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Analysis: Russia’s western heliport near Finland’s coast

By Robin Häggblom Russia built a heliport on Gogland . Russian news agency TASS provided some details. A Mi-26, the Soviet C-130 sized helicopter, flew in the required special equipment including the surface plating. The heliport was then made by the...

Analysis: A dawn raid in the Archipelago

By Robin Häggblom The day started with what sounded like a rare but not unique message on Twitter by the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation: The current search by the in the premises of a company located in the Turku Archipelago may...

Analysis: Finland’s Basic Income Experiment

By Simo Raittila Finnland's basic income experiment will end – as planned. In recent days there have been some news sites claiming that the Finnish basic income experiment was given an abrupt end by the government. The organization that runs the...

Analysis: Finland Goes Missile Shopping

By Robin Häggblom In the shadow of the HX-fighter competition, the state of the ground based air defences in Finland has again appeared in the headlines. The short story is that in the mid-90’s Finland acquired the Russian Buk-M1 air defence system...

Malcolm Stewart Column: Are Startups The New Cults?

I haven't been spending too much time thinking about startups lately, but since it's that Slush time of year I thought I'd give it a go and see what comes out. The subject of this column probably isn't what...

Analysis: Finland’s War Games Take to the Skies

By Petri Mäkelä The Finnish Air Force, Ilmavoimat, is holding its largest exercise of the year, Ruska 17, alongside Swedish air assets this week. The exercise was announced more than a year ago. The exercise focuses on training an integrated air-defense force...

Analysis: Aurora 17 Military Exercise

By Robin Haggblom Perhaps the final sign to show that Sweden has now moved out of the notorious ‘strategic blackout’ is the major exercise Aurora 17 currently underway in the southern parts of the country. In absolute numbers this is...

Analysis: #Zapad2017: Russia threatens Finland and the Baltic States

By Petri Mäkelä The eyes of European military experts and leaders have been focused on the upcoming Russian Zapad2017 exercise for a while now. When compared to the hype, the official Russian description of the exercise is rather underwhelming. Russia...

Analysis: What Could Russia’s Military Build-up Mean for Finland?

By Petri Mäkelä Exactly a year ago I wrote about the Russian Maskirovka mobilizations that are also known as “snap drills” or “readiness inspections”. Some of these drills have been massive and enough troops were set in motion, that the forces could’ve...

Two 2001 Prospects Worth Keeping an Eye On

Author: Marco Bombino The 2001 born age-group is looking like a very promising group of prospects for Finland. There are some high-end players, especially at forward, that we have covered on the site with scouting reports. Here I will feature...

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Finnair begins new round of layoff talks today

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Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

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Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...