Finland International

Government loans €210 million for Finnfund development projects

The government is giving a €210 million loan to Finnfund for development projects. The loan - which must be paid back over 40 years - was announced on Tuesday morning by Ville Skinnari (SDP), Minister for Development Cooperation. Half the money will be...

Antti Rinne to Boris Johnson: new Brexit proposals fail on at least three counts

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has told his British counterpart Boris Johnson in no uncertain terms that his new Brexit proposals fall short of expectations in several key areas. The two prime ministers had a phone call on Saturday at Johnson's...

Finnish exports caught in America’s new trade tariffs

The American Government has slapped $7.5 billion tariffs on goods coming from the EU to the USA. The decision to impose the tariffs comes at the end of a 13-year long dispute at the World Trade Organisation over subsidies the...

Analysis: Thoughts and prayers for President Niinistö as he survives a Donald Trump meltdown

President Sauli Niinistö had a ringside seat to a Donald Trump meltdown that played out on live television during a press conference between the two leaders. For several hours on Wednesday evening the hashtag #TrumpMeltdown was trending on social media. The day...

Food for thought: Asia and Germany help boost Finnish food exports by €100 million

Exports of food and drinks from Finland are set to top €1.75 billion this year, as retailers and consumers around the world get a taste for Finnish products. The projected figure is a 14% increase on 2018, a whopping €100...

Helsingin Sanomat forced to defend pro-China advert

Finland's Helsingin Sanomat has been forced to defend its decision to publish a full-page pro-China advert about Hong Kong in Sunday's newspaper. The advert framed weeks of pro-democracy clashes between activists and security forces, which have often turned violent, as "only...

Doctor, Doctor: opportunities, language and cost are factors for growing number of Finns studying medicine abroad

When Dr Tammar Al-Nassar decided to leave his home in Tampere and study medicine abroad, he became one of a growing number of Finnish medical students to start their training overseas. Recently graduated from medical school in the Romanian city of...

Lessons learned 25 years after Estonia ferry disaster

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of one of Europe's worst maritime disasters, when the M/S Estonia ferry sailing from Tallinn to Stockholm sank with the loss of 852 passengers and crew. Most of the victims were Swedes and Estonians,...

Niinistö in New York: “the climate crisis calls for leaders, not just followers”

President Sauli Niinistö has given a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and called for more trust in a sustainable future. In his Tuesday afternoon speech - Tuesday evening Helsinki time - President Niinistö said the...

Finnish delegation heads to a changing United Nations

President Sauli Niinistö heads to New York this week to attend the 74th annual United Nations General Assembly. Among the Finnish delegation joining him in the Big Apple are Environment Minister Krista Mikkonen (Green), Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) and Minister of Development and...

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Coronavirus epidemic means fewer summer jobs available

The number of summer jobs available this year in Finland has dropped compared to the year before. According to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade...

Finns wary about long-term damage to the economy from coronavirus

The majority of Finns say that although they accept there's gloomy economic times ahead, they're in agreement that there needs to be some exceptional...

Police investigate booby-trapped apartment bomb, a death inside and two injured officers

Two police officers were injured in an explosion on Monday night after trying to open the door of a booby-trapped apartment in Espoo. One body...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date Finland’s restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next...

Confusion and delays leave restaurants uncertain ahead of planned opening date

Finland's restaurants, cafes and bars are supposed to open again for business from next Monday 1st June, but there's so much confusion and delay...

Coronavirus round-up: Monday 25th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus numbers from THL Ministry wants to buy €100 million worth of...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other...

Ministry wants to order €100 million worth of protective equipment

The Ministry of Health has submitted a procurement proposal to buy €100 million worth of protective equipment for the National Emergency Supply Agency NESA,...