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.

 

Despite higher subsidies, fewer asylum seekers return home voluntarily, YLE News, 20 January 2018

Polls: Finnish presidential race tightening, YLE News, 19 January 2018

Alma Media: Niinistö takes big hit in poll, second round may be needed after all by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 January 2018

Helsinki to offer year's worth of contraceptive pills to under 25-year-olds by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 January 2018

Lahti to reward residents for cutting emissions, YLE News, 19 January 2018

Friday's papers: Presidential race tightens, paternal leave under review, and Labradors still top dog, YLE News, 19 January 2018

NBI: Case about search of journalist's home should be handled behind closed doors, YLE News, 18 January 2018

Thursday's papers: Basic income v "activation", pandas arrive in Ähtäri, and a Finnish gift for British royal, YLE News, 18 January 2018

Wednesday's papers: Advance voting, Espoo blamed and a new boss at the book fair, YLE News, 17 January 2018

Civil War still divides Finland after 100 years, poll suggests, YLE News, 16 January 2018

Tuesday's papers: Lapland labour, booze smugglers and ski tracks open in Helsinki, YLE News, 16 January 2018

Unions plan big anti-government rally in Helsinki in February, YLE News, 15 January 2018

Researchers: Skewed PISA test results misunderstood, YLE News, 15 January 2018

Finnish government extends Patria's export permit to UAE by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 January 2018

MDI: English should be an official language of contact in Greater Helsinki by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 January 2018

Monday's papers: Campaign funders, killer flu, underground museum, YLE News, 15 January 2018

Every Fifth Cleaner Has an Immigrant Background, Finland Today, 13 January 2018

Money for nothing: is Finland's universal basic income trial too good to be true? by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 12 January 2018

Economist: Controversial jobless activation model could lead to "fake employment" figures, YLE News, 12 January 2018

Friday's papers: Measles worries, big dividend expectations and an Olympic uniform vote, YLE News, 12 January 2018

Transport minister unsure why Finnish ships face increased scrutiny in Russian harbours, YLE News, 11 January 2018

Norwegian paper: Finnish personnel carriers in use in Yemeni war, YLE News, 11 January 2018

Thursday's papers: Dearer food, prosecutor grumbling and more criticism for unemployed 'activation' plan, YLE News, 11 January 2018

Finnish gov't plan for jobless: Apply for work weekly - or lose benefits, YLE News, 10 January 2018

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 10 January 2018

Wednesday's papers: Metro mess, urbanisation and a priestly problem with payments, YLE News, 10 January 2018

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 January 2018

KSML: Controversial HS story on intelligence centre to be probed by press watchdog, YLE News, 9 January 2018

Tuesday’s papers: Energy fusion, presidential debate, meat prices and the difficulty of flirting, YLE News, 9 January 2018

Consumers in Finland increasingly having trouble paying bills, YLE News, 8 January 2018

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 January 2018

Monday's papers: Storm knocks out power, army cyber woes, and diversity for emergency services, YLE News, 8 January 2018

Sauna improves health by lowering blood pressure and artery stiffness, study finds, YLE News, 7 January 2018

Environment Minister proposes coal-free Finland by 2025, YLE News, 6 January 2018

Public survey: Kekkonen, Niinistö and Koivisto top-ranked presidents in Finnish history, YLE News, 6 January 2018

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 January 2018

Lintilä: Government stands behind activation model despite growing criticism by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 January 2018

Finnish economists: Temporary wage cut could help immigrants find jobs by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 January 2018

Finland raises asylum approval rate after court setbacks, YLE News, 3 January 2018

“Punishing people for lack of results”: One man's fight against new unemployment benefit rules, YLE News, 3 January 2018

Tourist influx triggers food-delivery boom in Finnish Lapland, YLE News, 3 January 2018

Survey: Finns increasingly concerned about climate change, YLE News, 2 January 2018

President Sauli Niinistö: Time to make peace with the past, YLE News, 1 January 2018

Citizens' initiative to roll back unpopular plan to activate unemployed reaches 50k-signature target, YLE News, 28 December 2017

Surprise rise in Helsinki carbon emissions, coal main culprit, YLE News, 28 December 2017

Google to finance development of Union project by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 28 December 20.17

Helsinki to Tallinn in 15 minutes: New travel options set to revolutionise life in Finland, YLE News, 27 December 2017

Finnish woman launches fundraiser for British wheelchair-bound Turku defender, YLE News, 27 December 2017

Brain drain of Finnish researchers continues into second decade, YLE News, 27 December 2017

