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 on holiday. Next update 7 August.

 

Monday's papers: extreme electric weather, bloody Sunday in Gaza, Ukraine body train, rise in youth drug use and animal news, YLE News, 21 July 2014

Customs faces questions over second illegal arms shipment, YLE News, 20 July 2014

Customs missile info reached cabinet office – but not high command, YLE News, 20 July 2014

Russia conducts aerial exercises over Finland, YLE News, 20 July 2014

Finnish President on Ukraine: “From bad to worse”, YLE News, 19 July 2014

Daily reports Ukraine missile shipment from Vietnam, YLE News, 19 July 2014

Finnish tax man condones Airbnb accommodation trend – for now, YLE News, 19 July 2014

Finland pledges nearly one million in aid for Palestinians in Gaza, YLE News, 18 July 2014

Katainen ‘not in running' for top EU posts, YLE News, 18 July 2014

Finnair admits it flies over Ukraine after PR blunder, YLE News, 18 July 2014

Friday's papers: Ukraine plane aftermath, Microsoft layoff reaction, and a good day for RoPS, YLE News, 18 July 2014

“Puede haber flexibilidad, pero antes Roma y París deberán aplicar reformas” por Claudi Pérez, El País, 17 de julio de 2014

TEAM celebrates 120 years of union work by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 17 July 2014

PM Stubb: Russian border co-operation not under threat, YLE News, 17 July 2014

Thursday's papers: Easy ambulance call-outs, a tragic parking accident and ex-PM's pay raises eyebrows, YLE News, 17 July 2014

Finland opposes new sanctions against Russia, YLE News, 16 July 2014

Undocumented immigrants now only receive emergency housing assistance by Virve Rissanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 16 July 2014

English the primary language of service at many eateries in Helsinki by Virve Rissanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 16 July 2014

New sanctions on Russia would be a blow to Eastern Finland by Jussi Sippola – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 16 July 2014

PM Stubb calls for Russian action on Ukraine, YLE News, 16 July 2014

Katainen selected as EU economic affairs commissioner, YLE News, 16 July 2014

Wednesday's papers: More lightning, Microsoft layoffs, derailment in Moscow and newborn arrives in transit, YLE News, 16 July 2014

Andrew McCormack Trio review – seductive jazz themes sound familiar and fresh by John Fordham, The Guardian, 15 July 2014

PM Stubb's Europarliament campaign funded by well-known big shots, YLE News, 15 July 2014

French auditors slam Areva for Olkiluoto nuclear project in Finland, YLE News, 15 July 2014

Foreign Ministry grants 27 million to international organisations, YLE News, 15 July 2014

In Tuesday's papers: Death by lightning, bad omens for ex-Nokians, Swedish doctors, and politics -- as usual, YLE News, 15 July 2014

Russian actions in Ukraine a concern for over half of Finns by Annabella Kiviniemi – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 14 July 2014

Overseas academics claim discrimination in university recruitment, YLE News, 14 July 2014

Monday's papers: Finland on the pitch for World Cup final, a deadly weekend, and is Talsinki a decade away? YLE News, 14 July 2014

Finns tightening belts as disposable incomes fall, YLE News, 12 July 2014

Footballer: ‘Racism common in Finland', YLE News, 12 July 2014

Most Finns sceptical about new National Coalition ministers, YLE News, 11 July 2014

Stubb to Swedish newspaper: Finland should have already joined NATO back in 1995 by Suvi Joensuu, Helsinki Times, 11 July 2014

Friday's papers: Helsinki boating hazards, priest bus assault, silly season stories and Finnish football's Euro losses, YLE News, 11 July 2014

Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years by Adam Greenfield, The Guardian, 10 July 2014

EU refers Finland to European Court of Justice over racial equality failings, YLE News, 10 July 2014

Loophole is not an incentive for asylum seekers by Kaisa Väkiparta, Helsinki Times, 10 July 2014

