling

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is facing two police charges over his handling of the al-Hol refugee situation, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The newspaper reports that Haavisto will be charged with breach of duty to cooperate, and official misconduct by the...

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...

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More than 200 quarantined in Lapland, as small coronavirus cluster detected

Public health official say more than 200 people have been put into self-isolation as a precaution after a small cluster of positive coronavirus cases...

Emergency centre for migrant Roma moving to new Helsinki location

A centre which provides a vital lifeline for Helsinki's migrant Roma population is moving to a new location, with more space to offer services...

Senate Square terrace expanding with space for hundreds more customers

The popular summer terrace that's taken over Senate Square this year - already the largest in the country - just got bigger. From Wednesday there...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 15th July 2020

Finland's economic output fell during May New figures released Wednesday morning by Statistics Finland show the working day adjusted output of the national economy fell...

Appeals Court cuts sentence for pro-Kremlin activist involved in online hate campaign

The Helsinki Appeals Court has reduced a sentence for a Finnish academic convicted for his part in a sustained hate campaign against a journalist,...

Summer nurses listening to young people after coronavirus lockdown

Teams of nurses and social workers are back on the streets of the capital city this year to engage with young people about any...

Foreign Minister: Hong Kong extradition treaty should not be applied

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says an extradition treaty between Finland and China “should not be applied” any longer because it means that suspects would...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Foreign Minister: Hong Kong extradition treaty should not be applied Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that an extradition treaty between Finland and China "should not...