Finland International

Brexit: Finns in UK will keep getting their pensions in case of no deal

Finns living in the UK will continue to receive their state pensions even if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal on 31st October. The Finnish government says it will ensure pension payments continue for one year...

Finnish Foreign Minister warns of “nightmare the day after Brexit”

Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) has warned of the "nightmare the day after Brexit" as the clock counts down to Britain's departure from the European Union on 31st October. "We don't know if the trucks can move and we don't know...

EU Defence and Foreign Ministers hold back-to-back Helsinki meetings

It's the sort of logistics ballet the Finnish civil service prides itself on being able to handle with aplomb. From Wednesday evening to Friday afternoon EU Defence Ministers and Foreign Ministers are meeting for back-to-back, and sometimes overlapping, talks at...

Europe Minister: ‘I hope UK’s parliament tradition will withstand this test’

Finland's Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) says she hopes Britain's parliament tradition will withstand the latest test over the country's departure from the European Union, known as Brexit. On Wednesday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled his intention to suspend parliament from mid-September,...

Finland investigating Brazil beef ban over Amazon destruction

Finland's Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä (Centre) is urging the European Union to investigate the possibilities of imposing an import ban on beef from Brazil. So far this year 73,000 fires have been recorded in the Amazon, 85% more fires than...

Finnish politicians demand action on Amazon rainforest fires

Finnish politicians are demanding more action to fight thousands of devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest, and to combat the causes of the fires as well. MEP Ville Niinistö (Green) has issued a stark warning about the situation in the Amazon...

Analysis: low energy presidents give lacklustre performance on camera

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a reputation for keeping his international hosts waiting, and Sauli Niinistö has a habit of avoiding direct answers to journalists' questions. So it seemed like a match made in heaven when the two leaders, and neighbours, finally...

Almost half of Finns oppose taking in rescued Mediterranean migrants

Almost half of people in Finland – 47% – oppose taking in migrants who are rescued in the Mediterranean, according to a new poll in Rural Future newspaper. The survey asked more than a thousand people what their views were...

Britain pulling officials and diplomats from Finland’s EU meetings

British Government Ministers, diplomats and other officials are set to stop attending EU meetings including events in Helsinki and Brussels organised by Finland during its Presidency of the European Council. Boris Johnson's government made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, saying...

Putin’s visit brings travel restrictions to the capital

Anyone trying to move around the Finnish capital on Wednesday should be braced for road restrictions and security cordons all day - and into the early hours of Thursday morning - as Vladimir Putin pays a visit. The Russian President...

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Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...

Crisis impacts Finland’s buying and renting house markets

The coronavirus crisis is having a negative impact on Finland's housing market. Mortgage credit association Hypo says it could lead to a 2% fall in...