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.

 

Norway wants to give Finland a mountain for its birthday in ‘unprecedented show of kindness between countries’ by Christopher Hooton, Independent, 24 January 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 24 January 2017

Tuesday's papers: Berner hits brakes on transport reform, fewer foreign students, fast treatment for depression, YLE News, 24 January 2017

Ukraine's Poroshenko and Finland's Niinistö meet for talks, YLE News, 24 January 2017

Finland Offers to Organize Meeting Between Trump and Putin, The Moscow Times, 23 January 2017

"Deserters": Defence Minister slams reservists for switching to civilian service, YLE News, 23 January 2017

Helsinki to launch online whistleblower service, YLE News, 23 January 2017

Monday's papers: Easing car sales, gambling problems, work permit delays, and not even close to spring yet, YLE News, 23 January 2017

Finland focusing on the plight of Syrian women and girls, YLE News, 23 January 2017

Finnish politicos react to Trump inauguration, YLE News, 21 January 2017

Finns Party popularity slumps to seven-year low, YLE News, 21 January 2017

Friday’s papers: Bumpy ride for minister’s road reform proposal – and it’s Trump time, YLE News, 20 January 2017

Transport Minister claims road privatisation will be a bigger change than invention of car, YLE News, 19 January 2017

The people have spoken - rye bread is the national food, YLE News, 19 January 2017

Thursday’s papers: Major corruption scandal in Helsinki, Social Democrats reject Nato, celebrity sex tape trial continues, YLE News, 19 January 2017

Paper Workers' Union pull out of a planned merger of four industrial unions by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 19 January 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 January 2017

Sipilä: May's Brexit speech had two important things for Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 January 2017

Wednesday's papers: Killer on the loose, pension cuts loom, wheelchair racer wins big, Moomins uncensored, YLE News, 18 January 2017

Finland funding cuts a ‘catastrophe’ for research by Ellie Bothwell, The World University Rankings, 17 January 2017

Finland's euro exit would be dangerous, says well-known economist by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 17 January 2017

Tuesday's papers: Honours for tyrants, Soini slaps down Sebu and Bottas celebrates contract, YLE News, 17 January 2017

Iraq refuses to accept forced returns from Finland, negotiations to continue, YLE News, 16 January 2017

Will Finland's basic income trial help the jobless? by Maija Unkuri, BBC News, 16 January 2017

Seven go on trial for people smuggling, YLE News, 16 January 2017

Monday's papers: Free transport, same-sex marriage, local elections, luxury in Lapland, YLE News, 16 January 2017

Finns flock to the cinema, 8.7 million tickets sold last year, YLE News, 15 January 2017

Finnish President mulls changing political landscape as Trump prepares to take office, YLE News, 14 January 2017

Niinistö to meet Putin twice in 2017, YLE News, 14 January 2017

The world's leading travel guides pin Finland as a must-visit destination in 2017 — here are some of the country's pearls by Tom Turula, Busines Insider, 13 January 2017

Helsinki's first electric buses hit the road on Monday, YLE News, 13 January 2017

Police Commissioner: Hate crimes in rapid rise, YLE News, 13 January 2017

Friday's papers: Storm causes trotting horse deaths, Finns Party Halla-aho's popularity increasing, dads grow cannabis for real estate, YLE News, 13 January 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 January 2017

PM Sipilä says he hasn't considered giving up ownership steering job, YLE News, 12 January 2017

Daily: Finland planning to buy new counter artillery system, YLE News, 12 January 2017

Thursday's papers: Storm rocks cruise ships, Migri to update security assessments, wolves spotted in southern Finland, YLE News, 12 January 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 12 January 2017

Chancellor of Justice confirms complaints over PM Sipilä’s biotech firm ties, YLE News, 11 January 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 January 2017

Wednesday’s papers: Congestion charge opposition grows and PM's "terrible Tuesday" continues, YLE News, 11 January 2017

PM’s children sell off stake in engineering firm that won order from state mining company, YLE News, 10 January 2017

State firm Fortum saves near-bankrupt tech firm part-owned by PM Sipilä’s children, YLE News, 10 January 2017

Iltalehti: PM lobbied for Finnish biotech in India – company partly owned by his children received 110 million euro deal, YLE News, 10 January 2017

