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.

 

Andersson: “PM doesn't understand that it's his responsibility to dispel suspicions” by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 December 2016

Finnish police carrying out forced returns of rejected Iraqi asylum seekers, YLE News, 2 December 2016

Friday's papers: PM's email exchange, Soini 'threatened by suicide bomber,' Nokia-branded phones return, YLE News, 2 December 2016

Yle poll: SDP retains lead, YLE News, 2 December 2016

Poll: Finnish support for Nato membership still low, YLE News, 1 December 2016

Finnish PM's emails land him in press freedom row by Richard Milne, Financial Times, 1 December 2016

Finnish PM Sipila caught up in press freedom row, BBC News, 30 November 2016

Guggenheim Helsinki Museum Plans Are Rejected by Nina Siegal, The New York Times, 30 November 2016

 

I am sorry, something went wrong and I lost some of the older material on this page. I will try and correct the problem as soon as possible.

Tuesday's papers: Shopping for fighter planes, special ops in action, thwarting drunken cruises and a drop in abortions, YLE News, 22 November 2016

Helsinki churches begin drive to shelter undocumented migrants, YLE News, 21 November 2016

Helsinki to host hub aimed at curbing cyber warfare threats, YLE News, 21 November 2016

Finland plans to set up center to counter 'hybrid' threats by Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters, 21 November 2016

Niinistö: Roles of security authorities in responding to hybrid threats should be clarified by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 21 November 2016

Monday's papers: Reform school horrors, sweet taxes, ethnic incitement...and more Saara Aalto, YLE News, 21 November 2016

Cloth diapers to be removed from maternity package – NGOs critical, YLE News, 21 November 2016

Migri to update security assessments for Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan, YLE News, 19 November 2016

Friday's papers: Racism regret, daycare plaudits, employment boost and pessimism's lethal effects, YLE News, 18 November 2016

Thursday's papers: Stubb urges EU-US "new deal," Oulu gets IoT research centre, neo-Nazis plan Independence Day march, YLE News, 17 November 2016

Firms vary in adaptation of 24 extra working hours, YLE News, 16 November 2016

Wednesday's papers: Sipilä's Talvivaara love-in, electricity supply concerns, YLE News, 16 November 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 November 2016

Tuesday's papers: The fate of returnees, climate and energy concerns, abusive train conductor, YLE News, 15 November 2016

Many companies give up on extend working hours despite the national Competitiveness Pact by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 14 November 2016

Soini: Europe should strike a deal with Trump, YLE News, 14 November 2016

Monday's papers: Tech problems for voters and pensioners, drug crimes, and more about Trump, YLE News, 14 November 2016

Foreign Trade and Development Minister concerned about Trump’s climate policy, YLE News, 13 November 2016

Puzzling migration fluke brings thousands of Siberian birds to Finland, YLE News, 13 November 2016

Finnish cities struggle to shelter undocumented migrants, YLE News, 12 November 2016

Friday's papers: Budget balancing, Swedish airspace violations, Ahtisaari day, YLE News, 11 November 2016

Trump's ascension to power to only have indirect effects on Finland, views Soini by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 10 November 2016

Sipilä: Trump taking White House unlikely to affect Russo-Finnish relations by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 10 November 2016

Thursday's papers: Finland weighs implications of Trump presidency, YLE News, 10 November 2016

President Niinistö congratulates Trump, PM asks VP-elect for meeting, YLE News, 9 November 2016

President Niinistö: The Relations Between Finland and the U.S. Are Closer Than Ever by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 9 November 2016

Wednesday's papers: Finnish press covers Trump's dramatic victory, YLE News, 9 November 2016

Division between left and right-wing parties has widened in Finland, finds survey by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 November 2016

Finland strikes pension tax agreement with Portugal by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 November 2016

Tuesday's papers: US election jitters, Tampere catches tram, E-car subsidy rumours, Moomin mugs for drugs, YLE News, 8 November 2016

