Wintry Ski Holiday weather rears up in south
Tuesday's weather looks to be ideal for skiing, with low subzero temperatures and clear skies.
Tuesday's weather looks to be ideal for skiing, with low subzero temperatures and clear skies.
One thousand respondents to a survey on voting choices say they would prefer candidates in municipal elections whose parties focus on issues facing all of Finland, rather than local governance.
Two seventeen-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were killed on Saturday evening in a head-on collision in Sastamala, near Tampere. Police suspect that the oncoming driver crashed into the two youths' moped car on purpose.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö was among the international political leaders at this weekend's Munich Security Conference, where the new American administration's Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US strongly supports NATO. On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the gathered dignitaries that NATO was an outdated Cold War concept. Meanwhile, Niinistö told reporters at the meeting that he felt Europe and the US have found common ground on the alliance.
Finland's best-known film director won the Silver Bear award at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival on Saturday night for his poignant film about the European refugee crisis.
Despite the continuing downward trend of travelers from Russia staying in the capital city, Helsinki topped its previous visitor record in 2016 by 3.3 percent.
Southern Finland kicked off the holiday season this week, and roads up north will be busiest from 8–9 am until 6–7 pm. Central Finland's roads may be especially slippery.
The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) announced on Wednesday that it would be terminating 22 of its contracts relating to low-wage job sectors. SDP leader Antti Rinne has come down hard on the organisation for the move.
International ratings agency Fitch Ratings has confirmed Finland's credit rating will stay at the second best level, 'AA+'.
The asylum application of Russian opposition leader Vasili Popov was considered by the Finnish immigration authorities for almost one year, and it ended in a positive decision. In Russia Popov is accused of fraud related to real estate transactions.
Analysis of customer investment preferences at S-Bank suggests that women are more hesitant investors than men, investing less money and avoiding high-risk funds that hold the possibility of a higher return.
In Finland nothing means spring is around the corner more in the south than news that the brown bears at Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo have woken from their winter’s sleep. Zoo employees say the 16 and 11-year-old females’ hibernation is increasingly cut shorter as the years pass.
The Parliamentary Audit Committee announced on Friday that an investigation had determined that Anne Berner’s Transport Ministry did not comply with standard corporate governance in its handling of disastrous Finavia directives investments.
A citizens’ initiative to void Finland’s gender-neutral marriage law was rejected on the parliamentary floor on Friday by a 120 to 48 vote. The initiative to keep marriage between a man and woman gained over 100,000 signatures.
Finland's Supreme Court has announced that it would not permit Ilja Janitskin - who is the founder of the anti-immigrant website MV Lehti and reportedly living in Russia - to appeal the warrant for his arrest.
The Finnish government on Thursday published the first ever official policy report focused solely on defence issues. Yle picked out six key points in the government's report ranging from higher troop levels to closer cooperation with Sweden.
According to an analysis by the Helisnki-based EVA think tank, tens of thousands of men of working age have "disappeared" from the labour market either not looking for jobs or unlikely to ever find jobs.
Valmet Automotive on Thursday began series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant. The company has announced plans to recruit over 1,000 new car builders this year.
Finland’s best-known filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki says his newest film “The Other Side of Hope,” which is in the running at the Berlin Film Festival this week, will be his last.
The government on Thursday released its latest Defence Policy Report which is expected to go to Parliament for review next month. Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö told the media that for the rest of this decade, the emphasis will be on developing land forces and cross-service rapid reaction units.
2016 was a record-setting year for the tourism sector in Finnish Lapland. More visitors, especially from Asia and the UK, boosted tourism in Finland's far north by more than 10% last year.
Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee proposes that an anti-gay marriage law initiative should be thrown out as unsustainable. The Finns Party and the Christian Democrats backed the anti-initiative.
A total of 26 Thai plaintiffs are involved in a case brought against a man in central Finland for human trafficking. The more than two dozen berry-pickers are thought to have been held in conditions likened to forced labour.
An Education Ministry working group has listed more than 40 measures to improve how language teaching is funded and organised for non-Finnish-speaking immigrants and asylum-seekers, especially children. The report also calls for language requirements in polytechnics to be waived.
According to a poll published on Wednesday, Finns are more uncertain than before about whether or not the country should join Nato. In 2014 just 16 percent of respondents didn't have a firm opinion, but this year that figure had risen to 28 percent.
Wednesday's newspapers include an impassioned plea for more focus on Helsinki in political decision-making, a scandal at a Swedish-language educational foundation, and a demand from a former Finance Minister that the government make bigger cuts to public spending.
In a new survey on Yle’s news coverage, 86 percent of respondents said they felt the Finnish Broadcasting Company was a reliable source of news. Four months earlier, a similar survey using the same methodology found that 90 percent of respondents considered Yle to be a reliable news source.
Twelve biogas-fuelled buses join the City of Vaasa's public transit system this week. Using eco fuel created from food leftovers and waste water, the buses will help bring the city's public transit carbon dioxide emissions to almost zero.
A citizens' initiative calling for the legalisation of euthanasia was handed over to Parliamentary Speaker Maria Lohela on Tuesday. The motion gathered well over the 60,000 signatures required to trigger mandatory consideration by lawmakers in just one month.
