The May Day holiday known as 'Vappu' in Finland will cause several shop closures this year, as the annual holiday falls on a Monday. Public transport timetables will follow Sunday schedules on both Sunday and Monday, but will include extra routes to cater to late-night celebrations.
Finance Minister Petteri Orpo says newly-appointed Finns Party minister Sampo Terho's talk of leaving the European Union's common currency is incompatible with a spot in the government's three-party coalition. Appearing on Yle's morning programme Saturday, Orpo also said Finland is doing everything it can to attract the Nordic's largest bank chain, Nordea, to move its headquarters to Helsinki.
North Korean officials told the Finnish public broadcaster that they haven't forgotten the over 30 million euros in debt they owe government and private businesses in Finland for transactions that date back to the 1970s. Foreign ministry officials in Pyongyang recently assured Yle reporters that a solution can still be found.
After leading his party to unprecedented success in the April municipal elections, Green Party chair Ville Niinistö will step down in June, and the Greens will choose a new face to lead their flock. Jyväskylä's municipal election victor, MP Touko Aalto, has announced that he will join four other contenders in the race.
The Ministry of Justice has unexpectedly decided to change its next Chancellor of Justice nominee, according to Helsingin Sanomat. President Sauli Niinistö is said to have been dissatisfied with Viljanen as a choice for the post.