Three killed at Laukaa pizzeria
Three people have been killed at a pizzeria in the Central Finland town of Laukaa. A suspect is already in police custody.
Three people have been killed at a pizzeria in the Central Finland town of Laukaa. A suspect is already in police custody.
The punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) is heading to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna after a spectacular win Saturday night in Yle's New Music Competition. The learning disabilities the four members of the group share were, again, no hindrance to their commitment to music and determination to make the house rock.
Social media has revolutionised communication in many different professions in Finland, and policing is no different. Dozens of officers in Finland are dedicated ‘internet police’, and their goal is to reach out to people and lower the threshold for contacting the forces of law and order.
Candles, flowers and words of remembrance featured at a vigil Saturday evening outside the Russian Embassy in Helsinki, held honour of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
Not all of the residents of the southwest coastal city of Turku have embraced the city’s recent move to update its logo by incorporating a new more modern version of its historic coat of arms. News that the re-make cost the city 40,000 euros amidst a time of financial duress in the municipality added fuel to the fire.
A protest will be staged in front of the Russian Embassy in Helsinki on Saturday at 8 pm in honour of Russian opposition leader and outspoken Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was killed by a hit squad late Friday evening in Moscow. Many people, including Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, suspect his death was politically motivated.
German-born artist Sonja Hinrichsen invited people in the western Finnish city of Alajärvi to help her create her latest snow design, a spectacular spiral pattern best viewed from the sky. A team of about twenty volunteers were fitted with snow shoes to help her to create the design in a field of snow. The large-scale snow drawing will be photographed from the air when it is complete.
Also known as Finnish Culture Day, Kalevala Day is celebrated every year on February 28. This year, the national epic gathered from oral folk poetry celebrates its 180th anniversary.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told Yle Saturday morning that he was personally acquainted with Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and he condemned his murder in Moscow as an act of cruelty.
Finland's Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen on Saturday voiced her condemnation of the killing in Moscow of Russian opposition politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov. She told Yle that she fears Nemtsov's shooting may increase tensions within Russia.
Spanish police on Friday arrested eight Spanish citizens who have taken part in the Ukrainian conflict. Finland's Security Intelligence Service Supo has not carried out any similar operations, since under Finnish law, fighting in foreign conflicts is not a crime.
This February the hotels of Rovaniemi, Lapland have been full to the brim with customers. Usually this many people stay in hotels in the northern city only during the Christmas season, but this year the tourist boom will continue into March at least. Especially Asian travellers have found their way to Lapland this February.
This winter has been worse than usual in terms of ice thickness, especially on sea areas, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute. Capital region seafronts are almost ice-free, and the Baltic Sea has seen only thin ice cover.
The city of Vaasa in western Finland has utilised its unemployed residents in combating loneliness and seclusion among the elderly. Last year 15 unemployed people worked as aides to pensioners, with 30 expected this year. Those involved say the two-year trial has had very positive results.
A new Yle news service, Uudizet karjalakse, broadcast its first news segment on Friday on the Yle North Karelia radio frequency. The broadcasts are produced by Yle together with the Karelian Language Society and will air once a week.
On Saturday night, punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät are headed to the national finals of the New Music Competition, the winner of which is chosen to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. Along with a love of music, they also share living with learning disabilities.
In an interview with the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, published on Friday, Finland's President Sauli Niinistö said that he believes that Russia wants to destabilize Ukraine in such a way that there will remain a number of difficult issues open and unresolved.
Tallink Grupp has placed an order with Meyer Turku for the construction of a liquid natural gas (LNG) car-passenger ferry for its Tallinn-Helsinki route. The vessel will cost around 230 million euros and will be built at Turku shipyard for delivery in the beginning of 2017.
While the print editions of Finland’s largest national newspapers are losing readers, regional newspaper Turun Sanomat saw an increase in readership.
Prices of dwellings in old blocks of flats and terraced houses have been falling for almost a year. The latest review by Statistics Finland shows prices in the capital region down to 2013 levels and elsewhere in the country at levels not seen since 2011.
Most of the country can expect cloudy skies, daytime temperatures above freezing and a chance of some light precipitation over the weekend.
NATO and beer as election issues, a surge in reporting tax fraud, and how the Finns consume advertising were among the items in Friday's newspaper press.
Expats living in the Middle East often try to recreate their hobbies from back home, and Finns are no exception. This week saw the conclusion of the 6-team Emirates Hockey League—and at least one Finn was celebrating a championship victory. He says the sport has some way to go before it’s an Emirati favourite.
Finnish police are warning motorists that their cards may have been copied after copying devices were discovered at two petrol stations in western Finland.
The Finnish women’s relay team took the bronze medal at the cross-country skiing world championships in Falun on Thursday. It was the first Finnish medal of the championship.
Support for the Centre party has dipped below 25 percent in Yle’s monthly tracking poll for the first time since last October. The party’s lead over the second-placed SDP is still 8.1 percent.
The Finnish Seafarers' Union is furious at a move by the new state labour mediator to block a threatened strike by ship crews.
Information on the availability and price of mild alcohol drinks can be displayed in shop windows and kiosks and even outside in future, as lawmakers recently decided to tone down an amendment to make current alcohol advertising guidelines in Finland even stricter.
Despite incremental increases in recent years, basic social assistance is still too low to support a bare-bones level of consumption, says a professor at the National Institute for Health and Welfare.
