Finland International

Finnish politicians react to Brexit vote

Politicians in Finland have been reacting to the latest Brexit twists and turns. On Tuesday night, Theresa May suffered the biggest defeat of any British Prime Minister in the modern democratic era, when the deal she negotiated with the EU...

Finnish government makes first hesitant Brexit promises to Brits

The Finnish government has finally revealed - partially - what will happen to some 5000 British nationals living here, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This morning, the Interior Ministry announced that "Finland's goal is to have a fast and...

A country divided: how Finnish journalists are covering Britain’s Brexit chaos

Britain's parliament is facing one of its biggest votes in recent memory today. Later this evening politicians will vote on whether to accept the deal Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the European Union, or not. If the deal does not...

China state visit boosts winter sports ties

President Sauli Niinistö will lead a delegation of ministers, mayors and business leaders on a state visit to China tomorrow. It's a return invitation following the visit to Finland by Chinese premier Xi Jinping in spring 2017, and although there's some official...

Footballer refuses Qatar trip over human rights concerns

A Finnish footballer has refused an invitation to join the national team on a winter trip to Qatar, citing ethical reasons for his decision. Riku Riski, who plays for Helsinki's HJK club, was invited to take part in the training camp,...

Families release pictures of Finnish skiers, presumed dead in Norway

The families of three Finnish men, missing and presumed dead in northern Norway, have released pictures of their loved ones today. The skiers are (L-R) Mikael Sten (29), Niklas Nyman (36) and André Stenfors (32). Their companion Disa Bäckström (29) from Sweden is also...

President Niinistö calls Putin for talks

President Sauli Niinistö held an hour-long phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin today. The call was initiated by the Finns, and the two discussed bilateral relations, Arctic Council issues and the Council of Europe as well as nuclear arms control and the...

Report: Erkki Liikanen tipped to be next Euro Bank boss

The Financial Times newspaper is reporting that former President of the Bank of Finland Erkki Liikanen is the leading candidate – but not the only candidate – to be chosen as the head of the European Central Bank later in 2019. The...

Finnish government keeps 5000 Brits in the dark over Brexit plans

The Finnish government won't say what plans might be in place to safeguard the continued residency of thousands of British nationals who live in Finland after Brexit. On Wednesday the European Commission published new guidance for governments in 27 EU...

Finn dies from suspected allergic reaction in Spain

A Finnish man has died after apparently suffering an allergic reaction to seafood, in Spain. According to local media reports in Gran Canaria, the 40-year old had an anaphylactic shock after eating fish in a Chinese restaurant in Las Palmas,...

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Morning headlines: Friday 17th January 2020

Government to update on employment measures Minister of Labour Tuula Haatainen (SDP) is set to announce the government's latest initiatives to boost employment. The aim is to...

SK: Finns Party MPs concealed China-linked tech company cash

Two Finns Party MPs, including the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, concealed their links to a tech company that received funding from China. The...

Latvian man on trial for bomb plot to target “foreigners and Muslims”

A man has appeared at Helsinki District Court, facing charges of plotting to set off home made bombs during 2018 New Year's Eve celebrations...

Saving Amanda: Helsinki considers how to protect the famous fountain

Helsinki City Council is looking into measures to protect one of the country's most recognisable landmarks. The Havis Amanda fountain and statue, built in the...

Defence Ministers use Nordic hotline for the first time

Nordic Defence Ministers have used a special crisis hotline for the first time, to discuss the situation in the Middle East. According Defence Minister Antti...

World Jewish Congress calls Left Alliance MP “antisemitic”

The World Jewish Congress has criticized Finnish Member of Parliament Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza. The powerful US-based lobby...

Morning headlines: Thursday 16th January 2020

World Jewish Congress criticizes Left Alliance MP The World Jewish Congress has criticized Anna Kontula (Left) for her protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza - calling...

Navy takes charge of renovated Hamina-class patrol boats

The Finnish Navy took possession of the first patrol boat to go through a refit today, extending its life cycle for more than a...