Finland Watch

This page provides links to English-language articles (and some in Finnish or Spanish) on public debates about domestic and foreign policy issues in Finland. I am also including articles about Finnish cultural scene.

 

Sipilä: Islam's growing presence a challenge for Finland, Europe by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 November 2017

Thursday's papers: Rising anti-psychotic drug use by kids, uproar over child sex abuse verdict, rebranding Finland's famous baby box, YLE News, 23 November 2017

Helsinki City Board votes to increase rights of undocumented immigrants by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Rape acquittal, status of Swedish and a transgender baseball star, YLE News, 22 November 2017

Finnish Defence Minister criticised for premature talk of military drills with US Defence Secretary, YLE News, 21 November 2017

Social workers plead with policy makers to increase child welfare resources by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 21 November 2017

Tuesday's papers: Slippery roads, pop-up icebreakers, busy social workers and another tax deadline, YLE News, 21 November 2017

“Finns Party were rotten inside, immature,” Soini tells Financial Times by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 November 2017

Monday’s papers: Big business vs SMEs, crime and punishment, education and inclusivity, YLE News, 20 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Yachts and gambling linked to typical Finnish-owned Malta businesses, YLE News, 19 November 2017

Academic: Finnish failure to ratify 30-year old indigenous people's treaty an "urgent" matter, YLE News, 17 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 November 2017

Watch: Fireball in northern Finnish skies either meteor or space trash, expert says, YLE News, 17 November 2017

Friday's papers: Union pay bumps, restraining orders and Finnish EU feminism, YLE News, 17 November 2017

Thursday's papers: Election predictions, Spanish instruction, public breastfeeding, and teenage language use, YLE News, 16 November 2017

Finnish expert: Russia's Zapad 2017 war games were not anti-Nato drills, YLE News, 15 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Alternative budgets, Metro fever, and Indian baseball, YLE News, 15 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Kone heir Antti Herlin used millions to rescue tax haven bank, YLE News, 14 November 2017

Survey: Majority of Finns feel effects of fake news, YLE News, 14 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 November 2017

Tuesday's papers: Presidential debate, police confusion and bad news for Finland's schools, YLE News, 14 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 November 2017

Monday's papers: Upgrading EU defence, religion out of daycare, making it easier to get a driving license, YLE News, 13 November 2017

Foreign Minister Soini to Visit Schools to Root Out Radicalization, Finland Today, 10 November 2017

Defence officias set up hotline between Finland and Russia, YLE News, 10 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Finnish firm's owner's money flows "could tarnish the reputation of the whole stock exchange", YLE News, 10 November 2017

Friday's papers: Sipilä's recollections, Metro announcement, and food spending divide, YLE News, 10 November 2017

Helsinki is One of the Most Welcoming Cities in the World, According to a Recent Study by Shashank Mane, Finland Today, 9 November 2017

Finnish court blocks deportation of Kurdish men facing Turkish prison, YLE News, 9 November 2017

Finland to join NATO defence ministers' meeting in Brussels, YLE News, 9 November 2017

Thursday's papers: Secret Sipilä meeting, train to China, northern light show, YLE News, 9 November 2017

Finland not asking for security guarantees from US, says Niinistö by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 November 2017

Niinistö: United States asked Finland to send more troops to Afghanistan by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Defence debate, youth civics and Uusikaupunki property boom, YLE News, 8 November 2017

Finland invites USA to join main military exercises, YLE News, 7 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Nordea loaned billions to tax haven-based shipping firms, YLE News, 7 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Minister says gov't agencies shouldn't practice aggressive tax avoidance, YLE News, 7 November 2017

Tuesday's papers: Mattis in Helsinki, Estonian returnees and boozing pensioners, YLE News, 7 November 2017

US Defence Secretary: US-Finland ties never stronger, YLE News, 6 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Finnish development finance agency holds 8 mil in tax haven fund, YLE News, 6 November 2017

Monday's papers: Texas tragedy, defence minister goes solo, inappropriate teacher behaviour and lost packages, YLE News, 6 November 2017

Poll: 59% of Finns opposed to joining NATO, YLE News, 5 November 2017

Un duplicado de Helsinki bajo el suelo por Belén Domínguez Cebrián, El País, 5 noviembre 2017

