News in Brief

  • Famous white moose in Parkano shot and killed by hunters

    An image of the slain moose taken from Instagram (Credit: @leogronlund_outdoors)

    A RARE WHITE MOOSE THAT GARNERED NATIONAL HEADLINES THIS YEAR has been shot and killed by a hunting club in Parkano, in Pirkanmaa. A member of the hunting club that shot the moose, which was known locally as the Parkano White Deer, boasted of the kill on Instagramwith the caption "the white king has fallen". 

  • Far-right groups clash with police and protesters in London over Brexit

    Far right protesters square off with police in Whitehall on Saturday (Image: Lehtikuva)

    MEMBERS OF NUMEROUS FAR-RIGHT GROUPS clashed with police and pro-EU demonstrators in central London on Saturday, following a week of Brexit drama which has seen the British parliament move to wrest control of the process from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

  • Female cab driver turns up dead, frosty weather chills and Tallink begins testing: Today’s news roundup

    According to reports by local newspapers, a 44-year-old taxi driver who went missing in Mikkeli (Etelä-Savo) has been found dead.

    The frigid weather conditions also made headlines today, with the Finnish Meteorological Institute predicting freezing temperatures for Southern and Eastern Finland.

  • Finalist designs for Stora Enso's mammoth new Katajanokka HQ revealed

    Concept art for one of the nominated designs, named Beacon (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE FINAL SIX DESIGNS FOR A SPRAWLING NEW OFFICE COMPLEX in the heart of Helsink'si Katajanokka Harbour have been announced. Once completed in 2023, the carbon-neutral building will house the global headquarters of the Finnish paper giant Stora Enso. 

  • Finland could face a mental health crisis even after the pandemic 

    Expertsare concerned that the COVID- 19 pandemic could have long-lasting effects on the psychological wellbeing of individuals, eventually culminating in a public mental health crisis. 

    COVID- 19 and the subsequent panic, uncertainty and isolation have led to a widespread rise in cases of anxiety and depression. Mental health professionals warn that given current conditions, everyone is at risk for these diseases. 

  • Finland declared the happiest country for the fourth time in a row 

    Finland has won the title of the happiest country in the world as per the World Happiness Report for the fourth consecutive time. 

    This year’s report ranked countries on the basis of how their governments have dealt with the COVID- 19 crisis and the subjective quality of life of citizens during the pandemic.  

  • Finland has the lowest abortion rate among Nordic countries


    Recent figures from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) have revealed that Finland has the lowest rate of induced abortions among Nordic countries. 

    It also has the strictest abortion laws, being the only Nordic country where women need to acquire the signature of at least one doctor (in some cases two) to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. 

  • Finland registered more dogs than babies last year

    The number of dogs registered in the country exceeded the number of newborn babies for the first time last year. According to Statistics Finland, there were 46,452 births in Finland in 2020, while the number of newly registered dogs stood at 48,895—a difference of nearly 2,500. 

    The Finnish Kennel Club revealed that the registration of new dogs increased by almost 8 per cent last year, fuelled by a growing demand for pets due to coronavirus restrictions.

  • Finland saw sharp increase in homicide cases last year

    New data has revealed a considerable rise in reports of severe crimes such as manslaughter, homicide and murder attempts in 2020 compared to previous years.

    Data fromStatistics Finland indicates that there were 91 incidences of homicide last year—19 more than 2019. Additionally, police reported a total of 398 homicide attempts, which is 69 more cases than the previous year.

  • Finland to clamp down on school bullying 

    Government officials in Finland have intensified efforts to prevent bullying in schools. In apress conference on Tuesday, Minister of EducationJussi Saramoannounced that the government will adopt a strict zero-tolerance policy towards any instances of bullying, teasing, harassment or violence in educational institutions. 

    The Ministry of Education and Culture has proposed a comprehensive anti-bullyingaction plan, which it aims to implement during the current government term.

  • Finland to launch high-performing supercomputer this year

    LUMI, a highly powerful supercomputer, is set to begin operations in Finland this year. Worth an estimated 200 million euros and hailed as one of the fastest computers of all time, it is capable of performing a whopping 552 million billion calculations per second, according to MTV. 

    LUMI’s computing abilities are reportedly equivalent to that of over 1.5 million modern-day laptops. Preparations are underway to house the computer at the state-owned CSC’s (IT Center for Science) data centre in the town of Kajaani in Kainuu, Eastern Finland. 

  • Finland's all-time heat record for June may be broken tomorrow, wind and rain to follow

    The FMI recommended that Finns use nearby bodies of water to cool off (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE LATEST WEATHER FORECASTS FROM THE FMI have shown that tomorrow could well be the hottest day recorded in June in Finland's history, with temperatures in the Central and Southern parts of the country expected to exceed 33 degrees Celsius. 

  • Finland's largest paper mill to close permanently, 450 jobs lost

    Inside the Kaipola paper mill, owned by UPM (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE FINNISH FORESTRY GIANT UPM HAS ANNOUNCED that it will be closing its paper mill in Kaipola, the largest still in operation in Finland and the only mill to still produce newsprint paper inside the country. An estimated 450 jobs will be lost as a result of the closure.

  • Finland's largest travel agency cancels all August trips to Spain, Croatia, and Turkey amid rising coronavirus cases

    Holidaymakers don face marks on a beach in Malaga, Spain (Image: Lehtikuva)

    AURINKOMATKAT, FINLAND'S LARGEST TRAVEL AGENCY, HAS CANCELLED ALL AUGUST TRIPS to Spain, Croatia, and Turkey, following a spike in new coronavirus cases in those countries that have led the company to believe that they are no longer 'safe' destinations for Finnish travelers.

  • Finland’s alcohol consumption decreases but ecstasy-related deaths continue to rise: Today’s news roundup

    According tothe latest statistics from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), alcohol consumption in the country dropped significantly last year, with per capita consumption reaching a record low. 

    THL also revealed that deaths related to the synthetic psychoactive drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, have more than tripled between 2011 and 2017.

  • Finland’s culture and entertainment industries struggle to cope during pandemic

    Multiple industriesin Finland have been hit hard by coronavirus restrictions, with the greatest losses suffered by the restaurant, hospitality, arts and entertainment sectors. 

    According to Helsingin Uutiset, the  arts and recreation industry (which includes cultural, entertainment and recreational activities such as music, theater, museums and sports) in the country is facing losses of up to 700 million euros this year due to the ongoing pandemic. 

  • Finland’s vaccination rate poor compared to other countries

    According to the lateststatistics from online publicationOur World in Data (OWID), Finland is lagging behind other countries when it comes to vaccinating its citizens against the COVID-19 virus. 

    With a rate of 0.3 doses administered per 100 people, Finland is currently number 33 on the list of countries that have begun vaccinations, far below Denmark (2.0) and Iceland (1.4). 

  • Finnish army runs chemical weapons war games in Säkylä

    Finnish soliders simulate a mustard gas attack on Friday (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE FINNISH ARMY is currently simulating chemical weapon attacks as part of a training exercise in Säkylä. The Pori Brigade conscripts are learning how to handle mustard and sarin gas, among other weapons currently prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention. 

  • 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 coastguard intercepts vessel at wreckage sight of MS Estonia in Baltic Sea

    The vessel, flying a German flag, in the Baltic Sea this afternoon (Image: Lehtikuva)

    A VESSEL flying a German flag was intercepted by the Finnish coastguard off the coast of Utö island today for apparently disturbing the wreckage site of the MS Estonia, a former Viking Line ferry which sank in 1994, killing 852 civilians, including 10 Finns.