Empowering young people: Ashoka Nordic shares two young change-makers in Finland with social impact initiatives
First Prize Winner, Panashe Kauhanen, is the founder of the FASHCENE brand, which focuses on producing contemporary and modern fashion shows to promote the inclusion of Finnish youth. The brand’s goal is to create a platform where young people can showcase their talents in a safe and welcoming environment. The team behind the brand consists […]
HS: The ministry is investigating how the Russian oligarch’s family got Finnish citizenship
70-year-old billionaire Gennady Timchenko has been close friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin for decades.
The mild winter damages Finnish roads
The damage is usually caused by water seeping into the road surface and then alternating between melting and freezing.
Tuesday’s papers: Nordic NATO paths diverge, 86,000 secondary school places reserved, more than 50 disco fans love ABBA
Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO applications, school options and senior dance parties are, among other things, in Tuesday’s Finnish newspapers.
Migri’s queue for Finnish citizenship is longer than ever due to the backlog of applications
Due to the current backlog, some citizenship applications take two years or more to process.
Finnish grammar defeats pro-Russian trolls
The trolls’ attempts to write the sentence “Nato can’t save Finland” in Finnish failed, because the language has two different words for “save” with two completely different meanings.
Nigeria demands that Finland end the Lahti-authorized armed rebellion in southeastern Nigeria
Ekpa’s exact role in the separatist group was unclear, but over the past 18 months he has called on millions of people in southeastern Nigeria to join anti-government protests. Ekpa is a feared figure in Nigeria, and the forces he leads have allegedly threatened people who disobey the Monday curfew imposed by the separatists. According […]
Monday papers: Marin’s 60 minutes, the forest discussion and the traffic strike continue
Many Finnish newspapers picked up on Marin’s harsh comments about Russia during his interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes program.
YLE publishes a search engine for schools that arouses criticism
Honkonen, on the other hand, questioned the ethics of publishing the search engine. Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday reported that researchers have both welcomed the debate the publication sparked and condemned its racist nature. Emilia PalonenA senior researcher in political science at the University of Helsinki said that the way the ministers have criticized the public […]
A new restaurant model combining digitization and training is launched in Finland to strengthen novice restaurateurs
The UG restaurant concept is designed to make life easier for restaurant guests by bringing six different restaurant concepts under the same roof, the offerings of which complement each other. The digital service experience is at the core of the UG restaurant model, which makes the restaurant experience smoother and more agile. Customers can combine […]
Customs’ comprehensive response to EU sanctions against Russia
Of these, more than 1,300 cases were under targeted supervision and about 300 cases were sent for preliminary investigation. Sanctions have also had a significant impact on the international flow of goods. The nine sanctions packages of the past year have comprehensively modified the EU’s sanctions against Russia, and the categories of goods covered by […]
More than 50,000 people seek temporary protection in Finland as a result of the conflict in Ukraine
Some of the children have also arrived in Finland without a guardian, usually in the company of relatives or family friends. All in all, around one in three arrivals is a child. In January 2023, the Finnish Immigration Service announced the extension of residence permits granted on the basis of temporary protection until March 4, […]
A new online service for Ukrainian immigrants to apply for residence in Finland
Housing is essential for immigrants because it enables access to municipal services, including health and social services, childcare and education, and social benefits. Residence is determined based on the applicant’s place of residence, and it is not compulsory to apply for it. Applying is voluntary, but it is highly recommended for those who want to […]
Friday’s papers: Finnish oligarchs, Russian propaganda and constructive paranoia
How did the family of a Russian oligarch get Finnish citizenship?
Architecture of the 1970s: Exhibitions, Book and Outreach Program
The exhibition invites visitors to experience the spirit of the 1970s and to imagine how a well-equipped suburban house with a playground made of concrete elements felt to its first residents. It also highlights 1970s gems from various building types, such as theaters, town halls, university buildings, churches, factories and water towers. The exhibition challenges […]
APN podcast: Finland’s FaceTime fathers
All Points North asks why Finland deports some foreign parents of Finnish children.
