The All Points North podcast has everything you need to know about the news in Finland this week. All Points North is produced by Yle News, a unit of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
On the brink of a breakthrough? The Greens
After quitting the ranks of government citing environmental principles, the Greens are living their best political life. The party has had its ups and downs, but has posted mostly steady gains in voter polls since the breakup and now stands poised for a breakthrough into the big league -- the top three most popular parties in the country. Have they got what it takes for a big finish in the upcoming elections? Political commentator Sini Korpinen and journalist Sam Kingsley join APN for a look at the Greens' chances of breaking into the top three.
22 March 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Election dark horse? The Finns Party
The Finns Party has become as well known for controversy as it has for its hardline stance on immigration and its euro-scepticism. Recent polls show the party gaining momentum in the run-up to the April general election. Do they have what it takes for a strong finish -- and for a role in government? APN looks at the pitched battle for poll position with political commentator Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley.
15 March 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
The surprise government collapse and a look at the Left Alliance
This week we're talking about the sudden resignation of government on Friday, after long-planned reforms to the country's social and health care system ran aground. We'll also examine the Left Alliance and its bid to rally workers in the upcoming election. Political commentator Sini Korpinen joins us for all this and more.
Stuck in a rut? The Swedish People's Party
The Swedish People's Party tumbled out of government in 2015 when Juha Sipilä's centre-right coalition took office. Now with the governing parties under threat over unpopular austerity and employment-boosting measures, the largely one-theme group is looking to rejoin the government ranks. Journalist Sam Kingsley and political commentator Sini Korpinen join APN to examine whether the party has what it takes for a political comeback.
1 March 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Breakaway Blue Reform - Life after the Finns Party with Sini Korpinen
Nearly two years ago, the Blue Reform split from the Finns Party when a new immigration hardliner took over. Now that the dust has settled, the Blues and the Finns Party each have the same number of seats in Parliament, but their voter support figures couldn't be more different. Will the Blues survive the election and how will their time in this government be remembered?
22 February 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
The Christian Democrats' crusade to safeguard family values with Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley
Finland's Christian Democratic Party is hoping to win voters over with a general election platform that focuses on safeguarding families and traditional values. Can proposals to throw more money at families with children convince the electorate to give them enough leverage to form part of the next government? This week APN begins a series of pre-election party snaphots with international journalist Sam Kingsley and political commentator Sini Korpinen.
15 February 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Breaking into the Finnish job market with Taina Susiluoto and Eve Kyntäjä
Finland has been positioning itself as an ideal place to live, study and build a career. But for many people that dream runs into a brick wall when they try to find a job. The unemployment rate among foreign-language groups in Helsinki is double that of the local population. At the same time, employers are bemoaning the lack of qualified job applicants. Taina Susiluoto and Eve Kyntäjä join All Points North to discuss what it takes to break into the Finnish labour market.
8 February / All Points North / Yle News
Top 5 reasons Finland loves lists with Peter Vesterbacka and Frank Martela
Quality of life, education, stability, safety, freedom. These are just some of qualities that put Finland at the top of a host of global rankings. The country also spends millions promoting these listings. We asked one of Finland's foremost branding gurus, former marketing chief behind Angry Birds Peter Westerbacka and philosophy researcher Frank Martela about Finland's near-obsession with being Number One. 1 February / All Points North / Yle News
Much ado about Brexit with Ilkka Salmi and Tim Bird
The clock is ticking for UK citizens across Europe as the date approaches for their country's divorce from the European Union. Some already have a sense of what to expect in their adopted homes after March 29 when Brexit is scheduled to take effect. But Brits living in Finland have been anxious about the relative lack of clarity regading their post-Brexit status. Ilkka Salmi, Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry and Tim Bird, a UK citizen resident in Helsinki, join APN to talk about the situation.
Child sex abuse allegations in Finnish media
This week APN examines how the media has handled recent reports of alleged sex abuse crimes in which all of the suspects are immigrants. News organisations have covered the story extensively - including opinion pieces and reader views expressing concern and outrage. In the pre-election ramp-up, lawmakers and politicians of all stripes have also joined the sometimes heated debate on the issue, with some proposing harsher penalties for sex offences. Along with special guests media researcher Anu Koivunen and journalist Sam Kingsley, we'll examine how the Finnish media has handled the ongoing, sensitive subject so far. 18 January 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Poverty in Finland with Eeva-Maria Grekula, Liisa Heinämäki and Jiri Sironen
Election fever is building in Finland and a recent poll indictaes that the persistent problem of poverty and inequality is one of the issues voters want politicians to tackle. This week All Points North looks at the roots and growth of poverty and discusses concrete measures for future governments to root out indigence and social exclusion. Guests are Jiri Sironen, chair of European Anti-Poverty Network in Finland, Eeva-Maria Grekula, who has lived with poverty and Liisa Heinämäki, project manager in the Office of the Prime Minister, where officials are developing a policy toolkit for the next administration to combat poverty and marginalisation.
11 January 2019 / All Points North / Yle News
Jobs, workers' rights, discrimination - and Trump: APN 2018
2018 was a big year for Finland as the Trump-Putin summit focused the eyes of the world on Helsinki. All Points North revisits the landmark meeting and other major news stories that shaped conversations in Finland throughout an eventful 12 months. 21 December 2018 / All Points North / Yle News