Thursday's papers: Privacy breaches, drones, and costlier Estonian booze, YLE News, 10 July 2014

Food banks get creative to replace ”EU bags”, YLE News, 9 July 2014

Wednesday's papers: Niinistö's popularity on the rise, Real Madrid comes to Tampere, and who'll fill empty Anttila stores? YLE News, 9 July 2014

OECD ‘concerned' over high Finnish suicide rates, YLE News, 9 July 2014

Tuesday's papers: Crash aftermath, yacht drama, metropolis formula and stork immigration, YLE News, 8 July 2014

Monday's papers: Precision pregnancies, crash eyewitness speaks, and beach weather is here, YLE News, 7 July 2014

National Coalition Party comes on top among government parties by Juha Roppola – Helsingin Sanomat, Niina Woolley - Helsinki Times, 5 July 2014

Unique 18-year survey of Finnish nature nears completion, YLE News, 5 July 2014

PM Stubb: “I like Sweden even though it's not in NATO”, YLE News, 4 July 2014

The future resident of Helsinki will not own a car by Maija Aalto – Helsingin Sanomat, Annika Rautakoura - Helsinki Times, 4 July 2014

New recycling targets a challenge for Finland by Reetta Heiskanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 4 July 2014

Friday's papers: Räsänen's fightback begins, text message fraudsters, and who do Finns trust the most? YLE News, 4 July 2014

Helsinki airport on standby to introduce tougher checks, YLE News, 3 July 2014

Survey: Finns back development aid in spite of tough economic times, YLE News, 3 July 2014

Thursday's papers: Finland's spy chronicles and another political party poll, YLE News, 3 July 2014

Secret services: Cyber spies twice penetrated Foreign Ministry, YLE News, 2 July 2014

Wednesday's papers: School massacre threats, post-Nokia recovery, cycle paths and goose droppings, YLE News, 2 July 2014

Veteran Finnish EU politician Olli Rehn nabs Europarliament vice-presidency, YLE News, 1 July 2014

Philharmonia/Salonen review – true pianissimo and roof-raising climaxes by George Hall, The Guardian, 1 July 2014

Tuesday's papers: Hope over dock sell-off, corruption claims among city officials, and it's official - June's weather was rubbish, YLE News, 1 July 2014

Stubb uses first official trip to see "good friends" in Estonia, YLE News, 30 June 2014

Monday's papers: Dentists bite into 3D printing, the view from Vuosaari, public transit changes and summer's long-awaited comeback, YLE News, 30 June 2014

Theatre project aims to create modern-day Kalevala, YLE News, 28 June 2014

Pride to clog Helsinki centre – thousands attend parade, YLE News, 28 June 2014

Friday's papers: Milk wars drip on, doctors to see patients via webcam, and will smoking be stubbed out by 2040? YLE News, 27 June 2014

Katainen to succeed Rehn as commissioner by Teemu Luukka – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 26 June 2014

Yle poll: National Coalition Party retains top spot — Social Democratic Party at all-time low, YLE News, 26 June 2014

Ariadne auf Naxos review – Karita Mattila is glorious as Strauss's heroine by Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 26 June 2014

Comprehensive site agreement on the nuclear power plant construction site by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 26 June 2014

Cold stunts berry crops, farms ask foreign harvesters to stay away, YLE News, 26 June 2014

Physicians disappointed by health service reform plan, YLE News, 26 June 2014

Thursday's papers: Gay marriage bill, sports sponsorship, and costly strawberries, YLE News, 26 June 2014

Legal committee votes against gay marriage, YLE News, 25 June 2014

Wednesday's papers: Niinistö's defence worries, the Finnish disease of illegal strikes, and pizzeria thief is brought to justice, YLE News, 25 June 2014

Rinne urges Parliament to focus on the root causes of Finland's troubles, YLE News, 24 June 2014

More help needed for disadvantaged youngsters, research finds, YLE News, 24 June 2014

