Lightning causes havoc in East Finland
Violent thunderstorms knocked out power and kept rescue workers busy in Eastern Finland on Monday afternoon and evening.
Violent thunderstorms knocked out power and kept rescue workers busy in Eastern Finland on Monday afternoon and evening.
Survey results issued Monday give mixed signals on the future of the Finnish economy. Consumers’ sunny optimistic stands in contrast to merchants’ autumnal gloom.
Finland is to sign the International Labour Organisation's convention on the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, but this may not bring more rights to the nation’s Sámi people.
Some dozen children vomited after swimming in Lake Tesomajärvi over the weekend. The City of Tampere took water samples from the lake, and authorities now warn against swimming in Tesomajärvi waters.
The gap between the cost of a home in the capital region and elsewhere in Finland grew wider in the last quarter, new figures show, with average Helsinki prices more than double those in the rest of the country. But the trend is reversed for newly built property, where prices continued to rise across Finland, but actually fell in the Helsinki region during the last three months.
Figures from across the EU show that Finland has above-average levels of employment in higher age groups, despite having a lower retirement age than many other European countries. Meanwhile countries such as France have a higher age threshold for retirement, but fewer older workers in active employment. The figures appear to suggest that other measures can be used to encourage people to work longer without raising the retirement age.
Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja says sanctions against Israel, as well as continuing embargos against Hamas, must be an option to help solve the Gaza conflict. In an Yle interview Tuomioja called on the United States to use more of its influence to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Jibes about weight, online abuse, and growing pressure over appearance - these are the things some female politicians say they are subjected to while their male colleagues are free to get on with their job. The debate over differential treatment in Finnish politics was reignited over the weekend with a prominent MP speaking out about the treatment she's received, and in today's papers many other women parliamentarians come forward to describe similar experiences. Elsewhere, the organisation whose two Finnish aid workers were murdered in Afghanistan last week says it's suspending its local mental health projects, and Helsinki health authority begins offering pain-relief advice to cancer sufferers by phone.
The history of punk-based festival Puntala-rock dates back to the 80s. Even in those days the two day festival drew dozens of punk bands. In addition to homegrown talent, groups from Brazil, Poland, Spain, Italy and even Kazakhstan graced the small Finnish town of Lempäälä from July 25-26. The sun was shining and the atmosphere was spot on for punk-rocking to the heart’s content. Check out our Puntala-rock photo gallery.
The tail end of an already fiery weekend, particularly in eastern Finland, saw a number of new wildfires springing up right across the country. On Sunday, firefighters successfully quenched outbreaks in the Oulu and Espoo regions, amongst other places.
Less than one-fifth of respondents to an Yle poll said they spend their own money on caring for their elderly parents. Most commonly, less than one hundred euros per month is invested into the care and treatment of aging parents, according to the research by national pollster Taloustutkimus. The prevailing view is that the community should care for the aged.
Banks in Finland are warning consumers of a new scam attempting to fool people into divulging their user passwords to online banking systems.
A month into her summer employment at Suonenjoki, seasonal worker Tanya Syroezhko keeps in touch with her family to follow the news on eastern Ukraine. Although the domestic situation worries Syroezhko, the young Ukrainian is confident in the future.
National Sleepy Head Day (Unikeonpäivä) is celebrated in Finland on July 27 every year. This year’s official national Sleepy Head is Naantali’s parish organist Kari Vuola. As tradition dictates, Vuola was carried to the Naantali city port and thrown into the sea this morning at 7am.
The Battle of Rilax (known as Gangut in Russian) took place in the summer of 1714 during the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia. To mark the 300-year anniversary of this first Russian naval triumph, the battle was recreated on Saturday off the shore of Finland's southernmost city, Hanko.
Four young men tried to sail to Tallinn, Estonia from Helsinki on a makeshift “ferry” on Saturday. They made it 20 kilometres south of Isosaari island off of the Helsinki coast before they were forced to call for emergency help.
