Finland International

Baltic Sea NGOs oppose ‘unscientific’ EU fishing quotas

The Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum BALTFISH is taking a stand against the European Commission's proposals for fishing quotas in the region. Meeting in Helsinki this week, BALTFISH brings together major Baltic Sea NGOs - including the Finnish Association for Nature...

Investigation: Neste biofuel link to orangutan habitat destruction

A damning new report has found widespread destruction of orangutan habitats around palm mills in Indonesia - and four of the worst sites are part of Neste's biofuel supply chain. MapHubs, an open-source tech company monitoring natural resources, identified orangutan...

Russian military announces Finland surveillance flight mission

The Russian military is set to send a 16-strong team on a surveillance flight over Finland, taking high-resolution images. Under the terms of the 2003 Open Skies treaty, which aims to promote transparency and openness in Europe, Russia has the...

Finland rebuked over lack of female police and lenient sex crimes punishments

The Council of Europe has sharply rebuked Finland over the low number of female police officers and lenient sentences for sex crimes offenders. The criticism comes in a report by the Council's experts about implementing the Istanbul Convention on preventing...

Russian official criticizes Finland’s tighter tourist visa rules

A Russian official has hit out at Finland's decision to tighten up the visa application process for Russian tourists, and bring it into line with other Schengen countries. In August the government announced it would bring Finland into line with...

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,...

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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...