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Liechtenstein midfielder Michele Polverino makes a sliding tackle on Finland’s Teemu Pukki during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between Finland and Liechtenstein in Helsinki, Finland on November 15, 2019. The 3–0 defeat of Liechtenstein ensured that Finland will be at Euro 2020. The team reaches the finals of a tournament for the first time in the country’s history. Pukki has been imperious to end 81 years of hurt for the Finns and is among the Euro 2020 top five scorers after Finland concluded the qualifying campaign.
President Sauli Niinistö shakes hands with the ministers of the resigned government as they pay a complimentary visit to the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on December 10, 2019. Finland’s centre-left coalition government collapsed less than six months into office as Finnish PM Antti Rinne resigned on December 3. Rinne’s resignation was triggered by the Centre Party, a member of the ruling coalition, questioning his role in handling a labour market dispute involving the state-owned postal service Posti. Centre Party chairwoman Katri Kulmuni is standing next to Rinne. The resignation led to transport minister Sanna Marin to become world’s youngest prime minister at 34.
News photo of the year 2018 | Finnish MP Teuvo Hakkarainen lying in the bed of his so-called sauna apartment in Helsinki on September 1, 2018. Hakkarainen's housing arrangement made national headlines after the Finnish tabloid Iltalehti reported that he and another MP had been claiming elevated housing allowances for a sauna they had rented in the basement of an apartment building. Finnish MPs receive compensation for expenses depending on where they live and whether they have a second home in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
Cinematographer Marita Hällfors at Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby in Helsinki on January 30, 2019. Hällfors received the Apollo Lifetime Award at the DocPoint Documentary Film Festival for special achievements in the field of Finnish documentary filmmaking.
Finland won its third title of the ice hockey world championships after defeating Canada 3–1 on May 26, 2019. 10,000 people took it to the streets of Helsinki to celebrate. In Helsinki’s Market Square fans waved flags and, as per tradition, jumped into the fountain and climbed over the 111-year-old Havis Amanda statue. Surrounding streets were blocked as cars honked their horns and passengers waved flags out the windows.
Mikko Vihtanen during a district court hearing in Lahti, Finland on June 27, 2019. This was the first public appearance of Vihtanen, who was dubbed “Teräsvaari” (Steel Grandfather) by the media after the 81-year-old used a gun to defend himself against a masked housebreaker. The court agreed he had the right to use the firearm in self-defence.
Ajak Majok, the communications coordinator for the Youth Mental Health Association Yeesi, sits in front of the Finlandia Hall on August 12, 2019. Majok moved from Sudan to Finland when she was 4 years old. For her Finland is the homeland, even though some Finns still find it hard to get a grasp of that. In her work she can use her own history and experiences living on the discomfort zone.
Police estimate around 250 people showed up to a far-right demonstration organised by the white supremacist group Soldiers of Odin in Helsinki on Finnish Independence Day, December 6, 2019. A group of far-right protesters carried a banner reading “Blood and Honour”, an English translation of German National Socialist political slogan that was used by the Hitler Youth, among others. Estimated 2,700 people took part in the “Helsinki without Nazis” counter-demonstration organised at the same time.
Police detains Extinction Rebellion activist and astrophysicist Till Sawala in Helsinki, Finland on Finnish Independence Day, December 6, 2019. Academy Research Fellow Till Sawala and theoretical physicist Syksy Räsänen got detained by the police after they interrupted the procession of a far-right demonstration organised by the white supremacist group Soldiers of Odin. According to Sawala nazism and fascism are directly opposed to everything the Extinction Rebellion movement stands for and tries to protect. “It denies the most basic right to live of other human beings.” Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement. They aim to compel government action to pursue sustainability goals by using nonviolent civil disobedience.
Finnish sociologist and Left Alliance MP Anna Kontula in the Parliament House on October 22, 2019. Kontula caused controversy in October by stating that she is the only communist – at least the only one willing to openly admit it – in the Finnish Parliament. On the background two sculptures, Intellectual Work and Future, from Wäinö Aaltonen’s series Work and future designed for the Parliament chamber.
Actor Elisa Piispanen celebrates 50 years of teaching in theatre at the University of Tampere on February 12, 2017.
Suviseurat Summer Services in Äänekoski on June 30, 2018. Suviseurat is the annual meeting of the Finnish Lutheran movement known as Conservative Laestadians and the largest religious gathering in the Nordic countries. Summer services are attended by tens of thousands of visitors.
Triple jumper Kristiina Mäkelä set a new personal best of 14.31 in the triple jump at the Finnish Championships in Athletics in Jyväskylä on July 21, 2018.
Asylum seekers protesting against Finland's tightened immigration and asylum policies behind a banner featuring the face of PM Juha Sipilä in front of the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki on February 14, 2017. Sipilä's government toughened the rules for granting asylum and humanitarian protection after more than 30 000 people applied for asylum in Finland in 2015.
11th President of Finland Tarja Halonen participated in a panel discussion on peace work at the Vantaa Art Museum on May 3, 2018.
Joni Lähdesmäki participates for the first time in the Nude Run of Finland (Nakukymppi) in Padasjoki on June 14, 2019. Lähdesmäki, who has taken part in one naturist event previously, admits he felt a bit nervous before the event, but already much more confident in himself. The nude run draws between 100 and 150 participants and has been held in Padasjoki annually since 2003.
“If the bees go extinct, we will die of starvation”, says beekeeper Kamran Fakhimzadeh as he cleans a hive in Nastola, Finland on July 15, 2019. Having written his dissertation on diseases affecting the honey bee Iranian-born Fakhimzadeh is one of the leading bee experts in Finland. Fakhimzadeh knows the world’s most important pollinators so well that he can approach them without a bee suit or gloves. Fakhimzadeh can tell from the behaviour of the bees that they will remain calm. He is worried about bees dying off. In 2006 a disease that has killed a large part of the world’s bees was identified.
The logo of VR Group, the state-owned railway company in Finland, on a broken window screen at the Helsinki Railway Station on August 10, 2017, the day Train Drivers' Union announced a walkout in protest at plans to open the rail network to competition.