An escaped convict at large in Finland for one month was apprehended on Saturday. The prisoner was considered dangerous, with a long list of previous convictions.
A wildfire has ignited near Kuopio, in the Vehmersalmi district. Several fire and rescue service trucks and one helicopter are working to extinguish the blaze, an effort that is expected to last until late in the evening. Several other fires have been reported near the eastern cities of Lappeenranta and Luumäki.
Hailstones the size of golf balls fell on the Lapland city of Rovaniemi on Saturday evening for 10-15 minutes as part of a violent but brief thunderstorm.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute warns there is a 70 percent chance that the heat wave will hover over the southern part of Finland until at least Monday evening.
Four people have been arrested for questioning in connection with Thursday’s gun attack in Herat, western Afghanistan, in which two charity workers from Finland were killed in a drive-by shooting. Afghanistan’s interior minister has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Social Democratic politician Evgenia Hildén-Järvenperä has joined the Finnish representative group of the ‘Donetsk Peoples’ Republic’, led by docent Johan Bäckman. A SDP party member in the southwestern city of Pori, Hildén-Järvenperä is also on the board of the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK), whose students are now in a stir due to her involvement with the separatist organisation.
For the first time since the current financial crisis began, most Europeans say they believe the economic situation will get better during the next year.
The summertime donor blood demand is usually lower than during the rest of the year. However, now the Finnish Red Cross is calling for more donors than it did same time last year. Platelets are in special demand.
The Foreign Ministry confirms that two Finnish citizens have been killed. French officials have affirmed that the deaths were due to a climbing accident in the Alps.
Friday saw the first sound-off of the Jeppis Pride event in Jakobstad. It was the first gender and sexual minority happening the area has had in more than ten years. Locals, however, say that the region’s stereotypical conservatism is an exaggeration.
Finnish graffiti artist ’Hende’ spraypainted a smiling Jesus Christ figure on the wall of the Kaivoksela church, which was destroyed by arson in 2006. The artwork was only allowed to stay up for a few days, as the church is only now being torn down.
Finnish Customs says that the missile components shipment it seized in June was on its way to be serviced in Ukraine. The shipment was part of regular military cooperation protocols, which nonetheless lacked proper documentation.
Finland’s forecasts are currently full of sultry or even hazardously high temperatures, which brings with it certain risks that Finns will do well to remember.
The 25th of June is Jaakko’s day, traditionally seen as the moment Finland’s waters start to cool down after the summer. In a recreation of an old folk tale, Finland’s Unscientific Society gathered in Helsinki to cast a chilled stone into the waters – although this year a frogman was also on hand to fish it out again afterwards.
Finland’s heat wave is expected to intensify as the weekend gets started with western regions, Kymenlaakso and South Karelia the hottest areas of the country. The Meteorological Institute has issued a heat warning over the conditions.
In line with updated advice from European and US aviation authorities, the Finnish national carrier says its evening flight to Tel Aviv will operate as normal on Friday evening.
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy has opened an email advice service targeting foreign berry pickers. The move follows controversy last summer when many pickers were in dispute over their income. A court ruled earlier this year that the pickers do not have an employment relationship because they are independent entrepreneurs.
More details are emerging about the two aid workers who were gunned down in western Afghanistan on Thursday while working for the International Assistance Mission. Both had long experience in the country and were well integrated into the local area, the IAM said. Meanwhile Finland's Foreign Minsiter told Yle on Friday that they have not received any more information about the murders than what has publicly come out of Afghanistan.
Friday's papers are filled with news of the tragic killings of two Finnish aid workers in Afghanistan. That aside there's news of a Finnish club in the Europa League and a push to encourage urban living in Finland.
This summer’s latest Finnish strawberry supply and demand development is that the main harvest season is nearing its close, and the competition for the delicacy has begun. Smaller boxes of the berries are still around, but larger containers of strawberries may not be as easily obtainable.
A rooftop fire in the Helsinki district of Punavuori that started this morning is still being extinguished. Ensuring that the fire does not smoulder will take the Fire Department hours.
