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Led by Annika Saarikko, the Centre Party would receive 11.7 per cent of the popular vote if the parliamentary elections were held today, shows a poll by Helsingin Sanomat. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

THE POWER BALANCE between Finnish political parties has remained all but unchanged in recent weeks, suggests a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The most notable positive change from the previous month was registered by the Centre Party, which saw its popularity creep up by 0.5 percentage points to 11.7 per cent and consequently held on to its status as the fourth most popular party in Finland.

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Marin visiting Google's data centre in Hamina on 20 Nov. 2020 / Lehtikuva

The BBC has revealed the names of the trailblazing women on this year’s 100 Women List, celebrating inspirational and influential women from across the globe – from high profile names to unsung heroes.

In a year of unprecedented turbulence, this year’s theme is ‘How Women-Led Change in 2020’ and celebrates some of the scientists, public health experts, and healthcare workers who have helped us weather the storm

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Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) spoke at a press conference in Helsinki on 29 October 2020. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES from Uusimaa have been invited to discuss possible additional measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in the most populated region of Finland by Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP), reports Helsingin Sanomat.

Kiuru told the newspaper yesterday that the teleconference will take place at 11am on Tuesday.

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Toni Jalonen, a former deputy chairperson of the Finns Party Youth, attending a hearing at the District Court of Pirkanmaa in Tampere on 4 November 2020. (Kalle Parkkinen – Lehtikuva)

THE DISTRICT COURT of Pirkanmaa on Wednesday delivered its ruling on the ethnic agitation charges brought against two ex-members of the Finns Party Youth, the former official youth organisation of the Finns Party.

Toni Jalonen, a former deputy chairperson of the Finns Party Youth, was ordered to pay a 50-day, 300 euro fine and another defendant a 40-day, 240-euro fine.

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Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) arrived for a government meeting at the House of the Estates on 11 November 2020. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

THE DISTRICT ORGANISATION of the Centre in Finnish Lapland has issued a statement calling for the resignation of Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP).

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the statement claims, has put the domestic travel industry between a rock and a hard place by insisting on restrictions so strict that local tourism operators are facing revenue losses of hundreds of millions of euros.

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Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) is this week set to lead the government into a discussion about the need for internal border controls at the borders of Finland. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT is expected to convene this week to discuss whether to uphold what are presently some of the strictest internal border controls in the European Union.

YLE on Sunday reported that the government is set to debate the issue over the first few days of the week before making its decision on Thursday. Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) on Sunday refused to comment on what she plans to propose to her fellow cabinet members.

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Support for Petteri Orpo’s National Coalition has hit its lowest point since the summer of 2019, shows a new opinion poll commissioned by YLE. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

THE NATIONAL COALITION is the biggest mover in the most recent opinion poll commissioned by YLE.

The public broadcasting company reported yesterday that popular support for the right-wing opposition party fell by 1.1 percentage points to 16.6 per cent, cementing its position as the third most popular party in Finland between the Finns Party (19.5%) and Centre Party (12.4%).

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Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) has turned his sights on other challenges after leading the Finnish capital since 2017. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

MAYOR OF HELSINKI Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) on Sunday completely re-set the stage for the next municipal elections in the Finnish capital by announcing his decision not to seek re-election in April 2021.

“I won’t be in the running for next spring’s municipal elections,” the ex-minister of economic affairs stated in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat.

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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) spoke to reporters on the steps of the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) decided not to make any new decisions in response to the coronavirus epidemic in its meeting at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Tuesday.

“The estimate is that the current recommendations should be enough,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by YLE.

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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) was photographed arriving for the second day of a face-to-face EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on 16 October 2020. (Johanna Geron – AFP/Lehtikuva)

THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY continues to plug along as the most popular political party in Finland, finds an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The poll found that over a fifth (20.9%) of the public would presently cast their vote for the largest member of the five-party ruling coalition, 19.9 per cent for the Finns Party and 16.8 per cent for the National Coalition.

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Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) was photographed with her hand over the buttons in front of hear seat in the session hall of the Finnish Parliament on Wednesday, 14 October. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

MINISTER of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) received the confidence of her fellow lawmakers by a vote of 106 for and 79 against in the Parliament House on Wednesday.

The outcome of the vote was unsurprising as all representatives of the five ruling parties declared their support for the cabinet member, thus thwarting the motion of no-confidence orchestrated by the National Coalition.

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