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Warm winter: January sets new weather records across the country

Warm winter temperatures in January mean that many parts of Finland saw new weather records being set. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute January was unseasonably mild for much of the country from the southern tip in Hanko up to...

Forty degree+ temperature spread, as winter’s coldest low is recorded in Lapland

The weather in Finland is a tale of two temperatures at the moment - with a forty degree difference between the warmest and coldest part of the country. The coldest temperature so far this winter in Finland was recorded as...

Snow sculptors in Vaasa forced to use sand due to warm winter

An annual snow sculpting competition in Vaasa Market Square has had to swap snow for sand. The competition is set to begin on Tuesday afternoon, but because of the lack of snow, organisers made the decision to bring in piles...

End of kaamos: Utsjoki wakes up from winter

Finland's most northerly municipality is waking up from darkness on Friday and briefly experiencing its first sunrise. The sun last set in Utsjoki on 25th November and for most of the last two months local residents have been going through...

Record snowfall keeps Lapland looking like a winter wonderland

Visitors to Lapland have the opportunity to experience a proper snowy winter with a record amount of snowfall blanketing the region. In many places there's 90cm of snow - for example today in Sodankylä there's 89cm and in Kittilä 88cm...

Here’s where you can find a white Christmas in Finland

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas in Finland, the general advice is head north. There hasn’t been a proper white Christmas for nearly 10 years in the south of the country and it's unlikely to happen this year either. Even...

Winter storm Aapo leaves thousands without power

Winter storm Aapo has blown through Finland leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity. Some 55,000 households are cut off, with the worst affected areas in Kanta-Häme where  32,000 homes were left without power on Thursday evening. A thick blanket...

Last call for winter tyre changes

If you haven’t switched to winter tyres on your car yet, it’s probably a good idea to do it soon, for a few reasons. reasons. First, road safety conditions are dangerous this weekend across many parts of the country due...

Autumn cold record temperature smashed – again!

The record for the coldest autumn temperature recorded so far this year has been smashed, for the second time this week! The temperature in Enontekiö on Tuesday morning was recorded at -28.2°C. Temperatures below -27°C were also recorded in Sodankylä, Luosto,...

Weekend weather: storm warnings and snow in the forecast

One important tip for the weekend: choose your clothing wisely! The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI is forecasting strong winds all over the country as an autumn storm moves in, and plenty of snow for the north of Finland. A low pressure...

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PM in Brussels: “We have to be ambitious, but we also have to be realistic”

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has set out her opening gambit in Brussels, ahead of multi-year budget talks that are likely to be contentious. Speaking to...

Finland’s flu season spreading slower than expected

It's that time of year, when it seems like lots of people are falling sick with seasonal influenza. This year however, the flu epidemic is...

Morning headlines: Thursday 20th February 2020

Sunshine living: Meet the residents of Little Finland, Spain Tens of thousands of Finns chose to live on the Costa del Sol either full time,...

Sunshine living: Meet the residents of Little Finland, Spain

It's Thursday night at the Bar Cosmos and a steady stream of customer queues up to order lonkero, and shots of minttu. An older gentleman...

Britain imposes new restrictions for Finns who want to work in UK

The British Government has raised the bar on Finns - and other Europeans - who want to move to the UK after Brexit. From January...

Capital region shoppers are Finland’s biggest organic food buyers

The Helsinki capital region is the country's biggest market for organic food, according to retailer HOK-Elanto. The company - which operates S-Market, Alepa, Sale, Prismo...

Embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto facing Parliament, criminal investigations

Finland's embattled Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) whose leadership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been beset with allegations of bullying and poor staff...

New poll provides some political relief for government’s biggest parties

A new political poll from Helsingin Sanomat published on Wednesday provides some good news for the two main parties in government. Both the Social Democrats...