Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) spoke to reporters outside the Parliament House in Helsinki on Wednesday, 8 December 2021. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

PRIME MINISTER Sanna Marin (SDP) has issued an apology for her actions last weekend.

“I should’ve used better judgement and refrained from going out, refrained from being around other people,” she stated before a group of reporters behind the Parliament House in Helsinki on Wednesday. “I apologise for my actions and behaviour.”

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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) was photographed arriving at the Parliament House in Helsinki on 24 November 2021. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

PRIME MINISTER Sanna Marin (SDP) has come under criticism for going to a nightclub following news about the coronavirus infection of Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Greens).

Marin went to a nightclub in Helsinki between Saturday and Sunday, after being notified of the infection and being told that other cabinet members need not quarantine themselves if they have received two vaccine injections.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Greens) tested positive for the new coronavirus on Saturday. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT has taken precautionary measures following the coronavirus infection of Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Greens).

Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko (Centre), for example, will be replaced in meetings of the Eurogroup and Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday by Maria Kaisa Aula, a state secretary at the Ministry of Finance, according to a tweet sent by the Ministry of Finance.

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The Finns Party, led by Riikka Purra, has emerged as the second most popular political party in Finland, ahead of the Social Democrats, reveals a poll by YLE. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

POPULAR SUPPORT has increased for the two largest opposition parties in the Finnish Parliament, the National Coalition and the Finns Party, reveals the most recent opinion poll commissioned by YLE.

Support for the National Coalition, the poll shows, jumped by 0.8 percentage points to 18.7 per cent, its highest level since 2017.

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New Minister of the Environment Emma Kari in Helsinki on November 19th 2021.

Milja Henttonen, Jarno Lappalainen and Erkki Perälä have been appointed as Special Advisers to the new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Emma Kari. Antti Heikkinen and Riikka Yliluoma will continue as Special Advisers to the Minister.

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Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) at a question-time debate in the Parliament House in Helsinki on Thursday, 18 November 2021. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT has decided to raise the refugee quota for next year from 1,050 to 1,500, according to Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens).

“As Afghanistan’s crisis was at its most acute, I made a proposal [to the government] to raise the refugee quota. The government today decided to raise the refugee quota for 2022 to a historically high level of 1,500 people,” she tweeted on Thursday.

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Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko (Centre) was photographed arriving for a government presser about the coronavirus epidemic in Finland in Helsinki on 10 November 2021. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)


THE COALITION GOVERNMENT of Finland finds itself at an impasse over the taxonomy regulation of the European Union, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

The Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs was supposed to make a decision on the draft regulation last week, but the five ruling parties failed to find an agreement in the preliminary discussions, resulting in the issue being withdrawn from the agenda.

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Support for Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Social Democrats has jumped by 0.9 percentage points to 19.4 per cent, according to a poll by Helsingin Sanomat. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

A POLL by Helsingin Sanomat has found no changes in the pecking order between political parties in Finland.

The National Coalition has retained its position at the top of the poll despite seeing its over six-month surge in popularity come to a halt with a drop of 0.1 percentage points. The right-wing opposition party is presently projected to win 21.1 per cent of the vote if the parliamentary elections were held today.

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Suldaan Said Ahmed of the Left Alliance was photographed during a plenary session in the Parliament House in Helsinki on 27 October 2021. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE LEFT ALLIANCE on Thursday reported that a noose has been delivered to the Parliament House in Helsinki addressed to Suldaan Said Ahmed (LA), a first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament.

The shipment addressed to the 28-year-old lawmaker contained a piece of rope tied in a noose together with an “extremely disturbing, racist message”.

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A bartender checked the coronavirus pass of a customer at the counter of One Pint Pub in Helsinki on 5 November 2021. Adopting the pass at workplaces would deny some citizens the right to work, argue the sponsors of a citizens’ initiative. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

A CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE opposing the adoption of the coronavirus pass at workplaces has received the 50,000 statements of support required for presenting it to the Finnish Parliament.

The sponsors of the initiative are demanding that an act be introduced to prevent the introduction of the pass at workplaces, arguing that it would lead to some people dropping out of working life against their will.

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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) spoke to reporters about the government’s discussions on the coronavirus situation in the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Wednesday, 10 November 2021. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has decided to adopt a new hybrid strategy against the coronavirus epidemic and uphold the current restrictions on, for example, restaurants beyond Monday, 15 November.

The strategy was adopted primarily on grounds that 80 per cent of 12-year-olds and older have been vaccinated against the virus.

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