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.

 

Tuesday's papers: Lowdown on employment cuts, hospital misconduct cover-up, homeowner fears army invasion, YLE News, 31 May 2016

Russian cyber-espionage group hits Sanoma, YLE News, 30 May 2016

Increase in reports of sexual harassment, YLE News, 30 May 2016

Monday's papers: Hope for former Microsoft workers, but money problems on the rise elsewhere, YLE News, 30 May 2016

University of Helsinki to introduce tuition fees of €13,000–18,000 for non-EU/EEA students by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 30 May 2016

Finland mustn't ignore public opinion on Nato, says Niinistö by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 29 May 2016

WHO: Finland's air third-cleanest in world, YLE News, 29 May 2016

Refugee worker compares best practices in Finland and Sweden, YLE News, 29 May 2016

Municipalities promote cycling in a bid to save millions, YLE News, 29 May 2016

NATO divide: NCP suggests membership without referendum, President Niinistö says citizens should decide, YLE News, 28 May 2016

New eco-friendly public sauna opens in Helsinki, YLE News, 28 May 2016

Philharmonia/Salonen review – rare Stravinsky from Russia with love by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 27 May 2016

Just over 6% of unaccompanied minors granted asylum to date, most applications still pending, YLE News, 27 May 2016

Friday's papers: Dwindling street patrols, commentator stroke survival, Microsoft helps jobless, school dog days, YLE News, 27 May 2016

Thursday's papers: Wall to wall Microsoft, Talvivaara shutdown not a slam dunk, YLE News, 26 May 2016

Our Awful Prisons: How They Can Be Changed by Adam Hochschild, The New York Review of Books, 26 May 2016

Government ministers pledge to help laid-off Microsoft workers, YLE News, 25 May 2016

Benjamin: Dream of the Song; Lindberg: Era review – RCO explores new horizons by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 25 May 2016

“Making lay-offs is cheap and easy in Finland” by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 May 2016

Wednesday's papers: Crime statistics, drowning suspect and Ilves woes, YLE News, 25 May 2016

Immigration officials concerned about missing underage asylum seekers, YLE News, 24 May 2016

Tuesday's papers: Air Force trips, high school feats, cottage life, Dylan hype, YLE News, 24 May 2016

10 things that surprised me in Helsinki, Young Adventuress, 23 May 2016

Finland and Sweden vital for security of Baltic Sea, says Nato chief by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 May 2016

Angry Birds movie an opening weekend box office hit in US and China, YLE News, 23 May 2016

Monday's papers: Hockey defeat, illegal residence, and cheap summer travel, YLE News, 23 May 2016

BBCSO/Ibragimova/Oramo review – orchestral sonorities meet choral intensity by Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 22 May 2016

Greens' Niinistö seen as most popular opposition leader, YLE News, 21 May 2016

Ministry of Interior: Threat of terrorism has grown also in Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 May 2016

Soini: NATO ties aim to strengthen Finland’s position and defence, YLE News, 20 May 2016

Interior Minister defends official view of Iraq as safe for returnees, YLE News, 20 May 2016

Urban fests toast world cultures, YLE News, 20 May 2016

European Commission tables three recommendations for Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 May 2016

Friday's papers: Alcohol compromise, regional poll and crisp delight, YLE News, 20 May 2016

Internal security report calls for more border guards, stable police force, YLE News, 19 May 2016

Government wants 230mn euros more for asylum seekers, YLE News, 19 May 2016

Brexit would create uncertainty especially in Finland, experts warn by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 May 2016

Helsinki works with startup training asylum seekers to ease coder crunch, YLE News, 19 May 2016

Thursday's papers: Disappearing asylum seekers, Soini heads to NATO meeting, the "final" Restaurant Day, YLE News, 19 May 2016

Here's Why Finland Is Able to Implement A Basic Income Experiment by Nordic think tank Demos, 18 May 2016

Down and out in Helsinki by David Mac Dougall, Politico, 18 May 2016

Finland dodges EU commission rap over budget, YLE News, 18 May 2016

Nazi street patrol leader convicted of assault, YLE News, 18 May 2016

Updated security assessments come under heavy criticism by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 May 2016

SDP challenges government over privatisation, care for disadvantaged, YLE News, 18 May 2016

Wednesday’s papers: Asylum restrictions, hockey hubris and free buckets, YLE News, 18 May 2016

Finland says Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia now safe, tightens residence permit requirements, YLE News, 17 May 2016

