Finland International

PM calls for more EU coordination to tackle coronavirus

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has called for a common European strategy on test and trace, quarantine, and other areas of public health to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. Writing in Politico Europe, the PM says the only way to save...

Interview: Finland puts green agenda at the top of Nordic Council priorities list

Finland wants to focus on the climate crisis, sustainability, and more cooperation over security of supplies in times of crisis during its presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021, as the region tries to recover from the...

Meet the Finn with the uphill task of helping America to heal

With America's long and divisive election campaign finally over, there are few people who would argue the last four years haven't been deeply damaging for the nation. The issues faced by communities around inequalities and injustice didn't begun during Donald...

Finnish leaders join chorus of congratulations for Biden and Harris

Finnish political leaders have joined an international chorus of congratulations for presumptive US President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. The pair crossed the threshold of 270 electoral college votes needed under the American system to win the...

Report: Neste responsible for rainforest destruction ‘the size of Paris’ since 2019

A new report claims that Finland's majority state-owned fuel company Neste is responsible for the destruction of at least 10,000 hectares of rainforest since 2019 - an area the size of Paris. Friends of the Earth Netherlands Milieudefensie says Neste...

Kokoomus proposes more streamlined process for international recruitment

The National Coalition Party Kokoomus is calling for a more streamlined approach from the government to international recruitment. Their idea is to bring together civil servants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Immigration Service Migri, and the Ministry...

Estonia opens up quarantine-free travel for Finns

From Monday, Finns can travel to Estonia without needing to self-isolate on arrival. That's because Finland is now the only country in Europe where the number of coronavirus cases is lower than 50 per 100,000 population in the last two...

Finnish Church, a hub of community life in London, facing lockdown again

The Finnish Church in London is facing another period of prolonged lockdown as coronavirus cases surge in England - and that means ongoing restrictions for the staff and those people who rely on the church's services. There's an estimated 20,000...

Border Guard arrest three men in illegal Russia crossing

The Finnish Border Guard say they arrested three men who apparently crossed into Finland from Russia- The incident happened on Thursday morning and the North Karelia Border Guard says the men were spotted walking near the small community of Värtsilä,...

Finnish artists scoop three Nordic Council prizes

The Nordic Council has given out its 2020 awards at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday evening with Finnish artists scooping three out of five prizes on offer. Each year the Nordic Council gives prizes for literature, film, music, the environment...

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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...