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.

 

Monday's papers: Summer weather ahead, plentiful summer jobs, and schools ditching grades, YLE News, 21 May 2018

Youth unemployment lingers at 18% amid cuts to programmes and education, YLE News, 20 May 2018

Finland in the World Press: Finns don't care much for praise and Niinistö reacts to U.S. withdrawal from Iran deal by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 18 May 2018

New laws on zero-hours contracts do little to help by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 18 May 2018

All Points North Podcast #14: Anu Koivunen, the #metoo campaign and trail running in Finland's forests, YLE News, 18 May 2018

Friday's papers: Sote savings stramash, Defence Minister suggests male-only conscription, and coach under fire as Lions flop, YLE News, 18 May 2018

Finland moves to ease restrictions on non-EU workers, YLE News, 17 May 2018

Bank of Finland: High household debt can lead into vicious economic circle by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 May 2018

Thursday's papers: EU and Trump, fewer children, fees for tourism, the start of Ramadan, YLE News, 17 May 2018

Wednesday's papers: Turku stabbing trial, more sote strife and tips for hot days at the office, YLE News, 16 May 2018

The borrowers: why Finland's cities are havens for library lovers by Tash Reith-Banks, The Guardian, 15 May 2018

Tuesday's papers: Gaza clash, end of Finland's Civil War, police drones, and no complaints about the weather, YLE News, 15 May 2018

Monday's papers: Negative income tax, anti-Roma racism, Eurovision cost, YLE News, 14 May 2018

All Points North Podcast #13: Mikko Kiesiläinen on abolishing uni entrance exams, academic plagiarism by politicos, and should Finland Fixit? YLE News, 12 May 2018

Finland Is the Happiest Country in the World, and Finns Aren't Happy about It by Frank Martela, Scientific American, 11 May 2018

Finland in the World Press: Thumbs down for basic income and child abuse sentence upheld by Supreme Court by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 11 May 2018

Bitter people worry more about immigration, claims new study by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 11 May 2018

Finland to ease family reunification for refugee children, YLE News, 11 May 2018

Friday's papers: Youth snus use up, Laestadian business secrets, Saara Aalto prepares for Eurovision, YLE News, 11 May 2018

Finland, Sweden and the US Deepen Their Defense Cooperation, Finland Today, 10 May 2018

15 fascinating untranslatable Finnish words we need in English by Tiina Kokki, Matador Network, 9 May 2018

Wednesday's papers: Everyday racism, pollen problems and feisty seagulls, YLE News, 9 May 2018

Finland, Sweden and US deepen defence cooperation in Washington, YLE News, 8 May 2018

Four face charges over alleged discrimination against Finnish-Russian dual citizen, YLE News, 8 May 2018

Tuesday's papers: Estonian rail dreams, military service exemptions and trans education, YLE News, 8 May 2018

Activation model has cut benefits for 80,000 people, confirms Kela by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 May 2018

Monday's papers: Swedish asylum policy, Alko monopoly future, skyscraper colour conundrum, YLE News, 7 May 2018

Police: Iraqis and Afghans main suspects in reported asylum seeker crimes, YLE News, 7 May 2018

Finnish leaders commemorate centenary of Kyösti Kallio's famous reconciliation speech, YLE News, 5 May 2018

US Embassy issues security alert for US citizens in Finland, Finnish intelligence says no added threat, YLE News, 5 May 2018

Finland in the World Press: Kela refutes Scottish claims and disagrees with narrative on universal basic income by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 4 May 2018

All Points North Podcast #12: Maryan Abdulkarim on myths about feminism, the #metoo movement and a divisive rail project in Lapland, YLE News, 4 May 2018

Friday's papers: Sex crime laws under fire, worker shortages and traveller's guilt, YLE News, 4 May 2018

Study: Regular sauna bathing significantly reduces the risk of stroke, YLE News, 3 May 2018

WHO: Finland has the world's cleanest air, YLE News, 3 May 2018

Thursday's papers: Promises, baby box dispute and advice on dealing with bears, YLE News, 3 May 2018

