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.

 

Flags fly for Kalevala Day – national epic still resonates after 180 years, YLE News, 28 February 2015

President Niinistö: Nemtsov shooting "a cruel and reprehensible act", YLE News, 28 February 2015

Niinistö to Swedish press: Russia wants to destabilize Ukraine, YLE News, 27 February 2015

Karelian news service begins at Yle, YLE News, 27 February 2015

Friday's papers: Election issues, whistle blowing on tax evaders, printed ads still preferred, YLE News, 27 February 2015

Unemployment rose slightly in Finland by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 27 February 2015

Treasure map designed to lure tourists to remote Finnish hamlet by Clare Dowdy, Financial Times, 26 February 2015

Quarter-million scrape by on minimum benefits in Finland, YLE News, 26 February 2015

Thursday's papers: 'Sote' reform, shopping mall drugs, fat conscripts and wood over ice, YLE News, 26 February 2015

Amnesty reprimands Finland for treatment of asylum seekers by Suvi Vihavainen– Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 25 February 2015

Parliamentary committee rejects public call to scrap compulsory Swedish lessons, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Research: Mobile phones more important to Finns than work or relationships, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Amnesty raps Finland on refugee, transgender rights, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Health policy, summer jobs, a Marilyn revival and unboxing the new baby box, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Business lobby debt clock shows govt debt piling up at 9,000 euros a minute, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Para redescubrir a Sibelius por Miguel Pérez Martín, El País, 24 de febrero de 2015

Finland greenlights Greek loan extension, YLE News, 24 February 2015

'I am Charlie' exhibit forced to close in Helsinki, YLE News, 24 February 2015

Tuesday's papers: MP's own 2.6bn euro budget cut ideas, Kesko CEO on threat of foreign chains, and sauna is good for your heart, YLE News, 24 February 2015

Yle to read The Koran cover to cover on radio series, YLE News, 24 February 2015

Monday's papers: Wolf hunt blocked, winter-spring weather questions, and a missing Danish man's 110 km mysterious journey, YLE News, 23 February 2015

Finnish small talk: minimal but effective, YLE News, 22 February 2015

Friday's papers: the Auer trial, SOTE drama, and implementing gender-neutral marriage, YLE News, 20 February 2015

BCSO/Oramo review – like green shoots breaking through concrete by Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 19 February 2015

The rise and fall of the far right in Finland by Anna Leszkiewicz, New Statesman, 19 February 2015

Large companies continue shedding jobs by Joonas Laitinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 19 February 2015

Negotiations on reforms of bargaining system fails by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 19 February 2015

Free contraception causes big drop in youth abortion and STDs, YLE News, 19 February 2015

Number of Russian Christmas tourists to Finland plummets, YLE News, 19 February 2015

Thursday's papers: Looming economic collapse in Russia, defence plan reaction, Auer cries foul and secret kidney ailments, YLE News, 19 February 2015

Finland and Sweden lay groundwork for crisis co-operation by Elina Kervinen, Kari Huhta – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 18 February 2015

Expert: Finnish-Swedish defence effort plans "major decision", YLE News, 18 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Defence co-operation, Stingy meals on wheels, Centre party inevitability, and a container shortage thanks to Russian recession, YLE News, 18 February 2015

Metal music an important part of Finland's "brand", YLE News, 18 February 2015

Hotline a first step towards closer Finnish-Swedish defense co-operation, YLE News, 17 February 2015

FinMin Rinne: Greece deal unlikely soon, YLE News, 17 February 2015

Tuesday's papers: Home-grown terror threat, Yle controversy and Finland's economy fares worse than Greece, YLE News, 17 February 2015

Municipalities take fewer quota refugees in 2015, YLE News, 17 February 2015

Monday's papers: Denmark shootings, skiing holidays, shifting party loyalties, and NATO, YLE News, 16 February 2015

Philharmonia/Salonen review – virtuoso skills and immaculately wrought vocals by George Hall, The Guardian, 15 February 2015

Finnish police up supervision of malls and traffic hubs, YLE News, 15 February 2015

Jewish community receives police protection – Braced for potential copycat strikes, YLE News, 15 February 2015

President Niinistö condemns terrorism and attacks on freedom of speech, YLE News, 15 February 2015

FIIA researchers: Minsk ceasefire agreement contains proof of Russian involvement in Ukraine, YLE News, 13 February 2015

