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.

 

Monday's papers: Chilling Germanwings cockpit revelations, Future of robotic militaries, Where are your kids chatting? YLE News, 30 March 2015

Statistics show more retirees returning to work, YLE News, 29 March 2015

How much do foreign students cost Finland? YLE News, 27 March 2015

83 000 employees work with zero-hours contracts by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 27 March 2015

Friday's papers: Germanwings tragedy, Turku factory shutdown, daylight saving time, YLE News, 27 March 2015

South Ostrobothnia decides to close its doors to refugees, YLE News, 26 March 2015

Thursday's papers: Potential shipping strike, remembering Germanwings victims, and Finnish climber feared dead, YLE News, 26 March 2015

Finnish President declines Moscow's Victory Day invitation, YLE News, 25 March 2015

PT Economists: Employment would suffer from more state spending cuts, YLE News, 25 March 2015

Wednesday's papers: Germanwings airliner crash, defense spending plans, clashing over IQ scores, YLE News, 25 March 2015

Unemployment passes 10% mark, YLE News, 24 March 2015

Benefits fund braces for massive debt in face of rising unemployment, YLE News, 24 March 2015

Finnish-Swedish-US joint training sorties begin, YLE News, 24 March 2015

Tuesday's paper: Taxes, a lifesaver honoured, and chilly is what it's supposed to be, YLE News, 24 March 2015

Online whistleblower service sees record tax fraud reports, YLE News, 23 March 2015

Yle Poll: SDP and NCP race for second place; undecideds growing, YLE News, 23 March 2015

Monday's papers: Stimulus vs austerity, party heads on Russia, and favourite Finnish foods, YLE News, 23 March 2015

Red Cross wants more foreign-background blood donors, YLE News, 22 March 2015

Finns among Europe's happiest people, YLE News, 21 March 2015

Finns still sharply divided over wind power, YLE News, 21 March 2015

Finland schools: Subjects are out and ‘topics' are in as country reforms its education system by Richard Garner, The Independent, 20 March 2015

Philharmonia/Ashkenazy review – Sibelius's 150th celebrated with satisfying bite by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 20 March 2015

Sports help immigrants settle in, many still face discrimination, YLE News, 20 March 2015

Friday's papers: Russian nationalism, party cut hesitation, solar eclipse and International Day of Happiness, YLE News, 20 March 2015

Joint Nordic-American air force exercises start next week, YLE News, 19 March 2015

Fewer tourists from Russia, more from western Europe, YLE News, 19 March 2015

Thursday's papers: Potential for terrorism, conscripts and cannabis, Russian planes over the Baltic, and tyre care, YLE News, 19 March 2015

Half of parliamentary candidates support increased refugee intake, YLE News, 18 March 2015

Wednesday's papers: Finland's biggest CEO earners, woman seeks family 30 years later, Helsinki's top fishing spots, YLE News, 18 March 2015

Helsinki refugee reception centres at full capacity, YLE News, 17 March 2015

Government officials unveil grim economic outlook by Eeva Palojärvi – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 17 March 2015

Wärtsilä favours a mock trade union at its factory in India by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 17 March 2015

Tuesday's papers: Street dust, collapsing hockey crowds and election campaign latest, YLE News, 17 March 2015

Russian troops near Finnish border placed on combat readiness, YLE News, 17 March 2015

Most Finns are ready to step up defence spending by Juha-Pekka Raeste – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 16 March 2015

Study: Finnish education level slipping below OECD average, YLE News, 16 March 2015

Minister calls for action over large companies' pay practices, YLE News, 16 March 2015

Monday's newspaper review: 12 homes destroyed in Helsinki blaze, Angry Birds playground raises ire in Espoo, Big Tampere ethnic grocery store guide, YLE News, 16 March 2015

Poll: Finland wants a 'red earth' government, YLE News, 15 March 2015

Finland shelves indigenous rights agreement ratification, YLE News, 14 March 2015

