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: 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

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

Future looks bright for tourism in Helsinki by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 March 2016

Estonian President warns Finland: "You don't just step in" to NATO, YLE News, 15 March 2016

Tuesday's papers: Jailed foreigner stats, pregnant smokers, man walks away from train crash, YLE News, 15 March 2016

Tempers flare during PM Sipilä's university visit, YLE News, 14 March 2016

Two waitresses fined, pay 3,000 euros in damages for discrimination, YLE News, 14 March 2016

Monday's papers: Immediate job placement trial for asylum recipients, Soini's latest thoughts and record jailbreaks, YLE News, 14 March 2016

Finnish refugee documentary wins film awards, YLE News, 14 March 2016

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro's inquiry into Russian trolls stirs up a hornet's nest by Nick Miller, The Sidney Morning Herald, 13 March 2016

Finnish Red Cross to found health clinic in Greece, YLE News, 13 March 2016

8,000 march against gov't austerity plans in Helsinki, YLE News, 12 March 2016

First annual Helsinki Sauna Day opens 50 saunas to the public, YLE News, 12 March 2016

Writer Aki Ollikainen shortlisted for Man Booker Prize, YLE News, 12 March 2016

New York Philharmonic/Salonen review – explosive and unmissable by Seth Colter Walls, The Guardian, 11 Mar ch 2016

Union confederation accepts ’Finnish model’, YLE News, 11 March 2016

Sipilä: Finnish model would be an important step forward by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 March 2016

Tractors roll into Helsinki for massive farmers' demo, YLE News, 11 March 2016

Friday's papers: Lauri Love, TV star's secret bedroom filming, and surprise wrestling champion returns home, YLE News, 11 March 2016

Mysterious radiation leak traced to paper mill in central Finland, YLE News, 11 March 2016

Hope for the Baltic Sea by Nichoas Wardi, Helsinki Times, 10 March 2016

Thursday's papers: Supercell's super growth, speeding tickets record, Finland's next athletic hero, YLE News, 10 March 2016

Audit: Third of retail stores underpaying foreign-background staff, YLE News, 10 March 2016

Students converge on Helsinki to protest cuts, YLE News, 9 March 2016

Most Finns consider social inequality a key security threat by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 March 2016

Are Foreign Men Taking Finnish women? by Troy L. Woodson, Helsinki Times, 9 March 2016

Wednesday's papers: Radioactivity nearly pinpointed, Borg's advice on economy, workplace harassment, YLE News, 9 March 2016

Finnish radioactive spike traced to nuclear agency's neighbour by AFP, Yahoo! News, 9 March 2016

FMI: Expect earlier springs, effectively winterless southern Finland, YLE News, 9 March 2016

Refugees face added hurdle in migration to the capital, YLE News, 8 March 2016

Outlook for social contract goes from bright to uncertain by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 March 2016

EK pours cold water on social contract hopes by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 March 2016

Tuesday's papers: Bad poker and strange bedfellows on labour deal, and a sunny Easter on the way, YLE News, 8 March 2016

How Finland Became Europe’s Bear Whisperer by Reid Standish, Foreign Policy, 7 March 2016

Helsinki set to rumble as war games take over capital, YLE News, 7 March 2016

SAK gives provisional green light for labour market accord, YLE News, 7 March 2016

National Conciliator: Failure to agree on social contract could lead to a crisis by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 March 2016

Monday's papers: Lacking eldercare, family income equality, Selänne comment drama, bus greetings, YLE News, 7 March 2016

Police polled: Asylum-seeker crisis serious threat to Finnish security, YLE News, 6 March 2016

PM Sipilä: "No Plan B" – labour law revamp shelved, YLE News, 5 March 2016

Bank of Finland casts doubts on Government's €1bn savings target by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 March 2016

Four SAK member unions walk away from labour market deal, YLE News, 4 March 2016

Flow of asylum seekers to Lapland comes to halt by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 March 2016

Turku bus card offer converts thousands of motorists to public transport, YLE News, 4 March 2016

GTK: "Geothermal could completely replace fossil fuel for heating", YLE News, 4 March 2016

Friday's papers: Tyre scandal fall-out and fist bump fury, YLE News, 4 March 2016

Multiculturalism: The Finnish edition by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 3 March 2016

Police: Xenophobic street patrols unwelcome in Mikkeli, YLE News, 3 March 2016

Finland aims to expand training ops in Iraq, YLE News, 3 March 2016

Orpo: Nordic cooperation in returning rejected asylum seekers, YLE News, 3 March 2016

Report: Hate speech most common form of discrimination in Finland, YLE News, 3 March 2016

Touching or creepy? Artist creates sculpture of that harrowing image of tragic migrant child Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the sand by Jay Akbar, Mail Online, 3 March 2016

Yle Poll: SDP rising, govt coalition slipping, voters more uncertain, YLE News, 3 March 2016

Thursday's papers: Thatcher's lessons for Finland, NCP and the basic income, and a new billionaire in Finland, YLE News, 3 March 2016

Government accepts 'social contract', YLE News, 2 March 2016

CENSORED! Facebook Boneheads Ban Reputable Donbass News Agency And Its Finnish Founder by Doninews, Russia Insider, 2 March 2016

Wednesday's papers: Student aid cuts, Lockheed late fees, new tobacco laws, YLE News, 2 March 2016

Puumala: Proposed cuts in student financial aid are excessive by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 March 2016

