Finland International

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Finnair and diplomats in Delhi. When the A350 took off from Goa on Wednesday,...

Private companies pay for 18,000 coronavirus tests to be done in South Korea

A group of big Finnish companies, lead by private healthcare provider Mehiläinen, is paying to send 18,000 samples from Finland to a laboratory in South Korea for coronavirus testing. The first batch of tests will go on a Finnair flight...

Government considers mandatory quarantine for returning airline passengers

The government and health officials are considering whether to use hotels near to Helsinki Airport as sites to quarantine returning passengers. Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) and the CEO of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District Juha Tuominen said in a Thursday...

Foreign Minister: ‘We trust Finns on repatriated flights to self-isolate’

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says he trusts that Finns on repatriation flights from abroad will self-isolate when they return home, without it having to be enforced by authorities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnair have announced more special...

Police arrest Sierra Leone war crimes suspect living in Finland

The National Bureau of Investigation NBI says it has arrested a citizen of Sierra Leone suspected of murder, aggravated war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sierra Leone was plunged into a bitter civil war between 1991 and 2001 when a...

Finland and Sweden swap ships for navy exercises

The Finnish and Swedish navies are taking good neighbourly relations to a new level by swapping command of their ships during a recent naval exercise. Last week, the Finnish vessel FNS Uusimaa took its orders directly from Sweden's naval command;...

Indian news outlet publishes fake Sanna Marin interview

An Indian news outlet published an interview with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Sunday - and it was totally fake. The story was reported by Journalisti lehti magazine and shows how the interviewer posed 15 questions, for which...

Finland picks crooner Aksel Kankaanranta for Eurovision 2020

Televoters and music juries have selected singer Aksel Kankaanranta to represent Finland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Kankaanranta was the only male contestant, and his pop-ballad 'Looking Back' scored 170 points at the Uuden Musiikin Kilpaulu UMK 2020 competition on...

Border Guard helps with Greece refugee crisis, as Finns Party calls for border closures

The Finnish Border Guard is helping out authorities in Greece amid the latest surge of refugees trying to cross from Turkey to the EU. The European Board and Coast Guard Frontex sent a request this week for help with a...

Russia’s Sergei Lavrov meets Niinistö, Haavisto for talks in Helsinki

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in Helsinki on Tuesday for his first visit in three years. In the morning he met with President Sauli Niinistö at his official resident Mäntyniemi, with the deteriorating military and humanitarian situation in northern Syria along the...

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First coronavirus cases detected in Finnish nursing homes

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus have been detected in Finnish nursing homes. Three elderly residents have died at a care home in the Ylä-Savon...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 3rd April 2020

Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest: 1,615 coronavirus cases, 20 deaths - information letters sent out. Rescued: Behind...

Coronavirus advice letters begin to arrive in homes

An information pack from the government and health authorities about coronavirus has begun to arrive in homes. It's part of the government's wider outreach to...

Google data reveals how Finns are avoiding shared spaces, and flocking to parks

New data released by tech giant Google shows how peoples' movement has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 Communities Mobility Report for Finland...

VR waives railway restaurant rents for two months

State railways operator VR Group says it is waiving the rents of cafes and restaurants on its station properties across the country for two...

Mika Lintilä: “This is the worst moment of Finland’s economic history”

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Centre) says the coronavirus crisis "is the worst moment of Finland's economic history" as he set out new...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd April 2020

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in...