• Finnish Border Guard opens investigation into MP accused of illegally entering Sweden for hiking trip

    NATIONAL COALITION MP WILLE RYDMAN IS BEING INVESTIGATED by the Lapland Border Guard after a social media post in which he claimed to have entered Sweden illegally during a hiking trip caused widespread ire. 

  • Finnish company receives emergency use authorisation in Finland for its Covid-19 rapid detection test

    Mobidiag Ltd. announced yesterday that it has received emergency use authorisation in Finland for its Amplidiag® COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test for the rapid detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The Amplidiag® COVID-19 is now available for use in Finland*. The test will be run for routine use at the main clinical laboratories in Finland (Helsinki University Hospital (Huslab), SYNLAB and Mehiläinen) doubling Finnish testing capacity and allowing testing coverage for most of the country. 

  • Finnish Coronavirus tracing app published today

    The tracing app that has been under development for months is finally ready and can be downloaded from application stores.

    Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus. If you have a coronavirus test and are diagnosed as infected, you can use the app to share this anonymously with those you have been in close contact with. Your privacy is strongly protected.

  • Finnish director of health security at THL does not believe in WHO’s recommendations and not ready to implement them in Finland

    Mr Mika Salminen, The director of health safety at Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL ) / Lehtikuva

    When a cruise ship sinks in the ocean or an airliner crashes and the causes are examined retrospectively, human error turns out to be the most common cause of the disaster. Someone pushed the wrong button, miscommunicated, slept on his watch, missed the signs or misunderstood or disobeyed instructions.   

    In our Titanic today, that navigator, who doesn’t believe in maps and thinks the best way forward is right through the iceberg, seems to be Mr Mika Salminen, The director of health safety at Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

  • Finnish researchers from Aalto, VTT and more join forces to investigate airborne transmission of coronavirus

    A 3D model of a SARS-CoV-2 particle, the virus that causes Covid-19 (Image: Lehtikuva)

    TOP RESEARCHERS AT AALTO UNIVERSITY, VTT, THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, AND THE FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE have joined forces to conduct joint research into the airborne origins of the Covid-19 virus, in the hopes of determining the best ways to reduce its spread. 

  • First case of coronavirus confirmed in Helsinki

    A WOMAN IN HELSINKI HAS TESTED POSITIVE for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first recorded case in the Finnish capital, reports Yle. The patient is believed to have contracted the virus during a recent trip to Northern Italy, a region that this week has seen a large spike in cases. 

  • First coronavirus death occurs in Finland, first cases confirmed on Åland Islands,

    A lighthouse popular with tourists near Mariehamn, the capital of the Åland Islands (Image: Lehtikuva)

    AUTHORITIES IN THE AUTONOMOUS REGION of the Åland Islands have confirmed the first coronavirus cases in the area, with two people so far testing positive for the Covid-19 virus that has spawned over 500 confirmed cases on the Finnish mainland. Meanwhile, THL have confirmed the first death from the virus in Finland. 

  • Gallery: global 'Teddy Bear Challenge' arrives in Finland, keeps children active during shutdown

    A teddy bear sits in the window of a home in Porvoo (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE SO-CALLED 'TEDDY BEAR CHALLENGE', which aims to keeps kids active and entertained during the Covid-19 shutdown that has put a halt to normal life for most children, has found popularity in Finland after the trend began in the US.

  • Gallery: Helsinki's Three Smiths get a coronavirus-inspired makeover

    The famous statue on Mannerheimintie earlier today (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE ICONIC KOLMEN SEPÄN STATUE in central Helsinki has been given a makeover to reflect the unusual times we find ourselves living in, as well as some messages of support for those who are struggling to cope with the new realities brought on by the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

  • Gallery: Inside the 'quarantine apartments' for returning Finns near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

    Inside one of the apartments provided by Luona Oy for quarantine patients (Image: Lehtikuva)

    FINNISH AUTHORITIES ARE WORKING WITH A COMPANY to provide accommodation for Finns returning from abroad who cannot self-isolate safely, with a number of apartments near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport being repurposed for the task. 