Finland and Estonia agree on most things—but not Russia, YLE News, 17 May 2016

Woman trademarks Soldiers of Odin name for unicorn-themed clothing in anti-racism protest, YLE News, 17 May 2016

Tuesday's papers: Spy games, tragedy in court and Estonians show signs of kicking their Helsinki habit, YLE News, 17 May 2016

Arms trade between Israel and Finland by Max Blumenthal. Vimeo, 16 May 2016

Obama's praise of Finland's heavy metal goes viral by Umut Uras, Al Jazeera, 16 May 2016

Philharmonia/Salonen – an electrifying start to their Stravinsky season by Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 16 May 2016

Monday's papers: Mixed feelings about defense, modest school outings, keen on Airbnb, YLE News, 16 May 2016

“Together, the Nordics are a superpower,” Niinistö says at White House by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 May 2016

Finns remember Civil War, ‘Red’ and ‘White’ resentment lingers, YLE News, 15 May 2016

Niinistö on Washington visit: Security issues primary topic, YLE News, 14 May 2016

Kolari reception centre boss sacked, YLE News, 14 May 2016

Arsonist gets 3.5 years for attack on reception centre, YLE News, 13 May 2016

Watch: President Obama lauds Finland's heavy metal and good governance, YLE News, 13 May 2016

Want Peace? Prepare for War! Finland Ready to Deploy Overseas Military Aid, Sputnik, 13 May 2016

Partnering with the Chinese pays off by Xin Wang, Helsinki Times, 13 May 2016

Finland to join NATO summer war games in Poland, YLE News, 13 May 2016

Friday's papers: Finland's violence fears creep up, accident-prone Finland, roaming bear visits Hamina, YLE News, 13 May 2016

Finland's country image largely unchanged, finds survey by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 12 May 2016

Finland is now more gay-friendly than Sweden, claims report by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 12 May 2016

Finland considers restrictions on dual citizens in official posts, YLE News, 12 May 2016

Thursday's papers: A death overlooked, MP's face on severed head, six-week teaching cut and govt's shareholding selloff, YLE News, 12 May 2016

Finnish troops could be deployed overseas to provide military aid, says Niinistö by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 May 2016

Wednesday's papers: Declining support for Stubb, drinking co-workers, and remembering Finnish singer Riki Sorsa, YLE News, 11 May 2016

Government weighs response to EU asylum quota plan, YLE News, 10 May 2016

Tuesday's papers: Greece again, store opening carnage, and sunshine brightens workplaces, YLE News, 10 May 2016

Foreign Minister Soini: Strong US presence in Baltic Sea increases security, stability, YLE News, 10 May 2016

Finnish exports plunged by 10% in March by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 10 May 2016

Barometer: Finland-Russia trade down - but some remain hopeful, YLE News, 9 May 2016

The Angry Birds Movie review – game spin-off that doesn't quite reach Lego Movie levels by Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 9 May 2016

Monday's papers: Brexit, flex offices, arson, and a rare astronomical event, YLE News, 9 May 2016

NATO's Spring Storm Exercise: Another Step to Aggravate Tensions in Europe by Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture Foundation, 7 May 2016

Royal Northern Sinfonia/Mustonen review – supremely elegant by Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 6 May 2016

“Private consumption not to blame for economic woes of Finland” by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 6 May 2016

Friday's papers: Stubb's battle, unemployed graduates and Finland's Olympic dreams, YLE News, 6 May 2016

Grahn-Laasonen: We must take action to weed out racism and hate speech by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 May 2016

Majority of Finnish MEPs oppose visa-free regime for Turkey, YLE News, 5 May 2016

Minister of Defence: Finland must retain its discretionary powers in regards to Nato by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 May 2016

Nato membership would provoke a response from Russia, warns report by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 May 2016

Yle poll suggests gov't parties' support flagging, YLE News, 4 May 2016

University of Helsinki's lay-offs are excessive, state unions by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 May 2016

Wednesday's papers: Campaign financing, immigrant investment, grading the government, YLE News, 4 May 2016

Govt's six-point integration plan stresses education, language skills, jobs for migrants, YLE News, 3 May 2016

Employment Ministry: Long term unemployment to rise in 2017, YLE News, 3 May 2016

Jarkko Eloranta enjoys broad support as choice for next SAK president by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 3 May 2016

Tuesday's papers: Stubb's competition, 10 year-old reveals Instagram flaw, souped-up electric bikes, YLE News, 3 May 2016

Yle: Panama Papers reveal Finnish lawyers, businessmen behind shell companies in tax havens, YLE News, 2 May 2016

Media groups slam tax officials over Panama Papers pressure, YLE News, 2 May 2016