President Niinistö: Security discussion in Finland sharply divided, YLE News, 7 November 2016

Government debates how to meet emissions goals, YLE News, 7 November 2016

Finnish documentary wins big in Leipzig, Good News from Finland, 7 November 2016

Finnish music takes over Berlin, Good News from Finland, 7 November 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 November 2016

Monday’s papers: FBI fumbling, hockey humbling, X Factor ecstasy – and more snow, YLE News, 7 November 2016

by Pedro Aibéo, Helsinki Times, 5 November 2016

Affordable Helsinki flats on offer for musicians – soundproofing included, YLE News, 5 November 2016

Finland to shift biofuel and electric vehicle usage into high gear, YLE News, 4 November 2016

Kauniainen residents move to block underage asylum seeker reception centre, YLE News, 4 November 2016

Finland rises to 3rd on global prosperity index, Good News from Finland, 4 November 2016

Friday's papers: Helsinki housing boom, surprise takeover offer, and Guggenheim details, YLE News, 4 November 2016

Russian Foreign Ministry dismisses Supo property fears as Russophobia, YLE News, 3 November 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 November 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 November 2016

Thursday's papers: New surprise Guggenheim proposal, first snow aftermath, and top-earning retirees, YLE News, 3 November 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 November 2016

Wednesday's papers: Tax Day 2, end of coal and Eremenko revelations, YLE News, 2 November 2016

Tuesday's papers: Taxes, repossessions and restaurant swindlers, YLE News, 1 November 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 31 October 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 31 October 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 31 October 2016

Union group warns of growing gender wage gap, YLE News, 31 October 2016

Monday's papers: Getting tougher on smokers, book fair draws crowds, risqué calendars for good causes, YLE News, 31 October 2016

With regional jobless rate at 26%, foreigners still face uphill struggle finding work, YLE News, 30 October 2016

Nigel Kennedy; Oxford lieder festival; London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Vänskä – review by Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 30 October 2016

Prosecutor confirms: Ilja Janitskin detained in Spain, YLE News, 29 October 2016

Unemployment continues to creep up among highly educated, says Akava by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 28 October 2016

Friday's papers: Minister dispute, metro postponement, first homes shunned, positive asylum decision, YLE News, 28 October 2016

Finnish FinMin answers Commission, YLE News, 28 October 2016

Finnish teachers and schools – what’s the fuss? by Kirsti Lonka, Good News from Finland, 7 October 2016

Report: Over 400,000 living on less-than-minimum budget, YLE News, 27 October 2016

Iraqi mother and child denied leave to appeal by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 27 October 2016

LPO/Vänskä review – remarkable clarity and a powerful sense of shape by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 27 October 2016

Former Miss Finland is 12th woman to accuse Trump of sexual assault by Scot Bixby, The Guardian, 27 October 2016

Finns ready to disclose amount they earn to advance gender equality by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Unin News from Finland, 27 October 2016

Left Alliance to propose launch of a six-hour workday trial by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 27 October 2016

Thursday's papers: More Fennovoima delays? Ex-Miss Finland accuses Trump of groping, VR's costly graffiti war, YLE News, 27 October 2016

European Commission: Finland's economy among worst in EU, YLE News, 26 October 2016

Government earmarks additional €38M for costs arising from immigration by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 26 October 2016

Social Democrats back on top of polls by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 26 October 2016

Finland ranks in top 3 travel destinations for 2017, YLE News, 26 October 2016

Wednesday's papers: Hijacking false alarm, officials under fire in incest case, bounce in speeding tickets, YLE News, 26 October 2016

Foreign nationals suspects in one-fifth of sexual offenses, YLE News, 26 October 2016

Investors look to profit from quicker integration of immigrants, YLE News, 25 October 2016

More money for asylum seekers, farmers and job-seekers in extra budget, YLE News, 25 October 2016

Finland supports measures to stop unauthorised movement of asylum seekers by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 October 2016

Tuesday's papers: Rumour rebuttal, incest case, boulevard plans and Turku football row, YLE News, 25 October 2016