‘The Winter War', by Philip Teir Review by Josh de la Mare, Financial Times, 13 February 2015

Foreign Minister: Talk of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine ”premature”, YLE News, 13 February 2015

Friday's papers: The Minsk agreement, age and economy, dreams of eternal youth, YLE News, 13 February 2015

Exodus of Russian Capital Strikes Finnish Economy by Reuters, The Moscow Times, 12 February 2015

Niinistö and Stubb see hope in Ukrainian ceasefire, YLE News, 12 February 2015

Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle/Kavakos review – eloquent exploration of Sibelius by Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 12 February 2015

Telecoms entrepreneur aims to revive Finland's fortunes by Richard Milne, Financial Times, 12 February 2015

Stora Enso publish a human rights assessment by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 12 February 2015

5th year in a row - Finland tops press freedom index, YLE News, 12 February 2015

Thursday papers: Ukraine talks, what Finns fear, and sweets in the streets, YLE News, 12 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Beer backtracking, airport infrastructure and a familiar name returns to Finnish football, YLE News, 11 February 2015

Defence Minister wants Finland cyber warfare-ready, YLE News, 11 February 2015

Tuesday's Papers: Fast-tracked deportations, insurance price hike, and will beer plans cost the Centre Party the election? YLE News, 10 February 2015

Germany now Finland's largest trading partner, YLE News, 10 February 2015

Yle: 20 million euros of Finn's money in 'tax haven' HSBC accounts, YLE News, 9 February 2015

Monday papers: Synthetic marijuana, scammers try tricking seniors and one frozen Siberian flying squirrel for sale, YLE News, 9 February 2015

President Niinistö defends use of sanctions at Munich conference on Ukrainian crisis, YLE News, 8 February 2015

Finnish ECB councillor: “No choice” on Greek bonds, YLE News, 7 February 2015

Hbl: No Finnish Navy orders for Russian-owned shipyard, YLE News, 7 February 2015

Air force to take part in joint Finnish-Swedish-US military exercises, YLE News, 6 February 2015

Finland to mull over participation in Estonian military exercise today by Eeva Palojärvi – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 6 February 2015

Defence Minister: ”Russian jets not trustworthy”, YLE News, 6 February 2015

Friday's papers: Mortgage concession, poor pensioners and jet purchase no-no, YLE News, 6 February 2015

Thursday's papers: Inflated social housing costs, Räsänen crash latest, and 'Putin cheese' mystery, YLE News, 5 February 2015

Tampere interfaith gatherings aim to ease immigrant integration, YLE News, 5 February 2015

Finland sells 5-year bond at negative yield by Elaine Moore and Richard Milne, Financial Times, 4 February 2015

Stubb rejects proposal to arm Ukraine by Kaja Kunnas – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 4 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Pyramid schemes, revelations over missing teen, and what was behind government U-turn? YLE News, 4 February 2015

Niinistö to attend Munich security conference, YLE News, 3 February 2015

Data centres to create thousands of jobs by Juhani Saarinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 3 February 2015

Tuesday's papers: Kela's lost millions, Räsänen in hospital, and do you choose your kid's school based on how you vote? YLE News, 3 February 2015

Finnish parents, teachers grapple with children's online activity, YLE News, 3 February 2015

Monday's papers: +50 jobless pains, sluggish remote services, rise in traffic monitoring, YLE News, 2 February 2015

Russian property purchases in Finland at near-standstill, YLE News, 1 February 2015

Foreign design luminaries call for new Finnish triumphs, YLE News, 1 February 2015

Online surveillance is needed to guarantee the safety of Finns, intelligence chief says by Jussi Pullinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 30 January 2015

Friday's papers: Women in gov't, Nokia's tablet, and those annoying FB status updates, YLE News, 30 January 2015

Business think tank: Double the immigration rate, YLE News, 29 January 2015

Companies lament hurdles to hiring foreigners by Katja Boxberg – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 29 January 2015

State-of-the-art Helsinki library to showcase wooden architecture, YLE News, 29 January 2015

Thursday's papers: Vaccinations, more charges against ex-drug chief, costly heating, YLE News, 29 January 2015

DocPoint 2015: films on home and our neighbour, YLE News, 28 January 2015

Immigration accounts for 76% of population growth in Finland by Pekka Mykkänen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 28 January 2015

Citizens' initiative to end zero-hours contracts by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 28 January 2015

