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.

 

Thursday's papers: Portugese tax dodge, boat export surge, Åland plans, apartment rent rise, YLE News, 30 July 2015

US protesters aim to halt Finnish icebreaker's return to Arctic oil operation, YLE News, 29 July 2015

Ahtisaari: “Finland won't survive without foreign labour”, YLE News, 29 July 2015

MPs meet to weigh Mediterranean EU op, YLE News, 29 July 2015

Diversity rally gathers 15,000 in Helsinki, YLE News, 28 July 2015

Finnish peacekeepers in Iraq to train Kurdish fighters, YLE News, 28 July 2015

BBCSO/Mälkki/Josefowicz review – committed and astoundingly vivid by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 28 July 2015

Police: Asylum seeker situation "chaotic", YLE News, 28 July 2015

Tuesday's papers: Finns MPs react to racism claims, university major quotas, Sleeper dunked, YLE News, 28 July 2015

Finland suffers from Russian links by Valentina Romel, Financial Times, 27 July 2015

Soini breaks silence over rogue MP's statement, YLE News, 27 July 2015

Rightwing rant exposes tensions in Finnish ruling coalition by David Crouch, Financial Times, 27 July 2015

Monday's papers: Finns Party under scrutiny again, probe into foster home killing and shelters call for cash, YLE News, 27 July 2015

Finnish MP calls for fight against "nightmare of multiculturalism", no comment from party leadership, YLE News, 26 July 2015

HS: Pay of top execs soars to record high, YLE News, 25 July 2015

MTK: Milk producers need aid package, YLE News, 25 July 2015

Friday's papers: On-the-spot fines to double, more airport train woes, and the cost of a cold summer, YLE News, 24 July 2015

Finland is the poster child for why the euro doesn't work by Matt O¨Brien, The Washington Post, 23 July 2015

SDP stands behind Finland's tough stance on “unreliable” Greece, YLE News, 23 July 2015

Thursday's papers: More nuclear investor twists, law abiding Finns – and berry rage descends, YLE News, 23 July 2015

Professor: Low-wage pensioners will cause issues in future, YLE News, 22 July 2015

Wednesday's papers: Greek price explosion, whole month's forecast, plastic recycling begins, YLE News, 22 July 2015

From bullied Finnish schoolgirl to anti-terrorist Kurdish pop star: the story of Helly Luv, YLE News, 21 July 2015

Unemployment rate at 10%, every fifth young person without work, YLE News, 21 July 2015

Tuesday's papers: Sipilä contract problems, Chinese tourist invasion and football fixing suspicions, YLE News, 21 July 2015

EU to accept reallocation of Mediterranean migrants, YLE News, 20 July 2015

MEP: Bring back marks, francs and lire alongside euros, YLE News, 20 July 2015

Monday's papers: Layoff season approaches, Finland's unsolved murders, and the cost of mental arithmetic problems, YLE News, 20 July 2015

Friday's papers: Soini's euro climbdown, government loss of trust, and Finland's sex secrets revealed, YLE News, 17 July 2015

Sámi petition gains ground among MPs, ministers, YLE News, 16 July 2015

Thursday's papers: Metro delays, Pori panel, 2nd coldest summer and 6th place reputation, YLE News, 16 July 2015

Wednesday's papers: Grim economy, Fennovoima trouble and a bright start for HJK, YLE News, 15 July 2015

Could Finland stand in the way of Greece bailout deal? by Ian Traynor, The Guardian, 14 July 2015

Government looks for new measures to support laid-off employees by Martta Nieminen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 14 July 2015

Tuesday's papers: Greece, Finns Party and Finland's last team standing in Europe, YLE News, 14 July 2015

FT: Stubb lets off steam in Eurogroup meeting, YLE News, 13 July 2015

PM Sipilä: New Greek result "step in right direction", YLE News, 13 July 2015

Helsinki's changing streetscape: Progress or a one way street to Boringville? YLE News, 13 July 2015

