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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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Education Minister warns of school consequences of population decline

Minister of Education Li Andersson (Left) is warning that declining population in some parts of the country might mean there's not enough children for each...

Anti-Semitic acts in Tampere and Turku, as Finland’s leaders mark Holocaust

Police in Tampere are investigating an incident in the city involving a small group of neo-Nazis who burned an Israeli flag and denounced the...

Morning headlines: Monday 27th January 2020

Tromsø conference raises questions over Finland’s Arctic priorities An Arctic conference in northern Norway, attended by Minister of Trade Ville Skinnari (SDP) raises questions about whether Finland...

Tromsø conference raises questions over Finland’s Arctic priorities

An Arctic conference in northern Norway, attended by Minister of Trade Ville Skinnari (SDP) raises questions about whether Finland sees the region as a commodity,...

WATCH: Lions, dragons and fireworks in Helsinki signal Chinese New Year

Thousands of people came out to downtown Helsinki to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday. The Year of the Rat launched with a firework display...

THL: False alarm over suspected Wuhan coronavirus cases in Lapland

The National Institute for Health and Welfare THL says that two suspected cases of Wuhan coronavirus turned out to be false alarms. Two members of...

Police investigating spate of Lapland online romance scams

Police in Lapland are investigating a spate of romance scams after several incidents were reporting during a short period of time. In the latest incident,...