Mauno Koivisto laid to rest in Helsinki
Yle broadcasts Mauno Koivisto's state funeral live across television, radio and online. Spectators are also welcome to attend the event in person.
Yle broadcasts Mauno Koivisto's state funeral live across television, radio and online. Spectators are also welcome to attend the event in person.
A 24-hour exercise monitoring heavy traffic has resulted in fines for more than 300 truck drivers. Police say the outcome suggests there should be more nighttime surveillance of heavy goods traffic on Finnish roads.
Finland's national football team matches will in future be televised by Viasat, a subscription television service, after the company purchased the rights to qualification matches for the 2020 European Championships and the 2022 World Cup. The games will still be available free-to-air via an online streaming service.
Two twins suspected of participation in a notorious massacre in Tikrit, Iraq in 2014 have been freed by a court in Tampere, Finland after a complicated, four month trial.
Ascension Thursday is a public holiday in Finland and brings changes to business hours for some commercial services as well as public transportation. This year it's on 25 May.
Every spring cherry trees in Helsinki’s Cherry Tree Park dazzle the eye with a profusion of soft pink blooms that attract sun worshippers and nature lovers. The trees were planted in 2007 with sponsorship from Helsinki’s Japanese community, and each the park becomes ground zero for a Japanese-style "hanami" spring celebration.
Finland has a new Chancellor of Justice, after Tuomas Pöysti took the post. Pöysti has been a key figure in planning the government's controversial reform of health and social care, with legal experts suggesting he should be recused from ruling on cases affected by the reform.
Finland buries a President on Thursday for the first time in thirty years, and Helsinki is getting set for the occasion. Police expect huge crowds for Mauno Koivisto's funeral, and have closed streets across the city centre in preparation.
Again on Wednesday, developments in the UK in the wake of the Manchester attack were high on the agenda of the Finnish newspaper press. However, there was plenty of room for items including evergreens such as alcohol policy and this summer's planned archeological digs.
A nurse who worked at a geriatric psychiatric hospital in Kupitaa, Turku was sentenced to 40 day fines - some 560 euros - for assaulting a patient more than one year ago.
Finnish communications giant Nokia and US tech behemoth Apple announced on Tuesday that they have settled all of their litigation and signed a patent license and a business cooperation agreement. The announcement saw Nokia Corporation's share price rise by more than 6.7 percent by 1:15 pm Finnish time on Tuesday.
Helsinki police are on standby to intervene in the event that fans of rival Helsinki football clubs clash in Tuesday afternoon’s opening fixture of the annual local "Stadin derby" tournament. Officials had previously mandated that the games be played on weekdays in a bid to shut down hooliganism.
Finland's President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister all reacted to Monday night's blast in Manchester with sharp condemnations of the attack. Meanwhile, a ranking police official has told Yle that authorities see no need raise the terrorism alert level here in Finland.
With few exceptions, the morning's papers lead with the suspected terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England, that left at least19 dead and scores injured. Other items included a look at how the government is, or is not dealing with the national debt, and how police are rethinking speeding fines.
Following a successful chemical scrub of a lake earlier this month, a spokesman from the Finnish Environment Institute says Finland may use the same method to clean up hundreds of oxygen-depleted, eutrophic lakes across the country.
Police say that two protester encampments representing opposite sides of the asylum seeker issue will be allowed to stay on at Helsinki's Central Railway Station. City officials had previously called on both sets of demonstrators to dismantle their camps by Monday to make way for summer events.
The European Commission has given Finland a passing grade for the government’s efforts boost economic growth and put the brakes on growing government debt. Issued Monday, the Commission’s assessment essentially means that Finland has avoided disciplinary measures over its elevated debt to GDP ratio.
Finnish teachers have a great deal of freedom in grading 16-year-old students leaving comprehensive school. Their final grades determine their options for post-16 education, and those grades are individual teachers' decisions. That risks undermining children's legal rights, says one researcher.