Universal Basic Income Didn't Fail in Finland. Finland Failed It by Antti Jauhiainen and Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen, The New York Times, 2 May 2018

Essayah: Finland shouldn't rush to undermine its leader status in health care by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 May 2018

Wednesday's papers: Taxi deregulation, unisex barracks and government trust issues, YLE News, 2 May 2018

Union: Activation model cuts benefit payments by 80m euros, YLE News, 1 May 2018

YLE: Activation model has led to rise in disability pension applications by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 1 May 2018

Majority of unemployed job-seekers see their benefits cut due to the new legislation by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 30 April 2018

Monday's papers: Crime-free kids, Lempäälä latest and a boost from Bernie, YLE News, 30 April 2018

Officers' Union: Dual Finnish-Russian citizens not suitable for certain military positions, YLE News, 29 April 2018

President Niinistö: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un welcome to Finland for talks promoting peace, YLE News, 28 April 2018

Universal basic income: Why is Finland giving free money to its unemployed? by Shehab Khan, Independent, 27 April 2018

All Points North Podcast #11: Dr. Faith Mkwesha and Eva Anttila discuss a controversial NGO campaign and making food aid conditional, YLE News, 27 April 2018

Friday's papers: Welfare benefit reform, Harkimo hits the market square and Kärpät title celebrations, YLE News, 27 April 2018

Finnish social, health care leaders increasingly critical of reform plans, says survey, YLE News, 26 April 2018

Finlandia niega una extensión de la renta básica universal más allá de 2018 por EFE, El País, 26 abril 2018

Thursday's papers: Continuing gov't tensions, new university rector, dust and more dust, YLE News, 26 April 2018

Finland in the World Press: 17-25 April 2018 by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 25 April 2018

Finland's basic income organisers correct inaccurate media reports of trial's premature death, YLE News, 25 April 2018

Finland denies claims universal basic income experiment has fallen flat by Shehab Khan, Independent, 25 April 2018

Finland drops again in Press Freedom Index rankings, YLE News, 25 April 2018

Wednesday's papers: Gov't "confidence crisis", carbon neutral cities and Pirkanmaa's employment boom, YLE News, 25 April 2018

Finland Has Second Thoughts About Giving Free Money to Jobless People by Peter S. Goodman, The New York Times, 24 April 2018

NGO honours refugee activists from Iraq, Afghanistan, YLE News, 24 April 2018

Mykkänen rejects calls to detain asylum seekers awaiting deportation by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 24 April 2018

Tuesday's papers: Prison extremism, corruption claims and basic income, YLE News, 24 April 2018

Finland to end basic income trial after two years by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 23 April 2018

Finland's basic income trial falls flat by Laurence Peter, BBC News, 23 April 2018

Finnish President Niinistö and Trump discuss Arctic, other issues in phone call Monday, YLE News, 23 April 2018

Sipilä defends government's proposals to encourage hiring by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 April 2018

Monday's papers: Cyberdefense, recycling targets and May Day weather, YLE News, 23 April 2018

rotests inevitable if government proceeds with plans, says PAM's Selin by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 April 2018

All Points North Podcast #10: Licia Prehn on disabilities, Ville Seuri on political tremors and Finland's favourite foods, YLE News, 20 April 2018

I believe in the UN, but it needs to examine its conscience over Syria by Martti Ahtisaari, The Guardian, 20 April 2018

Mykkänen: Finland to assess asylum system after French court cancels return by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 April 2018

IS: Harkimo leaves National Coalition to establish new political association by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 April 2018

Friday's papers: Harkimo fallout, sote speculation and a Ukrainian refugee, YLE News, 20 April 2018

Thursday's papers: Political shake-up, Trump-Kim meeting place, and bulletproof car found, YLE News, 19 April 2018

The Finnish Government wants to make fixed-term employment and dismissals easier by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 18 April 2018

Wednesday's papers: Yle's new boss, poll movements, and a novel route to Tallinn, YLE News, 18 April 2018