Finland making plans to host large-scale joint military exercises, YLE News, 4 November 2017

US Defence Secretary James Mattis to visit Helsinki next week, YLE News, 4 November 2017

Net payments plummet: Finland drops to bottom of EU contributor list in 2016, YLE News, 4 November 2017

Finland plans military drill with United States and Sweden by Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters, 3 November 2017

Soini denies claims that Finland wants Russia to join EU's hybrid threat centre by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 November 2017

Friday's papers: Wasted school food, Nordic Council language question, top journalism prize, YLE News, 3 November 2017

Yle party poll: Centre recovers as Greens, Finns Party falter, YLE News, 2 November 2017

Finns scoop up Nordic prizes for film, music, books and environment, YLE News, 2 November 2017

Thursday’s papers: Terror and election probes, tricky overnight copter landing, X-C ski trails open in Oulu, YLE News, 2 November 2017

Electrical workers' strike in the technology industry by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 2 November 2017

Time to elect shop stewards by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 1 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Tax day, reindeer scam and schooling in Helsinki, YLE News, 1 November 2017

A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work by Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian, 31 October 2017

Tuesday's papers: High dole office expectations, cheap food, metro reports and presidential production, YLE News, 31 October 2017

Pay deal reached in technology sector by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 31 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 31 October 2017

Finnish president says joining NATO would require referendum by Tuomas Forsell and Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters, Yahoo News, 30 October 2017

Monday's papers: Happy taxpayers, expanding border guard, forced marriage, and less than charitable neighbours, YLE News, 30 October 2017

Finland to deport Thai teen despite appeals from parents, Finnish stepfather, YLE News, 30 October 2017

Foreign Minister rejects rumour of Finnish recognition for Catalan independence: "Spanish government has our full support", YLE News, 28 October 2017

Friday's papers: Level crossing tragedy, Finns fighting ISIS, and daytime saving time on the block, YLE News, 27 October 2017

Thursday's papers: Slippery snow in the south, Helsinki University's reform hangover and a trial to ban neo-Nazis, YLE News, 26 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 October 2017

Wednesday's papers: Sipilä denials, slot machine costs and marginalised youth, YLE News, 25 October 2017

Tuesday's papers: Far right retail magnate shunned, angry Wahlroos and Finns Party skullduggery, YLE News, 24 October 2017

Where The Truth Lies: Finland’s New Attempts At Sámi Reconciliation, News Now, 23 October 2017

Report: Middle East the primary destination for record Finnish arms exports in 2016, YLE News, 23 October 2017

Finnish Pentecostal churches ramp up conversions among asylum seekers, YLE News, 23 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 October 2017

Monday's papers: Mental health care ten years after Jokela, pensions with integrity, car sharing comparison, YLE News, 23 October 2017

Where The Truth Lies: Finland’s New Attempts At Sámi Reconciliation, News Now Finland, 23 October 2017

Police: Neo-Nazi demo and anti-fascist counter-protest in Tampere restless – Investigation opened, YLE News, 21 October 2017

New law in works to help Finland track land purchases by foreigners, YLE News, 20 October 2017

"Finland fears no one," Finnish FM Soini tells Russian paper, YLE News, 20 October 2017

Centre and National Coalition reach compromise on freedom of choice by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 October 2017

Friday's papers: Healthcare criticism, berry picker nightmare, Helsinki history, YLE News, 20 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 October 2017

Thursday's papers: Government crisis, sexual harassment and winter cycling, YLE News, 19 October 2017

Basic income: not a panacea, but a step towards a new social contract by Heikki Hiilamo and Louise Haagh, Friends of Europe, 18 October 2017

Wednesday's papers: Finland's deceptive alcohol import policy, results of municipal mergers, and homelessness, YLE News, 18 October 2017

Finland is witnessing an unprecedented inflow of software talent from abroad by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 October 2017

Tuesday's papers: Measuring air pollution, police body cams, dolphin transfer memories and neo-Nazis in Tampere, YLE News, 17 October 2017

Monday's papers: Young people who don't want to work, growing illicit employment and a break for school kids, YLE News, 16 October 2017