The papers on Monday featured news that Finland's Interior Minister says she wants to beef up the country's police forces by utilising up to 3,000 reservists. Mobile gaming giant Supercell says that to attract good workers from abroad, more English-language daycare centres are needed in the Helsinki region. Also, the papers report on two tragedies and a rescue over the weekend.
House prices look to be on the rise in the centre of Finland's five biggest cities, but falling elsewhere. Our map, based on a forecast from the Reaktor consultancy, shows how prices are likely to change in every Finnish postal district.
Finnish tourists looking for an affordable summer trip can now contact researchers looking for volunteers to spend two weeks in Benin. There's just one catch—half the travellers will be given an experimental vaccine against a strand of e.coli, and half will be given a placebo. The research aims to test the vaccine, which could help save young children in developing countries from the life-threatening disease.
A Finn has been kidnapped in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the kidnapping, but has not yet given any details.
Finland went out of the Ice Hockey World Championships on Saturday night, losing 4-1 to old rivals Sweden in a bad-tempered semi-final. Sweden face Canada in the final on Sunday, while Finland take on Russia in the third place play-off.
Finland is relatively advanced in recognising the rights of sexual minorities, but some groups still have a way to go. Transgender people have to undergo sterilisation, for example, before their gender is officially recognised. The North Karelia Pride parade is this year focused on the rights of transgender people.
Sampo Terho, who is one of the favourites to succeed Timo Soini as the leader of the Finns Party has launched an attack on his rival's plan to lead the party from Brussels if he wins. Terho says that his rival Jussi Halla-aho's plan to remain an MEP if elected leader is unrealistic.
Risto Siilasmaa, who chairs a lobby group for Finnish tech companies, says there should be more local pay bargaining in Finland. At present most unions and employer groups agree industry-wide pay deals, which bind every firm in that sector to a minimum salary increase for every employee.
An award-winning Lapland hotel says it hasn’t had any trouble recruiting in the competitive tourism sector. Highly ranked and commended on the online travel site Trivago, Arctic Light Hotel and its management say they are more interested in prospective employees’ work ethic than their ability to speak fluent Finnish.
Summery weather arrived on cue for Helsinki’s first summer weekend of open-air entertainment and cultural events. Starting Saturday, city dwellers and visitors can enjoy everything from horse shows to races, food fairs and church choirs.
All hope seemed lost, but spring is finally here, as temperatures rose on Friday past the magical 'heat threshold' mark in Finland that denotes daytime highs passing 25 degrees Celsius. Inland areas in the south were slightly warmer than along the coast.
Finland's centre-right National Coalition Party leader Petteri Orpo has put the kibosh on optimistic talk of salary hikes as the economy picks up speed. The Finance Minister says workers should wait for the positive situation to stabilize before they ask for better compensation.
The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority STUK will not deliver a safety assessment and related building permit for the Fennovoima nuclear project slated for Pyhäjoki in northwest Finland this year. According to the daily Kaleva, the nuclear watchdog has said that the evaluation and permit will be delayed by one year to the end of 2018.
Newspapers in Finland this Friday look forward to a balmy weekend and report on an empty beer keg circulation scam. They also explain more about heated opposition to new speeding fine proposals and herald a weekend visit from NATO's mine-clearing ships.
The Finnish primary school system currently has just two dozen or so Islam teachers for a Muslim student population of between 8,000 and 9,000 students. One educator believes that the specialist teacher crunch is due to immigrant-background candidates lacking the Finnish language skills to be admitted to university teacher training programmes.
Two students from the Lohja upper secondary school scored the highest grade in eight subjects during this year’s spring matriculation exams, putting the institution ahead of all others nationwide.
Finland's National Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Thursday that the country's Financial Supervisory Authority has requested an investigation into whether employees at Nokian Tyres had broken financial laws involving its tyre test manipulation scandal last year, according to a report from news outlet MTV.