Viewing Finland from afar, This Is Finland, December 2017

75% of Finns expect Niinistö to win re-election in first round of voting by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 December 2017

Finland's sole Latin radio news programme dodges the axe – until 2019, YLE News, 24 December 2017

Climate change in Lapland: The impact of global warming in the land of Santa Claus by Josh Gabbatiss, Independent, 23 December 2017

Finland to take in 750 quota refugees, ignoring calls to raise figure, YLE News, 22 December 2017

Education Minister: High school students should be allowed to study—and graduate—in English, YLE News, 22 December 2017

Government's efforts to activate job seekers are undermining competitiveness pact, says Selin by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 December 2017

Finnish government agrees on details of freedom of choice bill by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 December 2017

Friday's papers: Benefit changes, intelligence job perks, day care at night, YLE News, 22 December 2017

A woman's euro is 76 cents: Pension data shines light on pay inequality, YLE News, 21 December 2017

Thursday's papers: New Year tin termination, Christmas gifts for the poor, and sote solution, YLE News, 21 December 2017

Finland's Largest Paper Faces Treason Charges for Reporting on Helsinki's Extensive Spying on Russian Military by Tyler Durden, Russia Insider, 20 December 2017

Wednesday’s papers: New Hakkarainen misconduct claim, Onnibus cartel fight and Finnish peacekeeping espionage, YLE News, 20 December 2017

President Niinistö shrugs off concerns of damage from documents leak, YLE News, 19 December 2017

Longer opening hours, stronger drink in groceries, higher taxes - new alcohol legislation passes Parliament, YLE News, 19 December 2017

Finnish MP has to leave debate on alcoholism to check on drunk political aide with suspected alcohol poisoning by Jon Stone, Independent, 19 December 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 December 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 December 2017

Tuesday's papers: Parliament Christmas party mess, Niinistö poll lead and intelligence law latest, YLE News, 19 December 2017

Finnish President downplays Russian media buzz over journalist's smoking hard drive, YLE News, 18 December 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 December 2017

Media leaders: Police search of journalist's home a "radical development", YLE News, 18 December 2017

Monday's papers: Intelligence documents leak, heavy concert accident, the job's in your genes, YLE News, 18 December 2017

, Helsinki Times, 16 December 2017

Defence Forces file criminal complaint over newspaper's intelligence story, YLE News, 16 December 2017

Survey: Reception centre area residents embrace diversity, reject "certain ethnicities", YLE News, 16 December 2017

Municipal union poll suggests widespread sexual harassment, YLE News, 16 December 2017

Survey results on discrimination causes intensive discussion by Franka Kermer, Helsinki Times, 15 December 2017

Ministry earmarks 80k for fight against female genital mutilation, YLE News, 15 December 2017

Most presidential candidates wouldn't provide direct military assistance to Estonia by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 December 2017

Finnish Government Awards German Chancellor Angela Merkel With Gender Equality Prize, Finland Today, 15 December 2017

Friday's papers: Sipilä on the EU, Tampere pensioner eviction and imported Christmas trees, YLE News, 15 December 2017

Thursday's papers: Election debate, Lapland booming, holiday travel, YLE News, 14 December 2017

Yle publishes English-language presidential election compass, YLE News, 14 December 2017

Finland investing 114 million in climate work in developing countries, YLE News, 13 December 2017

Wednesday's papers: Winter travel woes, Helsinki mosque road bump, voters want candidates with Nato positions, YLE News, 13 December 2017

#metoo: Finnish MPs tackle issue of sexual harassment, YLE News, 12 December 2017

Finland to get list of "safe countries" for quick asylum seeker deportations, YLE News, 12 December 2017

Yle buys permanent rights to Aki Kaurismäki film collection, YLE News, 12 December 2017

Tuesday's papers: Racism in Finland, robot buses in Lapland, and theme park auction, YLE News, 12 December 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 December 2017

Monday’s papers: Niinistö's train odyssey, winter lightning, Bitcoin burning, YLE News, 11 December 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 December 2017

Is the pride of a nation misplaced – how Finnish was Sibelius after all? by Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 8 December 2017

Clinic for undocumented migrants wins human rights award, YLE News, 8 December 2017

Friday's papers: Big lead for Niinistö, SMS dismay and shower shambles for Lions, YLE News, 8 December 2017

Thurday's papers: Independence day party and protests, YLE News, 7 December 2017

by Per Olsson, Socialist World, 6 December 2017

Trade unions are an important part of the success of Finland's 100 years of independence by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 6 December 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 6 December 2017

Parents hail Helsinki move to begin language instruction earlier, YLE News, 6 December 2017