Apartment prices are falling and rents are rising: PTT
However, there are no signs of an imbalance in the housing market that could lead to a downward spiral or pose a risk to the economy. At the end of the year, the housing market is expected to recover, but the average prices of old apartment buildings will decrease by 2.5% throughout the country. “The […]
Thursday’s papers: Basic Finnish people want to postpone climate goals, invoice fraud and the increase in the price of gasoline
Riikka Purra, the chairman of Basic Finns, was the only one to state in the climate panel aimed at party leaders that Finland’s carbon neutrality goal of 2035 should be postponed until 2050.
Finland grants refugee status to Afghan women and girls
According to the director of the asylum unit Antti Lehtinen, gender alone is now a sufficient basis for applying for asylum, whereas previously it was only one of many aspects taken into account in the decision-making process. The decision is a proactive measure by the Swedish Immigration Service in response to the deteriorating situation of […]
Helsinki Ink Tattoo Convention presents various artists and styles 31.3.-2.4.2023
The popularity of tattoos has grown year by year, and visitors to Helsinki Ink will have a wide selection of different current styles. The industry has also developed in all respects, with better quality tools and colors available and a focus on customer safety. “The stylistic trends are emphasizing hybrids or emphasizing contrasts. Other styles […]
The ministry calls a time-out on the status of Thai berry pickers in Finland
“Changing the regulation would have been the only way to change the position of the pickers already for the next harvest season. It was good that we considered the possibility.” Katri Niskanensenior expert from the Ministry of Economy and Labour, comment For YLE on Thursday, February 9. In the changes, berry pickers would have been […]
Changes to reimbursement of the costs of treatment abroad
Parliament has approved the amendments to the law on cross-border healthcare. The changes apply to compensations paid by Kela without prior authorization for medical treatment performed in another EU or EEA country, Switzerland or Great Britain. Customers can seek treatment abroad with or without prior permission. Until these changes, Kela has reimbursed the costs of […]
The Helsinki court extended the prison sentence of the former “most wanted” fugitive
The defendant, who was previously on the EU’s most wanted list for years, turned himself in to the Finnish authorities in 2020.
Russian buyers take the Norwegian Schengen shortcut to Finland
Finland closed its border with Russia last year due to the attack on Ukraine, but it has not reduced the number of Russian purchases arriving from Norway. Finnish customs cannot intervene because Norway is in the Schengen area.
Confectionery sales increase, fruit and vegetable sales decrease as the economy slows down
SOK’s parent organization S group has revealed that its operating result improved by 16 percent from the previous year to 325 million euros in 2022. The improvement was driven especially by the recovery of the hotel and restaurant business, but the trend in the Grocery business was the opposite, and the result fell by 40 […]
Finland’s campaign to ban female genital mutilation stops due to gender equality fears
MPs have voted in favor of clarifying the ban on female genital mutilation in Finnish law, but the working group of the Ministry of Justice has proposed to keep the law as it is.
Children’s interest "not always" taken into account, the Migri boss admits
The investigation by Yle’s MOT unit stated that Migri has deported the parents of Finnish children on dubious grounds, often claiming that the child’s best interests do not require that both parents live in Finland.
Foreigners’ knowledge of Finnish was considered a bigger obstacle than it really is, says a city official
Joensuu’s labor manager says that employers still have unnecessary prejudices towards hiring immigrants.
The court sentenced the man for using the halal slaughter method
The prosecutor told the court that the defendant had used the method on up to 2,500 sheep between 2003 and 2020 in violation of the Finnish Animal Protection Act.
Finnish minister’s WhatsApp hack, sending Marin memes is still a mystery
“I know I didn’t send [the meme] myself, because I was busy at the time,” Minister Lintilä told a regional newspaper over the weekend.
The court assesses "vegetable meatballs" misleading but "hamburger patty" fine
The lower-level court had previously urged the Finnish food company Pouttu to change the names of both products.