Proposal to ease recruitment of foreign workers riles Finland's unions, YLE News, 14 October 2017

Prosecutor General alarmed by growing hate speech: "Driving victims into a corner", YLE News, 14 October 2017

OECD: Finns used staggering 11gb of mobile data a month in 2016 by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 October 2017

Finnish MEPs join call to overturn journalist's Turkish prison sentence, YLE News, 13 October 2017

Friday's papers: Finland's all-you-can-eat mobile data, fake cops, and talkative MPs, YLE News, 13 October 2017

Finland summons Turkish ambassador over WSJ journalist's prison sentence, YLE News, 12 October 2017

Poll shows Niinistö would win presidential election outright, YLE News, 12 October 2017

Forest industry offer paper workers zero pay rise by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 12 October 2017

Thursday's papers: Sleeper agent as president, space rock, Finnair's share price jump and vanishing farms, YLE News, 12 October 2017

Finnish Fake News | Act 3 | Full Frontal on TBS, 11 October 2017 (video)

Undocumented migrants are hopeless and desperate - "They beg us to help", YLE News, 11 October 2017

Finnish foreign minister, press criticise Turkey after WSJ journalist's jail sentence, YLE News, 11 October 2017

Professor: Attempts to influence election results possible also in Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 October 2017

Wednesday's papers: Finland's own mini-NASA, an underage bride, and a Finnish journalist sentenced to jail in Turkey, YLE News, 11 October 2017

Finns running up student-loan debt at unprecedented pace by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 10 October 2017

Finnish universities aim to enlist 150K foreign students by 2020, YLE News, 10 October 2017

Tuesday's papers: Healthcare options, landlocked salmon, presidential pregnancy, YLE News, 10 October 2017

The Finnish Model by Elisabeth Braw, Foreign Affairs, 9 October 2017

Finland debates joining NATO despite Russian warnings by Teri Schultz, DW, 9 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 October 2017

Monday's papers: Russian Nato "countermeasures," cities challenge healthcare reform, prep courses grow, YLE News, 9 October 2017

Sibelius' Finlandia overwhelmingly voted most beautiful Finnish choral music, YLE News, 8 October 2017

Record numbers relocate to Åland Islands, YLE News, 7 October 2017

The Government Releases a Road Map to Internal Security – Aims To Make the Safest Country in the World by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 6 October 2017

President Niinistö calls Putin, discusses Baltic flight safety and peacekeepers in Ukraine, YLE News, 6 October 2017

Friday's papers: Drastic drop in university students, senior discontent and an in-depth look at Finnish surnames, YLE News, 6 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 October 2017

Migri to forcibly return Thai teen to absentee father in messy custody case, YLE News, 5 October 2017

Thursday's papers: Support centre for the undocumented, teenage violence, first snow? YLE News, 5 October 2017

Government wins confidence vote over rail reforms, YLE News, 4 October 2017

Prepaid cards making life and work easier for asylum seekers in Finland, YLE News, 4 October 2017

The Union of Health and Social Care Professionals in Finland set to get new President by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 4 October 2017

Wednesday's papers: Åland's separatists take heart, housing market warning and pig farm vaccinations, YLE News, 4 October 2017

Finnish opposition slams government over rail reform, YLE News, 4 October 2017

Tuesday's papers: Nato thanks for Finland, French questions for Nokia and Norwegians in Lapland, YLE News, 3 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 October 2017

President Niinistö opens new hybrid threat centre in Helsinki, YLE News, 2 October 2017

Customs: Brexit could cost Finnish businesses over 100m euros in red tape, YLE News, 2 October 2017

Monday's papers: Catalonia reactions, sawmills to feed fish, Finnish Studies, YLE News, 2 October 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 October 2017

Video: Sting moved to tears by Finnish-language version of his musical, YLE News, 1 October 2017

Forest protection well below target in Finland, despite UN obligations, YLE News, 30 September 2017

Kuusisto/Philharmonia/Salonen review – riveting swathes of atmosphere by Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 29 September 2017

First Finn: Brotherus unveils photography exhibit at Pompidou Centre in Paris, YLE News, 29 September 2017