Finland's centennial celebrations kick off with coffee, buns -- and karaoke, YLE News, 5 December 2017

This is the only country where dads spend more time with kids than moms by Alexandra Topping, The Guardian, 5 December 2017

Tuesday's papers: Children's event vs. far-right march, euthanasia, top Finns, and tax refunds, YLE News, 5 December 2017

Finnish households' debt burden remains a concern by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 December 2017

Finland has lot to do to weed out tax evasion, says report by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 December 2017

New Industrial Union all set to begin work after first joint Congress by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 4 November 2017

Finland should stay militarily non-aligned: prime minister by Tuomas Forsell, Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters, 4 December 2917

Niinistö: Modern security threats almost impossible to anticipate by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 December 2017

Monday's papers: Tech and teaching, triple shooting in Vantaa, raising a cup coffee for 100 years of independence, YLE News, 4 December 2017

Finland Is Flourishing After 100 Years of Independence by Simon Nixon, The Wall Street Journal, 3 December 2017

Sacred fell to be world's biggest light show – Sámi people left out, says researcher, YLE News, 3 December 2017

HS: Fewer Finns against immigration, YLE News, 3 December 2017

Greens to submit interpellation on education inequality, YLE News, 2 December 2017

Loathing European Bourgeois Society: the Films of Kaurismaki and Haneke by Louis Proyect, CounterPunch, 1 December 2017

President Niinistö: Decisions on military exercises next spring, YLE News, 1 December 2017

Party poll: Social Democrats edge closer to NCP, YLE News, 1 December 2017

Women in cultural industries take #MeToo stand, YLE News, 1 December 2017

Friday's papers: Slush and snow, fatal military accident, identity theft, YLE News, 1 December 2017

Finnish hacker Lauri Love appeals against extradition to US, YLE News, 1 December 2017

18 reasons why Finland is the greatest country on Earth, The Telegraph, 30 November 2017

Finnish court bans Neo-Nazi movement, YLE News, 30 November 2017

Climate change and international terrorism are growing concerns for Finns by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 30 November 2017

YLE: Niinistö has consolidated position as presidential front-runner by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 30 November 2017

Helsinki votes to approve healthcare for undocumented migrants, YLE News, 30 November 2017

Thursday's papers: Finlandia fuss, police on drugs, presidential beginnings and two princes in Finland, YLE News, 30 November 2017

Joining NATO would help Finland's security but unlikely for now: finance minister by Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell, Reuters, 29 November 2017

NATO Official: Alliance Should Defend Sweden, Finland if Attacked by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, 29 November 2017

Study: Interest in NATO waning, faith in EU stable, YLE News, 29 November 2017

Swedish-speaking Finnish women make stand against harassment, YLE News, 29 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Dirty cities, Espoo bus cravings and celeb spotting, YLE News, 29 November 2017

Lighting up the landmarks: Finland illuminates five sites in nine days to celebrate centenary, YLE News, 28 November 2017

Italy to illuminate Colosseum for Finland's 100th birthday, YLE News, 28 November 2017

Tuesday's papers: Bourse Club bother, Väyrynen's return and speed limit slowdown, YLE News, 28 November 2017

Lockout in ski resorts by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 27 November 2017

Monday's papers: Volcanic tension, populist alliance, insect farming and glamour in Kilkenny and Vegas, YLE News, 27 November 2017

Toxic glowing organism poses new threat to Baltic Sea, YLE News, 26 November 2017

Conflict avoided in the ICT-sector by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 26 November 2017

Two difficult industrial disputes has been resolved by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 24 November 2017

Defence Minister blames media for military exercises furore, YLE News, 24 November 2017

Friday's papers: From Syria with love, Rovio's share price slide and bread made from bugs, YLE News, 24 November 2017

"Gold rush" for cricket snacks startup as Finland legalises edible insects, YLE News, 23 November 2017

Sipilä: Islam's growing presence a challenge for Finland, Europe by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 November 2017

Thursday's papers: Rising anti-psychotic drug use by kids, uproar over child sex abuse verdict, rebranding Finland's famous baby box, YLE News, 23 November 2017

Helsinki City Board votes to increase rights of undocumented immigrants by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Rape acquittal, status of Swedish and a transgender baseball star, YLE News, 22 November 2017

JHL Union Council: Public sector employees also deserve better purchasing power by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 21 November 2017

Finnish Defence Minister criticised for premature talk of military drills with US Defence Secretary, YLE News, 21 November 2017

Social workers plead with policy makers to increase child welfare resources by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 21 November 2017