Education Ministry eyes cuts to student financial aid, YLE News, 1 March 2016

PM: Labour accord comes up short, 1.5 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts still likely, YLE News, 1 March 2016

Asylum seekers' job hunt delayed by long queues, YLE News, 1 March 2016

Editors defend 'trustworthy media' in joint statement, YLE News, 1 March 2016

Tuesday's papers: 'Social contract' reaction, trust in the media and the cost of deportation, YLE News, 1 March 2016

Sipilä: A number of questions remain unanswered by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 1 March 2016

The Sound of Silence: Jean Sibelius and the symphony that never was by Sudip Bose, The American Scholar, 29 February 2016

A broad labour market pact is born - and the burden will be heavy for employees by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 29 February 2016

Finland's social contract explained: Three more working days, pension fee hikes and more, YLE News, 29 February 2016

Orpo: Putin's statement on refugee flows a promising sign by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 29 February 2016

Finland: The sick man of Europe? by Andrew Walker, BBC News, 29 February 2016

Monday's papers: Tire scandal history, phone booth startup, winter not over yet, YLE News, 29 February 2016

Finnish Cultural Foundation awards unprecedented 25 million euros, YLE News, 29 February 2016

Sandhja to represent Finland at Eurovision, YLE News, 28 February 2016

Negotiators optimistic about revived labour accord talks, YLE News, 28 February 2016

SAK: Daycare price hikes will force women to stay home, YLE News, 28 February 2016

Safe Passage supporters march in Helsinki to “defend human dignity”, YLE News, 28 February 2016

US To Assume Higher Profile in Nordic Exercises by Gerard O'Dwyer, Defense News, 27 February 2016

Employment Minister: Educating and then repatriating migrants is development aid, YLE News, 27 February 2016

PM Sipilä cautiously optimistic about Putin’s call to control “foreign foes”, YLE News, 26 February 2016

Pilot to shake up lesson structure starts next autumn in 50 upper secondary schools, YLE News, 26 February 2016

Friday's papers: Failed heist, sexual harassment, immigration and retail woes, YLE News, 26 February 2016

Rules on local bargaining under intense negotiation by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 25 February 2016

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic V: Lost Hero – Tears for Esbjörn review – a fitting tribute by John Fordham, The Guardian, 25 February 2016

Migrant info soon gathered with app, YLE News, 25 February 2016

Thursday’s papers: Finland's dependency ratio, Tampere's Dubai dreams, and ex-Keva director says downfall due to ex, YLE News, 25 February 2016

Niinistö: Joint military exercises not a means to re-define security policy by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 February 2016

President Niinistö: US joint exercises are for military and technical practice, YLE News, 24 February 2016

Defence Ministry: Publicising Finnish-US military exercises poorly handled, YLE News, 24 February 2016

OECD working group raps Finland over slow progress on fighting bribery, YLE News, 24 February 2016

Amnesty slams Finland for violence against women, detention of under-age migrants by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 24 February 2016

Top official doubts large numbers of refugees will transit Russia, YLE News, 24 February 2016

Wednesday's papers: Criticism from Amnesty, student financial aid cuts, Facebook for machines, YLE News, 24 February 2016

Sipilä: Basic income should encourage job-seeking by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 24 February 2016

Why is Finland’s healthcare system failing my family? by Ed Dutton, The Guardian, 23 February 2016

Sanctions on unemployed up four-fold in three years, YLE News, 23 February 2016

Stubb: Military exercises with US should come as no surprise to anyone by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 February 2016

Tuesday's papers: Face transplant, medical costs, uni applications, and NATO, YLE News, 23 February 2016

Monday's papers: Brexit, drugs, stalking, and the lure of the Northern Lights, YLE News, 22 February 2016

EU to intensify monetary union: Finnish position tentative, YLE News, 21 February 2016

Bank of Finland predicts country will be cash-free by 2029, YLE News, 21 February 2016

MP bemoans lack of information on US military exercises, YLE News, 20 February 2016

Finland responds positively to Britain's EU deal, YLE News, 20 February 2016

Flow of asylum seekers a way for Russia to test Finland, says Minister of Defence by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 February 2016

Finland must develop its immigration and integration policies, researchers state by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 February 2016

Local govts may provide primary education for adult refugees, YLE News, 20 February 2016

Forecast: Nearly one-third of Vantaa residents will speak a foreign language in 2030, YLE News, 19 February 2016

Friday's papers: 'Sote' again, sauna mishap, and Obama lauds Timonen, YLE News, 19 February 2016

US armoured fighting vehicles to join Finnish war games, YLE News, 19 February 2016

Iraqi 'refugees' who left Finland because they didn't like the weather kiss the ground as they return to their home country by Corey Charlton, Mail Online, 19 February 2016

Finland flies 103 former asylum seekers to Iraq, YLE News, 18 February 2016

Esther Yoo: Sibelius and Glazunov Concertos CD review – rounded, vibrant and sumptuous by Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 18 February 2016

Thursday's papers: Immigration threat report, VR loophole closed, daughter poisoned cake, YLE News, 18 February 2016

Parliament approves same-sex marriage legislation, YLE News, 17 February 2016

Ahtisaari: Assad's role should be decided by a democratically elected body by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 February 2016

Wednesday's papers: Flu deaths, Ahtisaari speaks up, buses still cheapest, YLE News, 17 February 2016

Recommend a Refugee web service for asylum seekers launches, YLE News, 16 February 2016

Tuesday's papers: Baby swaps, metro wrangle, payday loans and Åland's crisp battle, YLE News, 16 February 2016

 

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