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.

 

I am away. Next update late August.

 

NATO "handed over intercept of Russian planes to Finland", YLE News, 2 August 2017

Wednesday's papers: Finns Party breakup, mortgage ‘holidays', and postbox switch, YLE News, 2 August 2017

World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic by Alex Needham, The Guardian, 1 August 2017

Tuesday's papers: Minister powerless, over-keen cloudberry picking, and carphone contrasts, YLE News, 1 August 2017

HS: Finland's legal aid reform eroding legal protection of asylum seekers by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 31 July 2017

Monday's papers: Finns in Konstanz, Espoo cabins, student benefit gap, YLE News, 31 July 2017

HS: Big problems with legal services for asylum seekers, YLE News, 29 July 2017

Finland to end sales of diesel cars by 2030, says Berner by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 28 July 2017

Putin: Finland's foreign policy contributing to stability in Northern Europe by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 28 July 2017

Friday's papers: Putin, Putin, Putin, YLE News, 28 July 2017

Putin and Niinistö talk defence, environment and possible US sanctions, YLE News, 27 July 2017

Hundreds of asylum seekers in Finland converting from Islam to Christianity, YLE News, 27 July 2017

Biaudet calls for review of asylum procedures of Migri by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 27 July 2017

Thursday's papers: Putin's arrival and what to expect, YLE News, 27 July 2017

Putin-Niinistö meeting venues hold special place in Finnish-Russian history, YLE News, 26 July 2017

Six months on: Feedback on Finland's basic income trial, YLE News, 26 July 2017

Wednesday’s papers: Pension problems, island emissions and metro timetable, YLE News, 26 July 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 26 July 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 25 July 2017

Irish researcher hunts Finnish famine memorials, YLE News, 25 July 2017

Tuesday's papers: Putin predictions, capital crimes and travel industry boom, YLE News, 25 July 2017

Why Helsinki is one of Europe's greatest unsung city-break destinations by Christian Koch, Evening Standard, 24 July 2017,

Monday’s papers: Putin preparations, strong beer at corner shops, heat wave fizzles, YLE News, 24 July 2017

Bank of Finland: Household debt accumulation poses mounting risk, YLE News, 23 July 2017

by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 21 July 2017

Friday's papers: Migrants prefer urban areas, Orpo on Nordea HQ, an absent US ambassador and water problems, YLE News, 21 July 2017

Why Finland’s Basic Income Experiment Isn’t Working by

Record low number of redundancies in the first half of the year by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 20 July 2017

Thursday's papers: Councillor objects to world-record skinny dip, overworked nurses protest, and violence against women, YLE News, 20 July 2017

Details emerge of Putin meeting in Finland, YLE News, 19 July 2017

Wednesday's papers: Political poll, deadly opioids, bunker shortage, strawberry market and humanising referees, YLE News, 19 July 2017

Undocumented: Rejected asylum seekers caught between workplace exploitation and deportation, YLE News, 18 July 2017

Tuesday's papers: EU asylum transfers, Brexit bemusement and eternal Finnish records, YLE News, 18 July 2017

Monday's papers: Regional reshuffle, Baltic Sea nitrogen, defence, YLE News, 17 July 2017

by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 15 July 2017

Risikko reiterates call for raising refugee quota by 40% by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 14 July 2017

Friday's papers: Beefing up the Border Guard, new airport plaza, mysterious bird deaths and 13 million kilos of strawberries, YLE News, 14 July 2017

by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 13 July 2017

Finland in top 10 of best countries to be an immigrant by Nicole Berglund, Helsinki Times, 13 July 2017

Helsinki court overrules objections to home for underage asylum seekers in upscale Kauniainen, YLE News, 13 July 2017

Mahler: Symphony No 5 CD review – the start of a new cycle/Minnesota Orchestra/Vänskä by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 13 July 2017

Finnish defence technology supplier granted export licence to UAE by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 13 July 2017

Thursday's papers: EU eco criteria, sick leave spike, YouTube careers, YLE News, 13 July 2017

Proposed rules for land and forest use would be problematic for Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 12 July 2017

Wednesday's papers: Sipilä's to-do list, presidential hopefuls plan debate, most-hated companies and a skidding plane, YLE News, 12 July 2017

Finland Among Top Three Countries in the World That Sleep the Most – Places Eight in Fitness, Finland Today, 11 July 2017

Moomintrolls: Inside the world's first Moomin Museum by Susie Mesure, Independent, 11 July 2017

