Finland International

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...

President preaches peace – and happiness – on Ukraine mission

President Sauli Niistö has said that "nothing is more valuable than peace" and that Finland supports Ukraine in "solidarity", even as it's locked in a slow-burning ongoing conflict with Russia. Niinistö made the comments during a two-day official visit to Ukraine where...

Growing number of asylum seekers from Turkey

The number of people from Turkey arriving in Finland to claim asylum in Finland has grown to the point that Turks were the second biggest number of asylum seekers in 2018. According to new figures published by Lännen Media, 283...

Survey: Russians have a positive attitude towards Finland

A new survey carried out for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs finds the majority of Russians have a favourable attitude towards Finland and Finns - especially St. Petersburg residents. It was the second time such an attitude survey was carried...

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Morning headlines: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Li Andersson: 'Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring' Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw...

Li Andersson interview: ‘Coronavirus back-to-school discussion has moved on since spring’

Finnish students are heading back to school on Wednesday, after an unprecedented year that saw classes suspended during the worst of the coronavirus epidemic...

Turku knife attack hero in court over compensation fraud 

A British man hailed as a hero during the Turku terror attack was in court Tuesday facing charges of fraud. Hassan Zubier, who lives in...

Finland’s top diplomat in Beirut: ‘Lebanese people seem to be tired of rising from the ashes’

The Muslim call to prayer echoed from mosques across Lebanon on Tuesday evening, as church bells tolled at exactly 18:09, a week after a...

Minister of Justice caught out by announcement of strict quarantine rules

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (RKP) was apparently caught out by a Monday night announcement from Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) that...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 11th August 2020

New testing regime, and fines or prison time for travelers who don't self-isolate Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence...

Minister: Fines or prison time for travelers who don’t self-isolate

Finland will introduce fines or even a possible three month prison sentence for people who refuse to go into self-isolation when they arrive from...

Investigators scour social media video for Hanko powerboat crash clues

Accident investigators are scouring social media video to find different views of a boat crash that left a child of primary school age dead,...