  • Government to reintroduce border controls with three countries and will consider lifting restrictions with Sweden

    The Finnish-Swedish border near the Torne River (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE REINTRODUCING travel restrictions on those arriving from The Netherlands, Belgium, and Andorra following an increase in the rate of new infections in those countries.

  • Growing number of people breaking quarantine in Finland

    Finnish policehave reported increasing instances of quarantine violations across the country. Several people have breached regulations by leaving their homes and interacting with individuals outside their own household. 

    Breaking quarantine is currently an offence that is punishable by law. Violating the order could lead to a heavy fine or a sentence of maximum three months in prison (regardless of whether anyone other than the individual has been infected).  

  • Here is how Finland can come out of the shutdown very fast

    The Finnish government suddenly woke up last Monday and implemented severe measures against the spread of Covid-19. Schools and borders are closed, all non-essential gatherings of more than ten people are forbidden, and the elderly and chronically ill were put in a high level of isolation. Most importantly, after a period of losing count, testing is to be ramped up.

  • How Finnish insurance companies have avoided providing coverage for COVID-19

    AS FAMILIES, WORKERS, AND BUSINESSES in Finland continue to reel from the social and economic fallout from COVID-19, it is becoming increasingly clear that insurance companies in Finland may not be able to cover losses incurred as a result of the pandemic.

  • In pictures: Finlandia Hall lights up in tribute to Finland's healthcare workers

    Finlandia Hall bathed in blue light on Saturday evening (Image: Lehtikuva)

    HELSINKI'S FINLANDIA HALL HAS BEEN ILLUMINATED in blue to pay tribute to healthcare workers and other people in Finland working in critical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis. The mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori tweeted that the illuminations would take place every Saturday night from now on. 

  • In pictures: Helsinki Railway Station gets a mask-friendly makeover

    The stonemasons of Helsinki Central Railway Station wearing masks on Friday morning (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE ICONIC 'STONEMASON' CARVINGS THAT LINE THE FACADE OF HELSINKI'S CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION have received a coronavirus-friendly makeover, with VR, the national railway company, providing each figure with a giant face mask.

  • Is the party over?

    With the first wave of coronavirus having receded into history, Finns are partying like there’s no tomorrow. But thereis a tomorrow—it’s called autumn—and once again it’s time to pay attention to the pandemic that isn’t going away.

    July 1st was an ordinary summer day. In midafternoon, I walked a couple of kilometers to meet a friend at a wine bar in Kamppi. When it started to drizzle, everyone who had been sitting on the terrace fled to the bar’s intimate interior. It was still raining when we finished our wine, and I decided to take a tram home.

  • Majority of Finland's new coronavirus infections reported outside of Uusimaa for the first time

    A commuter wearing a mask surveys public transport safety instructions in Helsinki (Image: Lehtikuva)

    FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HIT FINLAND, the number of new confirmed cases is higher in the rest of the country that it is in Uusimaa, a drastic departure from Finland's COVID-19 experience that has previously seen the vas majority of cases confined to the capital region. 

  • MP Pia Kauma: the coronavirus pandemic calls for re-think of what our security of supply entails

    SLIGHTLY OVER A YEARhas now passed since the parliamentary elections. Who would have thought last spring that discussions around the world would today be dominated by a single topic? The coronavirus epidemic and how countries are able to get back on their feet from the virus that has paralysed the entire world. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus as a global pandemic on 11 March 2020.

  • New coronavirus variant could be more dangerous for young people

    Young peoplecould be more vulnerable to a new mutation of the COVID-19 virus, according to the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS).

    Asko Järvinen, head of infectious diseases at HUS, told Ilta Sanomat that Finland has seen a surge in cases of the highly contagious new variant, which was first detected in the UK. 

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