Long-term unemployment on a rapid decline in Finland by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 July 2017

Finland's low birth rate is a concern, admits new Minister of Family Affairs by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 July 2017

Tuesday's papers: Early pensioners, Indian lifts, Ruisrock ruse and period pains, YLE News, 11 July 2017

Poll: 22% support EU membership referendum, YLE News, 10 July 2017

Japanese PM Abe lauds Santa Claus and Moomins on Finland trip, YLE News, 10 July 2017

Finland's shrinking working-age population a concern for experts by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 10 July 2017

Youth help lines, aid services busy in summer, YLE News, 10 July 2017

Monday's papers: Finns Party poll, childhood injuries, SDP president plans and holidays for the insecurely employed, YLE News, 10 July 2017

More than 5,000 asylum seekers "missing" from Finnish reception centres, YLE News, 9 July 2017

Finnish birth rate on course to be among lowest since 1868 famine, YLE News, 9 July 2017

Online hate speech keeps police busy, YLE News, 8 July 2017

by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 7 July 2017

Finnish Red Cross official says Finland "rushed" to shutter asylum seeker reception centres, YLE News, 7 July 2017

Friday's papers: ABCs for migrants, Trump's shadow over Finland, cursed summer weather, YLE News, 7 July 2017

Thursday's papers: Sote mess, cold summer, and Airbnb pros and cons, YLE News, 6 July 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 July 2017

Wednesday's papers: Working hour dispute, VR tech, new bugs, YLE News, 5 July 2017

Finnish watchdog eyes Russian floating nuclear power scheme, YLE News, 4 July 2017

Putin to visit Savonlinna, YLE News, 4 July 2017

Helsinki Airport protests over Afghan deportation flight, YLE News, 4 July 2017

Tuesday's papers: Telegram trouble, energy cluster and Stockmann complaints, YLE News, 4 July 2017

Monday’s papers: Pricey prescriptions, Laestadian gathering, twice-burned school and bears by the dozen, YLE News, 3 July 2017

Finance Minister Orpo backs deeper EU defence cooperation, YLE News, 2 July 2017

President Niinistö: "EU must not be a pawn on the chessboard", YLE News, 1 July 2017

by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 1 July 2017

Thousands march for human rights during Helsinki Pride, YLE News, 1 July 2017

Police dismantle Railway Station demo camp, YLE News, 30 June 2017

Finland joins UK's Joint Expeditionary Force, YLE News, 30 June 2017

Friday's papers: Health reform snag, Nazi prisoners, elk hunting call and a windy weekend, YLE News, 30 June 2017

Orpo: Forced incorporations in violation of constitution by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 29 June 2017

Thursday's papers: Portugal pensioners, metro extension, Turku factory buses, YLE News, 29 June 2017

Wednesday's papers: London Finns on brexit, civil war grave mystery, and summer payment delays, YLE News, 28 June 2017

Deportation cancelled after protests at Helsinki Airport, YLE News, 27 June 2017

Finland to deport Turkish Kurds facing prison terms in home country, YLE News, 27 June 2017

Tuesday's papers: New government crisis, home care problems, Estonian booze prices and Selänne's crowning glory, YLE News, 27 June 2017

Helsinki police shut down anti-immigration protesters' camp over security concerns, YLE News, 26 June 2017

Daily: Former Labour Minister's aide demands funding cuts to immigrant NGOs, YLE News, 26 June 2017

Finland has far fewer wild wolves than previously thought, census shows by Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, 26 June 2017

Monday's papers: Delayed provincial government, avoiding family fights, and Markkanen's difficult Chicago start, YLE News, 26 June 2017

Activists protest at alleged restrictions on use of Finnish in Sweden, YLE News, 24 June 2017

When Realism Is the Only Game in Town: How to Defend Finland? by Jarmo Mäkelä, Diplomaatia, June 2017

by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 23 June 2017

A photographic history of Finland - warts and all, YLE News, 22 June 2017

Sipilä met Merkel in Berlin, wants to solidify EU defence policy, YLE News, 22 June 2017

Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work by Ben Chapman, Independent, 22 June 2017

Thursday's papers: tragedy in Ekenäs, human smuggling via Facebook, identity theft hits southern Finland, YLE News, 22 June 2017

Amnesty International's push for larger refugee quotas by Nicole Berglund, Helsinki Times, 21 June 2017

Finance Ministry bullish on economy, doubles 2017 growth forecast, YLE News, 21 June 2017

Wednesday's papers: Tackling terror threats and easing checks on alcohol sales, YLE News, 21 June 2017

