All Saints’ Day: Opening hours and schedules affected
Saturday is All Saints’ Day in Finland. Here is how the holiday will affect shops, banks and transport services.
Saturday is All Saints’ Day in Finland. Here is how the holiday will affect shops, banks and transport services.
The national airline says that although its new Airbus A350 jets use significantly less fuel, they will not impact the company’s profitability until 2016. Between now and then the struggling carrier is hoping for a recovery of demand in the domestic market and a decline in global fuel prices.
The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) says that the American man who has been suspected of carrying the Ebola virus in Finland is doing well. He has also undergone tests for other tropical diseases such as malaria.
Every major daily carries stories on yesterday’s breaking Ebola virus news, with an American man being observed for symptoms in a Helsinki hospital as a precaution. One daily features an examination of last week’s vehicular murder-suicide and a story on an alleged poisoning in Salo, while statistics on level crossing deaths are at an all-time low.
Two zoos in Finland are vying to bring giant pandas to the country. Hosting pandas is a complicated undertaking, and involves a fair amount of international diplomacy--along with huge expenses.
A Helsinki hospital has received the first possible case of Ebola in Finland. Doctors say there is only a small chance the patient has the disease.
Finland is planning to send some 325,000 protective masks for medical workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The gear will be sent on a Dutch vessel along with other items requested by health workers in the region and donated by EU countries.
A court in southwest Finland has remanded into custody a pair of nursing professionals on suspicion of murder as well as well as several counts of embezzlement. Police are now investigating whether other the duo misappropriated property from other elderly residents of the couple's Salo care home.
A new Yle political barometer puts the opposition Centre Party ahead of its rivals with nearly 26 percent voter support. The Greens have also seen their backing increase with the party's departure from the ranks of government.
A straw poll of prominent MPs has uncovered widespread criticism of the size of the six-party coalition which emerged after the last election, with many believing decision-making has been too sluggish.
Ministers have called for an enquiry to determine whether civil servants with dual citizenship pose a threat to national security. The matter was discussed by the cabinet’s foreign and security policy committee Thursday.
Finnish air force jets were scrambled along with NATO aircraft to investigate Russian bombers and fighter jets detected over European seas earlier this week. NATO revealed that Finnish jets had flown sorties Tuesday to intercept and identify Russian aircraft, amid a clearly higher level of activity by the Russian air force in European skies.
The alleged poisoning murder and robbery of an elderly woman by two nurses employed to look after her makes the front pages of many papers today, with police now saying they are looking into what happened to other patients of the private care company involved. Meanwhile the boss of the Finnish customs authority issues a bullish dismissal of nepotism allegations, and can the incoming chief of iconic department store Stockmann turn around the chain's "failing" customer service?
Researchers at the University of Turku and University of Oulu, in cooperation with international colleagues, have identified a new type of low-mass black hole. The type now discovered is a bright celestial object that emits x-rays.
The Finnish Border Guard is dispatching a patrol vessel to Greece, and a surveillance aircraft and a team of experts to Italy to help deal with irregular entry and human trafficking into the EU.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has announced the closure of three embassies by the end of 2015 as a part of government savings measures.
Police suspect a medical professional employed by an elderly homecare service in Salo of murdering an 84 year-old client.
The National Coalition Party is suffering from an arrogance problem. That's what a majority of voters said in a survey that saw more than half of respondents say the party thought a bit too much of itself.
The Finnish alcohol monopoly retailer Alko says that it will consider letting the currently banned fireball cinnamon whisky liqueur back into its stores—but only after it’s been rigorously tested for the chemical propylene glycol, which is used in wiper fluid.
The government is planning to introduce tuition fees for higher-education students coming from outside the European Economic Area. Minimum fees of 4,000 euros will be payable each year under government plans, with the system slated for introduction in 2016.
The Finnish retail group Stockmann has named Swedish consultant Per Thelin as its new CEO, and announced a savings drive aimed at cutting nearly half the jobs in its Seppälä clothing retail chain.
The only surprise may be the speed of change: more and more Finns are relying on tablets and mobile phones to view video programming, as their old TV sets gather dust in the corner. Smartphones and tablets are nearly twice as important to people now as they were last year.
The front pages of Finnish newspapers on 29 October cover topics ranging from domestic violence prevention and unmasking sex offenders to long-term unemployment and a big lottery win for a tiny village in Pirkanmaa.
The violent conflict in Syria has displaced more than six million people within the country and has forced over 3.2 million to seek refuge abroad. Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja now says that Finland is examining a move to accept more of these refugees.
Falling property prices are beginning to make themselves felt in the capital. According to new data from Statistics Finland, the prices of equity-ownership homes fell 1.3 percent at the end of September, compared to the end of June.
The Finnish Defence Forces Tuesday sold off the rusty hulk of a WWII German battle tank in an online auction. The winning bid for the derelict Panzer IV topped €213,000.
Finavia board chair Soili Suonoja says she plans to step down as chairman and board member of several state-owned companies following intense media coverage of alleged nepotism. Suonoja has denied the claims, but says she’s leaving her board positions to avoid damaging the organisations in question.
At the end of last year, a quarter of all Finns receiving unemployment benefits from the Social Insurance Institution (Kela) was 50 years of age or older. One-in-ten are at least 60. Most of the unemployed eligible for benefits were, however, between the ages of 25 and 29.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI says that an October heat record set back in 1975 was broken on Tuesday when a temperature of 14.2 degrees was recorded at Kokemäki in Satakunta. Last week’s frosty conditions have thawed, with temperatures rising the highest in southwest coastal areas such as Pori, where it’s been warmer than during Midsummer week.