Tuesday's papers: A government for the elections, expensive Finland and a swipe at the WEF, YLE News, 24 June 2014

If Finland is the best Europe can do we should be worried by Risto Penttilä, Financial Times, 23 June 2014

Stubb names new ministers, YLE News, 23 June 2014

Monday's papers: New ministers revealed, Turku airplane collision reported, electronic tipping chided and cold snap to tail off, YLE News, 23 June 2014

US report: Finland a destination—and source—for traffickers, YLE News, 22 June 2014

Finnish peacekeepers come under fire in Bangui, YLE News, 21 June 2014

Syrian chemical weapons waste arrives in Hamina, YLE News, 21 June 2014

Refugee Council: More humanitarian visas for refugees, YLE News, 21 June 2014

Official: Uber could operate legally in Finland, YLE News, 20 June 2014

Centre: Gov't programme ”no solution” to unemployment, YLE News, 20 June 2014

Rinne: New government programme fulfils SDP objectives, YLE News, 20 June 2014

Party leaders reach agreement on new government programme, YLE News, 19 June 2014

Study: Prices in Finland nearly a quarter higher than EU average, YLE News, 19 June 2014

Female politicos: Women still held back by glass ceiling, YLE News, 19 June 2014

Gloves are off in a Turku hospital to show support for Thai factory workers by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 19 June 2014

Thursday's papers: Nokia chair speaks out; Stubb's uphill struggle and egg shortage threatens clinics, YLE News, 19 June 2014

Stubb: “No new formulations regarding NATO”, YLE News, 18 June 2014

Katainen takes over as interim commissioner, YLE News, 18 June 2014

Wednesday's papers: Pay bonanza for Finland's top bosses; Detox centre warning; and the Stubb-Niinistö flashpoints, YLE News, 18 June 2014

This Untranslatable Finnish Word Takes Perseverance To A Whole New Level by Drake Baer, Business Insider, 17 June 2014

Report claims immigrants more likely to commit and be victims of crime, YLE News, 17 June 2014

Tuesday's papers: Tampere tram project moves forward, Stubb dominates and divides opinions, and Hyypiä meets press, YLE News, 17 June 2014

Rwandan mother receives residence permit, Turku parish provided protection for several years, YLE News, 16 June 2014

Finns spend more on culture and recreation by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 16 June 2014

NCP to shift to the right under Stubb, party chairpersons view by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 16 June 2014

Katainen exits PM's post, government reconstitution talks begin, YLE News, 16 June 2014

Russia no longer Finland's largest export partner, YLE News, 16 June 2014

Helsinki ranked 5th best city to live in; New York and London out, YLE News, 16 June 2014

Monday's papers: Second-guessing prime minister-elect Stubb and Katainen's resignation, YLE News, 16 June 2014

Hunger King: the artwork highlighting the plight of Hungary's homeless by Daniel Dolan, The Guardian, 15 June 2014

Stubb lays out policy views, YLE News, 15 June 2014

Some citizens eligible for integration assistance, YLE News, 15 June 2014

Best-selling economist Thomas Piketty: "Time to start worrying about inequality", YLE News, 15 June 2014

Centre chair Sipilä slams Katainen legacy, YLE News, 14 June 2014

Katainen in emotional swansong address, tears up thanking wife Mervi, YLE News, 14 June 2014

Foreign doctors' long wait for permits, YLE News, 13 June 2014

Friday's papers: Katainen stepping down, haggling over housing, and dealing with those #$@&%* mosquitoes, YLE News, 13 June 2014

Security police: Increased radical Islamist threat in Finland, YLE News, 12 June 2014

Charities struggle to feed the poor as relief funds dry up, YLE News, 12 June 2014

Thursday's paper review: Dock workers' strike, police flight registers, the importance of programming and a wet weekend, YLE News, 12 June 2014