Friday's papers: Diminishing draft returns, Terveystalo jackpot and criminal's unlucky namesake, YLE News, 29 September 2017

Finland to participate in NATO crisis management drills in October, YLE News, 28 September 2017

Opposition unites in criticising proposal to open passenger rails to competition by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 28 September 2017

Thursday's papers: Racist nurse repercussions, risks for Fortum, tired teachers and anti-terror hiring, YLE News, 28 September 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 27 September 2017

Finnish Red Cross sends mobile hospital to Bangladesh, YLE News, 27 September 2017

Trade Union News from Finland turns 20 by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 27 September 2017

Wednesday's papers: Racist nurse, unemployment statistics and self-stabbing asylum seekers, YLE News, 27 September 2017

Tuesday's papers: Traffic accident hotspots, state-supported companies and Niinistö's campaign launch, YLE News, 26 September 2017

Protests Are Becoming Carnivals in Finland, And It's Really Ineffective by Keshia D'silva, Finland Today, 26 September 2017

Assistance for Voluntary Return to Afghanistan, North Korea, Somalia . . . Will Increase on Monday, Finland Today, 25 September 2017

Joy, dignity and karaoke to ring in Finland's 100th Independence Day, YLE News, 25 September 2017

Parliament stabbing duo released from hospital, YLE News, 25 September 2017

Monday's papers: Presidential run-up, psychedelic care, Xmas insects, YLE News, 25 September 2017

Greens: Refugee quota should be increased to at least 2,500, YLE News, 24 September 2017

Åland Islands' delegate to Nordic Council votes against proposal backed by Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 September 2017

Friday's papers: Child sex abuse, car free day and a two-time lottery winner, YLE News, 22 September 2017

JHL readies itself for Autumn collective bargaining by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 21 September 2017

Russian PM congratulates Finland on 100 years of independence, YLE News, 21 September 2017

Opposition tears into government over plans to transfer money from poor to rich, YLE News, 21 September 2017

Experts concerned over dominance of English in schools, YLE News, 21 September 2017

Thursday's papers: Embassies' alcohol letter, Yle's new boss and Tallinn tunnel competition, YLE News, 21 September 2017

UNGA: Finland's President talks North Korea nuclear threat, peace mediation and climate change, YLE News, 20 September 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 September 2017

Yle recruits editor-in-chief from Tampere daily, YLE News, 20 September 2017

Wednesday's papers: 40% of day care workers considering career change, sales staff prophecies and growing state debt, YLE News, 20 September 2017

Why Helsinki is One of the World's Most Liveable Cities by Jessica Wood, The Culture Trip, 19 September 2017

Heroic tourist: Man who fought off Turku knife attacker may never walk again, YLE News, 19 September 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 September 2017

Tuesday's papers: Corporal punishment of children persists, overbred dogs suffer and an obstructionist constitution, YLE News, 19 September 2017

Espoo plans English-language education "from kindergarten to doctorate" in two years, YLE News, 18 September 2017

Rising numbers of Finland's Millennials on disability pensions, YLE News, 18 September 2017

New round of collective bargaining underway by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 18 September 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 September 2017

Monday's papers: Gender-neutral language, youth drinking and startup failures, YLE News, 18 September 2017

Renewables to provide bulk of Finland's energy next year, YLE News, 17 September 2017

Niinistö returns to Washington: US-Finnish ties have never been closer, YLE News, 17 September 2017

HS: Niinistö “shockingly” popular four months before elections by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 16 September 2017

Interior minister: Finnish authorities have foiled many planned attacks, YLE News, 16 September 2017

Finland's largest cities join forces to protect interests in face of reform by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 16 September 2017

Finnish government to boost cycling, electric cars under climate scheme, YLE News, 15 September 2017

Friday's papers: Tax fraud probes, metro test cancellation, singer on drugs, YLE News, 15 September 2017

FM Soini: Finland did not pay ransom for release of aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan, YLE News, 14 September 2017

THL: Finnish youth drinking less but weighing more, YLE News, 14 September 2017

Finnish government, forest industries relieved after vote on forest use rules by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 September 2017

Sipilä admits gov't policy has hurt the poor, YLE News, 14 September 2017


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