It has long been a general perception that a happy marriage is only possible in Hollywood movies. Research from the family welfare advocate Väestöliitto says otherwise, as it shows that 90 percent of couples in Finland say they love their partners.
Chief editors of Finland’s most influential news sources say they must be able to rely on loyalty to their organisations' policies. At the same time, they say editors must encourage transparency about decision-making in their newsrooms. A joint statement issued by the media professionals follows the resignations of several high-profile journalists at public broadcaster Yle over perceived political interference.
Tuusula city councilors voted Monday to join the Helsinki Regional Transport transportation network. The move could see a reduction in ticket prices for children, students and adults using transfers to the capital.
Finland's print press celebrates Valentine's Day with a list of improvements to family life in the 21st century, a story of true friendship and a researcher promoting a six-hour workday as a means to improve efficiency.
A brace of consulting companies has begun to look into the feasibility of a planned undersea tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn. The firms will examine the project’s impact, profitability and technical feasibility and are expected to turn in their findings later this year.
Justice and Labour Minister Jari Lindström has intervened to defer imminent strike action by airport ground and handling staff. The strike would most certainly have affected families planning trips abroad, but it has now been postponed by two weeks.
Yle television personality Ruben Stiller has announced that he is stepping down from his nearly decade-old stewardship of the weekly press wrap-up programme, Pressiklubi. The veteran journalist cited health reasons for the move and said he hopes to continue working in radio for the national broadcaster.
A warm current has brought Monday's temperatures of +7 degrees Celsius, which are above the February average. With +5 degrees Celsius in store for Tuesday in most parts of Finland except Lapland, the week is forecast to be as mild as the weather at the end of March and beginning of April.
Finland will see its economy expand by 1.2 percent this year, putting it at the back of the class compared to other eurozone economies. According to the European Commision's spring economic forecast, only Italy will post a weaker performance, with the economy there expected to grow by just 0.9 percent.
Finland's press on Monday covered the release of a book which details decades of manipulation and deception by former Helsinki drug cop chief Jari Aarnio. As the Finns Party considers new leadership, leaders of three opposition parties say they would not be able to participate in a government with Finns Party chair contender Jussi Halla-aho. A professor in eastern Finland says that cancers can be detected by smell.
Ilkka Kanerva, chair of the Parliament’s Defence Committee, told Yle that Finland should be prepared for all threats, regardless of them coming as a surprise or not.
A fifth of businesses are increasing the amount of available summer jobs this year. This year marks the highest number of available jobs in five years, and application season is in full swing.
The Green League party council on Sunday unanimously confirmed Pekka Haavisto as their presidential candidate, following his announcement one day earlier that he was seeking the nomination.
Rail traffic was back to normal Sunday morning after damage to a section of track halted trains on lines serving Lahti and Riihimäki.
Ice cover over Finland’s sea areas is very low. Experts warn that the ice is now very thin over sea, and with spring slowly arriving, the situation is not likely to improve.
University of Tampere researcher Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen says that instead of seeing asylum-seeking children as a threat, Finland should focus on helping them integrate into society. Last year 1,570 underage applicants were granted asylum or a residence permit.
STT reports that Trafigura, the new partial owner of Finland’s Terrafame nickel mine, has close connections to Russia, while Greens Party MP Pekka Haavisto expressed his concern about the commodity trader’s jaded environmental history.
February 11th (11.2.) is Finland's national day for safety and emergency service awareness, and emergency number 112. The safety day has been observed in Finland since 1997.
Greens MP Pekka Haavisto announced his bid on Yle's morning programme on Saturday. Haavisto last ran against the incumbent President Niinistö in 2012.
Computer and technology environments are comfort zones for many autistic children. A recent Finnish dissertation makes the case for using them more widely to unlock the mysteries associated with autism spectrum disorders.
A floating rubbish bin that sucks plastics, paper, oil, fuel and detergent from marina water will be trialled off the coast of Helsinki next summer. Invented by two Australian surfers, the trash-eating Seabin is made of recycled materials.
Police are investigating after a dismembered body was found in bins in the west coast town of Jakobstad. The victim was a man born in 1965, and police have detained two suspects over the murder.
Sales of housing in Finland are down on previous years. For example, new figures from the Central Federation of Finnish Real Estate Agencies show that about 12,000 existing single-family homes were sold in 2016, down from over 15,000 in 2007.
Mining firm Terrafame announced new investment from Trafigura Group on Friday, two years after Finland's government established the new fully state-owned company to rescue the bankrupt Talvivaara mining operation. The nickel and zinc mine in Sotkamo has been dogged by environmental problems and financial difficulties, and has required hundreds of millions of euros in state support over the years.
Yle's satirical show Noin viikon uutiset has published a 'Finland second' video aimed at new US President Donald Trump. It follows in the footsteps of similar videos focusing on other countries, riffing on Trump's 'America first' theme with the plaintive request to be second in any possible new world order reimagined by Trump.
Finnish newspapers on Friday included news that the state-owned mining firm Terrafame has found a new owner, an Italian journalist created a fake Twitter account in the name of Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini, and health officials say a new strain of norovirus has broken out in Finland.