Pori Jazz Artist of the Year: "Bass chose me", YLE News, 13 July 2015

Monday's papers: Government Greece gripe, medic medal and tango royalty, YLE News, 13 July 2015

Greeks protest on social media over hardline Finnish stance, YLE News, 13 July 2015

Finland PM Sipilä denies splits over Greece, YLE News, 12 July 2015

El partido finlandés de extrema derecha puede hacer estallar el euro por Javier Caamaño, Publico, 12 de julio de 2015

Stubb: Finland is not alone in opposing Greek bailout, YLE News, 12 July 2015

Finland's parliament in favour of forcing Greece out of the euro, says report by Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, 12 July 2015

Yougov: Finnish public opinion hostile to Greek debt relief, YLE News, 11 July 2015

"Spirit of Helsinki" strained by Ukraine crisis, YLE News, 10 July 2015

Friday's papers: Greek plan, managing mass layoffs, idle berry pickers, YLE News, 10 July 2015

Finland Barring Russian MPs Undermines OSCE's Principles — OSCE Chairman, Russia Insider, 9 July 2015

Microsoft's decision a bitter blow for Finland by Toni Lehtinen, Pekka Mykkänen, Petri Sajari – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 9 July 2015

Finland confirms 6th Russian airspace violation in just over a year, YLE News, 9 July 2015

Thursday's papers: Salo's Microsoft woes, tycoon passes, homicide scrutiny and rap star comeback, YLE News, 9 July 2015

President Niinistö's approval rating at all-time high by Marjukka Liiten – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 8 July 2015

Top 11% of earners contribute almost half of total tax revenue, YLE News, 8 July 2015

Wednesday's papers: Social contract poll, OSCE letdown, Patria sidelined and killer slugs, YLE News, 8 July 2015

Tuesday's papers: Greek woes, fewer young smokers, an up-side to wet weather, YLE News, 7 July 2015

President Niinistö: Co-operation even more important than 40 years ago, YLE News, 6 July 2015

EU Should Clarify Its Sanction Policy on Lawmakers - Finnish President, Sputnik, 6 July 2015

Russia's absence casts shadow on OSCE session by Tuomas Muraja – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 6 July 2015

Finnish PM: Greeks have chosen a precarious path, YLE News, 6 July 2015

Monday's papers: Greek voters say "no", industrial jobs remain solid, and well-behaved rockers, YLE News, 6 July 2015

Russian OSCE delegate: Finland's actions regrettable, YLE News, 5 July 2015

Opinion: ‘Spirit of Helsinki' lost as Foreign Ministry misfires by Susanna Turunen, YLE News, 5 July 2015

Yle survey: Support for government split by gender and income, YLE News, 4 July 2015

Russian forestry sanctions a “severe blow” to Finland, industry warns, YLE News, 4 July 2015

Letter From Helsinki by René Nyberg, Carnegie Europe, 3 July 2015

Russian politicians raise possibility of sanctions against Finland, YLE News, 3 July 2015

Russian Duma condemns Finland's OSCE visa decision: "Equal political dialogue is impossible", YLE News, 3 July 2015

Development cooperation deemed increasingly important, YLE News, 3 July 2015

Finnish nurses heading abroad for better pay, YLE News, 3 July 2015

Friday's papers: Travel ban spat, North Korean defection, PM's popularity and dubious dental services, YLE News, 3 July 2015

President Niinistö: Visa travel ban row "unfortunate situation", YLE News, 2 July 2015

Russia Disgusted With Finland After Delegates Barred From OSCE Session, Russia Insider, 2 July 2015

Labour Law Professor on the Government Programme: What on earth does this mean? by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 2 July 2015

Soini: Kremlin is right to summon Finnish ambassador, YLE News, 2 July 2015

Thursday's papers: Croatian investor mystery deepens, Russia politicians' fury at Finland, and fewest births since 1800s, YLE News, 2 July 2015

Wednesday's papers: Soini to be PM next week, Russians shot flares at Swedish Air Force, Moomin park finds home in Japan, YLE News, 1 July 2015

Amid Grexit concerns, Finnish finance leaders offer assurances of ECB support and collateral, YLE News, 30 June 2015