Tuesday's papers: Gov't denies defense tax, PM's business promo, aging population, driverless cars, YLE News, 10 January 2017

International ski school offers free lessons to immigrant children, YLE News, 10 January 2017

Finland's basic income experiment begins: one man looks forward to a new start, YLE News, 9 January 2017

Monday's papers: Defense tax, Finns wary of Trump, cheaper motoring, fake lawyer, YLE News, 9 January 2017

"When can I retire?", Pension scheme changes raise questions, YLE News, 8 January 2017

Faith in job security returns as economic upswing talk continues, YLE News, 7 January 2017

Finnish brain drain picks up speed, entire research groups now moving abroad, YLE News, 6 January 2017

Social worker: Emergency housing for homeless merely temporary solution, YLE News, 6 January 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 6 January 2017

Finland Has a New Social Experiment: Giving People Free Money by Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian.com, 5 January 2016

Study: Close to two-thirds of Finnish girls reject future career in science or technology, YLE News, 5 January 2017

Russian President confirms summer visit to Finland, YLE News, 5 January 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 January 2017

Three Finns Party politicians in court over online hate speech, YLE News, 4 January 2017

Sibelius: In the Stream of Life; Pohjola’s Daughter etc review – Finley brings power and finesse by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 4 January 2017

Nerg: Finnish authorities concerned about security risk posed by illegal immigrants by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 4 January 2017

Land of £475 a month dole - even if you work: Unemployed in Finland to be paid £6,000 a year as part of social experiment by David Wilkes, Mail Online, 4 January 2017

Finland experiments with a basic income scheme for unemployed by Dylan Brethour, openDemocracy, 3 January 2017

Finland launches universal basic income pilot of 560 Euros a month by Harriet Agerholm, Independent, 3 January 2017

Finland introduces basic income for unemployed by Umut Uras, Al Jazeera, 3 January 2017

Risk of growing social inequality is real, says Sipilä by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 January 2017

Finland trials basic income for unemployed by Associated Press, The Guardian, 3 January 2017

Finland Becomes First Country to Provide Citizens Basic Income, teleSUR, 2 January 2017

Una renta básica en la sociedad de la inteligencia por Milagros Pérez Oliva, El País, 2 enero 2017

Asylum applications in Finland plunged in 2016, YLE News, 2 January 2017

EU is now needed more than it has been in decades, says President Sauli Niinistö by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 January 2017

President Niinistö: Russia and US could sideline EU, YLE News, 1 January 2017

100,000 Strong Celebrate the Centenary of Finland's Independence on New Year's Eve in Helsinki by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 1 January 2017

President Putin Congratulates Finland On the Country's Independence Jubilee Year, Finland Today, 31 December 2016

Nicola Sturgeon hands out first ‘baby boxes' to Scottish newborns to mark New Year by Jon Stone, Independent, 31 December 2016

Saunas, knitting, 'snow swimming': Finland kicks off centenary celebrations on New Year's Eve by Amy Hadley, CBC News, 30 December 2016

Finlandia, laboratorio mundial de la renta básica universal por Belén Domínguez Cebrián, El País, 29 diciembre 2016

Criticism for harsh new unemployment terms: “Treating us like children”, YLE News, 27 December 2016

Government unveils decisions to promote consumers' freedom of choice in health care by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 26 December 2016

Christmas charity dinner caters to some 2,000 guests, YLE News, 24 December 2016

Australian Lydia Strohfeldt Learned to Speak Fluent Finnish In a Year – Here's How She Did It by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 23 December 2016

Finland to begin paying basic income to unemployed citizens by Ben Kentish, Independent, 23 December 2016

Nordic Sámi Convention agreement reached after more than a decade, YLE News, 23 December 2016

Friday's papers: PM wraps up year with health reforms, Turku bus drivers face abuse and Lapland booked up for holidays, YLE News, 23 December 2016

Professor: Prosecution's demands in widely-publicised assault harsh but not unreasonable by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 December 2016

Soini: Establishing rapport with US key for Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 December 2016

Expert: Neo-Nazi group crackdown would also criminalise its propaganda, YLE News, 22 December 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 December 2016

Thursday's papers: Finland's "permanent" bread queues, return of Nokia - Apple patent battles, could Storm Barbara hit Finland? YLE News, 22 December 2016