Britons detained in Finland after crossing into Russia to drink beer by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 20 June 2017

Tuesday's papers: Blue Reform's cold reception, construction merger and euro draw, YLE News, 20 June 2017

Finland erects concrete barriers against possible terror attack, YLE News, 20 June 2017

Finnish police investigated terror threat on Sunday in Helsinki by Tuomas Forsell, Reuters, 19 June 2017

Interior Ministry official urges municipalities to take in refugee minors, YLE News, 19 June 2017

Monday's papers: VR's ticketless conductors, Latvian libations, lake recovery, grating grans, YLE News, 19 June 2017

New Green Party chair strives to lead party towards premiership, YLE News, 18 June 2017

World's first and only Moomin museum opens in Tampere, YLE News, 18 June 2017

Touko Aalto named new leader of Greens, YLE News, 17 June 2017

National park Hossa offers a breathtaking glimpse into Finland's prehistoric past, YLE News, 18 June 2017

Finland hails Russia's economic recovery, Sott.com, 17 June 2017

Defence Committee: Increasing societal inequality could dampen willingness to defend country, YLE News, 16 June 2017

Deputy Ombudsman condemns treatment of children in family reunification interviews, YLE News, 16 June 2017

Friday's papers: Hijab hate, political "purges" and Green leadership vote, YLE News, 16 June 2017

Unions demand real rise in pay in Autumn round of collective bargaining by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 15 June 2017

Opposition slams government for willingness to team up with Terho by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 June 2017

Thursday's papers: Taco Bell arrives, Finns Party divorce, human smuggling and abortions in decline, YLE News, 15 June 2017

Finland's populist party has cracked in two, The Economist, 14 June 2017

Finland Ranks as a World Leader in Cleantech Innovation, Finland Today, 14 June 2017

First graders to start foreign language studies in new pilot project, YLE News, 14 June 2017

Security police raises Finland's terrorist threat level to 'elevated', YLE News, 14 June 2017

Wednesday's papers: U-turns, hushed meetings and a devastated Halla-aho, YLE News, 14 June 2017

PM Sipilä: "Government to continue" with New Alternative, YLE News, 13 June 2017

Tuesday's papers: Government collapse aftermath, next steps, YLE News, 13 June 2017

PM Sipilä: Govt collapsed over sharper differences with Finns Party, YLE News, 12 June 2017

Finnish govt implodes: Centre, NCP say deal off with Finns Party, YLE News, 12 June 2017

Finnish government collapses after far-right elects hardline leader by Mehreen Khan, Financial Times, 12 June 2017

Finnish coalition at risk after party elects far right leader by Philip Oltermann, The Guardian, 12 Junde 2017

Monday's papers: President on brewing gov't crisis, Finnish diver dies in France, warm weekend keeps police busy, YLE News, 12 June 2017

Niinistö: Finns Party is pretty much a new party after leadership re-shuffle by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 12 June 2017

New leader Halla-aho to push Finns Party in nationalistic, Eurosceptic direction, YLE News, 11 June 2017

Sibelius: Symphonies 1 and 6 CD review – punch and vitality by Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 11 June 2017

Finnish coalition at risk after nationalists pick hardline leader by Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell, Reuters, 10 June 2017

Newly-elected Halla-aho sparks debate about future of Government coalition, YLE News, 10 June 2017

by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 9 June 2017

Finnish researchers use air, solar power to create renewable hydrocarbon, YLE News, 9 June 2017

Report: Young people shunned in local decision-making, YLE News, 9 June 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 June 2017

Friday's papers: Finns Party candidates clash, fighter jet show, bikini-clad skiing, YLE News, 9 June 2017

Yle poll: Historic highs for Greens, SDP backslides, Finns Party slips, YLE News, 8 June 2017

Alexi Tuomarila: Kingdom CD review – fluent and sophisticated jazz by John Fordham, The Guardian, 8 June 2017

Thursday's papers: Finns Party showdown, EU plan for cyber threats, strawberry shortage, YLE News, 8 June 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 June 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 June 2017

Wednesday's papers: Finns Party chair scare, working hour privilege, island made public, YLE News, 7 June 2017

Tuesday's papers: Kids in religious rapture, bargain booze blues, pining for populism, support for Soini, YLE News, 6 June 2017

Long Play: Secret police discussion board rife with racism by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 June 2017

Monday's papers: Untangling terror, caution for ministers, summer sighting, Somalia returnees, YLE News, 5 June 2017

