Finland International

Pekka Haavisto interview: ‘The world is a more unstable place’

Every night before bed, Pekka Haavisto diligently opens up his phone and checks the location of the Stena Impero tanker. And in the weeks since he started doing it, the ship hasn't moved from the same anchorage in a port...

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...

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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,...