Finland

Civil War still divides Finland after 100 years, poll suggests

An Yle survey suggests that mistrust sown in the Finnish Civil War of 1918 has trickled down through the generations and is still present in subtle …

Espoo looking for quick fix to feeder service problems

<b>Related posts:</b><p>Espoo laments problems with new metro lines (12 January, 2018)<br>• West Metro's passenger numbers up to 25% higher than anticipated (11 …

SAK to stage a strike in protest of activation model

Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of SAK, rejected the assurances given by the government that the activation model would improve unemployment …

Basic Income

Helsinki Metro extension cuts 3,000 cars from weekday traffic

The western extension of the Helsinki Metro has cut commuter traffic on the roads, despite teething problems with the service in Espoo, according to …

Transportation

Tuesday's papers: Lapland labour, booze smugglers and ski tracks open in Helsinki

The Lapland tourist season is in full swing, and travel businesses are once again worried about a shortage of labour. Helsingin Sanomat's business …

Helsinki

Ice cover still weak in southern Finland

Waterways now have some ice cover even in the south of Finland, but it remains treacherous in most places. Ice expert Jouni Vainio of the …

Climate Change

Finnish MEPs divided over how to fill EU's Brexit budget gap

An Yle survey of Finnish MEPs found that six parliamentarians are willing to accept a rise in Finnish contributions to the EU budget, four were …

Brexit

Average consumer’s electricity bill rose 20 euros last year

Last year marked a second year of growing electricity consumption in Finland following several years of declines, says the Finnish Energy Authority, …

Renewable Energy

Finavia backs rapid rail link between Helsinki Airport and Tampere

The national airport operator, Finavia, supports the idea of a direct rail link between Helsinki Airport and Tampere. The company’s new CEO, Kimmo …

Cities

Researchers: Skewed PISA test results misunderstood

Two sociology researchers at the University of Turku say that the oft-quoted results of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment …

Education

Unions plan big anti-government rally in Helsinki in February

Finland’s largest labour organisation is planning a national demonstration to protest government moves to limit access to unemployment benefits. The …

Paper industry deal reached, strike cancelled

State labour mediator Minna Helle announced an agreement in a long-running contract dispute in the paper sector on Monday afternoon. Helle tweeted …

Finnish ISIS fighter killed in Syria, father says

A Finnish politician in Somaliland says that his son, who went to Syria to fight with ISIS, has been killed.<p>Faisal Ali Warabe says that his …

Islamic State (ISIS)

"Frustrated and disappointed": One father asks why Finland won’t make childhood vaccines compulsory

Paul*, a young father with joint custody of his infant child, says he is concerned that the youngster will grow up without getting routine childhood …

Public Health

Finavia fumbles foreign flyer figures – tourists in Lapland counted as domestic travelers

Aviation authority Finavia's passenger statistics do not accurately reflect the nationalities of tourists who visit Lapland from abroad. Registering …

Airlines

Glitch: Many OP bank customers charged twice for some December transactions

A number of OP bank customers were double-charged for purchases and withdrawals made during three days in December last year.OP Financial Group …

Banking

Finnish airports saw 9% increase in passengers in 2017

“2017 was a year of records for Finavia,” summarises Joni Sundelin, the director of the airport network at Finavia. “We reached new six-digit figures …

Travel

Monday's papers: Campaign funders, killer flu, underground museum

A majority of the candidates in the upcoming presidential elections have yet to report on the origins of their campaign funds, tabloid Iltalehti …

Public Health

Finnish employment minister likens workplace sexual harassment to drinking on the job

Anti-sexual harassment social media campaigns like #metoo have raised heated discussion about the topic around the world for months. Various …

Gender

MDI: English should be an official language of contact in Greater Helsinki

MDI argues that this would promote the efforts of local businesses to attract foreign workers and improve the employment prospects of immigrants.<p>“A …

Finnish government extends Patria’s export permit to UAE

Patria’s armoured modular vehicle (AMV) photographed during a demonstration in Parola, Finland, on 23 November, 2012. The Finnish government has …

War

Ten-fold increase in psychiatric disorders at Finland's prisons

New research from a team of Finnish psychiatrists has shown that at the same time criminal offenders in Finland are receiving fewer mental health …

Mental Health

Finnish pharmacies list misused over-the-counter medicines

The Association of Finnish Pharmacies surveyed over 700 pharmacists from all parts of Finland to determine which non-prescription medicines they felt …

Alternative Medicine

President Niinistö backs idea of separate constitutional court

President Sauli Niinistö is open to the idea of a constitutional court in Finland. In an interview with the Keskisuomalainen newspaper, the president …

Energy drink consumption sending more young people to hospital in Finland

Energy drinks are responsible for growing numbers of underage people being admitted to hospital in Finland. In the southeast city of Kouvola, …

Sugar

New EU payment rules to open up banking market

The Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2) was approved by the EU two years ago already, but it only comes into effect in Finland and other parts of …

Banking

Centre Party drums up support for poorly-polling Vanhanen ahead of presidential elections

Top members of the Centre Party meet in Helsinki this weekend with a mission: to talk their regional chairs into spending the next two weeks …

Elections

Health officials grapple with HRSV virus — 500 new infections in one week

Health officials have seen an alarming increase in the number of cases involving HRSV infections, according to the National Institute for Health and …

Public Health

F-Secure: Major security flaw affecting millions of corporate laptops

The Finnish data security firm F-Secure reported on Friday about a new security issue which could affect millions of laptops used in the corporate …

Information Security

Paper: Neo-charismatic congregations offer asylum seekers 'express' baptisms in public swimming pools

Asylum seekers in Oulu have been baptised as Christians in quick ceremonies in public swimming pools, according to reports in the Kotimaa Pro …

Refugees