Finland in the World Press: 27 May - 2 June by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 3 June 2017

"Foreign" denial-of-service attacks shut down social insurance site, YLE News, 3 June 2017

Grateful to Finland (José Márquez) by Heikki Laurinolli, University of Tampere, 2 June 2017

Parliament: Finnish troops can be forced to serve abroad, YLE News, 2 June 2017

Environment agency: Risk of profuse blue-green algae blooms in Gulf of Finland, YLE News, 2 June 2017

Friday’s papers: Climate clamour, dairy mutants, royal guests and army gamers, YLE News, 2 June 2017

Verneri Pohjola: Pekka review – eclectic Finnish trumpeter takes on jazz rock by John Fordham, The Guardian, 1 June 2017

Finland Can Teach the World How to Stand Up to Russia by Kati Pohjanpalo, Bloomberg, 1 June 2017

Wednesday’s papers: Royals en route, civilian aid proposal, Moomin season, YLE News, 31 May 2017

Tuesday news wrap: Men cross border to seek asylum, fishing nets hurting Saimaa Ringed Seals, new benefits of early bilingualism, YLE News, 30 May 2017

Tuesday’s papers: Smooth operator Sauli, Ylegate closure, lake placid and mom messes up, YLE News, 30 May 2017

Editor-in-chief Atte Jääskeläinen departs Finnish public broadcaster, YLE News, 29 May 2017

President Sauli Niinistö announces bid for second term, YLE News, 29 May 2017

Chemical weapons in focus at NATO Conference in Helsinki, YLE News, 29 May 2017

Curtis Symphony Orchestra/Vänskä review – hefty programme suffers in cramped conditions by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 29 May 2017

Monday's papers: Opposition slams health and social services reform, repeat youth offenders, two World Championships, and summer cottage madness, YLE News, 29 May 2017

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland? by Penny Spiller, BBC News, 28 May 2017

iFinland in the World Press: 20-26 May by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 26 May 2017

Aki Kaurismäki: 'I can watch Marvel movies – if it's Sunday and I'm hungover' by Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 26 May 2017

Inspector "shocked" by restaurant run entirely by asylum seekers working for free, YLE News, 26 May 2017

Friday's papers: Laying Finland's beloved stevedore statesman to rest, a scandal for MEP Halla-aho and a lost passenger, YLE News, 26 May 2017

Father of Finland's "Second Republic": Mauno Koivisto's last journey, YLE News, 25 May 2017

Mauno Koivisto laid to rest in Helsinki, YLE News, 25 May 2017

The Other Side of Hope review – coolly comic take on the refugee crisis by Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25 May 2017

Celulosa, educación y colonialismo por Marina González, Brecha, 25 mayo 2017

Ambientalistas y académico finlandés reclamaron “transparencia” sobre impactos de UPM y compromisos que asumirá Uruguay, La Diaria, 24 mayo 2017

Wednesday's papers: Thoughts on terror, mass murder trial, drinks in the grocery, digging the past, and Koivisto funeral plans, YLE News, 24 May 2017

Tuesday's papers: Manchester bombing, Finnish Red Cross staying in Afghanistan, growing state debt, speeding revisited, YLE News, 23 May 2017

Environment watchdog: Chemical flush could restore hundreds of Finnish lakes, YLE News, 22 May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 May 2017

Demonstrator camps get green light to remain at Railway Station, YLE News, 22 May 2017

The Finnish Industrial Union is born - three unions decided to merge by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 22 May 2017

Monday's papers: Possible police reserve, Supercell wants more English daycare, weekend tragedies and narrow rescue, YLE News, 22 May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 May 2017

Finnish citizen kidnapped in Afghanistan, YLE News, 21 May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 May 2017

Friday's papers: Police prep for warm-weather trouble, stolen beer kegs, more speeding fine resistance, and a NATO fleet, YLE News,19 May 2017

Thursday's papers: A free and independent Yle, graduate test results and imminent summer weather, YLE News,18 May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 May 2017

Record migration wave into Finland, YLE News,17 May 2017

Wednesday's papers: Ylegate, rising pay, speeding ticket changes and presidential pondering, YLE News,17 May 2017

Teachers concerned about declining interest in foreign languages, YLE News, 16 May 2017

Porvoo campus welcomes Finland's first fee-paying tertiary students, YLE News, 16 May 2017

Love can conquer, but cutting through red tape sure helps, YLE News, 16 May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 16 May 2017