Parliament rejects education spending cuts, YLE News, 14 March 2015

Friday's papers: Sámi identity, school mornings, Donner redux and a steampunk gin joint, YLE News, 13 March 2015

FINLAND: 65% of Parliamentary Candidates Favor Basic Income by Stanislas Jourdan, Basic Income Earth Network, 12 March 2015

Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket by Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 12 March 2015

Sanctions complicate Finnish business operations in St. Petersburg, YLE News, 12 March 2015

Thursday's papers: Economy antidote, raging rugrats, crafty thieves – and meatless meatballs, YLE News, 12 March 2015

Finland's economy: In search of the sunny side by Richard Milne, Financial Times, 11 March 2015

Immigrants face long wait for language courses by Kaisu Moilanen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 11 March 2015

Wednesday's papers: Mystery disappearance in Tampere, parliamentary intrigue, and Biaudet runs in elections, YLE News, 11 March 2015

Young immigrants face more discrimination by Jukka Hiiro, Outi Salovaara, Jussi Ahlroth – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 10 March 2015

Tuesday's papers: Tax cover-up claims, drink-driving debate, and thousands of company secrets leak out, YLE News, 10 March 2015

Finland misses some world class acts because of Russia, YLE News, 10 March 2015

Tuomioja: An EU army is not realistic, YLE News, 9 March 2015

Research: Video games driving English language skills; other languages suffer, YLE News, 9 March 2015

Monday newspapers: More Finns moving away than returning, Foreign man 'disappears,' 95-year-old slalom skiier, YLE News, 9 March 2015

Deportation of Chinese grandfather prompts legislative review by Lasse Kerkelä – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 9 March 2015

La estrella finlandesa pierde brillo por Adrián Soto, El País, 8 de marzo de 2015

English increasingly common in Finnish streets and culture, YLE News, 8 March 2015

Finnish Parliament passes "unambitious" climate act, YLE News, 6 March 2015

Swedish remains obligatory in Finnish schools, YLE News, 6 March 2015

Friday paper review: Social reform collapse, growing markets may save paper makers, and cooking courses all the rage, YLE News, 6 March 2015

President calls for case-by-case look at property deals in strategic areas, YLE News, 6 March 2015

Refugee Woman of the Year 2015: No point living here without learning Finnish, YLE News, 5 March 2015

Finland should not exclude NATO application in next four years: PM by Jussi Rosendahl and Ralph Boulton, Reuters, 5 March 2015

Chinese grandfather removed from Finland by Lasse Kerkelä – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 5 March 2015

Thursday's papers: NATO support, complaints to police, state visits, a Nazi anthem and cancelled flights, YLE News, 5 March 2015

Finland one step closer to ratifying UN disabilities pact, YLE News, 4 March 2015

Wärtsilä under fire over Indian operations, YLE News, 4 March 2015

Wednesday's papers: Geography and investment, farmers' holidays, competition for study spots, YLE News, 4 March 2015

Finland to participate in NATO crisis management exercises, YLE News, 3 March 2015

Finns support tripartite labour market negotiation model by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 3 March 2015

Russia raps Finland for Ukrainian laser exports, YLE News, 3 March 2015

Tuesday's papers: Methanol drinking, a 50,000 euro speeding fine and HJK's 'Asian strategy', YLE News, 3 March 2015

Air Force: American aircraft sighted at Helsinki Airport was transporting people by Juho Jokinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 2 March 2015

Haglund wants right to restrict foreign property purchases, YLE News, 2 March 2015

Still no economic upswing in sght, YLE News, 2 March 2015

Monday's papers: Triple homicide, Estonian elections, summer jobs, YLE News, 2 March 2015

Eurovision 2015: Finnish punk band with learning disabilities applies to raise awareness by Jess Denham, The Independent, 2 March 2015

Finland punk band PKN set for Euvision, BBC News, 1 March 2015

Punk and tears of joy - Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät to the Eurovision Song Contest, YLE News, 1 March 2015

Helsinki vigil for Boris Nemtsov, YLE News, 1 March 2015

Flags fly for Kalevala Day – national epic still resonates after 180 years, YLE News, 28 February 2015