Boehner: Finland has been a great ally and friend to the US, YLE News, 30 June 2015

Stubb: Greek talks to continue after referendum by Tuomas Muraja – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 30 June 2015

Tuesday's papers: Finland's Grexit tab, defence readiness and Yle's Olympics loss, YLE News, 30 June 2015

One in four Finns rely on transfer payments by Jani Timonen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 29 June 2015

US Speaker of the House visiting Finland, to talk security, defence, YLE News, 29 June 2015

Monday's papers: Greek financial crisis, electricity-free water treatment, amateur pilot's emergency landing, YLE News, 29 June 2015

Stubb: Greece is not leaving the euro, YLE News, 28 June 2015

Finland comes in 37th in global well-being survey by Jukka Vuorio – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 26 June 2015

Crises in Africa and Middle East felt on Finnish border by Anna-Liina Kauhanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 26 June 2015

Record numbers of asylum-seekers, reception centres strained, YLE News, 26 June 2015

Friday's papers: Record number of asylum seekers, elder care controversy, first Pride parade in Savo, YLE News, 26 June 2015

Major victory for employees in a long struggle for a collective agreement by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 25 June 2015

Unemployment rate hits 15-year high by Teemu Luukka – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 25 June 2015

Small Finnish town welcomes return of asylum seekers, YLE News, 25 June 2015

HS: Finnish Defence Forces set up new rapid deployment force, YLE News, 25 June 2015

Thursday's papers: Greek flip-flop, Gaza flotilla, woodpecker rebound, YLE News, 25 June 2015

Gov't split on EU refugee transfers, YLE News, 24 June 2015

Wednesday's papers: Rape sentencing under scrutiny, Russian land purchases, and Guggenheim in the balance, YLE News, 24 June 2015

Tuesday's papers: Greek crisis, smartwatch insurance schemes, SDP crisis and the price of votes for ministers, YLE News, 23 June 2015

Finland reduces quota refugee intake, agrees to take EU transfers, YLE News, 22 June 2015

Support for Social Democrats slips to new low since 1990 by Olli Pohjanpalo – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 22 June 2015

Monday's papers: Biking best option for city slickers; Connecting Pirkanmaa; Midsummer death toll, YLE News, 22 June 2015

Violence, drink-driving, drowned – "Normal Midsummer", say police, YLE News, 20 June 2015

Finland cracks down on homelessness – Expert still worried, YLE News, 19 June 2015

Eat on your feet to lose weight, Finland's health ministry urges by Agence-France Press, The Guardian, 18 June 2015

Thursday's papers: Unnerving pace of government decision-making, Russian rumblings and another state-funded Talvivaara bail-out, YLE News, 18 June 2015

Niinistö: “Europe is not in a state of peace” by Anneli Ahonen, Tiina Juujärvi – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 17 June 2015

Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different by David Crouch, The Guardian, 17 June 2015

Wednesday's papers: Pondering Putin's prescriptions and forget the sunblock, you won't need it, YLE News, 17 June 2015

Niinistö to discuss Ukraine and EU on President Putin visit, YLE News, 16 June 2015

Tuesday's papers: Wage deal analysis, presidential bust-up, and how to cut sick leave rates? YLE News, 16 June 2015

National Wage Agreement offers 16 euro a month rise by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 16 June 2015

Thousands protest education cuts in Helsinki, YLE News, 15 June 2015

Monday's papers: President defends Kremlin visit, new data centre, and Mixu gets the boot, YLE News, 15 June 2015

Online surveillance is key for national security, Niinistö states by Pekka Torvinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 15 June 2015

President: Growing military presence in the Baltic region, YLE News, 14 June 2015

Defence Minister: US plans to install weapons in Baltics part of reassurance policy, YLE News, 14 June 2015

President opening foreign and security policy debate, YLE News, 14 June 2015

Finland's marathon man faces long haul with eurozone's other straggler by Szu Ping Chan, The Telegraph, 13 June 2015

