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.

 

Finns march against racism and violent extreme right by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 28 September 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 28 September 2016

Wednesday's papers: Missile 'bombshell', MP's email procreation, and Finland's loneliness problem, YLE News, 28 September 2016

Red Cross: E-applications won't solve family reunification difficulties, YLE News, 28 September 2016

Immigrant-background children barred from school trip to nuclear waste dump, YLE News, 28 September 2016

Mental health NGO: Rash of suicide attempts at asylum seeker reception centres, YLE News, 27 September 2016

Finland calls for 'pragmatic' EU defence by Andrew Rettman, EU Observer, 27 September 2016

Government Tightens the Noose Around Extremist Organizations by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 27 September 2016

MH17 air crash probe prompted secret missile tests in Finland, YLE News, 27 September 2016

Tuesday's papers: Seinäjoki custody drama, Supercell foundation and lacklustre Bieber, YLE News, 27 September 2016

Military pressing for broader surveillance mandate, YLE News, 26 September 2016

Government to take stronger action against violent extremist groups, YLE News, 26 September 2016

Philharmonia/Salonen review – lucid and sensuous genre-bending Stravinsky by Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 26 September 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 26 September 2016

Monday's papers: Party chairs strife, Renaissance treasures displayed, ski jump great passes, YLE News, 26 September 2016

NATO's Vershbow: Alliance would help Finland in Baltic crisis situation, YLE News, 25 September 2016

Researcher: Political leadership remiss in reaction to fatal assault, YLE News, 25 September 2016

Finns protest against racism after man assaulted at neo-Nazi rally dies by Reuters, The Guardian, 25 September 2016

Finland: Tens of thousands march in anti-racism rallies by News Agencies, Al Jazeera, 24 September 2016

PM Sipilä at anti-racism protest: Laws against far-right groups in the works, YLE News, 24 September 2016

Akava leaves Finunions cooperation by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 23 September 2016

Fifth of Helsinki region children now of foreign origin, YLE News, 23 September 2016

Russian PM Medvedev to visit Finland in December, YLE News, 23 September 2016

Friday's papers: Jaded nurses, growing homelessness and used-car mileage scams, YLE News, 23 September 2016

MPs sign up for initiative to ban 'organised racism', YLE News, 23 September 2016

Skills Center Speeds Up Immigrants' Entry to Work, Finland Today, 22 September 2016

National Police Commissioner: Hate speech should be criminalised by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 September 2016

Thursday's papers: TTIP delay, Metro mess, goodbye to cash, and grinning with Emma, YLE News, 22 September 2016

Why Finland Should Award the 'Nobel Prize' for Global Education by William Doyle, Helsinki Times, 21 September 2016

Russia Places S-400 Anti-Aircraft Missiles on Finnish Border, The Moscow Times, 21 September 2016

President Niinistö to UNGA: We must stop violent extremism, YLE News, 21 September 2016

National Police Board to examine outlawing neo-Nazi groups, YLE News, 21 September 2016

Wednesday's papers: Taxi reform, violent nurses and Florida Finns, YLE News, 21 September 2016

Young Finns using less alcohol, drugs than European peers, YLE News, 21 September 2016

Niinistö pleased with continuing dialogue between Nato and Russia by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 September 2016

Finnwatch rights investigator sentenced in Thailand, YLE News, 20 September 2016

Five Cuban volleyball players jailed in Finland after rape conviction by Associated Press, The Guardian, 20 September 2016

No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe's top education system by Patrick Butler, The Guardian, 20 September 2016

President Niinistö in New York: Responsible Migration Is a Resource We Cannot Afford To Waste, Finland Today, 20 September 2016

Tuesday's papers: Nazi links, Russia rumblings and toothless Team Finland, YLE News, 20 September 2016

Legislative change may be needed to weed out acts of hate, says Sipilä by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 20 September 2016

Police report rise in hate crimes; vast majority racist in nature, YLE News, 20 September 2016

President calls for application of existing laws to quash extremist groups, YLE News, 19 September 2016

Police: Helsinki assailant a founding member of neo-Nazi group, YLE News, 19 September 2016

Growing backlog in family reunification cases, YLE News, 19 September 2016

“Why would we not criminalise organised racism?” asks legal expert by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 19 September 2016

Monday's papers: Investigation of assault and death at neo-Nazi rally, Russian elections, and a Paralympics star, YLE News, 19 September 2016

Asylum seekers face high hurdles to rent flat in Helsinki area, YLE News, 19 September 2016

Police investigate possible links to neo-Nazi group in Helsinki death, YLE News, 18 September 2016

Finland's top cop says violence by organisations must end, YLE News, 18 September 2016

Helsinki, la "Hija del Báltico" no tiene frío, telemadrid.es, 18 de septiembre de 2016 (texto y video)

Finnish nazi group killed bypasser during their street event, Varis, 17 September 2016

PM Sipilä: Castigating and cathartic talk at EU Summit, YLE News, 17 September 2016

Academic: Kids' unrestricted use of smart devices a health time bomb, YLE News, 17 September 2016