Nordea divests coal shares – a canary in the coal mine? YLE News, 28 January 2015

Me & MyCity primary school programme draws int'l interest, YLE News, 28 January 2015

Finland invited to join Air Force exercises in US, YLE News, 28 January 2015

Wednesday's papers: Battle for Debaltseve, SWAT team op, 4G frequencies, swim-hall worries and a secret video camera, YLE News, 28 January 2015

Local food networks attract 200 new customers each day, YLE News, 27 January 2015

Tuesday's papers: Greek economics, expanding supermarket price war, YLE News, 27 January 2015

PM Stubb: No Greek debt writeoffs; open to extension talks, YLE News, 26 January 2015

Monday's papers: Greek elections, Finns Party mutiny and Räsänen's change of heart, YLE News, 26 January 2015

Finland condemns Mariupol rocket strikes in Ukraine, YLE News, 25 January 2015

Ranks of jobless grew by 27,000 last year by Tuomo Pietiläinen, Janne Toivonen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 23 January 2015

Supo: Number of Finnish converts visiting Syria greatly exaggerated, YLE News, 23 January 2015

Friday's papers: ECB package, cyber security, icebreaker for sale, YLE News, 23 January 2015

Davos 2015: Finland opens door to Greece renegotiation by Chris Giles, Financial Times, 22 January 2015

Finland waiting on more details of US-Estonian air force invite, YLE News, 22 January 2015

Finnish conductor to compose for New York Philharmonic, YLE News, 22 January 2015

Thursday's papers: Air exercise invitation, no charges in police shooting, dangers of drink, YLE News, 22 January 2015

Ex-diplomat launches attack on development aid system, YLE News, 21 January 2015

Niinistö meeting EU leaders in Brussels, Stubb to Davos forum, YLE News, 21 January 2015

Wednesday's papers: Obama on the US economy, unemployment in Finland, views on local services, YLE News, 21 January 2015

Niinistö: More info needed on air force exercises, YLE News, 20 January 2015

New Union Confederation planned for 2016 by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 20 January 2015

Unemployment, long-term joblessness up in December, YLE News, 20 January 2015

Tuesday's papers: Food price comparisons, 'the Curse of development aid', and the PM speeds up once again, YLE News, 20 January 2015

BBCSO/Oramo review – electrifying Rachmaninov and Nielsen with nobility by Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 19 January 2015

Current economic crisis already longer than in 1990s by Heikki Arola – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 19 January 2015

US seeks Finnish support for Arctic goals, YLE News, 19 January 2015

Monday's papers: Food price wars begin, backing down from air drills, elder care concerns and an end to slip 'n slide weather, YLE News, 19 January 2015

Dramatic drop in Russian tourism bodes ill, says travel manager, YLE News, 18 January 2015

Party leaders at odds over merits of consensus politics, YLE News, 17 January 2015

Talks of a ‘superunion' raise high hopes for Finland's workers, YLE News, 17 January 2015

Finland does not appeal to asylum seekers by Janne Toivonen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 16 January 2015

Friday's papers: Hazardous roads, Oulu murders, police access to passenger data and super-union talks, YLE News, 16 January 2015

Helsinki decision-makers cool over spending public money on Guggenheim, YLE News, 16 January 2015

Thursday's papers: Foreigner crime stats, Turku Islamist deported and overweight kids cause concern, YLE News, 15 January 2015

Debate over undocumented immigrants' right to health care heats up into a ruckus by Olli Pohjanpalo – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 14 January 2015

Latest indicators: Finnish economy stagnating, YLE News, 14 January 2015

Report puts foreign intelligence gathering, online surveillance on the agenda, YLE News, 14 January 2015

Russia moves first troops to Arctic base near Finnish border, YLE News, 14 January 2015

2014 saw a marked increase in redundancies in the service sector by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 14 January 2015

Finnish experts: Solar and wind power yield cheapest energy, YLE News, 14 January 2015

Wednesday's papers discuss Russia: in the Finnish Parliament, near the border and at sea, YLE News, 14 January 2015

Tuesday's papers: Detentions on the way out, trouble in Malta and Finnish musicians feel the recession pinch, YLE News, 13 January 2015

Haglund: Finnish troops could be in Iraq by March, YLE News, 12 January 2015

Finland named in plan to send non-combat troops to Iraq, YLE News, 12 January 2015

