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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Accident investigation: Not enough regulations for drones

The Accident Investigation Board Otkes has issued its findings on a near miss incident between an Air Force Learjet and a drone, in the...

Espoo company sending 200 decontamination units to Wuhan coronavirus hospital

A Finnish clear air technology company is supplying essential decontamination units for the Chinese city worst hit by the new coronavirus outbreak. Espoo-based Genano will...

Forty degree+ temperature spread, as winter’s coldest low is recorded in Lapland

The weather in Finland is a tale of two temperatures at the moment - with a forty degree difference between the warmest and coldest...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 28th January 2020

Government hasn't yet focused on the fate of British nationals after Brexit Britain leaves the European Union at 01:00 Saturday morning, Helsinki time. While the...

Government ministers haven’t yet focused on the fate of Brexit Brits in Finland

News Now Finland understands that government ministers have yet to focus on what happens to some British nationals who would not normally qualify for...

Foreign Ministry issues new China travel warning

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a new advisory for Finnish citizens traveling in China. The new strain of Wuhan coronavirus, which started in...

Education Minister warns of school consequences of population decline

Minister of Education Li Andersson (Left) is warning that declining population in some parts of the country might mean there's not enough children for each...

Anti-Semitic acts in Tampere and Turku, as Finland’s leaders mark Holocaust

Police in Tampere are investigating an incident in the city involving a small group of neo-Nazis who burned an Israeli flag and denounced the...