One parent is enough
The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has deported the parents of Finnish children. The agency admits it made mistakes and says it plans to change its policy in the future.
President: Finland will join NATO in July
Sauli Niinistö says he expects Finland to be a member of NATO by the time the alliance holds its next summit, reports the Finnish News Agency.
HS: Finnish minister’s WhatsApp account hijacked
The hijacking of the chat app came to light on Thursday when the minister’s assistant asked if he had sent the message in her name.
The Finnish Red Cross sends aid, funds to Turkey
The first shipment of supplies left Tampere on Friday morning, when the aid organization is also preparing to channel 300,000 euros of funding to the area affected by the earthquake.
Friday papers: Marin ponders fighter jets for Ukraine, bad burgers and Russian stories
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky after his speech in Brussels on Thursday.
Kurvinen: The government will hardly finish the climate food program
“The issue depends on our coalition partners. They received the document in December and it did not satisfy them,” he said. Four years ago, the Finnish government agreed to design a climate food program to reduce the climate footprint of food and improve citizens’ understanding of food production. YLE reported last week that the latest […]
Russia bans an award-winning Finnish journalist
One of Finland’s largest newspapers says that its Russia correspondent has been banned from the country because he has been accused of “anti-Russian propaganda”.
Consulting: Investments in Finnish real estate fell by 58% in the last quarter of 2022
More than a quarter, or EUR 270 million, of the total investments were in office real estate, almost EUR 200 million in healthcare real estate, and more than EUR 110 million in residential real estate, according to the report. The activity in the first half of the year was the highest on record, with real […]
Researcher: Finland should express its readiness to share Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO offers
– The mission of the Foreign Policy Institute is to deliver research information to decision-makers. The aim is not for the institute’s management and researchers to try to influence Finland’s foreign policy, he said comment. On Wednesday, Aaltola thought on Twitter that Finland should express its readiness to separate the two membership applications after his […]
Finland’s climate food program stuck on reducing meat consumption
Pertti Hakanenspecial assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Antti Kurvinen (Center), told Finnish public radio that the goal is to finish the program by the end of the election period. The five government parties agreed to draw up a climate food program in coalition negotiations four years ago, but the preparatory work has […]
Strikes in Finnish supermarkets start on Thursday
“PAM and Kauppaliitto are far from each other in their views – also on issues other than remuneration”, Annika Rönni-SällinenPAM’s chairman stated press release on Tuesday. The trade union continues to pursue wage increases of around 200 euros. The trade union stated in its press release that it had put forward several proposals to resolve […]
In the Immigration Office’s new strategy, the customer is in first place
The Finnish Immigration Service aims and comprehensively improves customers’ journeys in immigration together with other relevant organizations. The Finnish Immigration Service’s goals for the years 2023–2027 are: Our work is of high quality, our processes are smooth and efficient, and our methods of operation are predictable. Our customer experience is excellent. We constantly strive to […]
Turku will host the Swan European Regatta in the summer of 2023
This event is one of the most eagerly awaited meetings in the calendar of swan owners in Northern Europe. Organized by the City of Turku, Turku Yacht Club, Forum Marinum Maritime Center and Sunborn Events together with Nautor Swan and its sports branch ClubSwan Racing, the event takes place from 19 to 23 July, and […]
Finnish lake ice is thinner than usual, experts warn
Those who venture on frozen lakes should be careful in the clear and slushy ice cover, the Syke hydrologist tells Yle.
Haavisto: There is talk of Sweden leaving to join NATO "speculative"
The Finnish foreign minister met his Swedish counterpart in Helsinki on Tuesday.
Finnish museums see a spike in visitors after the pandemic
About 2.5 million more people visited Finnish museums last year than in 2021. The five most popular museums were all in Helsinki.
The suspect of blackmailing a therapy center arrested in France is looking for a Finnish lawyer
Julius Kivimäki is suspected of, among other things, a gross breach of security, aggravated blackmail, aggravated dissemination of information that violates privacy, and blackmail.
