Finland International

Opposition: Rinne’s Brexit comments in Paris “very unprofessional”

Opposition politicians have criticised Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) for comments he made about Brexit in France this week. On Wednesday Rinne went to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. Afterwards, he told Finnish journalists that Britain had a 12 day...

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...

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Supreme Court orders Nordic Resistance Movement banned

Finland's Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of two lower courts, and ordered the Nordic Resistance Movement banned. The group had appealed those rulings to...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Unemployment rising, employment weakens New figures from Statistics Finland on Tuesday morning show the position of employment has weakened, while unemployment has risen compared with...

Report: Estonian government to limit Finland travel

The Estonian government plans to limit travel between Estonia and Finland after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in that country. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas...

Councilor to file police report after Finns Party pigs video

A local councilor in Helsinki says he'll file a report to the police after a Finns Party politician in Central Ostrobothnia posted an inflammatory...

Investigators looking at weather, age of ship and maintenance after Viking Line ferry runs aground

Investigators from Otkes, the Finnish Safety Investigation Authority, are beginning their work into the circumstances of how the Viking Amorella ferry ran aground in...

Morning headlines: Monday 21st September 2020

Investigation begins after ferry runs aground The Finnish Safety Investigation Authority Otkes will start an investigation into the circumstances of how the Viking Amorella ferry...

Oval Office ceremony marks return, reburial of Indigenous remains from Finnish museum

A ceremony at the Oval Office with US President Donald Trump marked the end of a four year process to return Indigenous bones and...

Q&A – New immigration registration process for Brits in Finland

A new system for British nationals is coming into effect in Finland from 1st October, after President Sauli Niinistö signed the final legal paperwork...