The EU funds are to help boost the re-employment of more than 800 ex-Nokia workers.
Last year only 250 secondary-school graduates benefited from a new quota designed to reserve more university places for first-time applicants, and the scheme appears to have backfired as even more prospective students have elected to postpone their university careers. Over 40,000 upper secondary students will graduate this spring – and a recent survey suggests that one in three plans to take a year off before starting tertiary education.
The city of Helsinki says it will remove demonstrators who have set up camp adjacent to the Central Railway Station. The city said that it’s clearing the way for organisers who’ve rented the space for summer events.
Thursday's newspapers in Finland respond to a Wednesday night talk show discussing "Ylegate", and talk about graduation exams and the weather.
Dutch and Finnish board members of a steel company face trial over financial irregularities of 35 million euros. The losses were discovered after the firm abruptly closed two factories on the south-west coast. About 400 people lost their jobs.
Parliament Wednesday passed a controversial securities bill making it possible for Finns to transfer ownership of securities to an overseas nominee register. Three MPs representing the Finns Party, a member of the coalition government, broke ranks with party leadership and voted against the bill.
The midnight sun has risen over Finland's northernmost municipality, Utsjoki, and will not dip down below the horizon until the 27th of July.
The Finnish government Wednesday confirmed that former President Koivisto, who died at the age of 93 on Friday, will receive a state funeral scheduled to take place in Helsinki on Ascension Day, Thursday the 25th of May.
Immigration last year approached 35,000, shattering the previous record by nearly 3,000. Close to eight out of 10 were foreign citizens, primarily from Iraq, Russia and Afghanistan.
There were 58,000 open job vacancies in the country in the first quarter of 2017, around one-fifth more than at the same time last year. Close to four-fifths of them were in the private sector and almost one-third were classed as "hard-to-fill".
Wednesday's newspapers were dominated by coverage of Ylegate, a book by three ex-Yle journalists on Tuesday detailing allegations of self-censorship at Yle. There were also stories about an expected uptick in salaries, possible changes to speeding fines, and President Sauli Niinistö's decision on whether or not to seek a second term in office.
The Porvoo campus of the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences has welcomed two of its first fee-paying students from outside Europe. Last autumn Finland adopted a system of tuition fees for students from countries outside the EU and the European Economic Area.
Several television channels are moving to new broadcasting frequencies on Wednesday, May 17th, when a new license period for the terrestrial TV network starts in Finland. This means that some TV viewers must perform a channel search to retune their sets. In some areas, viewers will also receive fewer channels than before.
Rahaf Alhoush says she is happy. And, so is her husband Shadi Trad. Rahaf is one of several Syrian applicants seeking residence in Finland who's been able to join a family member living here because officials made special arrangements on two occasions this year to deal with their cases.
MPs gathered in parliament Tuesday afternoon observed a minute of silence to honour the memory of late President Mauno Koivisto. A condolence book was also opened to the public Tuesday.
As summer approaches, the smallest members of the family are also looking forward to a holiday--but parents should take care to notify daycare centres about absences if they want to avoid unnecessary fees. Municipalities differ in their handling of daycare services, with some parents paying even if their child never sets foot in a daycare centre over the summer.
Dailies this Tuesday indicate that the recent worldwide cyber attack could have been organised just to test security capabilities, Helsinki may be getting a new train station and in April, year-on-year consumer prices rose by nearly one percent.
Only one in five primary school students is now opting to study optional foreign languages, representing a downward trend throughout the 21st century, according to new data from the National Agency for Education. Language teachers are worried that kids don't have equal access to learning languages other than English and Swedish - and that foreign language proficiency is no longer a valued skill.
Nokia is in a class of its own compared to other recognised Finnish brands, says a new report from the UK-based business valuation firm Brand Finance.
Yle has been criticised in an independent report about the company's handling of a scandal last year when editorial staff were accused of caving in to pressure from the Prime Minister over a negative story.