Education and Culture Ministry launches campaign to combat racism, hate speech, YLE News, 2 May 2016

Finnish-American war games launched in Niinisalo, YLE News, 2 May 2016

Monday's papers: Etla jobs warning, sisunautti's spectacular pic, and presidential campaigns get an early start, YLE News, 2 May 2016

Govt parties defend administration's policies at May Day events, YLE News, 1 May 2016

Opposition, labour leaders slam govt's job creation efforts in May Day speeches, YLE News, 1 May 2016

President Niinistö: Possible NATO membership not a joint Finnish-Swedish decision, YLE News, 1 May 2016

Like moths to a flame: Warming climate lures new species to Finland, YLE News, 1 May 2016

Mixed reactions to NATO assessment, YLE News, 30 April 2016

Police clear anti-nuclear plant protest camp YLE News, 30 April 2016

Taxman threatens to search Yle premises in pursuit of Panama Papers, YLE News, 29 April 2016

Opinion: Panama Papers should not jeopardise freedom of speech, YLE News, 29 April 2016

Serious difficulties in establishing a new trade union confederation by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 29 April 2016

Friday's papers: Anti-nuke demonstrator scuffles, Estonians join Odin's soldiers, speed camera increase, YLE News, 29 April 2016

Finnish parliament, pressured by weak economy, debates euro exit by Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters, 28 April 2016

Family reunifications becoming costlier, YLE News, 28 April 2016

Turkey aims "to deport Finn", YLE News, 28 April 2016

Thursday's papers: Gov't proposes end to Kela compensation, binge-drinking teens and a long-awaited birth, YLE News, 28 April 2016

Wind farm construction at record levels, YLE News, 27 April 2016

Wednesday’s papers: Housing boom fails to bring down prices, Tappara break 13-year losing streak, and café owner’s court win over Finnish bureaucracy, YLE News, 27 April 2016

Watch: Slapping new life into the kantele, YLE News, 27 April 2016

Finnish Navy unveils details of Baltic summer war games, YLE News, 26 April 2016

Police, protesters clash at Fennovoima nuclear construction site, YLE News, 26 April 2016

Tuesday's papers: Labour leaders' bumper pay deals, Sipilä on shaky ground, and glamour model's hockey mockery, YLE News, 26 April 2016

Sipilä's remarks on incorporation raise eyebrows among opposition leaders by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 April 2016

Supo: Foreign intel tried to influence Finnish energy policy, YLE News, 25 April 2016

Monday's papers: Building safety checks ignored, victory for Finland's Young Lions, and dolphin memorabilia sell-off, YLE News, 25 April 2016

Baltic Sea first in world to ban cruise ship wastewater dumping, YLE News, 25 April 2016

TEAM union leaves Nordea, taking banking business elsewhere, YLE News, 24 April 2016

Finland and 165+ others sign historic climate agreement, YLE News, 23 April 2016

Protesters brave inclement weather for anti-government demo, YLE News, 23 April 2016

Finland and Portugal reach deal to plug income tax loophole, YLE News, 23 April 2016

Grahn-Laasonen: University admissions system is no longer functional by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 April 2016

Only 25% of applicants have won asylum in Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 April 2016

Friday's papers: Reactions to Posti's new grass-cutting service, declining support for coalition government, and tributes to pop icon Prince's death, YLE News, 22 April 2016

Finland suspends asylum seeker returns to Hungary following higher court ruling, YLE News, 21 April 2016

Unicef: Finland is world's second fairest country for children by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 21 April 2016

Thursday's papers: Islamic etiquette, reception centre guards, PM on apathy, female veterans, YLE News, 21 April 2016

No to public welfare service money winding up in tax havens by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 20 April 2016

Finland calls for EU quota system for when migration hits crisis levels, YLE News, 20 April 2016

Lapland border officials turn away first would-be entrants at Finnish-Russian crossing, YLE News, 20 April 2016

Wednesday's papers: The cost of entrepreneurship, family reunification hurdle raising, Kesko moves into Siwa, YLE News, 20 April 2016

New asylum claims down to pre-2015 levels, figures show, YLE News, 19 April 2016

Government to impose new obligations on job seekers by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 April 2016

Tuesday's papers: Government's taxi wars, getting tough on unemployment, and a 15 year-old's business tips, YLE News, 19 April 2016

Labour minister: Unemployed can use benefits to start companies, create jobs, YLE News, 18 April 2016

Class differences have widened in Finland, views researcher by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 April 2016

