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Finnish floorball gets an international-focused makeover

Finland's semi-professional floorball league is being rebranded and given a new identity as F-Liiga. The new brand incorporates 30 clubs with 16 women's teams and 14 men's teams, and almost 900 players. The makeover is part of a drive to improve...

Women’s football league is first major competition to re-start

Finland's National League - Kansallinen Liiga - the top flight of women's football, is the first major competition to announce a start date, after the beginning of the season was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. Games for the ten...

Mixed fortunes for pro sports, as clubs look to government for bailout

Finland's grass pitches stand idle. The basketball courts are empty. The ice rinks have melted. Pro sports is caught in the middle of unprecedented restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus, and when the state of emergency was declared in...

Oulu footballers tackle coronvirus with community service

Footballers in Finland, left with no games or training due to the coronavirus restrictions, are finding new ways to tackle the impact of the epidemic. Players and staff at AC Oulu haven't yet faced mandatory salary cuts, but as a...

Huuhkajat’s EURO dreams postponed by a year

The dreams of Finnish football fans, and players, are on hold for at least a year after UEFA postponed this year's EURO 2020 tournament. The Finnish men's national team - known as Huuhkajat, or Eagle Owls - qualified for this...

Ice hockey World Championships canceled over coronavirus concerns

The International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF has canceled the upcoming Women's World Championships due to the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus. The tournament, with the Finnish national team participating, was due to take place later this month in Canada. The host cities...

Men only? Tampere’s new arena gets a very masculine name

A huge new sports and leisure complex in Tampere, which will be the main venue for the 2022 ice hockey World Championships, has signed a 10-year naming rights deal with an Oulu-based tech company. But the name of the new...

National League: Top flight women’s soccer gets a gender-neutral name change

The highest level of women's football competition in Finland is getting a name change to become more gender-equal. From the start of the 2020 season the Nastien Liiga (Women's League) will be re-branded as the Kansallinen Liiga (National League). It's a...

Refurbished Olympic Stadium becomes the home of Design Week 2020

Helsinki Design Week will find a home this year at the Olympic Stadium, which is coming to the end of a multi-year major refurbishment.  Construction has been ongoing at the stadium since 2016 and it's set to open to...

New €200 million Jätkäsaari complex could become Helsinki’s home of floorball

A new €200 million sports and hotel complex is planned for Helsinki's neighbourhood of Jätkäsaari, and it could become the home of floorball in the capital city region. The Royal Centre announced on Tuesday that more than 700 parking spaces...

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Finns’ confidence in life and the economy after coronavirus improves

A new survey highlights how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic subsides, and how they have more confidence in...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd July 2020

Finns relaxing their own coronavirus restrictions Two surveys have highlighted how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic fades in Finland....

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...

Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...

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...