Growing risk of segregated neighbourhoods, YLE News, 13 June 2015

Newspaper poll: Half of Finns oppose longer working hours, YLE News, 13 June 2015

When the Doves Disappeared', by Sofi Oksanen by Paul Gould, Financial Times, 12 June 2015

Finland is most popular destination for Russian tourists by Sirpa Pääkkönen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 12 June 2015

Sipilä: Reform first, impact assessment later by Virve Kähkönen, Juha-Pekka Raeste – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 12 June 2015

Government postpone cuts in unemployment benefits by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 12 June 2015

Friday's papers: Soini flip-flop? Shipping woes, wealthy woes and bomb scare details, YLE News, 12 June 2015

Foreigners puzzled by cramped and pricey flats in Helsinki by Marja Salmela, Noona Bäckgren – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 11 June 2015

Finland slashes development aid by 43% amid fears others may follow by Georgi Gotev, The Guardian, 11 June 2015

Thursday's papers: Anti-austerity protests, academics slam gov't plans, and 1000 Nicki Minaj cut-outs flood Senate Square, YLE News, 11 June 2015

Number of libraries halved since 1980s, YLE News, 11 June 2015

Wednesday's papers: FM lambasted, disabled man beaten and high rents decried, YLE News, 10 June 2015

Intercepted ceramic artefact not from Syria, YLE News, 9 June 2015

Finns no longer believe they live in an equal society, study claims, YLE News, 9 June 2015

Tuesday's papers: Executive pay cuts, ISIS returnees, cottages make for way for nuclear site, YLE News, 9 June 2015

Charlie Hebdo satirists shred Finns Party in latest issue, YLE News, 8 June 2015

Monday's papers: Soini badmouthed, Finns' tick fear, literature exchange boom, YLE News, 8 June 2015

Were the antiquities going to Russia from Syria or Iran or France? Conflict Antiquities, 7 June 2015

Finland exports electricity to Russia for first time, YLE News, 7 June 2015

Turku's medieval summer – golden ticket to new tourist markets? YLE News, 6 June 2015

Newspaper poll: Most Finns willing to work a longer week, YLE News, 6 June 2015

Finland's richest get the most out of domestic expenses tax deductions, YLE News, 5 June 2015

Isis-looted treasures seized en route to Russia, YLE News, 5 June 2015

Friday's papers: A rush to wind power, nuclear backers not worried, and why is it so chilly? YLE News, 5 June 2015

Fearful of Putin, Finland Explores NATO Membership by Mark Seip, Newsweek, 4 June 2015

Employers to continue facing hurdles in hiring foreigners by Katja Boxberg – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 4 June 2015

Government to cut back on military crisis management by Eeva Palojärvi – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 4 June 2015

Thursday's papers: Military stops Russian land purchase, Happy Birthday Mannerheim and FA's Greek trip under fire, YLE News, 4 June 2015

Estonia, Finland oppose EU refugee distribution plan, YLE News, 3 June 2015

Opposition furious over broken election promises by Martta Nieminen, Olli Pohjanpalo – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 3 June 2015

Army resignations up after reserve letter, YLE News, 3 June 2015

Wednesday's papers: Government troubles, Aarnio's salary, and cheaper petrol in Russia, YLE News, 3 June 2015

Tuesday's newspapers: New rules for ministers, nearly 10,000 computers missing in Espoo, sea rescue from cruise ship fall, YLE News, 2 June 2015

The Finnish Disease by Paul Krugman, International New York Times, 1 June 2015

Proposed asylum seeker re-settlements would cost Finland roughly €10M by Anna-Liina Kauhanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 1 June 2015

Monday's papers: Blacklisted MEP criticises FM's downplay of list, 36 rapes on Baltic cruise ships last year, summer brings coach, rail price wars, YLE News, 1 June 2015

Young Karelians face blacklisting by Kremlin over Finns Party visit, YLE News, 1 June 2015

Foreign Minister Soini plays down Russian blacklist, says it's "no surprise", YLE News, 31 May 2015

