Finnish-American war games launched in Niinisalo
A controversial military exercise involving US troops begins on Monday in the municipality of Kankaanpää, western Finland.
A controversial military exercise involving US troops begins on Monday in the municipality of Kankaanpää, western Finland.
Monday's newspapers include stories on the future of the Finnish labour market, an astronaut of Finnish descent, and possible candidates for president in 2018.
May Day balloons that escape their owners in Helsinki may end up as far away as Sweden. As far as Mother Nature is concerned, runaway balloons are trash – and a hazard for many animals.
Perfect spring weather occurring on a holiday Sunday saw Helsinki residents converge on different parts of the city in high spirits. May Day revelers making merry in Helsinki’s Kaivopuisto didn’t stint on the occasion as they put out lavish picnic spreads. In Citizen’s Square, residents soaked up political speeches as well as music. The Presidential couple received the student union choir, and anarchists took to the streets.
Coalition parties used the occasion of May Day to close ranks and defend the administration’s record during its year in government. Centre Party secretary Timo Laaninen said that Finland was now on the right path and listed the government’s achievements. The Finns Party’s Sampo Terho said the party has not strayed from its roots and the National Coalition Party’s Arto Satonen said that the government’s employment and entrepreneurship policies are bound to create new jobs.
Opposition parties and labour unions lined up to take down the government’s attempt to create jobs during traditional May Day speeches Sunday. Opposition SDP chair Antti Rinne said the party had an alternative plan to create tens of thousands of jobs this year, while outgoing Left Alliance leader Paavo Arhinmäki accused the administration of a neo-liberal agenda of which Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan would be proud. Trade union confederation chair Lauri Lyly said government’s focus had been on tightening conditions for receiving unemployment benefits.
President Sauli Niinistö has told Yle that there is no automatic link that would require Finland and Sweden to coordinate application for NATO membership. He also said that a decision on whether or not to join NATO would require a referendum in Finland.
Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the teens have drawn large crowds out to celebrate the 1st of May holiday this weekend. The mix of good weather, carnival atmosphere and strong drink has also kept police busy dealing with disorderly revelers, drunken drivers and a spate of injuries.
Paradoxically, climate change is boosting biodiversity among moths in Finland, as myriad new species are pushing northward as conditions become milder. Some of these may pose serious threats to Finland's forests and endemic species.
Saturday's win was the last chance for Finnish players to show their stuff before the starting line-up is named for the World Championships beginning Thursday.
May Day or "Vappu" festivities have begun with balloons on sale for the kids and bubbly flowing for older revellers. In Helsinki, university students began to gather by midday in parks and squares.
A government-commissioned, independent assessment of the effects of Finland's possible NATO membership issued on Friday says that Finland's expanded partnership status with NATO is as close to the limit that it can reach without being a full member. Full membership would probably lead to a serious crisis with Russia, according to the report.
Police have cleared protesters from the site of a proposed nuclear power plant at Pyhäjoki on the north-west coast after demonstrations took a violent turn on Thursday.
Falling on a Sunday this year, the 1st of May holiday brings few changes to services and weekend opening hours.
Welcome to Kaiku, one of Helsinki's trendiest nightclubs. People lined up in a downpour to be able to listen to a DJ play his favourite records for a sold out audience. That's not out of the ordinary for a place like this, but Thursday night the star DJ happened to be Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of Estonia.
The interior minister has said he will announce in the coming days whether he will run for the head of the National Coalition Party, after recent splits within the party have placed increasing pressure on current leader and finance minister Alexander Stubb.
Economic affairs minister Olli Rehn said the time has come to decide whether the government should continue paying millions of euros in taxpayer funds to keep the embattled mine in operation, after a court decision makes finding new investors more difficult. Talvivaara went bankrupt in 2014 following a string of environmental disasters.
Finland’s tax authorities have threatened to secure search warrants to raid Yle’s premises and journalists’ homes in pursuit of the so-called Panama Papers, a trove of documents outlining years of work by a Panamanian law firm to set up shell firms in tax havens for wealthy clients. Of more than 80 countries where media have reported on the data, Finland claims to be the only one where the authorities have reacted in this way.