Monday's papers: Mockery warning, tagging low income earners and tax debt forgiveness, YLE News, 12 January 2015

Minister of Justice: Blasphemy law need not be changed, YLE News, 11 January 2015

HS: Communications ministry opposed to extra online surveillance powers, YLE News, 11 January 2015

Tuomioja: Terrorism recognizes no borders, YLE News, 10 January 2015

Tour booklet includes darker sides of Sibelius's life, YLE News, 9 January 2015

Yle survey: Majority of Finns support NATO referendum, YLE News, 9 January 2015

Friday's papers: Terror threat in Europe, tax model from Estonia, YLE News, 9 January 2015

Traffic over Finnish-Russian border drops by one third, YLE News, 8 January 2015

Thursday's papers: Paris attack reaction, ski season opens, and athlete complaints, YLE News, 8 January 2015

Wednesday's papers: Sidestepping sanctions, gauging the political spectrum and skating the frozen sea, YLE News, 7 January 2015

Study: Migration policy promotes foreigner inequality in the workforce, YLE News, 5 January 2015

OP still under attack, Danske Bank also down, YLE News, 5 January 2015

Yle survey: Russian-Finnish relations significantly weakened by Ukraine crisis, YLE News, 4 January 2015

Survey: Finns think they're over-regulated, YLE News, 4 January 2015

Poll: Russia not a security threat for Finland, YLE News, 2 January 2015

Russian visitor crunch bites into Finnish tourism, YLE News, 2 January 2015

2014 the second hottest year in Finnish history, YLE News, 2 January 2015

Finns Party, SDP say poor can't take more austerity, YLE News, 2 January 2015

President emphasises western outlook in New Year speech, YLE News, 1 January 2015

Toivakka: Finland needs Russian visitors by Juha Roppola – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 31 December 2014

Asylum applications from Ukraine rise sharply by Lasse Kerkelä – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 30 December 2014

Tuomioja slams researcher for provocation by Laura Halminen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 30 December 2014

Niinistö and Putin talk Ukraine, YLE News, 30 December 2014

Finland ranked the most stable country in the world, Helsingin Sanomat - Helsinki Times, 29 December 2014

Russians exchanging holidays in Finland for ones at home, YLE News, 25 December 2014

SDP leader: Finland can't join Nato without referendum, YLE News, 23 December 2014

Stubb: Referendum on Nato membership is a possibility by Reetta Heiskanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 23 December 2014

Women's wages fall behind, YLE News, 23 December 2014

Study: Finland's average temperature rising faster than anywhere, YLE News, 22 December 2014

Rouble's collapse stalls passenger traffic on VR's Allegro service, YLE News, 22 December 2014

Finnish soldiers involved in 20-minute gunfight in Afghanistan, YLE News, 22 December 2014

Swedish paper lists 11 reasons to love Finland, YLE News, 20 December 2014

Gender-neutral marriage decision may end Russian adoptions, YLE News, 20 December 2014

PM: Time not right for Finland's NATO membership, YLE News, 20 December 2014

President meets with party chairs to find common ground on security policy, YLE News, 19 December 2014

Friday's paper review: Rouble woes, a car-bombing and Russian ghost flights, YLE News, 19 December 2014

Union: Finnish employees getting poorer as job quality declines, YLE News, 18 December 2014

Finnish development projects under fire in Afghanistan, YLE News, 18 December 2014

SDP passes NCP in newspaper poll, YLE News, 18 December 2014

Thursday's papers: Decline for the NCP, freedom of speech on trial, the collapse of the rouble, YLE News, 18 December 2014

Lessons from Finland: building a co-operative economy by Ed Mayo, The Guardian, 17 December 2014

Humanitarian aid boost amid "record need", YLE News, 17 December 2014

Rouble collapse hits Finland, Forex stops buying Russian currency, YLE News, 17 December 2014

Wednesday's papers: Rouble collapse, a drop in Russian tourism and Estonian criticism of Finnish foreign policy reticence, YLE News, 17 December 2014

Ann Selin elected UNI Global Union president by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 16 December 2014

Tuesday's papers: Aarnio trial begins, Finns Party election hopes and a surprise counterfeit bust, YLE News, 16 December 2014

Finland to take 350 Syrian refugees in 2015, YLE News, 15 December 2014

Monday's papers: Cheap petrol, deaths and DUIs, banishing Monday morning blues, YLE News, 15 December 2014