President Niinistö: Nemtsov shooting "a cruel and reprehensible act", YLE News, 28 February 2015

Niinistö to Swedish press: Russia wants to destabilize Ukraine, YLE News, 27 February 2015

Karelian news service begins at Yle, YLE News, 27 February 2015

Friday's papers: Election issues, whistle blowing on tax evaders, printed ads still preferred, YLE News, 27 February 2015

Unemployment rose slightly in Finland by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 27 February 2015

Treasure map designed to lure tourists to remote Finnish hamlet by Clare Dowdy, Financial Times, 26 February 2015

Quarter-million scrape by on minimum benefits in Finland, YLE News, 26 February 2015

Thursday's papers: 'Sote' reform, shopping mall drugs, fat conscripts and wood over ice, YLE News, 26 February 2015

Amnesty reprimands Finland for treatment of asylum seekers by Suvi Vihavainen– Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 25 February 2015

Parliamentary committee rejects public call to scrap compulsory Swedish lessons, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Research: Mobile phones more important to Finns than work or relationships, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Amnesty raps Finland on refugee, transgender rights, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Health policy, summer jobs, a Marilyn revival and unboxing the new baby box, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Business lobby debt clock shows govt debt piling up at 9,000 euros a minute, YLE News, 25 February 2015

Para redescubrir a Sibelius por Miguel Pérez Martín, El País, 24 de febrero de 2015

Finland greenlights Greek loan extension, YLE News, 24 February 2015

'I am Charlie' exhibit forced to close in Helsinki, YLE News, 24 February 2015

Tuesday's papers: MP's own 2.6bn euro budget cut ideas, Kesko CEO on threat of foreign chains, and sauna is good for your heart, YLE News, 24 February 2015

Yle to read The Koran cover to cover on radio series, YLE News, 24 February 2015

Monday's papers: Wolf hunt blocked, winter-spring weather questions, and a missing Danish man's 110 km mysterious journey, YLE News, 23 February 2015

Finnish small talk: minimal but effective, YLE News, 22 February 2015

Friday's papers: the Auer trial, SOTE drama, and implementing gender-neutral marriage, YLE News, 20 February 2015

BCSO/Oramo review – like green shoots breaking through concrete by Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 19 February 2015

The rise and fall of the far right in Finland by Anna Leszkiewicz, New Statesman, 19 February 2015

Large companies continue shedding jobs by Joonas Laitinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 19 February 2015

Negotiations on reforms of bargaining system fails by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 19 February 2015

Free contraception causes big drop in youth abortion and STDs, YLE News, 19 February 2015

Number of Russian Christmas tourists to Finland plummets, YLE News, 19 February 2015

Thursday's papers: Looming economic collapse in Russia, defence plan reaction, Auer cries foul and secret kidney ailments, YLE News, 19 February 2015

Finland and Sweden lay groundwork for crisis co-operation by Elina Kervinen, Kari Huhta – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 18 February 2015

Expert: Finnish-Swedish defence effort plans "major decision", YLE News, 18 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Defence co-operation, Stingy meals on wheels, Centre party inevitability, and a container shortage thanks to Russian recession, YLE News, 18 February 2015

Metal music an important part of Finland's "brand", YLE News, 18 February 2015

Hotline a first step towards closer Finnish-Swedish defense co-operation, YLE News, 17 February 2015

FinMin Rinne: Greece deal unlikely soon, YLE News, 17 February 2015

Tuesday's papers: Home-grown terror threat, Yle controversy and Finland's economy fares worse than Greece, YLE News, 17 February 2015

Municipalities take fewer quota refugees in 2015, YLE News, 17 February 2015

Monday's papers: Denmark shootings, skiing holidays, shifting party loyalties, and NATO, YLE News, 16 February 2015

Philharmonia/Salonen review – virtuoso skills and immaculately wrought vocals by George Hall, The Guardian, 15 February 2015

Finnish police up supervision of malls and traffic hubs, YLE News, 15 February 2015