Tuesday's papers: Slippery roads, pop-up icebreakers, busy social workers and another tax deadline, YLE News, 21 November 2017

“Finns Party were rotten inside, immature,” Soini tells Financial Times by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 November 2017

Monday’s papers: Big business vs SMEs, crime and punishment, education and inclusivity, YLE News, 20 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Yachts and gambling linked to typical Finnish-owned Malta businesses, YLE News, 19 November 2017

Academic: Finnish failure to ratify 30-year old indigenous people's treaty an "urgent" matter, YLE News, 17 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 November 2017

Watch: Fireball in northern Finnish skies either meteor or space trash, expert says, YLE News, 17 November 2017

Friday's papers: Union pay bumps, restraining orders and Finnish EU feminism, YLE News, 17 November 2017

Thursday's papers: Election predictions, Spanish instruction, public breastfeeding, and teenage language use, YLE News, 16 November 2017

Finnish expert: Russia's Zapad 2017 war games were not anti-Nato drills, YLE News, 15 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Alternative budgets, Metro fever, and Indian baseball, YLE News, 15 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Kone heir Antti Herlin used millions to rescue tax haven bank, YLE News, 14 November 2017

Survey: Majority of Finns feel effects of fake news, YLE News, 14 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 November 2017

Tuesday's papers: Presidential debate, police confusion and bad news for Finland's schools, YLE News, 14 November 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 November 2017

Monday's papers: Upgrading EU defence, religion out of daycare, making it easier to get a driving license, YLE News, 13 November 2017

Foreign Minister Soini to Visit Schools to Root Out Radicalization, Finland Today, 10 November 2017

Defence officias set up hotline between Finland and Russia, YLE News, 10 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Finnish firm's owner's money flows "could tarnish the reputation of the whole stock exchange", YLE News, 10 November 2017

Friday's papers: Sipilä's recollections, Metro announcement, and food spending divide, YLE News, 10 November 2017

Helsinki is One of the Most Welcoming Cities in the World, According to a Recent Study by Shashank Mane, Finland Today, 9 November 2017

Finnish court blocks deportation of Kurdish men facing Turkish prison, YLE News, 9 November 2017

Finland to join NATO defence ministers' meeting in Brussels, YLE News, 9 November 2017

Thursday's papers: Secret Sipilä meeting, train to China, northern light show, YLE News, 9 November 2017

Finland not asking for security guarantees from US, says Niinistö by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 November 2017

Niinistö: United States asked Finland to send more troops to Afghanistan by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Defence debate, youth civics and Uusikaupunki property boom, YLE News, 8 November 2017

Finland invites USA to join main military exercises, YLE News, 7 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Nordea loaned billions to tax haven-based shipping firms, YLE News, 7 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Minister says gov't agencies shouldn't practice aggressive tax avoidance, YLE News, 7 November 2017

Tuesday's papers: Mattis in Helsinki, Estonian returnees and boozing pensioners, YLE News, 7 November 2017

US Defence Secretary: US-Finland ties never stronger, YLE News, 6 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Finnish development finance agency holds 8 mil in tax haven fund, YLE News, 6 November 2017

Monday's papers: Texas tragedy, defence minister goes solo, inappropriate teacher behaviour and lost packages, YLE News, 6 November 2017

Poll: 59% of Finns opposed to joining NATO, YLE News, 5 November 2017

Un duplicado de Helsinki bajo el suelo por Belén Domínguez Cebrián, El País, 5 noviembre 2017

Finland making plans to host large-scale joint military exercises, YLE News, 4 November 2017

US Defence Secretary James Mattis to visit Helsinki next week, YLE News, 4 November 2017

Net payments plummet: Finland drops to bottom of EU contributor list in 2016, YLE News, 4 November 2017

Finland plans military drill with United States and Sweden by Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters, 3 November 2017

Soini denies claims that Finland wants Russia to join EU's hybrid threat centre by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 November 2017

Friday's papers: Wasted school food, Nordic Council language question, top journalism prize, YLE News, 3 November 2017

Yle party poll: Centre recovers as Greens, Finns Party falter, YLE News, 2 November 2017

Finns scoop up Nordic prizes for film, music, books and environment, YLE News, 2 November 2017

Thursday’s papers: Terror and election probes, tricky overnight copter landing, X-C ski trails open in Oulu, YLE News, 2 November 2017

Electrical workers' strike in the technology industry by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 2 November 2017

Time to elect shop stewards by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 1 November 2017

Wednesday's papers: Tax day, reindeer scam and schooling in Helsinki, YLE News, 1 November 2017

 


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