Finland's national broadcaster Yle has come under pressure from the Finance Minister and tax authorities to hand over any information it has related to the extensive Panama Papers data leak. Yle editors are arguing that to do so would be to compromise important journalistic principles.
The newspapers on Friday featured stories about the increasing tension at the site of the nuclear power station construction site in Pyhäjoki, where police arrested more than 20 people after demonstrators threw stones and set fire to a police car. One newspaper reports that a few Estonians appear to have joined the right-wing citizen street patrol group the Soldiers of Odin in Helsinki. Soon there will be about ten percent more police speed cameras on the roads.
The large orienteering event known as the Jukola Relay will include two groups from Hong Kong and Shanghai. More than 14,000 orienteering enthusiasts have signed up for the traditional overnight event, to be held just before summer solstice.
A lump of stone found more than 50 years ago in south-western Finland has been identified as part of a bone from an elephant-like animal that lived at least five million years old. Up until now, the oldest known archaeological find in Finland was a mammoth bone that's a mere 120,000 years old.
Faced with a projected 20-fold increase in residence permit applications, Finland will begin charging fees for those seeking family reunifications.
Authorities say a large-scale illegal organisation has ordered drugs through the anonymous Tor software network and distributed them mainly in the Helsinki region. The total value of all the drugs confiscated and distributed is estimated at more than 860,000 euros.
Local media reports that a Finnish woman is to be sent home from Turkey because of alleged involvement with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The Vaasa Administrative Court has amended an environmental permit that allows the now state-owned Terrafame nickel mine in Sotkamo, eastern Finland to discharge waste water into the Nuasjärvi lake in northeast Finland. The court has made the permit temporary, valid only until the end of 2018, and has tightened conditions relating to operating the discharge pipeline.
Retail giant Stockmann's performance improved slightly this year compared with last year. The struggling company has previously sold off its clothing department store chain Seppälä, and now announces it is selling its Hobby Hall online store to SGN Group.
Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lenita Toivakka has publicly apologised for misleading the Parliament by saying that she had nothing to do with establishing a Belgian holding company for a family business. Toivakka had previously accused SDP MP Timo Harakka of lying when he claimed that the family business had set up the holding company for tax planning purposes.
The dust is finally beginning to settle around the government’s social and health care overhaul. Daily Helsingin Sanomat paints an emerging picture of heavy private sector involvement and an end to Kela reimbursements. Other dailies report on a binge-drinking underage teen who ended up in intensive care, and a small town that celebrates its first newborn in 15 years.
Finland is set for a relatively warm and sunny May Day this weekend, according to Yle meteorologist Kerttu Kotakorpi. She says that temperatures will be between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius nationwide—but there could also be showers in the south and centre.
Investors Georg and Henrik Ehrnrooth ran a company that helped customers set up investment vehicles in tax havens, according to information Yle has gleaned from the leaked Panama Papers. The firm helped grandees of Finnish business including Shell chairman Jorma Ollila and Sampo Bank chair Kari Stadigh set up their own firms in tax havens.
Finland’s Minister for economic Affairs, Olli Rehn, has said he wants all of the country’s nuclear waste to go to the existing purpose-built storage facility at Olkiluoto. Fennovoima’s planned reactor at Pyhäjoki currently has no agreed destination for its waste, and the firm has until June to find one.
A record number of wind turbines will be constructed in Finland this year. There are twice the number of turbines being built as last year.
A celebrity-fronted campaign calling on people to fight back against sexual harassment is seeking to spread the message that the problem is not just perpetrated by asylum seekers. Meanwhile new figures show a spike in reports to police of sexual harassment compared to last year, which one officer puts down to a growing public sense that inappropriate sexual behaviour is not to be tolerated.
A long-awaited victory for Tampere's local team in the national ice hockey league - and the all-night celebrations that followed - get widespread coverage this morning. Elsewhere there are stories about how a boom in house-building represents a recovery for the construction industry, but is still failing to keep up with demand. And a cafe owner who was fined for not printing a receipt for a customer who didn't want one has finally won his appeal at the administrative court - forcing the bureaucrats into a climbdown.
