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AUTHORITIES AT HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT began implementing the government's strict new rules on quarantining on social distancing today, informing all new arrivals that they are required to go into a 14-day quarantine and telling them what they need to do.
HELSINKI'S ICONIC HAVIS AMANDA STATUE has been fenced off by city authorities in an attempt to discourage crowds gathering at the location for traditional May Day (Vappu) celebrations this week, in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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.
85,000 REVELLERS GATHERED IN DOWNTOWN HELSINKI TO RING IN THE NEW DECADE last night, with numerous fireworks displays and performances from a number of Finnish artists, including the female pop singer Alma.
HELSINKI'S AMOS REX GALLERY will open its 'Generation 2020' exhibition tomorrow, featuring work from 80 artists aged between fifteen and twenty-three. The exhibition received over 1600 proposals from young people across Finland and will run until May 2020.
HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT HAS INSTALLED toilet facilities for canine travellers, joining a handful of other airports around the world that have attempted to provide facilities for the growing number of travelers with pets in recent years.
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.
A RESTAURANT IN INARI IN LAPLAND has been voted Finland's 'Restaurant of the Year' by the Finnish Gastronomy Society. Aanaar Ravintola uses local ingredients and Sami cooking to create their dishes and is the first Sami restaurant to receive the accolade.
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL (HUS) has unveiled prototypes of new emergency hospital facilities designed to meet surging demand should a sudden spike in COVID-19 hospitalization materialize. The new facilities are designed to be quickly constructed in underground car parks around Helsinki.
RESCUE SERVICES IN LAPPAJÄRVI saved a baby deer from the clutches of a flock of eagles earlier today, after a nearby fisherman. Lappajärvi local Jukka Hanhineva said that he called the fire services after he noticed the deer struggling to stand on the ice as eagles began circling it.
TWO F-35 FIGHTER JETS were flown by the American weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin to Pirkkala Air Force Base in Finland today, as the company becomes the fourth major defense company to compete for a €10 billion contract from the Finnish Defense Forces.
NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS HAVE OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF in Helsinki, with a special fireworks show organized by the City government at the National Museum of Finland. The Children's Fireworks Show takes place a few hours earlier so that families with young children can ring in the new year together.
FINNISH PM SANNA MARIN has met with her Latvian counterpart, Prime Minister Krišjānis Karinš at a summit at the Prime Minister's official residence at Kesäranta, Helsinki. The two discussed trade, energy policy, bilateral relations, and environmental cooperation among Baltic Sea states.
FINNISH PRIME MINISTER SANNA MARIN met with her Swedish counterpart, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven today, on her first trip to Finland's western neighbour. The two had a private conversation before speaking to the press on the steps of Harpsund Manor, the historical country retreat for Swedish Prime Ministers.
FINNISH PM SANNA MARIN GAVE A SPEECH to assembled world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on female empowerment and gender equality today, as the organization begins a number of events and initiatives in the run-up to International Women's Day.
THE FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE (FMI) has reported that parts of Northern and Central Finland have received record amounts of snowfall in recent days, with the greatest amounts of snowfall being recorded at Paljakka and Sodankylä in Lapland.
STRONG WINDS AND SNOWFALL, combined with warmer temperatures that have quickly turned the snow into slush, caused major travel disruptions in the capital region today, with Helsinki-Vantaa Airport cancelling numerous domestic and international flights.
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF CENTRAL FINLAND have released a number of images depicting severe animal cruelty, in case that they have uncovered in recent months. The images were released as part of a large-scale awareness campaign about the crime of animal abuse, which the Poliisi say is on the rise.
THE STREETS, SHOPS, AND LIBRARIES OF HELSINKI stood largely empty today as a result of strict social distancing measures put in place by the Finnish government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which includes a ban on any gathering of more than 10 people.
TWO SWEDISH MADE SAAB FIGHTER JETS have arrived at Prikkala Air Force Base to compete for a €10 billion contract from the Finnish Defence Ministry. The showcase is the third attempt by a major weapons manufacturer to secure the contract in recent weeks.
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