Government Cuts the Budget of Receiving Refugees in Half – 10,000 Refugees Expected to Come To Finland Next Year, Finland Today, 16 September 2016

Lauri Love loses fight against extradition, YLE News, 16 September 2016

Friday's papers: Budget impact, Mannerheim memories and sleeping outdoors, YLE News, 16 September 2016

OECD report shows sharp rise in numbers of marginalised young men, YLE News, 16 September 2016

UK should follow Finland, the only European country where homelessness has decreased by Samuel Osborne, Independent, 15 September 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 15 September 2016

Thursday's papers: Finnish transport app hackathon, studying abroad grows, poll finds conservative Finns, YLE News, 15 September 2016

Differences Between The Employment of Different Immigrant Groups Are Large in Finland, A Study Reveals, Finland Today, 15 September 2016

Parliament Rejects the Citizens’ Initiative of Amending the Law On Deportations of Foreigners, Finland Today, 14 September 2016

Lessons from Finland: helping homeless people starts with giving them homes by Juha Kaakinen, The Guardian, 14 September 2016

Underage asylum seekers kept waiting for decisions, YLE News, 14 September 2016

Report: Huge gender pay gap among migrants, YLE News, 14 September 2016

Finnish coalition partner rules out state funding for Guggenheim Helsinki plan by Jon Henley, The Guardian, 14 September 2016

Wednesday's papers: Blaze kills 2 children, cops keep peace in Järvenpää, Yle explains showing blackface comedy, YLE News, 14 September 2016

Theatre director Kalle Holmberg is dead, YLE News, 13 September 2016

Tuesday's papers: Ghost train stations, berry picking bans, and Kuqi's angry rant, YLE News, 13 September 2016

Government aiming to accelerate deportations for serious crimes, YLE News, 12 September 2016

Defence Minister downplays Swedish report citing risks of defence cooperation with Finland, YLE News, 12 September 2016

Connolly/Martineau: Isokoski/Paananen review – Wigmore season opens in fine form by Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 12 September 2016

Survey: Finns concerned over low birth rate, YLE News, 12 September 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 12 September 2016

Monday's papers: Nuclear money, tooth care, sleep deficiency, warm autumn, YLE News, 12 September 2016

14 fantastic Finnish facts you probably don’t know by Julie Anderson, Ink Tank, 11 September 2016

Greens' Niinistö slams government plans to cut state medicine support, YLE News, 11 September 2016

FIIA chief: Sweden wary of Finnish defense cooperation but agreed on view of Russia, YLE News, 10 September 2016

Economic Affairs Minister: Fennovoima nuclear project security severely lacking, YLE News, 10 September 2016

Report: Defence cooperation with Finland would increase risks for Sweden, YLE News, 9 September 2016

Government's approach to jobless is heavy-handed, says Andersson by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 9 September 2016

Friday's papers: Brexit brainstorm, daycare update, and murky football sacking, YLE News, 9 September 2016

‘Against All Odds' by Jorma Ollila and Harri Saukkomaa by Nic Fildes, Financial Times, 8 September 2016

Asylum seekers protest in Helsinki against Finland's tightened policy by Tuomas Forsell and Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters, 8 September 2016

When one job won't pay the bills and several gigs is the new normal, YLE News, 8 September 2016

Finland had to toughen its asylum policy, says director general at Migri by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 8 September 2016

Yle poll: Social Democrats hot on heels of Centre Party, YLE News, 8 September 2016

Thursday's papers: Bid to ban same-sex marriage, Finns go abroad to find work, egg origins and swimming hall woes, YLE News, 8 September 2016

Interior Minister: Finland to discontinue temporary border policy with Russia, YLE News, 7 September 2016

Wednesday's papers: Turku delight, ministerial boycott and Trump in Finland, YLE News, 7 September 2016

Finnish nuclear company fired whistleblower over safety concerns, YLE News, 6 September 2016

HS: Lack of time affecting quality of asylum decisions by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 6 September 2016

Tuesday's papers: Students suffer from university cutbacks, distance education for sick building syndrome sufferers, and drunk and disorderly policeman receives promotion, YLE News, 6 September 2016

Monday's papers: "Lurid mistake" in tell-all book about former president, "humiliating" firing, and cleaning up after unusually heavy rains, YLE News, 5 September 2016

Helsingin Sanomat article on the Finnish Immigration Service sheds light on an institution distanced from human rights and Nordic values by Enrique Tessieri, Migrant Tales, 5 September 2016

Migri intends to catch up on asylum application backlog by year-end by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 5 September 2016

PM: Flawed asylum decisions will be addressed in court, YLE News, 4 September 2016

Thousands congregate in Helsinki to protest gov't cuts, YLE News, 3 September 2016

Childhood friendship behind Finnish Cannes hit, YLE News, 3 September 2016

Extension of Russian shipyard lease in Helsinki raises concerns, YLE News, 3 September 2016

Minister Rehn not worried about Russian energy dependency, YLE News, 2 September 2016

Finland to close most asylum seekers' reception centres by late 2017, YLE News, 2 September 2016