Wednesday's papers: Nato questions answered, theme parks compared, finance minister quizzed and English footballers criticised, YLE News, 11 June 2014

Tuesday's papers: Lavrov's brusque greetings to Finland, and should top pay at airport operator be brought down to earth? YLE News, 10 June 2014

Syrian refugees matched with municipalities, Congolese less lucky, YLE News, 9 June 2014

Monday's papers: Finland's security policy tightrope, parent coaches lose heart and speed bumps for cyclists, YLE News, 9 June 2014

Finnish birth rate continues to fall, less educated have fewer offspring, YLE News, 8 June 2014

Claims of Finland as a safe haven for data are unfounded, non-fiction writer says by Timo Paukku – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 8 June 2014

Parliament wrangles over mandatory Swedish by Olli Pohjanpalo – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 7 June 2014

Finns more willing to retire at a later age than five years ago by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 7 June 2014

Finnish foreign minister attends Ukrainian president's swearing-in, YLE News, 7 June 2014

Greens meet to strategise, remain cold on new nuclear power, YLE News, 6 June 2014

Russian foreign minister will visit Finland to discuss Ukraine, YLE News, 6 June 2014

Friday's papers: Dealing with DUI, cheap pros needed, hot weather won't last, YLE News, 6 June 2014

Antti Rinne takes over finance portfolio, YLE News, 6 June 2014

Finns invent promising method for CO2 reduction, YLE News, 5 June 2014

Finns Party joins British Tory MEP group, YLE News, 5 June 2014

Thursday's papers: Oulu tragedy, adult education cuts and Guggenheim donations flow in, YLE News, 5 June 2014

Guggenheim boss walks out of Yle interview, YLE News, 4 June 2014

Haglund: Finland to send its experts to Nato cyber-defence centre by autumn by Laura Halminen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 4 June 2014

Wednesday's papers: Niinistö & Obama meet Poroshenko, forest exports and electric rates rise, teens rescue retiree, YLE News, 4 June 2014

Study: Disadvantaged youth becoming more depression-prone, YLE News, 4 June 2014

Preface to the Finnish edition of the Global Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis, yanisvaroufakis.eu, 3 June 2014

Immigrants benefit financially from integration plans by Piia Elonen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 3 June 2014

Agent: Russians selling off their Finnish summer cottages, YLE News, 3 June 2014

Tuesday's papers: text-message blunder over Russian airspace violation, coffee price hikes, and chimney sweeps speak out, YLE News, 3 June 2014

In sunny south-west, utilities react to solar demand, YLE News, 3 June 2014

Estonia to Provide a Breathing Space for Finland? by Jukka Mallinen, Diplomaatia, June 2014

Monday's papers: Swindlers at large, portable prescriptions and parents' summer nightmares, YLE News, 2 June 2014

SDP's popularity crumbling: Youth, women and well-educated the prime deserters, YLE News, 2 June 2014

Foreign Affairs Committee VC: “We demand information on the movements of the Hornets!”, YLE News, 1 June 2014

Finnish jets were unable to respond to Russian airspace violations, Niinistö confirms by Juhani Karila – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 31 May 2014

7 Finns behind closed doors at ultra-elite Bilderberg meeting, YLE News, 31 May 2014

Video: After controversy, summer hymn rings out at Finnish schools, YLE News, 31 May 2014

Niinistö cautions against NATO membership, YLE News, 31 May 2014

Poverty drives more East European Roma to Helsinki YLE News, 30 May 2014

Poll: Centre stumbles; National Coalition back on top, YLE News, 30 May 2014

Poll: Majority of Finns see Putin as threat to Europe, YLE News, 30 May 2014

Friday's papers: ADHD treatment shortfalls, graduation booze patrols, and could your holiday kill your marriage? YLE News, 30 May 2014

Finland has lowest income inequality in EU by Petri Sajari – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 28 May 2014