Parliament seals 2017 budget, debates Turkey and EU defence, YLE News, 21 December 2016

Merger of four industrial trade union moves forward by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 21 December 2016

Wednesday's papers: Berlin attack, Saara Aalto sings, shortest day of the year, YLE News, 21 December 2016

Finnish police raise alert levels in response to Berlin tragedy, YLE News, 20 December 2016

2,000 selected for compulsory basic income trial - names to be revealed in late December, YLE News, 20 December 2016

Survey: 80% of Finns perceive social climate as distressing by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 December 2016

Tuesday's papers: Finland wakes to Berlin attack news, MP euthanasia straw poll, Christmas trees go online, YLE News, 20 December 2016

Electrical Workers' Union choose a new President and continue to defend Polish workers' rights at the Olkiluoto construction site by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 19 December 2016

Citizens' initiative on euthanasia proceeds to Parliament, YLE News, 19 December 2016

Monday's papers: Govt faces heat over sloppy lawmaking, poll finds "oppressive" climate and Helsinki's most costly bus route, YLE News, 19 December 2016

FINLAND: Basic Income experiment authorized by Parliament by Kate McFarland, BIEN, 18 December 2016

El gobierno pasa factura a la extrema derecha en Finlandia por Santiago Sáez, La Marea, 18 diciembre 2016

Kritische Medien erträgt er nicht von Jüri Reinvere, Frankfurter Allgemeine, 18.12.2016

Finland's #1 press freedom status at risk, YLE News, 17 December 2016

Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless by Peter S. Goodman, The New York Times, 17 December 2016

State to pay for undocumented aliens' basic care and subsistence, YLE News, 17 December 2016

BBCSO/Oramo review – a bewitching poetic meditation by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 16 December 2016

The Guardian view on Moomintroll: a hero for our time, Editorial, The Guardian, 16 December 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 16 December 2016

Basic education providers divided over new core curriculum, YLE News, 16 December 2016

Friday's papers: Help for Syria's wounded, Ex-Yle boss tells all, drug use, and charity giving, YLE News, 16 December 2016

UK's first major Moomin exhibition set to open in London by Mark Brown, The Guardian, 15 December 2016

Thursday's papers: Yle journalists quit, gym row, children's fitness down, swan saved, YLE News, 15 December 2016

Yle board voices confidence in company execs, YLE News, 15 December 2016

Arctic thaw: Finland aims to host Putin-Trump meeting in 2017, RT, 14 December 2016

Two Finnish journalists resign amid row with prime minister over press freedom by Reuters, YLE, DW, 14 December 2016

Dozens of claims of mistreatment from asylum seekers, YLE News, 14 December 2016

New Feminist Party gears up for municipal elections, YLE News, 14 December 2016

Wednesday's papers: Student housing benefits cuts, Finns Party MEP mulling presidential run, Helsinki's rising Länsimetro costs, YLE News, 14 December 2016

Central bank: Finland has pulled out of recession, YLE News, 13 December 2016

Forget Denmark and hygge, Finland is the new Nordic hotspot for wellbeing by Phoebe Luckhurst, Evening Standard, 13 December 2016

Tuesday's papers: Online VAT crackdown, Trump's Finnish pick, and the Eagle Owls' new boss, YLE News, 13 December 2016

Survey: Two thirds of disabled people report discrimination, YLE News, 13 December 2016

Monday’s papers: Saara, Saara, Saara! YLE News, 12 December 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 12 December 2016

Seven Points Of The Meeting Between Prime Minister Sipilä and Medvedev, Finland Today, 11 December 2016

The New Estonian PM Juri Ratas Doesn’t Bow to Russia and Aims to Increase Trade With Finland by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 11 December 2016

Poll: 52 percent of Finns want 2nd term for President Niinistö, YLE News, 11 December 2016

Finnish film wins 'European Discovery' award, YLE News, 11 December 2016

PM Sipilä on recent freedom of press row: “I considered resigning”, YLE News, 10 December 2016

Finn Fadumo Dayib withdraws candidacy from Somalian presidential race, YLE News, 10 December 2016

Plastic bags deemed ‘Most useless item of the year', YLE News, 10 December 2016

Sokos drops fur products, Centre party MPs threaten boycott, YLE News, 9 December 2016

