Finland International

Estonia targets Finnish families for driving holidays as borders open

The Estonian Government says Finnish residents - and anyone else who's spent two weeks in Finland prior to travel - are welcome to visit the country for tourism as well as business from Monday 1st June. That Estonia is welcoming...

Foreign Minister: Finland engages with China and America on problem subjects

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says that Finland will be taking opportunities in the coming months to press China and the USA to live up to their international obligations. His comments come after a video conference meeting between EU foreign...

Cautious government response, critical opposition response to EU recovery plan

The Government has given a guarded response to the new EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, while Finland's main opposition parties have been more critical. On Wednesday the European Commission outlined it's €750 billion fund to help Member States recover from...

Finland wraps up repatriation flights, after thousands brought home

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is bringing repatriation flights to an end, after returning 3,227 tourists back to Finland or their home countries in Europe during the coronavirus crisis. Flights began at the end of March in coordination with other...

Island life: Finnish chef wins Swedish reality TV show

A chef from Åland has been crowned winner of the latest season of the Swedish reality TV show Expedition Robinson - known in other countries as Survivor. Michael “Micke” Björklund was revealed as the winner of the show on Sunday...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking in Helsinki, Niinistö said that a return to the original principles of the...

Swedish minister concerned over Finland travel restrictions

Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde says she's concerned that travelers from her country might not be allowed to travel freely to other Nordic countries as restrictions begin to ease up. Linde gave an interview to TT Swedish News Agency where she...

Finnair to increase international flights from July

Finnair is set to increase its international flights from July, and will review the schedule on a monthly basis depending on how many tickets are sold. The airline cut 90% of its services during the coronavirus crisis when travel restrictions...

Interior Minister: No Nordic leisure travel, but Finland could consider joining the ‘Baltic Bubble’

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) says that Finland could consider joining the 'Baltic Bubble' - a zone created by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that allows their citizens to travel freely between the three countries, under certain conditions. Ohisalo made the comments...

Lappeenranta into finals of European green awards

The city of Lappeenranta in southeast Finland has made it to the finals of the 2021 European Green Leaf competition. The competition is organised by the European Commission, and recognises the efforts of cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants for...

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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...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party...

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued another warning about the risks of spreading coronavirus through border crossings between Finland and Sweden. THL...

Finland boosting coronavirus healthcare aid for Iraq, Somalia

Finland is strengthening its support for two countries hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with extra funding for healthcare initiatives in Iraq and Somalia. In...

Poll: Race tightening in potential presidential match-up

A new poll in Rural Future newspaper looks ahead to the 2024 presidential election to get a snapshot of how potential candidates are faring...