The United Nations Development Programme today released a global press release, which ranks world countries according to the Human Development Index (HDI). According to the report, Finland is second only to Norway in equality, despite having been referred to the European Court of Justice on equality issues just two weeks ago.
Finland’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that two Finnish aid workers have been killed in a gun attack in western Afghanistan. The ministry confirmed the news on its Twitter feed.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb is renowned as a Twitter enthusiast. He has even written a book on the topic, but his recent activity on social media has come in for criticism in the media. Over the weekend the athletic politician was accused of posting updates about his triathlon performance while his Nordic counterparts were making somewhat more serious statements about international crises.
New figures show that 1,800 more people have applied to become Finnish citizens so far this year than in the corresponding period 12 months ago, with Russian nationals making up the largest applicant group.
The Finnish networks company Nokia has reported increased profits in the second quarter of 2014. The firm made 284 million euros of profit between April and June, compared to just 12 million euros for the same period one year ago. The sake of the company’s phone business to Microsoft helped improve the results.
The poignant scenes of the return to Holland of the bodies of the victims of flight MH-17 dominate Finland's press this morning. Alongside the reports on the latest diplomatic moves to try and secure Russian co-operation over the Ukraine crisis, some papers take a moment to revisit Finland's recent run-ins with its eastern neighbour, and explore the worst-case scenario should Russia's economy crash. Elsewhere, papers reveal a widespread lack of background checks on those working with children, and an overview of Finland's economic outlook makes bleak reading.
The conservation group WWF Finland is urging the Ministry of Agriculture to move quickly to further restrict net fishing in Lake Saimaa to protect the few remaining endemic seals.
The Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid signed two forwards this week. One is the globally-renowned Colombian James Rodriguez, who was recently showered with plaudits after an impressive display at the World Cup in Brazil. The other is Eero Markkanen, an unassuming lad from Jyväskylä who only made his debut for Finland in May.
Presidents Niinistö and Putin traded views on the prospects for a credible probe of last week's downing of a passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine and bringing about an armistice on the ground.
A new study suggests that pairs in Finland are more likely to argue about household chores than those in other European countries.
The wireless modem maker Broadcom is to shut down its connectivity chip operations with the loss of 600 jobs in Finland. Some 430 of them will go in Oulu, which is already reeling from the announcement last week that Microsoft will close a research facility there.
The Finnish company drawElements, which makes 3D graphics tools, posted on their website that they are "excited" to be joining the internet giant. The move follows acquisitions by Facebook of two home-grown startups earlier this year.
The Finnish airline Finnair is not flying to the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The company cites security concerns after rockets fired by Palestinian militants landed close to the city’s airport.
A police patrol discovered the bodies on Tuesday evening. Police say their initial investigation suggests no further people were involved.
The crisis in Ukraine gets widespread coverage on Wednesday, following a meeting of EU foreign ministers yesterday to discuss further sanctions to force Russian co-operation. One paper looks into why many in Finland are opposing the tough economic restrictions that some other EU countries are calling for. Elsewhere, there's an insight into a day in the life of Finland's border guards at Helsinki's harbour and airport, which reveals a lack of clarity over how the law should be implemented. And Finland's YouTube gobbledegook-speaking sensation Smoukahontas has landed herself a worldwide record deal - to produce "a few" albums of radio-friendly R'nB pop.
A medal with an estimated value of 40,000 euros has been stolen from a museum in the eastern town of Mikkeli.
Finland’s Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja says he’s satisfied with the decisions on sanctions targeting Russia that were reached at a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on Tuesday. He says the EU statement makes clear that Russia has to help ensure full access to the site where a Malaysian airlines crashed in eastern Ukraine—even though it stops short of new sanctions.
Helsinki Police made a controversial Facebook post on Monday evening in which they commented positively on an uptick in reports of sexual assault—but then went on to detail what the author feels is “the other side of the coin”: an alleged glut of frivolous complaints.