Sámi activist Janne Hirvasvuopio’s life threatened in a ‘Valentine’s Day card’: "There is a tangible threat of violence"
The Sámi people and their rights became a national topic of discussion in late autumn 2022, when the Finnish government discussed the law on the Sámi assemblies.
Finnish Markkanen was chosen as the booker for the NBA All-Stars match
The native of Jyväskylä becomes the first Finn to participate in the star game.
The French police arrested a suspect for hacking a Finnish psychotherapy center, extortion
The extradition of the 25-year-old man to Finland is underway. The man is suspected of trying to blackmail the victims with personal, sensitive information that he stole from the therapy center’s database.
APN podcast: Finland cheats the Finnish teaching selection
Finnish schools have separate teaching in Finnish for students who need extra help, but often students are sent there when they don’t need it.
Ulf Kristersson and Sanna Marin have a press conference about the NATO process
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is on a state visit to Sweden. She and Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson had a meeting during the day. Among other things, it has discussed the continued process for the countries to join NATO and Sweden’s EU presidency. According to an opinion poll in Finland, the majority of Finns do […]
The annual results of the fourth quarter of Finnish companies vary
The Finnish forest industry company UPM reported the second best quarter in its history, while the profit of the trader K group decreased.
Business leaders criticize the anti-immigration rhetoric of the Basic Finns
As Finland strives to attract more workers from abroad, prominent businessmen have emphasized the “irresponsible damage” caused by the statements of Finnish natives about work-related immigration.
MP Harkimo to HS: Russia’s cooperation was "error"
Hjallis Harkimo sold the Helsinki arena to Russian-Finnish businessmen Gennadi Timchenko and Roman Rotenberg in 2013 for 35 million euros.
Parliament approved the act with 113 votes in favor and 69 against
Read more: The transaction reform clarifies the committee despite opposition from the center and basic Finns (January 20, 2023) The Center and the National Coalition were at odds over the bill, with 13 of the former’s 25 and 10 of the latter’s 36 lawmakers voting against it. The Movement Now and Power to the People […]
FMI: Finland can see "by way of exception" mild January
The city of Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland started the year with the warmest time on record.
The Parliament approves the long-awaited changes to the Finnish Transgender Act
The proposal was approved by a vote of 113 to 69.
Finnish housing prices fell by 2.5% in December, sales fell by 38%
Although the decline was especially strong for smaller apartments, the phenomenon did not only concern them. The decrease is due to rapidly rising energy prices, reference interest rates and the cost of living in general. Finland’s most popular mortgage reference rate, Euribor 12, has risen to 3.3 percent, after last year started almost half a […]
Security expert: GPS jamming of Finnish planes likely Russian hybrid attack
Similar disruptions to air traffic lights have often been observed in the Black Sea region near the villa of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The majority of Finnish MPs support the fact that grocery stores are allowed to sell wine
The Finnish opposition parties and the Kokooomus strongly supported the sale of wine in grocery stores, while government MPs opposed the idea.
Report: Finland ranks second in the world in the corruption index
Despite Finland’s high ranking, Transparency International’s Finnish branch stated that the index has limited means of assessing the level of corruption within the country.
There are more threats to Finnish prosecutors
A new study shows a strong rise in harassment and attempts to intimidate prosecutors in Finland.
Right now: Finland’s foreign minister is holding a press conference about the NATO process
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto is holding a press conference on the Finnish NATO process on Monday afternoon. On Sunday, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opened up to admitting Finland, but not Sweden, into NATO. Listen to Ekot’s live broadcast with political reporter Mats Eriksson and Sveriges Radio Finska’s news director Riitta Niemi.
Three years after the first Covid diagnosis, Finland is looking for silver linings in the pandemic
Along with deaths and prolonged illnesses, the pandemic has brought positive changes to Finnish society, experts say.
More and more Russians apply to study in Finland, few want to return to Russia
The number of Russian citizens applying to Finnish universities has increased by about a quarter this year.
The Finnish intelligence service is conducting more security investigations because of the war
According to Supo, Russia’s attack on Ukraine has encouraged some organizations to more actively apply for background checks.