A research group led by a Finnish professor has discovered two genes linked to violent crime. Analysis of 900 criminals’ DNA showed that prisoners who had the genes were thirteen times more likely to have a history of violent crime than those who did not.
Traffic disruptions began easing early Tuesday afternoon after commuter trains in the capital region returned to regularly scheduled services, following morning delays caused by a signals fault. Some long distance trains were still running late.
The office of the Prosecutor General has finished preparing charges in a case in which the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on a criminal blacklist. Prosecutors are expected to file charges against three individuals for negligence in maintaining the criminal register. All of the suspects have denied the allegations against them.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has decided against increasing funding to the Finns Party youth arm because of the group’s opposition to multiculturalism. The peer group of the National Coalition Party has received 650,000 euros to the Finns Party’s 30,000 – although the NCP youth arm has called for government to roll back laws against inciting ethnic hatred.
Finnish comic Ismo Leikola has won the inaugural Funniest Person in the World competition, which was organised by a Los Angeles comedy club.
A signals fault has caused delays and cancellations across southern Finland’s rail network on Tuesday morning. The problem was just outside Helsinki’s Central Railway station, and affected commuter and long distance trains into and out of the capital.
Tuesday's newspapers include concern about public finances at national and local level, as well as continued coverage of a tragic incident in North Savo.
Cases of seasonal flu have begun to appear in some parts of Western Europe. The flu season in Finland is likely to take off around the end of the year and peak in February during the traditional winter sport vacation period.
Green League MPs are likely to vote in favour of a motion of no confidence in the government over it's economic policy and the fall in Finland's international credit rating. The Greens left government in September in a dispute over nuclear power policy, leaving the remaining coalition with a single seat majority in parliament.
Lower speed limits on roads and highways will take effect nationwide no later than by this coming Friday.
Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV News on Monday went public with information that its news editors had received an invitation to pay for information on ongoing police terrorism investigations. The person making the offer and thought to be a civil servant, had earlier volunteered accurate information to the media outlet on terrorism operations. The National Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating the leaks.
Police investigating what they think was an intentional head-on car-bus collision in northern Savo Sunday say that the driver of the car left a short handwritten note to her husband. The woman and three children were killed in the crash. Her husband was on the bus.
The follow-up round of municipal merger negotiations looks set to result in the present five municipalities in the Lahti region merging into two. It was announced Monday that Hollola and Hämeenkoski would form one municipality while Lahti, Nastola and Kärkölä would unite to form the other.
Finland’s state-owned alcohol retailer announced Monday that it was pulling bottles of Fireball liqueur from store shelves. The move follows a decision by its Swedish counterpart Systembolaget to recall the beverage over concerns that it contained the mineral oil propylene glycol.
The story of Hämeenlinna’s failed Sunny Car Center project has become a window into the world of insider games in Finnish business. Yle’s MOT current affairs programme took a deeper look at the car showroom scandal, investigating it as just one example of the kind of underground business practices rife in smaller Finnish cities.
Consumers’ expectations for the Finnish economy improved ever so slightly from September, plagued by the lingering shadow of the threat of unemployment, reports Statistics Finland. The main private sector business lobby also reported a sustained poor outlook for the economy, in spite of a slight uptick in confidence in some industrial sectors.
Police say they now strongly suspect that the woman who died in a tragic road accident Sunday evening may have acted deliberately. The woman and three children were killed when the car in which they were traveling collided head-on with an oncoming bus in northern Savo.
Monday mornings papers take on a sombre note with reports of a tragic collision between a car and a bus that claimed the lives of a woman and three children. In other coverage, the dailies take a look at the dubious dealings of a board member of four state-owned companies and a pension fund management company, while a leading daily continues to keep tabs on Helsinki's changing demographics.
Finland’s Defence Minister Carl Haglund has hit the headlines in Sweden after saying the Swedish military’s recent search for "foreign underwater activity" off Stockholm was a "farce". He said Finland would strive to avoid a similar situation.
The three Finnish institutions subjected to ECB stress tests passed with flying colours. Auditors found that Nordea, Danske Bank and OP-Pohjola had sufficient capital to survive deterioration in the world economy.
Christian Democrat leader Päivi Räsänen has said that she will not lead her party out of government over a citizen’s initiative to legalise same-sex marriage. She says a newspaper misinterpreted her remarks, which referred rather to any potential government bill to allow gay marriage.
Up to 300 revellers were evacuated in the early hours of Sunday after a blaze which began in the toilets of the Fat Lady club. No-one was seriously injured in the incident, which occurred in the same premises where three people were killed in an arson attack four years ago.
Soili Suonoja says she will respond to ministerial calls for an explanation over claims which surfaced in a newspaper that the publicly owned airports body preferentially hired two close relatives.
Dairy giant Valio insist that type of antibiotic is not used in Finland to treat cattle, and call for an independent re-analysis of their lactose-free imports.
Scientists already know that ecologically sustainable fuels can be produced with microbes. The species of blue-green algae that plagues Finland has proven itself a superstar in its ability to produce not just ethanol, but also hydrogen, butanol, isobutanal and potentially biodiesel in a laboratory setting. What still isn’t known is whether this fuel could be produced on an industrial scale.
Saturday October 25 is the last day of Daylight savings time for 2014 and Finns will join their fellow EU member states in turning back their clocks one hour at 4 am on October 26. The switch marks Finland’s return to standard time, and may affect some public transport schedules during the night.