Monday's papers: Finns Party woes, fewer working moms, hopes for Mayday, YLE News, 18 April 2016

Stubb: Finland has been firmly part of West for some time by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 April 2016

Nagu reception centre closes – Many leave, some stay, YLE News, 17 April 2016

Transport Workers' Union to pull out as Nordea client, YLE News, 17 April 2016

Finns Party joins parties leaving Nordea, YLE News, 16 April 2016

President Niinistö: Many big problems have started by accident, YLE News, 15 April 2016

Stubb seeks to reassure European Commission over Finland's economy, YLE News, 15 April 2016

Friday's papers: Russo-American tension, Soini stepdown, day care parameters, shop gap, YLE News, 15 April 2016

Social Democrats retain their majority in the Metal Workers' Union elections by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 14 April 2016

Niinistö dismisses criticism of border agreement with Russia by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 April 2016

Births hit 150-year low in Finland, YLE News, 14 April 2016

Thursday's papers: Cash for clunkers controversy, asylum seeker age probes, and Espoo hockey mess, YLE News, 14 April 2016

President Niinistö: Finland wanted border deal, not Russia, YLE News, 13 April 2016

Government unveils measures to create 110,000 new jobs by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 April 2016

Wednesday's papers: Did Finland kowtow to Russia's border demands? ”Golden visas” for foreign investors, and refugees' volunteering opportunities, YLE News, 13 April 2016

Finnish Finmin wants police and taxman to have Panama papers, YLE News, 12 April 2016

Statistics Finland: More than a quarter of a million jobless in 2015, YLE News, 12 April 2016

Finland applies for EU aid in wake of Nokia payroll cuts, YLE News, 12 April 2016

Tuesday's papers: New crowdfunding law, malware bites news site, EU data roaming price cuts, YLE News, 12 April 2016

Religious leaders: Right to family reunification is not reserved only for native population by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 April 2016

Monday's papers: Teen train tragedy, odd car explosion in Hartola, Nokia's 5G system ready soon, YLE News, 11 April 2016

Gov’t trailing employment targets, YLE News, 10 April 2016

Third-country crossing restriction comes into force at Finnish-Russian border, YLE News, 10 April 2016

Municipalities balk at placements, thousands of asylum recipients still without a home, YLE News, 9 April 2016

Often imitated, never duplicated – designer Eero Aarnio still active 50 years on, YLE News, 8 April 2016

Friday’s papers: Nordea responds to tax row, Baltic shipwreck clean-up, and goodbye to Tampere's dolphins, YLE News, 8 April 2016

Banking mogul Wahlroos on Nordea in Panama Papers: "We did nothing wrong", YLE News, 7 April 2016

Kurdish and Rwandan entrepreneurs honoured as refugees of the year, YLE News, 7 April 2016

Susanna Mälkki inks 3-year contract with LA Philharmonic, YLE News, 7 April 2016

Thursday’s papers: Conscripts set for the front, budget calculations, and Rauma’s lost ice fisherman, YLE News, 7 April 2016

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 5 & 7; En Saga review – Elder brings care but occasional chill by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 6 April 2016

Wednesday's papers: Details, blowback and projected impact of new budget plan, YLE News, 6 April 2016

Study: Half of men, one-fifth of women deprived of sex, YLE News, 6 April 2016

Yle: No top-ranking Finnish politicians in Panama Papers leak, YLE News, 5 April 2016

Panama Papers: MPs call on govt to rein in tax dodgers, YLE News, 5 April 2016

Nordea share prices fall day after Panama Papers revelations, YLE News, 5 April 2016

Stubb: Cuts of 400 million euros still necessary, YLE News, 5 April 2016

Tuesday’s Papers: Police respond to tax haven leaks; immigrant banking problems; and more Finns dying abroad, YLE News, 5 April 2016

Report: Credit problems on the rise – especially among young men, YLE News, 5 April 2016

Finnish pols, bankers react to Panama Papers revelations, YLE News, 4 April 2016

First Syrian refugees resettled from Turkey to Finland, YLE News, 4 April 2016

Professor: Finland's reluctance to resort to fiscal stimulus is incomprehensible by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 April 2016

Monday's papers: Panama Papers, local Finns Party vice chair sacked, world champ dreams knocked out? YLE News,4 April 2016

Helsinki launches new work-based plan to integrate immigrants, YLE News, 2 April 2016

Stubb challenger says she wants to overhaul Finland's labour laws, YLE News, 2 April 2016

FMI: March up to four degrees warmer than long-term average, YLE News, 2 April 2016