Niinistö: "Serious discussion" Erdoğan is ahead
The Finnish president hopes that the country’s NATO membership application will proceed before the alliance’s Vilnius summit in July.
Friday’s papers: Sweden’s worst nightmare, a state secrets trial and a pizza death threat
Finnish newspapers consider possible scenarios if Finland joins NATO but Sweden does not.
Finnish content streamers suppress the sharing of passwords
While Netflix plans to tighten restrictions, other companies are less strict about policies. But live sports broadcasts are often restricted.
The Finnish government reached an agreement on the reimbursement of electricity costs
Households that pay more than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity receive compensation, and it is 50 percent of monthly electricity costs of more than 90 euros, and the monthly limit is 700 euros. The compensation is paid for the four months of November-February based on the expenses of November-December. According to Helsingin Sanomat, the […]
HBL: Finland grants Turkey a new defense equipment export license
A Finnish company supplies reinforced steel to Turkey.
Finland involved with the help of Ukrainian tanks, but it is unclear to what extent
The Finnish defense minister suggested that the country could help Ukraine at least with tank training and maintenance, as the number of tanks in Finland is limited.
The Finnish Olympic Committee demands a competition ban for Russia and Belarus
The committee “strongly” expressed its position on the matter to the IOC during the telephone conference and in writing, according to chairman Jan Vapaavuori.
PAM announces that it is ready to strike in 185 grocery stores and logistics centers
– The trade union has been reluctant to discuss salary increases that would secure the purchasing power of employees. stated Annika Rönni-SällinenChairman of PAM. “Retail businesses are making good results, while their workers have to cut corners to make sure they’re paid enough to live on. Employees have the right to an appropriate salary increase.” […]
Finnish film Hatching ranked 10th in Rotten Tomatoes’ best horror films of 2022
Tired of boring depictions of women in movies, the director decided to make a horror movie where the main villain is a mother.
Finnish berry companies oppose the changes to Thai pickers’ working conditions
With the legislative change, seasonal workers would be considered wage earners instead of independent light entrepreneurs, but the berry companies claim that the pickers do not want the proposed change.
Heli Jantunen, Martti Koskenniemi and Merja Penttilä will receive the honorary title of Academician of Science
and research professor Merja Penttilä has expertise in biotechnology and synthetic biology. They are all respected scientists and researchers with pioneering experience in their respective fields of research. Their work has wide-ranging importance in different sectors of society and thus helps to solve global challenges. A maximum of 16 distinguished Finnish scientists can have the […]
Hypo: Finland is going into recession
The Finnish economy will shrink by 1 percent this year, according to the Hypoteekkiyhdis’s forecast.
Trials of the Finnish nasal Covid vaccine will begin at the end of this year
The vaccine may be on the market in 2025.
Finnish game company Rovio confirms Playtika’s 750 million euro purchase offer
The creator of Angry Birds said the government will evaluate the 750 million euro offer and decide how to proceed.
YLE: Finland is behind other Nordic countries in the recovery of tourism
Slow recovery is explained by unfamiliarity. “Only 20 percent of the respondents belonging to the target groups of our target market stated that they knew something about Finland. In Great Britain and the United States, familiarity was only 10 percent. Kristiina HietasaariThe director of Visit Finland told YLE on Wednesday. Finland also did not make […]
Almost 100,000 more calls were made to Mielinterveyssuomi’s MIELI crisis line than the previous year
“Russia’s war of aggression, the coronavirus pandemic and other ongoing crises are taking a toll on people. Low-threshold services, such as the Crisis Hotline, now fill the service gap of public services. People living in Finland should invest more in the psychological resources”, says Sanna VesikansaMIELI Mielenterveys Finland’s crisis operations manager. The most common reason […]
Finland’s food exports exceed 2 billion euros for the first time
“The growth opportunities of the food industry in Finland are limited. With the growth of exports, the capacity of the food industry can be increased, which also strengthens the domestic market and improves crisis resilience,” says director Esa Wrang. From Business Finland’s Food from Finland program. Food exports are strategically important in terms of Finland’s […]
Guardians praise the early childhood education and preschool education in the capital region
This is evident from the results of the joint municipal survey. Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa organized a survey for the guardians of children in municipal and private early childhood education and pre-school education between October 26 and November 9, 2022. The survey was aimed at all guardians of children in early childhood education or […]
The residence permits of those who fled Ukraine will be automatically extended until March 4, 2024
“Usually, customers who want to extend their residence permit must submit an application. Now that the law regarding these permits has changed, we can extend the permits without requiring anything from the customer,” says the head of the regional department. Minna Serradj from the asylum unit. Customers receive a letter with information about the extension […]
Lists of approved and rejected baby names by the Finnish Names Committee
For example, Alfred’s daughter, Lucifer and Nat8hquhs were not accepted by the committee this year, but Bobandy, Ephimachius and Saturnus were accepted.
