Mark March 20 on your calendar, because a partial solar eclipse will be visible over Finland, the rest of the Nordics and parts of Northern Europe. The eclipse is expected to last up to two hours and be clearly visible, with proper eye protection, if the weather is not overcast.
In the second of Yle News's pre-election interviews with Finland's party leaders, Carl Haglund of the Swedish People's Party explains why he doesn't think the public is ready to decide whether or not to join the military alliance Nato. He also defended his party's call for a sharp increase in immigration to Finland, in order ensure public finances are sustainable into the future.
A glance at what’s being written about in today’s papers. Reactions and reflections on the government’s stalled efforts to reform the country’s social and health care services; how China and developing markets in the East may boost the Finnish forestry and paper industry by using more toilet paper, tissues and paper towels; and people are increasingly eager to try their hand at new adventures in the kitchen.
President Sauli Niinistö says property sales to buyers from outside the European Union and European Economic Area should be considered on a case-by-case basis. The President was commenting on a recent debated on prohibiting land sales in so-called strategic areas.
Opposition Centre Party chair Juha Sipilä says it’s likely that the government’s failed attempt at social and health care reform will dock Finland’s credit rating. However PM Alexander Stubb said that the work done to date on the proposal will not be wasted, but will be useful for the incoming administration.