Friday's papers: Helicopter money, corporate scandal, and football fans told to sit down, YLE News, 1 April 2016

Thursday's papers: Conductor strike starts, church arson suspect in court, Odin soldiers cancel Helsinki application, YLE News, 31 March 2016

Taxman: Fraud at a ten-year high, YLE News, 31 March 2016

Finland's basic income trial to offer participants €550 a month, YLE News, 30 March 2016

Number of workers included in collective bargaining agreements on the increase in Finland by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 30 March 2016

Wednesday's papers: Salary-freeze willing Finns, reception centres closing, police bribery investigation, YLE News, 30 March 2016

BBC and Yle in Finland are top public service innovators, says report by Kylie Noble and Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian, 29 March 2016

Tuesday's papers: Finland rebuked on refugees, alcohol law talks, church arson aftermath, YLE News, 29 March 2016

"Stressed out" evening drinking on the rise, YLE News, 29 March 2016

Decrease in asylum seekers, YLE News, 28 March 2016

Independence Day: Neo-Fascists Take Finland by Max Blumenthal and James Kleinfeld, The Real News Network, 27 March 2016

Finland and Russia made two agreements on cross-border traffic by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 March 2016

EK: Last year's industrial conflicts resulted in loss of over 105,000 working days by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 March 2016

Thursday's papers: Solidarity with Brussels, Russia's nuclear strategy, cutting food waste and emissions, YLE News, 24 March 2016

JHL to begin negotiations on the competitiveness pact by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 24 March 2016

Unions ready to launch a comprehensive collective bargaining round by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 23 March 2016

Wednesday's papers: The terrorist bombings of Europe's capital, YLE News, 23 March 2016

NBI: Home cultivation of cannabis "explodes", YLE News, 23 March 2016

Putin vows to restrict asylum seekers' flow into Finnish Lapland, YLE News, 22 March 2016

Srvey: 7% of asylum seekers are illiterate, 16% are highly educated by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 March 2016

Niinistö shocked by 11-year-old boy's experiences of racism in Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 March 2016

Sipilä, Stubb offer condolences over Brussels blasts, YLE News, 22 March 2016

Tuesday's papers: Child abductions increase, crimes involving guns, salmon prices headed upstream, YLE News, 22 March 2016

Feminist group lashes Helsinki over treatment of Roma, YLE News, 22 March 2016

Niinistö meets Putin in Moscow before White House visit, YLE News, 21 March 2016

Study: More than 25% of asylum seekers have higher education, YLE News, 21 March 2016

Iraqi migrant is found guilty in Finland of committing a war crime after posting pictures of himself holding the decapitated head of an ISIS fighter by Simon Tomlinson, Mail Online, 21 March 2016

Monday's papers: 'People have too many guns,' some child protection 'deplorable,' Helsinki Airport's luggage system malfunctions, YLE News, 21 March 2016

Development banks need to wake up to the human rights crisis in Honduras by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, The Guardian, 20 March 2016

PM Sipilä: Finland could send dozens of experts to help Greece with migrants, YLE News, 20 March 2016

Lights out for 10th Earth Hour – Environmental misconceptions still common among Finns, YLE News, 19 March 2016

Why Finland has the best schools by Wiliam Doyle, Los Angeles Times, 18 March 2016

PM Sipilä: EU-Turkey deal will help end people smuggling, YLE News, 18 March 2016

Finland donates 200 tents, other supplies to Greek refugee camps, YLE News, 18 March 2016

President Niinistö to make first White House visit, YLE News, 18 March 2016

Poverty threat grows among Finland's young, YLE News, 18 March 2016

Friday’s papers: Into the labour law jungle, Vanhanen moves for presidency, care workers fined for abandoning patient, YLE News, 18 March 2016

Finns lead the way in recycling beverage containers by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 March 2016

Finland and Sweden could vote on Nato membership in 2018, Russian research centre claims by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 March 2016

Supreme Court: A court cannot prevent a strike by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 17 March 2016

Thursday's papers: Spending cuts, job-hunting tips for the over-45s, and Odin's made-up stories, YLE News, 17 March 2016

Ateneum to exhibit classics in new light, YLE News, 17 March 2016

Soldiers of Odin’s secret Facebook group: Weapons, Nazi symbols and links to MV Lehti, YLE News, 16 March 2016

Aro and Kankkonen win Bonnier journalism prizes, YLE News, 16 March 2016

Wednesday's papers: Asylum applications fast-tracked, elder bank card scam, 31k euro bottle scheme, YLE News, 16 March 2016

 

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