Tuesday's papers: WannaCry threat, city expansion, consumer prices, YLE News, 16 May 2017

Report slams 'arrogant' Yle response to Terrafame-Sipilä scandal, YLE News, 15 May 2017

Ex-President Koivisto secretly funnelled money to support Estonian independence, YLE News, 15 May 2017

Finland’s Revolution by Eric Blanc, Jacobin, May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 May 2017

Monday's papers: Fewer crimes solved, pharmacy nurses, bike helmets and a smoking ban, YLE News, 15 May 2017

”An end of an era” – friends and colleagues remember Mauno Koivisto, YLE News, 13 May 2017

Cyber-attack ransomware detected in Finland, YLE News, 13 May 2017

From mums to mums: Volunteers send Finnish baby packages to underprivileged Romanian mothers, YLE News, 13 May 2017

Ex-President Mauno Koivisto dies at 93, YLE News, 13 May 2017

Former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto dies at 93 by Jari Tanner (AP), The Washington Post, 12 May 2017

President Niinistö in Berlin: No One Is Allowed to Attack Anywhere Through Finland, Finland Today, 12 May 2017

Finland in the World Press: 2-12 May by Dan Anderson, Helsinki Times, 12 May 2017

Record numbers receive Finnish citizenship in 2016, YLE News, 12 May 2017

Friday's papers: Arctic Council, Finland #1 nanny state, the dangers of ticks, and birds on the rails, YLE News, 12 May 2017

Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change doubters by Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, 11 May 2017

Backlog of 50,000 Russian visa applications swamp Finnish authorities, YLE News, 11 May 2017

Ahtisaari names Stubb as his successor at CMI by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 11 May 2017

Record low number of labour disputes in 2016 by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 11 May 2017

Thursday's papers: Reason for May snow, Niinistö denies policy spat and Posti shifts mailboxes, YLE News, 11 May 2017

Russians hold first-ever Victory Day parade in Helsinki, YLE News, 10 May 2017

Terrorism response exercise underway, YLE News, 10 May 2017

Wednesday's papers: Eurovision woes, more shipyard jobs confirmed, "Finland First" protestors being moved, and yes, snow in May, YLE News, 10 May 2017

Finland looks to put education, environment at top of Arctic agenda, YLE News, 9 May 2017

Tuesday's papers: Losing Lions, dirty protest and inefficient subsidies, YLE News, 9 May 2017

The unusual sport girls in Finland love, BBC News, 9 May 2017 (video)

Finland Has a New Ride-a-Stick Sport. Kyrgyzstan Has Horse Wakeboarding, Russia Insider, 8 May 2017

Finland's universal basic income trial for unemployed reduces stress levels, says official by Harriet Agerholm, Independent, 8 May 2017

Karita Mattila review – fabulous and fearlessly direct singing by Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 8 May 2017

Foreign Minister Soini visits Washington en route to Arctic Council summit, YLE News, 8 May 2017

Monday's papers: Macron impact, divisive bill, port review, YLE News, 8 May 2017

Niinistö rejects claims of security policy rift between himself, Tuomioja by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 7 May 2017

Sipilä's cabinet most male-dominated of the 2000s, YLE News, 7 May 2017

BBCSO/Oramo review – Varèse's musical monoliths wreathed in majesty by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 7 May 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Criticizes Sweden But Praises Finland by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 5 May 2017

Court rules in favour of asylum seekers fighting deportation, YLE News, 5 May 2017

Ministry proposes that jobless must apply for a job every week, YLE News, 5 May 2017

Friday's papers: Hate crimes by politicians, shipyard boost, a rally legend passes, and an ugly duckling finds love, YLE News, 5 May 2017

Report: Immigration Service circulates model negative asylum decisions for "assembly line" use, YLE News, 4 May 2017

Lavrov and Soini tackle "difficult issues" at historic Porvoo manor, YLE News, 4 May 2017

Nuclear Waste: Planning for the Next Million Years by Ruby Russell, CounterPunch, 4 May 2017

Thursday's papers: Lavrov visit, Tennessee tyres, beer and comic book sales stunts, YLE News, 4 May 2017

Retail managers strike to get collective agreement by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 3 May 2017

Finland's vocational education reform an example to follow by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 3 May 2017

Wednesday's papers: Strike details, bioproduct investment, trampoline accidents, YLE News, 3 May 2017

Bahrain-backed mosque sparks 'Wahhabi' row in Finland by Amandla Thomas-Johnson, Middle East Eye, 2 May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 May 2017

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 2 May 2017


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