Finland International

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...

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...

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A new political party? Timo Soini says maybe.

Veteran politician Timo Soini, who lead the Finns Party to become a major force in Finnish politics, who was a founding member of Blue Reform...

Finns’ confidence in life and the economy after coronavirus improves

A new survey highlights how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic subsides, and how they have more confidence in...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd July 2020

Finns relaxing their own coronavirus restrictions Two surveys have highlighted how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic fades in Finland....

Appeals Court upholds verdict against Finns Party MP for incitement crimes

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi has ruled to uphold a verdict against Finns Party Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen. The Oulu MP was convicted...

Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...