Finland International

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...

Opposition: Rinne’s Brexit comments in Paris “very unprofessional”

Opposition politicians have criticised Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) for comments he made about Brexit in France this week. On Wednesday Rinne went to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. Afterwards, he told Finnish journalists that Britain had a 12 day...

Kashmir protests as Indian Foreign Minister visits Finland

A small group of protesters in central Helsinki put on a noisy demonstration as India's Foreign Minister paid his first official visit to Finland. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar arrived in Helsinki on Thursday night and his Friday programme included bilateral talks with President Sauli...

Universities say Migri delays are damaging their international reputation

Universities say a backlog of unprocessed residence permits for international students is causing reputational damage to Finland's higher education system, and hurts their chances of being able to recruit talented students from outside the EU in future. New information supplied...

President Niinistö to meet President Trump for October talks

President Sauli Niinistö is going to the USA at the beginning of October for a meeting with US President Donald Trump. The meeting is set to take place in Washington DC on 2nd October. According to the President's office, the pair will be...

PM in Paris: Rinne and Macron call for clear Brexit message

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) paid his first official working visit to Paris today to meet French President Emmanuel Macron. Brexit - the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union - dominated talks between the pair, and they said time...

Europe Minister: Britain’s Brexit strategy is a “rather bleak situation”

Finland's Europe Minister has described Britain's chaotic Brexit strategy as a "rather bleak situation." Writing on Twitter from Strasbourg at the start of a European Parliament plenary session to discuss Britain's departure from the European Union, Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) shared her...

Frustrated, dejected and disheartened: the international students hit by Migri delays

The last email Stephen Abayateye received from his case worker at Migri said he'd get a decision on a Finnish residence permit within the month. That was five weeks ago. The previous emails he sent bounced back with an out of office...

Ancient kingdom’s rise and fall on the fate of National Museum artifact

A piece of stone imbued with mystical powers is to be returned from the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki to Namibia, where it was appropriated by Finnish missionaries more than a hundred years ago. This week, the small stone...

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Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...

Municipal workers reach new pay and conditions deal

Thousands of workers in the municipal sector, including some teachers, nurses and other  healthcare workers, will be covered by a new collective bargaining contract...

Stay or go? Conflicting signals on domestic summer travel

Should you go to summer cottage this weekend, or stay at home? Are you allowed to plan a domestic travel 'staycation' this summer or...

Prime Minister’s sick leave continues until the end of the week

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on sick leave until the end of the week. In a statement, the PM's office says she is suffering from...

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten...

Cautious government response, critical opposition response to EU recovery plan

The Government has given a guarded response to the new EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, while Finland's main opposition parties have been more critical. On...

Morning headlines: Thursday 28th May 2020

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years,...

Coronavirus round-up: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Finland begins first domestic face mask production Unemployment...