Väyrynen rejects criticism from Stubb by Tuuli Vattulainen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 15 December 2014

PM: “We have lived for six years beyond our means and the national debt has doubled”, YLE News, 14 December 2014

HS: Four-fifths of Finns support President Niinistö, YLE News, 14 December 2014

Finnish organisations bemoan Lima climate summit outcome, YLE News, 14 December 2014

Civilian planes directed to evade Russian military aircraft, YLE News, 14 December 2014

Clergy fears fragmentation of Lutheran Church, YLE News, 13 December 2014

Nearly 1000 metal workers on sympathy strike, YLE News, 13 December 2014

Dismissal of shop steward brings on the wrath of the trade unions by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 12 December 2014

Friday's papers: More on same-sex marriage, online shopping habits, crowdfunding takes off, YLE News, 12 December 2014

Finnish intelligence: Most who leave to join Isis are Finns, YLE News, 12 December 2014

EU agrees to milk subsidy for Finnish dairy farmers, YLE News, 11 December 2014

Thursday's papers: Unpopular government, cash for clunkers and a new home in Helsinki for Russian diplomats, YLE News, 11 December 2014

Air Force steps up air-policing amid intense Russian activity by Jarmo Huhtanen, Anna-Liina Kauhanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 10 December 2014

Wednesday's papers: Ollila criticism, joint icebreaking risks, forestry worker shortage and railway opposition, YLE News, 10 December 2014

Females with immigrant background feel 'less secure' in Helsinki, YLE News, 10 December 2014

Finland's flight from the country, YLE News, 10 December 2014

Russian planes “exceptionally active” over Baltic, YLE News, 9 December 2014

NGO: Finnish publishers using sweatshop labour, YLE News, 9 December 2014

Tuesday's papers: Child marriage laws, Vantaa set to grow and helping ISIS victims from afar, YLE News, 9 December 2014

¿Caligrafía o mecanografía? por Anna Sabaté Salvador, El País, 8 de diciembre de 2014

Finlandia repudia la cursiva, El País, 8 de diciembre de 2014

Radiation watchdog wants harder look at children and smartphones, YLE News, 8 December 2014

Security Intelligence Service on terrorism: Finland abreast of developments, YLE News, 8 December 2014

Most adults in Finland consider life good, YLE News, 8 December 2014

Finland one of the least corrupted countries in the world by Tuuli Vattulainen, Hannes Nissinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 8 December 2014

Finland, Scandinavia falling short in fight against radicalisation, expert says, YLE News, 8 December 2014

Monday's papers: Centenarian charmer, vandalism, party fortunes, start-up funding and bike snatchers, YLE News, 8 December 2014

Government u-turn on tuition fees, YLE News, 7 December 2014

President Niinistö: Finland has a fine future ahead of it, YLE News, 6 December 2014

Defence Commander: East-west tensions "concerning", YLE News, 6 December 2014

Finnish Independence Day: Galas, protests & war memories, YLE News, 6 December 2014

Fewer than half of international students find work in Finland by Marjukka Liiten – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 6 December 2014

Lunch with the FT: Esa-Pekka Salonen by Laura Battle, Financial Times, 5 December 2014

Friday's papers: Parliamentary rush, a Stubb admission, electronic health care and a trust survey, YLE News, 5 December 2014

2014 Immigrant Man of the Year: Get to know your neighbours, YLE News, 4 December 2014

Workers make a nice living in Finland by Tuomas Niskakangas – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 4 December 2014

Three industrial unions are deliberating on how to intensify cooperation by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 4 December 2014

Thursday's papers: Sweden's political crisis, festival bankruptcy and wolf panic, YLE News, 4 December 2014

Finlandeses, ¿estáis seguros? por Miguel Ángel Bargueño, El País, 3 de diciembre de 2014

Finnish wages above EU average, YLE News, 3 December 2014

Who stands in the bread queue? YLE News, 3 December 2014

Survey: More Finns concerned about Russia, YLE News, 3 December 2014

Wednesday's papers: Tax refunds, cheaper petrol, body cameras and corruption, YLE News, 3 December 2014

Economic chill set to make Finland the sick man of Europe by Tony Barber, Financial Times, 2 December 2014

Finland and Russia deepen energy ties by Richard Milne, Financial Time, 2 December 2014

Finalists chosen in Guggenheim Helsinki design competition, YLE News, 2 December 2014

 

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