Eva: 44% of Finns are ready to suspend climate action due to the energy crisis
PUBLIC CONCERNS The climate crisis has subsided a little over the past year, reveals the value and attitude survey conducted by the Finnish Business Forum (Eva). Eve on Tuesday reported that two-thirds (66%) of those who responded to the survey consider climate change to be the greatest environmental threat of our time, which requires effective […]
Educa 2023 brings together the Finnish education and training sector at the Helsinki Fair Center
Speakers in the international program include, among others, the chairman of the Teaching Trade Union OAJ, Katariina Murto; Minister of Education, Lee Andersson; and professor of education at the University of Helsinki, Minna Huotilainen. On the online platform, visitors can follow the program and talk with the exhibitors who appeared at the Educa event. For […]
Russia’s Lavrov suggests "unspecified measures" on the Finnish border
Lavrov said on Wednesday that Finland has been a “model of friendly relations”.
Strike notices in the escalating wage dispute
Industrial employers will be the first to reach a wage agreement in this round of wage negotiations. Other Finnish employers have refused to negotiate wage increases until they know the contract agreed by industrial employers.
Almost 50 were arrested at Extinction Rebellion Finland’s demonstrations in Helsinki
The protesters stopped traffic in both directions for about three hours, According to Helsingin Sanomat. The police ordered them to disperse around 19:00 and began physically removing them from the scene 10 minutes later. Traffic on Mannerheimintie returned to normal at 8 p.m. According to the Helsinki Police Department, 46 people have been arrested for […]
Finland agreed on a 2.35 billion euro loan with the energy company Fortum
The bridge financing agreement with the Finnish government covers the collateral needs of the struggling energy company in the Nordic electricity commodity market.
Stricter restrictions on Finnish visas for Russians now in force
From Thursday, Finland will issue a strictly limited number of entry visas to Russian citizens.
The MOT investigation finds suspicious details behind the plastic waste company’s big promises
A company led by a Finnish CEO says it will turn plastic into reusable oil in Thailand, but some experts find the company’s methods unreliable.
Survey: Almost one in four says that income is not enough to cover rising consumer prices
With consumer prices rising this year, almost one in four Finns said they don’t think they can cope with their living expenses, according to a recent study by Taloustuktuikma. Almost half of the respondents expected their financial situation to worsen this year. "In particular, working people aged 35–49 believe that their financial situation will deteriorate […]
In the opening year of the Tampere tram, 10 million trips were made
Tampere’s tram system has been operating for exactly one year, and almost 10 million trips were made during its first year of operation. The southern central city has approximately 245,000 inhabitants, making it the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. The entire capital region has a total of 422,000 inhabitants. Mika Periviita, director of […]
TVO: Olkiluoto 3 starts full operation on schedule despite external pressures
Despite the war in Ukraine, which skyrocketed energy costs, the Finnish nuclear power plant Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said it would not allow external pressures to speed up the commissioning of the Olkiluoto 3 reactor. "We do not take into account external pressure or the fact that the demand for electricity is high. We will proceed […]