Finnish Police now suspect six people, the entire board and the CEO, of the defunct air carrier Air Finland of emptying the company bank accounts of several million euros before declaring insolvency. All of the suspects have denied any wrongdoing.
Thursday's newspapers include an analysis of the proposed changes to the social welfare and health care or 'Sote' overhaul bill, drug dealers targeting kids in shopping centres, a record year for military service contender weight gain and a trial in Oulu to use wood shavings instead of gravel to combat slippery ice.
Finland's security services estimate there are currently around 30 Finns involved in the Syrian conflict, with a number of those who departed to join the fighting having already returned.
Majority of MPs unlikely to vote in favour of the citizens' initiative, as Education Committee expresses fears that ending compulsory Swedish teaching would have damaging wider effect on society.
New research shows that Finns are increasingly enamoured with technology, with the proportion who regard mobile phones as vital for modern life now greater than those who believe a relationship or a job is essential.
“Joni” has been in Syria with ISIS forces for five months. His online postings and contact with an Yle journalist reveal a lonely, unsociable young man from eastern Finland who converted to Islam and found solace in extremist teachings—before making what he says is a one-way journey to join the “Caliphate”.
The human rights organisation Amnesty International has again criticised Finland for its treatment of asylum-seekers, migrants, transgender people and conscientious objectors, as well as what it sees as inaction on violence against women and girls.
Midweek editions of Finland’s newspapers feature a colourful array of topics on their front pages, from healthcare reform and cutbacks at the state statistics office to Green respect for veterans and a new big-box store in Jyväskylä.
The Finnish Chambers of Commerce has launched a government debt clock that calculates the state’s growing debt as time passes. The clock, which can now be seen in downtown Helsinki, was unveiled Tuesday in an attempt to draw attention to Finland’s burgeoning debt. As of Tuesday afternoon, it showed government debt standing at over 95 billion euros.
Finnish authorities are to wrap up a preliminary investigation into the illegal entry of three Syrian men into Finland at the end of last year. The men braved the Karelian deep freeze to cross the border from Russia on foot. Investigators say they are awaiting additional information from Russia before passing the case to prosecutors for consideration of charges.
Finland has approved a list of reform proposals put forward by the Greek government to gain an extension on its bailout programme. Eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels Tuesday also gave their blessing to the reforms.
Kela's 2015 version of the new baby starter kit provided to all expectant mothers in Finland has no baby bottles - for a reason. The public health watchdog the THL says it wants to ensure that mothers who choose to breast feed can do so successfully.
The exhibit includes work by 10 leading Finnish cartoonists, paying tribute to their colleagues killed in the French terror attack.
Police are investigating a set of seven unmarked plastic storage containers containing unidentified chemicals abandoned in a wooded area in Tuusula, near Helsinki. Officials believe that the case involves environmental foul play.
A deeply-divided government on Tuesday rejected a major new rail network planned for the capital.
A look at Tuesday's newspapers feature an MP's effort to start a conversation about how to improve Finland's fiscal fitness. Also, the new CEO at retail giant Kesko says that domestic agriculture would be threatened by the introduction of more international supermarket chains to the marketplace. And a new study says that people who sauna more often have decreased chances of heart related death.
The holy book of Islam, The Koran, will be read in its entirety on Yle’s Radio 1 channel in Finnish starting on March 7. The unprecedented project is intended to increase people’s knowledge of The Koran and Muslim culture in Finland.
Finland's taxi sector is tightly regulated and new services and operators are strictly limited from entering the field. Even the world-famous lift-sharing service Uber can't operate in Finland without official sanction, as the number of permits is restricted, leaving no room for newcomers. Finland is part of Europe, so it’s only a matter of time before new solutions have to be accepted, says one expert.
Featherweight mixed martial arts fighter Makwan Amirkhani became an overnight sensation in the Ultimate Fighting Championship last month by knocking out his opponent Andy Ogle after just eight seconds in the ring. The strapping young Turku resident has big plans to put Finland on the martial arts map and breathe new life into the sport in his home country.
Yle meteorologist Matti Huutonen says that most of Finland has already met the criteria for thermal spring, when average daytime temperatures rise above zero degrees. However eager beavers will have to wait until the Finnish Meteorological Institute is ready to declare that spring is in the air.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI announced a cost-cutting programme Monday that could result in the loss of up to 85 jobs. The company says the move is the result of budgetary cuts.
Finnish customs and law enforcement officials are struggling to keep pace with what they say is a rapid increase in the amount and variety of designer drugs entering the country. Finnish Customs say that it’s difficult to stem the flow of such drugs from abroad, since only a small proportion of the substances is illegal in Finland and new variations are continuously entering the market.
Possibly due to the winter holidays still being in full swing in much of the country, Monday's newspapers featured quite a few outdoor-related stories. Environmental groups have reportedly blocked the planned hunt of 24 wolves across the country that was planned to start today. The warm weather trend has meteorologists trying to figure out if Finland is really in for an early Spring this year. An intoxicated Danish man went missing in Lapland but was found in a village some 110 km away some eight hours later.
The ground services company Aviator Finland says it will cut back on 100 jobs at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport as its largest customer switches providers. The aviation union IAU says it's considering taking action on the matter.
The current and ex-vice chairs of the Constitutional Affairs Committee both state in a release that bill-brewing ministries have access to the same experts as the committee, and that constitutional matters are too easily brushed aside when planning legislation.
Chair of the Finns Party, Timo Soini, says that Prime Minister Alexander Stubb’s characterisation of the current government as "unsuccessful" was an honest take on the political situation.