Finland International

Urpilainen lands EU ‘international partnerships’ Commissioner role

The former Finance Minister and leader of the Social Democrats Jutta Urpilainen has landed the role of Commissioner for International Partnerships in the cabinet of incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. EU member states accepted the list of commissioner candidates...

Finland sharply criticised over racism, trans rights and immigrant issues

A new Council of Europe report on the state of human rights in Finland concludes the Nordic nation falls short on a range of issues - and they're giving the government a two year deadline to fix the worst...

Prime Minister Rinne: No-deal Brexit “very obvious”

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) says he thinks it's now "very obvious" that Britain will crash out of the European Union without a deal. Speaking at a joint press conference in Helsinki with the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Rinne...

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...

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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,...

Food camps teaching lessons about nutrition and sustainability

Children at food food camps around the country have been learning lessons about nutrition and sustainability that organisers hope will help them develop healthy...

Finland urges Lebanon reform after €250 million aid conference

Finland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Green) is urging political reform in Lebanon, as international donors pledged more than €250 million aid after last...

Morning headlines: Monday 10th August 2020

Campaigners push for VAT reduction in menstrual products A campaign spearheaded by the Finnish Feminist Association Naisunioni is working with political parties to raise awareness of...

Podium finish for Valtteri Bottas at 70th anniversary British Grand Prix

Finnish racer Valtteri Bottas has climbed back onto the podium after finishing third in Sunday's British Grand Prix. Bottas started the race in pole position but...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 5 is out now

The new episode of our summer Podkäst is available now wherever you listen to your podcast content. On this week’s show Education Minister Li Andersson (Left) talks about the new...

Flags are flying – with one small mishap – for Moomin creator Tove Jansson

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate a beloved figure of the Finnish literary world, a writer and artist who created the enchanted...

Let’s speak about our periods: Campaign pressures politicians to cut tax on sanitary products

A campaign spearheaded by the Finnish Feminist Association Naisunioni is working with political parties to raise awareness of the issues of period poverty, and...