Rinne takes Finance Minister post, YLE News, 28 May 2014

Katainen says farewell to Brussels—for now, YLE News, 28 May 2014

Wednesday's papers: Koskenkorva privatisation gives SDP a headache, over-60s feel the brunt of job losses, and who's accessing your medical samples? YLE News, 28 May 2014

Tuesday's paper review: Yle's performance, falling housing prices, and little in the way of summery weather, YLE News, 27 May 2014

Thousands switch to geothermal heat by Tapio Mainio – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 26 May 2014

NCP remains largest, SDP loses ground in European elections by Samuli Leivonniemi – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 26 May 2014

Voter support for MEPs in Finland – an interactive map, YLE News, 26 May 2014

Monday's paper review: Analysing Finland's European elections, YLE News, 26 May 2014

Antti Rinne becomes Social Democratic Party leader and Trade Union Pro elects Jorma Malinen as new chairperson by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 26 May 2014

Growing number of children in Helsinki need psychiatric treatment by Päivi Punkka – Helsingin Sanomat, Niina Woolley- Helsinki Times, 25 May 2014

Defence chief: Concerns over air incidents understandable but overblown, YLE News, 24 May 2014

Safety watchdog issues warning on Fennovoima nuclear project, YLE News, 23 May 2014

Every third Finn endorses deeper EU-Nato co-operation by Anna-Liina Kauhanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 23 May 2014

Finland-based writer wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, YLE News, 23 May 2014

First Finnish award for neighbourly deed, YLE News, 23 May 2014

Defence Committee chair: No link between Finnish recon flights and Russian jets, YLE News, 23 May 2014

Friday's papers: It's all about winning - from hockey to literature and the weather, YLE News, 23 May 2014

Finnish politicians ready to defend Nordic welfare model by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 22 May 2014

Finland perilously close to breaking EU fiscal rules, YLE News, 22 May 2014

Poll: SDP Eurovote support slides, Left Alliance rising, YLE News, 22 May 2014

Thursday's papers: Gov't creams off cash, rising new urban hot spots and those Russian jets, YLE News, 22 May 2014

Authorities probe suspected violations of Finnish airspace, YLE News, 21 May 2014

Left looks to Europe after government departure, YLE News, 21 May 2014

Wednesday's paper review: New pension boss in appointment controversy, Left wants new ECB line and relief at hockey progress, YLE News, 21 May 2014

Rehn and Stubb argue over whom to blame by Piia Elonen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 20 May 2014

Small parties fight the power in Finland's EU vote, YLE News, 20 May 2014

Tuesday's papers: Cruise numbers down, Stubb and Rehn clash over farm support, and 'extreme' weather hits Finland, YLE News, 20 May 2014

NATO, US Seek to Consolidate Western Military Blockade of Russia in Finland by Rick Rozoff, RIA Novosti, 19 May 2014

Presidents Niinistö and Putin discuss Ukraine, YLE News, 19 May 2014

Monday's papers: Ice hockey and weather, tough rules for errant drivers, cannabis risks and Finland's faint EU footprint, YLE News, 19 May 2014

Finland slips further on ranking for sexual and gender minority rights by Aleksi Teivainen, Helsinki Times, 18 May 2014

Finnish peacekeepers head to Bangui, YLE News, 18 May 2014

Haglund: SFP must take Nato position by Tuomo Pietiläinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 18 May 2014

Haglund: Sweden and Finland closer to NATO than ever, YLE News, 17 May 2014

Helsinki's first crowdfunding event sparks new ideas, YLE News, 16 May 2014

Small municipalities hope immigrants will breathe new life into community by Marjo Valtavaara – Helsingin Sanomat, Niina Woolley- Helsinki Times, 16 May 2014

Euro-election focus: Deeply divided Centre, YLE News, 16 May 2014

Friday's papers: Sluggish mining, disgruntled social workers, health apps and survival on ice, YLE News, 16 May 2014

 

 

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