Circus-themed rooms, a sauna scrub-down and the world's most beautiful Burger King: Highlights of wonderful, wacky Helsinki by Jonathan Ray, Mail Online, 30 May 2015

Government renewable fuel target “ambitious but achievable”, YLE News, 30 May 2015

European Broadcasting Union urges Yle to boost diversity, YLE News, 30 May 2015

Finnish MEP on new Russian blacklist, YLE News, 30 May 2015

Finland Not Afraid to Criticize Russia — New Foreign Minister by Reuters, The Moscow Times, 29 May 2015

Ministers pressed on broken election promises, YLE News, 29 May 2015

Government's new proposal to labour market organisations: take it or leave it by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 29 May 2015

Young immigration sceptic elected as Parliamentary speaker, YLE News, 29 May 2015

President appoints new cabinet, YLE News, 29 May 2015

We Asked Non-Finns React To Photos Of Finnish Stuff And Now They're All Jealous by Tabatha Leggett, BuzzFeed, 28 May 2015

Thursday's papers: New government under the microscope and Finland's FIFA conundrum, YLE News, 28 May 2015

“African men should submit to forced sterilisations” by Heidi Lämsä – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 27 May 2015

Wednesday's papers: New cabinet predictions, daycare savings drive and new mosque for Helsinki? YLE News, 27 May 2015

Finland for the Finns? by Anna Vesterinen, openDemocracry, 26 May 2015

European Commission to propose that 700 asylum seekers be relocated to Finland by Piia Elonen, Anna-Sofia Nieminen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 26 May 2015

Tuesday's papers: Ministry of Environment to stay, EU wants Finland to take 688 Mediterranean refugees, 'maternal instinct' saves 16-month-old from meningitis, YLE News, 26 May 2015

Over 2,500 queue for free food - charity workers concerned about possible cuts, YLE News, 25 May 2015

Monday's papers: Gov't talks make progress, cash payments rare and still no receipts, YLE News, 25 May 2015

New Finnish Government Raises NATO Stakes by Gerard O'Dwyer, Defense News, 24 May 2015

La austeridad deja de funcionar en su feudo finlandés por Nerea Castro, Iniciative Debate, 24 de mayo de 2015

Finland calls in ONE MILLION troops in the 'event of war' amid growing Russia aggression by Levi Wichester, Express, 22 May 2015

Friday's papers: Comfortable public sector salaries, multi-national air exercises, and cross-border bears, YLE News, 22 May 2015

World Village festival kicks off – without Charlie Hebdo tribute, YLE News, 22 May 2015

Moomins on the Riviera review – folksy Finns rock the Cote d'Azur by Steve Rose, The Guardian, 21 May 2015

Finland tells 900,000 reservists their roles 'in the event of war' by Nick Squires, The Telegraph, 21 May 2015

Thursday's papers: Aarnio's loyalty card misstep, Helsinki summer job blues, thanks PKN, and Koivu's BBQ battle, YLE News, 21 May 2015

President Niinistö: geopolitics is back, YLE News, 20 May 2015

Anneli Jäätteenmäki elected as European Parliament Vice-President, YLE News, 20 May 2015

Wednesday's papers: PKN disappointment, post-election surge, radioactive worries and golden prospects, YLE News, 20 May 2015

Lordy! Another first for Finland at Eurovision by Mark Bosworth, BBC News, 19 May 2015

Tuesday's papers: Few details on new 4 billion euro savings plan, ‘where is sex-messaging MP?' matriculation time rolls around, YLE News, 19 May 2015

Finland rejecting unaccompanied minors seeking asylum – against ECJ judgement, YLE News, 19 May 2015

Finland and the Moomins: On troll patrol in a fairytale landscape by Tracy-Ann Oberman, The Independent, 18 May 2015

Watch: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, peers talk learning disabilities, YLE News, 18 May 2015

Monday's papers: Finns Party MP "sent sex messages," Ikea ditches Helsinki store plans, PKN hits Eurovision red carpet, YLE News, 18 May 2015

Helsinki fills with runners, food and art, YLE News, 16 May 2015

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