Turku aims to be carbon neutral by 2029 in new urban strategy, YLE News, 17 April 2018

Finlandia prohíbe usar carbón como energía para 2029 por Kristin Suleng, El País, 17 abril 2018

Tuesday's papers: Two court trials to watch, top public company earnings, and an impractical 500K car, YLE News, 17 April 2018

Finland in the World Press: 5-16 April 2018 by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 16 April 2018

Monday's papers: Key witness in Turku stabbing trial leaves country, private health care woos small towns, and kids online, YLE News, 16 April 2018

Ski centres eye uncertain future as winters warm, YLE News, 14 April 2018

Finnish leaders react with apprehension to US, British and French air strikes on Syria, YLE News, 14 April 2018

Finland's first-graders to start learning foreign language in spring 2020 by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 April 2018

Study: Girls in Finland more open to different cultures than boys, YLE News, 13 April 2018

All Points North Podcast #9: Janne Oivio on the NBA's star Finnish player, the high cost of kids' sports and the trials of learning Finnish, YLE News, 13 April 2018

Finns' health care scores will be grouped anonymously, assures Saarikko by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 April 2018

Friday's papers: Paavo's problems, life expectancy shocks and 24 hour karaoke, YLE News, 13 April 2018

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn't be simpler by Harry Quilter-Pinner, The Guardian, 12 April 2018

Finland only EU country to reduce homelessness as problem grows across Europe, YLE News, 12 April 2018

Finland tweaks 'activation model', hires 200 more employment advisors, YLE News, 12 April 2018

Prominent Ethiopian dissident tells Finland to stop sending aid: "It's propping up tyranny", YLE News, 12 April 2018

Thursday's papers: Budget tweaks, tougher on crime, easier access to mental health care, and home is a dangerous place, YLE News, 12 April 2018

Mental health-related sick leaves becoming more common in Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 April 2018

Wednesday's papers: Budget surprise, health register and Egyptian arrival, YLE News, 11 April 2018

Revamped temporary EU travel document to boost deportations from Finland, YLE News, 10 April 2018

Talouselämä: Social exclusion of young men a reason for low birth rate in Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 10 April 2018

Tuesday's papers: Reporter harassment, police recruiting problems and Markkanen marches on, YLE News, 10 April 2018

Finland cuts development aid spending by 21m, YLE News, 10 April 2018

Monday's papers: Syrian gas attack, too few kids, abandoned bikes, YLE News, 9 April 2018

Roma minority asks Finns to look beyond the stereotypes, YLE News, 8 April 2018

Poll: Close to 50% want to make income-related unemployment benefit available to all, YLE News, 7 April 2018

Ombudsman: Urgent action needed to tackle child poverty in Finland, YLE News, 6 April 2018

All P oints North Podcast #8: Matti Apunen, Pamela Spokes, the controversial 'activation model' and Veikkausliiga, YLE News, 6 April 2018

Friday's papers: Failed reform, asylum policy pondering and a puddle warning for motorists, YLE News, 6 April 2018

Finland's 'activation model' brings benefit cuts for 94,000 people, YLE News, 5 April 2018

Thursday's papers: Helsinki rebellion, trade war and football postponements, YLE News, 5 April 2018

Wednesday's papers: Supreme Court president slams Aliens Act, body found in Tampere, trans man gives birth, YLE News, 4 April 2018

Police: Almost half of planned asylum seeker removals are called off by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 April 2018

Data show women, certain nationalities more likely to be granted Finnish residence permits, YLE News, 3 April 2018

Researcher: Racism debate in Finland focusing on white people's feelings, YLE News, 3 April 2018

Study: Ethnic profiling in Finland continues despite legal prohibition, YLE News, 3 April 2018

Tuesday's papers: Segregated job market, help for convicts and upcoming spring, YLE News, 3 April 2018

Poll: One in five cutting down on social media, YLE News, 2 April 2018

EU removes border limits on online streaming services, YLE News, 1 April 2018

 

 

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