Supreme Administrative Court torpedoes deportation appeal for Iraqi mother and child, YLE News, 24 October 2016

Defence Minister: Arms exported to conflict areas only on case by case basis, YLE News, 24 October 2016

Government criticised for allowing arms exports to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 24 October 2016

NGOs push for action on Syria with Helsinki march, concert, YLE News, 24 October 2016

Monday's papers: X Factor, Åland football...and serious news too, YLE News, 24 October 2016

Report: Middle East now Finland's biggest arms export market, YLE News, 23 October 2016

Left Alliance pushes to criminalize underpayment of wages, YLE News, 22 October 2016

Finland sees post-Brexit jump in Brits seeking citizenship, YLE News, 22 October 2016

Police launch investigation into Finnish-Syrian aid worker, YLE News, 21 October 2016

A story too good to be true – The toy smuggler of Aleppo's jihadist connections, made-up stories and an orphan project run aground by Maria Manner and Paavo Teittinen, Helsingin Sanomat, 21 October 2016 (text and video)

“Today Is One of the Heaviest Days of My Life” by Cathy Breen, ZNet, 21 October 2016

IT and retail sectors hit hard by redundancies by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Unin News from Finland, 21 October 2016

Friday's papers: Unemployment clampdown, presidents meet, clown scare, NHL-Laine, YLE News, 21 October 2016

Finland, Estonia not ruling out new sanctions against Russia, YLE News, 20 October 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 October 2016

Thursday's papers: Åland visit, Estonian president, and Eremenko surfaces, YLE News, 20 October 2016

Finland takes tougher stand on Syrian conflict, YLE News, 19 October 2016

Finland sees propaganda attack from former master Russia by Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell, Reuters, 19 October 2016

Wednesday's papers: Election funding, snobby students and Nazi priests, YLE News, 19 October 2016

Lithuanian President slams 'aggressive' Russian moves, Finland aims to 'calm tensions', YLE News, 18 October 2016

Tuesday's papers: The homeless, more doubts about Finnish-Syrian toy smuggler, teen rage, YLE News, 18 October 2016

WWF: Finnish wildlife already feeling the burn from climate change, YLE News, 18 October 2016

Finnish-Syrian toy smuggler quits SDP after paper reports jihadi ties, YLE News, 17 October 2016

Finnish troops take a back seat during Mosul offensive, YLE News, 17 October 2016

Finland joins EU Foreign Ministers to discuss war in Syria, YLE News, 17 October 2016

Timo Soini: "El Brexit muestra que algo va mal. La UE debe recuperar la confianza de la gente” por Adrián Soto, El País, 17 de octubre de 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 October 2016

Rising rouble brings shopping Russians back, YLE News, 17 October 2016

Monday's papers: Growing industries, toy smuggler's connections, health insurance up, Aalto in running, YLE News, 17 October 2016

Greens party chair, university rectors critical of education budget plans, YLE News, 16 October 2016

Daily: Nobel laureate’s advice causes govt to walk back university education cuts, YLE News, 16 October 2016

Award-winning Kaurismäki movie now a Donald Duck comic, YLE News, 16 October 2016

Finland among signatories to international deal to cut HFCs, YLE News, 15 October 2016

Minister: Finland could accept more quota refugees to discourage illegal immigration, YLE News, 15 October 2016

Council of Europe wants Finland to step up efforts to combat hate speech and xenophobia by Enrique Tessieri, Migrant Tales, 14 October 2016

Finland to host UN aid summit on Syria, YLE News, 14 October 2016

New York Philharmonic/Kaija Saariaho review – staking out new terrain

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 October 2016

Friday's papers: Doping mess, underage migrants, Dylan Nobel, city murals, YLE News, 14 October 2016

Ringing church bells pay tribute to victims in war-ravaged Syria, YLE News, 13 October 2016

Thursday's papers: Politicians wrangle over parental leave and micro-business tax breaks, metro expansion to spawn more malls, YLE News, 13 October 2016

