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Revealed: Huge pay-off for Metsähallitus CEO

The CEO of state-owned forest agency Metsähallitus, Pentti Hyttinen, is in line for a huge pay-off bonus. Hyttinen announced last week that he will resign...

Government plans new ‘Animal Ombudsman’ for Finland

The government is planning to re-introduce the post of 'Animal Ombudsman' as part of a wider effort to revitalise the Animal Welfare Act. The position...

Thin blue line: government already failing on police staffing levels

On the hottest day of the year so far, Junior Constable Juho Mielonen has just started his night shift in south Helsinki. "You never know...

Climate change the central theme as Prime Minister Rinne sworn in

Finland's incoming Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has used his first speech as PM to highlight the importance of tackling the climate change crisis for his...

Social Democrats and Swedish People’s Party unveil their new ministerial teams

The Social Democrats SDP, winners by a one seat margin in April's general election, have unveiled their new ministerial team for the next government....

Consensus and concessions as new government programme unveiled

The incoming Finnish government launched its policy agenda on Monday, engaging directly with members of the public, the media and non-governmental organisations on its...

Juha Sipilä’s government becomes Finland’s longest-serving administration*

The outgoing government of caretaker Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is set to become Finland's longest-serving administration. With a caveat! On Saturday, Sipilä's government will have clocked up...

Report: New government could fit failed asylum seekers with ankle monitors

The new government programme could include provisions for rejected asylum seekers to be fitted with ankle monitors. Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reports that chairpersons from all...

Government programme ready on Friday – with conditions

Talks to form a new coalition government, with a policy agenda that five different parties can agree on, is almost over. Negotiators have the day...

Sote reform debacle comes back to haunt new government

Plans to reform Finland's social and health care, and regions, known as sote, are causing problems for the new government before it's even taken office. Politicians and...