Jewish community receives police protection – Braced for potential copycat strikes, YLE News, 15 February 2015

President Niinistö condemns terrorism and attacks on freedom of speech, YLE News, 15 February 2015

FIIA researchers: Minsk ceasefire agreement contains proof of Russian involvement in Ukraine, YLE News, 13 February 2015

‘The Winter War', by Philip Teir Review by Josh de la Mare, Financial Times, 13 February 2015

Foreign Minister: Talk of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine ”premature”, YLE News, 13 February 2015

Friday's papers: The Minsk agreement, age and economy, dreams of eternal youth, YLE News, 13 February 2015

Exodus of Russian Capital Strikes Finnish Economy by Reuters, The Moscow Times, 12 February 2015

Niinistö and Stubb see hope in Ukrainian ceasefire, YLE News, 12 February 2015

Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle/Kavakos review – eloquent exploration of Sibelius by Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 12 February 2015

Telecoms entrepreneur aims to revive Finland's fortunes by Richard Milne, Financial Times, 12 February 2015

Stora Enso publish a human rights assessment by Heikki Jokinen, Trade Union News from Finland, 12 February 2015

5th year in a row - Finland tops press freedom index, YLE News, 12 February 2015

Thursday papers: Ukraine talks, what Finns fear, and sweets in the streets, YLE News, 12 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Beer backtracking, airport infrastructure and a familiar name returns to Finnish football, YLE News, 11 February 2015

Defence Minister wants Finland cyber warfare-ready, YLE News, 11 February 2015

Tuesday's Papers: Fast-tracked deportations, insurance price hike, and will beer plans cost the Centre Party the election? YLE News, 10 February 2015

Germany now Finland's largest trading partner, YLE News, 10 February 2015

Yle: 20 million euros of Finn's money in 'tax haven' HSBC accounts, YLE News, 9 February 2015

Monday papers: Synthetic marijuana, scammers try tricking seniors and one frozen Siberian flying squirrel for sale, YLE News, 9 February 2015

President Niinistö defends use of sanctions at Munich conference on Ukrainian crisis, YLE News, 8 February 2015

Finnish ECB councillor: “No choice” on Greek bonds, YLE News, 7 February 2015

Hbl: No Finnish Navy orders for Russian-owned shipyard, YLE News, 7 February 2015

Air force to take part in joint Finnish-Swedish-US military exercises, YLE News, 6 February 2015

Finland to mull over participation in Estonian military exercise today by Eeva Palojärvi – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 6 February 2015

Defence Minister: ”Russian jets not trustworthy”, YLE News, 6 February 2015

Friday's papers: Mortgage concession, poor pensioners and jet purchase no-no, YLE News, 6 February 2015

Thursday's papers: Inflated social housing costs, Räsänen crash latest, and 'Putin cheese' mystery, YLE News, 5 February 2015

Tampere interfaith gatherings aim to ease immigrant integration, YLE News, 5 February 2015

Finland sells 5-year bond at negative yield by Elaine Moore and Richard Milne, Financial Times, 4 February 2015

Stubb rejects proposal to arm Ukraine by Kaja Kunnas – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 4 February 2015

Wednesday's papers: Pyramid schemes, revelations over missing teen, and what was behind government U-turn? YLE News, 4 February 2015

Niinistö to attend Munich security conference, YLE News, 3 February 2015

Data centres to create thousands of jobs by Juhani Saarinen – Helsingin Sanomat, Aleksi Teivainen - Helsinki Times, 3 February 2015

Tuesday's papers: Kela's lost millions, Räsänen in hospital, and do you choose your kid's school based on how you vote? YLE News, 3 February 2015

Finnish parents, teachers grapple with children's online activity, YLE News, 3 February 2015

Monday's papers: +50 jobless pains, sluggish remote services, rise in traffic monitoring, YLE News, 2 February 2015

Russian property purchases in Finland at near-standstill, YLE News, 1 February 2015

Foreign design luminaries call for new Finnish triumphs, YLE News, 1 February 2015

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