Singer-songwriter Ida Elina is helping to revitalise the Finnish national instrument, the kantele. Her blend of pop, jazz and folk is earning her gigs around Europe and inspiring younger players.
A press conference arranged by the Finnish Navy on Tuesday sparked a small demonstration outside its headquarters in the south-western city of Turku. A small group of protesters from the Finnish Peace Committee expressed concern over the impending arrival of US Marines in Finnish territorial waters.
The Finnish pulp and paper maker unveiled better-than-expected profits from the first three months of the year, raising investors' hopes of substantial dividends.
Police faced off against protesters at the construction site of the proposed Fennovoima nuclear plant in Pyhäjoki in western Finland Tuesday. Members of the Stop Fennovoima group said they wanted to halt work on the plant site, but Fennovoima said that operations continued as usual. The protest coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Finnish company Nokia is set to return to the consumer product market after purchasing the French health monitoring technology company Withings. The deal is worth 170 million euros and Nokia paid for the acquisition in cash.
The unemployment rate crept above the 10-percent mark to reach 10.1 percent in March, up from 9.4 percent in February, says Statistics Finland. The agency said the average jobless rate for the first quarter of the year came in at 9.6 percent. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy reported that long term unemployment has also increased.
Sixth grade students at Oulu International School were concerned about the amount of food that they saw wasted on school premises. They tried to find a solution to the problem in a news report they prepared for Yle's News Class Day. They joined thousands of students across the country who got the opportunity to try their hand at journalism.
Britain goes to the polls on 23 June to vote on whether or not to remain in the European Union. The decision will have repercussions for every country in the EU, including Finland. We’re crowd-sourcing the views of British expats in Finland about the referendum and about the debate on EU membership. You can participate by answering our short questionnaire.
Tuesday's newspapers carry stories about labour market organisations' leaders' huge pay packets, a takedown of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's claims about the benefits of support for the regions, and more reaction and celebrations of the Little Lions world championship in ice hockey.
Planning a May Day picnic, looking to participate in labour celebrations or just anticipating a relaxing holiday? You might be interested to know that the forecast promises rain – and balmy temperatures.
Finland’s security and intelligence police Supo have disclosed that in 2015 a foreign state attempted to influence Finnish decision making with respect to energy policy. Supo made the revelation in a new yearbook, however it did not specify which country was behind the effort.
Some parents have been astounded upon finding pre-filled income tax declaration forms addressed to their infant children. The Finnish Tax Administration says that even toddlers can catch the taxman’s eye if financial transactions occur in their names.
New punishments for anyone caught trying to buy sex from a victim of people trafficking, introduced in Finland last year, could actually make it harder to catch traffickers and pimps, say experts.
A new study has found that two out of three ninth graders in Finland are unable to figure out percentages. Only half of the students were able to perform mental arithmetic at "acceptable levels."
This morning's victory of Finland's under-18s in the world ice hockey finals came too late for the print editions, but goalscorer Jesse Puljujärvi will be waking up this morning to find himself elevated to national-hero status. Elsewhere, there are stories about safety checks being ignored, putting large buildings at risk of collapse, and a sell-off of dolphinarium memorabilia in Tampere ignites nostalgia for the controversial theme-park attraction.
The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission says it was pleased to hear about the news that deadlines have been set for the banning of cruise ships' practice of dumping untreated wastewater sewage into the Baltic Sea.
The EU intends to decrease its dependence on importing energy, particularly from Russia. But Finland's projected increasing reliance on Russian gas and uranium has prompted some to say the situation could become risky if relations deteriorate with the country's superpower neighbour.
The Industrial Union TEAM has added itself to a growing list of organisations which have announced they have decided to leave Nordea Bank.
Snow showers are set to blanket the west of the country on Monday, with Satakunta, south-west Finland and Pirkanmaa among the southern regions set for a dusting.
Finland’s under-18 ice hockey team surprised the United States in the World Championship quarter final on Saturday, winning 4-2 in their semi-final. The Finns will now take on neighbours Sweden in the final.