Wednesday's papers: Police shot man in Mikkeli, embassy tax-free details published, headmaster accused of embezzlement, YLE News, 12 October 2016

Hot smoked salmon, sensational saunas and 180,000 lakes: Why breath-taking Finland is the ultimate rustic escape by Rosie Gizauskas, Mail Online, 11 October 2016

Tuesday's papers: Amping up Supo, more good news for Turku shipping, embassy black market and traffic zoning in Tampere, YLE News, 11 October 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 October 2016

Facing the music: Osmo Vänskä, The Guardian, 10 October 2016

Nobel laureate prescribes focus on universities, entrepreneurship for Finland’s economic woes, YLE News, 10 October 2016

Finland Steps Up Defense Cooperation With US, Eyes NATO Membership, Sputnik, 10 October 2016

Monday's papers: Immigration attitudes, curriculum revamp, mystery skull, YLE News, 10 October 2016

Handicapped Iraqi denied asylum twice, YLE News, 10 October 2016

Thousands of denied asylum-seekers to be turned away – Interior Ministry assures sufficient resources, YLE News, 9 October 2016

Hiccup in plans to close Spanish income tax loophole, YLE News, 9 October 2016

Kela director: Finland's system of social benefits is unsustainable, YLE News, 8 October 2016

Karelian Dream: The Foreigners Who Have Made Their Home in Russia's North by Sergei Khoroshavin, Russia Insider, 8 October 2016

Iltalehti poll: Finns would accept fewer asylum seekers, but ban extremist right-wing groups, YLE News, 8 October 2016

Russia denies both airspace violations, PM Sipilä promises thorough investigation, YLE News, 7 October 2016

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work Will Sign an Agreement on Defense Cooperation Between Finland and the U.S. in Helsinki Today, Finland Today, 7 October 2016

Russian jets suspected of violating Finnish airspace on Thursday by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 October 2016

Friday's papers: Latvian booze cruising, wind farm outrage, municipal hockey jolly and a very Finnish catastrophe, YLE News, 7 October 2016

Mapped: The world's safest countries - Saudi Arabia and Rwanda beat the UK by Oliver Smith, The Telegraph, 6 October 2016

Finnish President Niinistö spoke with Russia's President Putin, YLE News, 6 October 2016

Thursday's papers: Half of Finland lives within 200 km of Helsinki, underage asylum seekers and Cheek tells all, YLE News, 6 October 2016

Report: More males than females granted asylum in Finland in 2015, YLE News, 5 October 2016

A model for regional de-escalation by Risto Volanen, 5 October 2016

Wednesday's papers: Carbon dispute, Saudi teachers, Ahtisaari's advice and elk accidents, YLE News, 5 October 2016

Interior Minister: Afghan repatriation linked to EU aid, YLE News, 5 October 2016

Calder Quartet/Komsi review – Eötvös Sirens' test is navigated superbly by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 4 October 2016

Advantages of euro exit could outweigh disadvantages, claims think tank by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 October 2016

Tuesday's papers: Missile aftermath, 11 in meth ring sentenced, first snow falls, YLE News, 4 October 2016

These are the 11 most educated countries in the world by Thomas Colson, Busines Insider Nordic, 3 October 2016

Finland accused of not sharing findings with investigators by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 October 2016

The Wait Is Over. Finland's Education System Travels by Kristiina Helenius, Amcham Finland, 3 October 2016

Monday's papers: Highway shooting details, unpopular reforms, and free workers, YLE News, 3 October 2016

Parishes prepared to help people denied asylum, YLE News, 1 October 2016

Before tougher policies, Finland ranked below European average for negative asylum decisions, YLE News, 1 October 2016

Finnish Foreign Ministry: The Netherlands regrets missile test fallout, YLE News, 1 October 2016

For older articles go to the archive: Finland's foreign policy, Finland's political and social life, Finland's political history, Immigration in Finland