Security boss: Neo-Nazi group should be banned, YLE News, 9 December 2016

Friday's papers: Posti problems, Russian gas and urbanised schools, YLE News, 9 December 2016

Helsinki's website best in class, Good News from Finland, 9 December 2016

Finland’s schools were once the envy of the world. Now, they’re slipping by Joe Heim, The Washington Post, 8 December 201

BBCSO/Saraste review - courtly bonhomie to precision-crafted ecstasy by Flora Willson, The Guardian, 8 December 2016

Trump to President Niinistö: "Finns are great people", YLE News, 8 December 2016

Immigration agency becomes 'one-stop shop', YLE News, 8 December 2016

Thursday's papers: Homework for educators, growing segregation and lengthening bread lines, YLE News, 8 December 2016

Interior Minister seeks to tackle social marginalisation after Imatra tragedy, YLE News, 7 December 2016

Finland's 99th Independence Day in Pictures by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 7 December 2016

Wednesday's papers: Who was the belle of the ball? Police keep protests in hand, YLE News, 7 December 2016

Teachers' union 'concerned' over Pisa results, YLE News, 7 December 2016

Pisa results are in: Finland's gender gap in science wider than anywhere else in OECD by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 December 2016

Helsinki has the best tourism posters by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Independent, 6 December 2016

President Niinistö: "Democracy does not depend on one person", YLE News, 6 December 2016

Seven detained and brawls at Independence Day marches – neo-Nazis, far-right and counter-protesters clash in Helsinki, YLE News, 6 December 2016

‘You, Expatriate Finns, Are Important Ambassadors For Finland,' Says President Sauli Niinistö, Finland Today, 6 December 2016

Up to ten Independence Day demonstrations expected YLE News, 5 December 2016

Populist movements must be taken very seriously, says Niinistö by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 December 2016

Monday's papers: Imatra pain, pre-Independence Day, Nokia management, Finnish faces, YLE News, 5 December 2016

Finland shooting: three women killed outside Imatra restaurant by Hannah Summers and agencies, The Guardian, 4 December 2016

Sniper shoots dead council official and two journalists in Finland by Harriet Agerholm, Independent, 4 December 2016

Hundreds of asylum applicants protest deportations in Helsinki, YLE News, 3 December 2016

Nothing but praise after Finnish opera premiere in New York, YLE News, 3 December 2016

RSF condemns Finnish premier's harassment of state TV journalists, Reporters Without Borders, 3 December 2016

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

Asylum seekers gain a toehold in Finnish job market YLE News, 29 November 2016

Tuesday's papers: Tax returns, Metro East, Guggenheim in the final stretch, YLE News, 29 November 2016

Parliamentary Ombudsman to decide whether PM faced conflict of interest over mine deal, YLE News, 28 November 2016

Monday's papers: Online bullying ban, Slush image, library law, new F1 star, YLE News, 28 November 2016

PM Sipilä pledges to weigh potential conflict-of-interest situations in future, YLE News, 27 November 2016

Chronic fatigue becoming more common amongst Finns, YLE News, 27 November 2016

PM Sipilä sets up expert group to check growing inequality, YLE News, 26 November 2016

Firm owned by PM's relatives gets half-million euro order from Terrafame, YLE News, 25 November 2016

Friday's papers: Climate plans likely costly in Helsinki, Nordea cut off Russian clients, bird flu may have reached Åland, YLE News, 25 November 2016

Interior Minister: Finland shouldn't pay income support to undocumented migrants, YLE News, 25 November 2016

Court ruling forces immigration officials to relax asylum policy for Mosul Iraqis, YLE News, 24 November 2016

Thursday's papers: Finland's biofuel obsession, asylum line changes again and Finns worry about war, YLE News, 24 November 2016

Finnish-Russian trade talks resume at ministerial level after 3-year hiatus, YLE News, 24 November 2016

Helsinki experiment: Would you trade your car for buses, taxis and rental cars? YLE News, 23 November 2016

Wednesday's papers: Supo wants more powers, Finland's electric car ambitions, Alko opens online shop, YLE News, 23 November 2016

Students in small town counter hostile stigma with message of peace, YLE News, 23 November 2016

How will Finland's emissions-free transport system look? A vision takes shape, YLE News, 22 November 2016

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


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