Yle's list of everyday effects of proposed 2017 budget changes, YLE News, 2 September 2016

Friday's papers: Budget winners and losers, YLE News, 2 September 2016

Cracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro's Baton by Michael Cooper, The New York Times, 1 September 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 1 September 2016

Thursday's papers: Budget delays, Helsinki bridge and an Olympian fallen on hard times, YLE News,1 September 2016

Does Finland favour female asylum seekers? YLE News, 31 August 2016

Undocumented migrants legally eligible for income support, still get refused, YLE News, 31 August 2016

Wednesday's papers: Helsinki's 370m € transport plans, debt help queues, Turku eatery's free buffet, YLE News, 31 August 2016

Report: Russia now a greater threat to Finland, YLE News, 30 August 2016

Tuesday's papers: Teenage phone debts, lex Lindström criticism, and an X-Factor scandal, YLE News, 30 August 2016

Basic income pilot scheme set to start with 2,000 unemployed by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 30 August 2016

by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 29 August 2016

Monday’s papers: Secret dolphin transfer saga continues, breakfast matters, and summer to return by week's end, YLE News, 29 August 2016

Security police boss weighs in on immigrant-related tension after Forssa brawl, YLE News, 27 August 2016

PM Sipilä visits Berlin to discuss flagging EU support, YLE News, 27 August 2016

The Night of The Arts Transforms Helsinki Into an Arena of Cultural Spectacles by Tony Öhberg, Finland Today, 26 August 2016

Friday's papers: Couple kept slave worker, asylum delays, grim WhatsApp stabbing case, YLE News, 26 August 2016

Finland gearing up to launch basic income experiment by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 26 August 2016

Basic income pilot takes shape - mandatory participation for 2,000 unemployed, YLE News, 25 August 2016

Sinikka Langeland/Trio Mediaeval: The Magical Forest review – a stream of entrancing sound by John Fordham, The Guardian, 25 August 2016

Migrants And Native Finns Clash At a Refugee Center in Forssa – Baseball Bats and Iron Pipes Involved by Editorial Team, Finland Today, 25 August 2016

Thursday's papers: Town's smoking crackdown, city councillor's racist post, tourist's nude beach ordeal, YLE News, 25 August 2016

Minnesota Orchestra/Vänskä/Kuusisto review – surging energy and brave originality by Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 24 August 2016

A musical tour of Europe's great cities: Helsinki by Stephen Moss, The Guardian, 24 August 2016

President Niinistö: Finland Is Safe, Peaceful and Developed – However, There Are Some Problems by Editorial Team, Finland Today, 24 August 2016

Niinistö: Finland is becoming a divided nation by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 24 August 2016

Wednesday's papers: Defense, ISIS propaganda, treasure hunters, and a surge in women's boxing, YLE News, 24 August 2016

Finnish president hits EU over "feeble" decision-making, YLE News, 23 August 2016

Helsinki Timebank: Currency As A Commons by Tero Toivanen, Countercurrents.org, 23 August 2016

Ministry puts July unemployment at 14.4%, state agency says 7.8%, YLE News, 23 August 2016

Tuesday's papers: Embassy impropriety, Viagra surge, US man's search for Finnish mother, YLE News, 23 August 2016

Soini defends decision to invite Putin to Finland after criticism from Sweden by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 23 August 2016

Militarily neutral Finland in talks with U.S. on closer defense collaboration; minister by Tuomas Forsell, Reuters, 22 August 2016

Finland says it is nearing security deal with US amid concerns over Russia by Julian Borger, The Guardian, 22 August 2016

Defence Minister: Finland wants defence pact before US elects new President, YLE News, 22 August 2016

Soini: Keeping door to NATO open serves Finland's security, YLE News, 22 August 2016

Students across Finland protest cuts to vocational education, YLE News, 22 August 2016

Monday's papers: Schooling cuts protests, Olympics, crime at the door, and stolen bikes, YLE News, 22 August 2016

Helsinki in top ten of world's most liveable cities by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 22 August 2016

SDP veteran proposes opposition parties devise united agenda, YLE News, 21 August 2016

Industry and environmentalists team up to demand more forest conservation investment, YLE News, 21 August 2016

President dismisses paper's claim of ‘going it alone', YLE News, 20 August 2016

Lännen Media: Soini backs defense cooperation agreement with the US, YLE News, 20 August 2016

Defence Minister signals deep cuts to defence force personnel next year, YLE News, 19 August 2016

Foreign berry pickers arrive in Finland once again by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 19 August 2016

Friday's papers: Asylum seekers attacked, anti-racism law campaign, millionaire's speeding ticket, YLE News, 19 August 2016

Almost 8,000 asylum seekers have left Finland, confirms Migri by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 August 2016

The Queen and David Attenborough urged to cut ties with charity linked to Finland mining plans by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 17 August 2016

Findians - The story of Finns' distant cousins by Silja Massa, YLE News, 13 August 2016

Einojuhani Rautavaara obituary by Guy Ricjards, The Guardian, 28 July 2016

 

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