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Foreign Minister on Myanmar Visit

Foreign Minister Tim Soini (Blue) is in Myanmar for a two day visit. During his visit, Soini will attend the ASEM Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting in Naypyidaw; open a new Finnish embassy; and meet Myanmar's de-facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi. The...

Confirmation For Trump’s Finland Ambassador Could Take Months

The US embassy in Helsinki's Kaivopuisto district will get a new Ambassador next year - if his appointment is approved by the US Senate. Donald Trump's nominee is businessman Robert Frank Pence, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars...

Nordic Council Looks For New Relevance In Energy, Language and ID Policies

A politician from the Faroe Islands tells a joke. "What's the difference between the Nordic Council and a camel?" "A camel can work for a week without eating or drinking. But the Nordic Council can eat and drink for a week,...

Finland’s Weapons Trade: Middle East Market Grows

The share of Finnish weapons exports going to the Middle East reached a new high last year, according to a report by the SaferGlobe think tank. Some 63% of Finland's total military exports last year went to the region, with...

Senior Diplomat Flies to Ankara, as Finnish Journalist Appeals ‘Terror’ Verdict

A Finnish journalist who was sentenced to more than two years over an article she wrote for the Wall Street Journal has appealed her sentence. Ayla Albayrak was convicted last week in absentia, of spreading 'terror propaganda' about a banned Kurdish separatist...

Soini Raises Journalist Case with EU Colleagues

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini will discuss the case of a Finnish journalist, sentenced to prison in Turkey, during meetings with EU colleagues today. Foreign Ministers are meeting in Luxembourg to talk about EU-Turkey relations, among other topics, and Soini...

Finnish-Turkish Journalist Sentenced for ‘Terror Propaganda’ Article

A court in Turkey has sentenced Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison, for spreading 'terrorist propaganda' supporting a banned Kurdish separatist group, in an article she wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Albayrak, who holds dual...

Finland In France: Soini Says ‘Non’ To Deeper EU Integration

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) says 'non' to the idea of a common  EU Finance Minister or a Eurozone-wide budget. After meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris today, the Frenchman said that Soini was also...

Spanish Ambassador & Lapland MP In Catalonia Online Spat

Spain's Ambassador to Finland has become embroiled in a spat with a Lapland MP over his vocal support for this weekend's controversial Catalan independence vote. Mikko Kärnä (Centre) has made no secret of his support for Catalonia's right to decide...

Nuclear Treaty Dodge Pleases NATO

Dozens of countries around the world have signed up to an agreement banning nuclear weapons in recent weeks. But Finland is following NATO's example, and won't commit to the agreement. Professor Hanna Ojanen of Tampere University says the reason for this,...

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Tromsø conference raises questions over Finland’s Arctic priorities

An Arctic conference in northern Norway, attended by Minister of Trade Ville Skinnari (SDP) raises questions about whether Finland sees the region as a commodity,...

WATCH: Lions, dragons and fireworks in Helsinki signal Chinese New Year

Thousands of people came out to downtown Helsinki to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday. The Year of the Rat launched with a firework display...

THL: False alarm over suspected Wuhan coronavirus cases in Lapland

The National Institute for Health and Welfare THL says that two suspected cases of Wuhan coronavirus turned out to be false alarms. Two members of...

Police investigating spate of Lapland online romance scams

Police in Lapland are investigating a spate of romance scams after several incidents were reporting during a short period of time. In the latest incident,...

Big rise in the number of unemployed people

The number of unemployed people in Finland has risen month-on-month after a long period of declines. According to new figures released on Friday there were...

Two suspected cases of Wuhan coronavirus in Lapland

Two Chinese tourists visiting Finland from Wuhan in China are being tested to see if they have the coronavirus. The sick tourists are understood to...

Morning headlines: Friday 24th January 2020

Two suspected cases of coronavirus in Lapland Two Chinese tourists from Wuhan are in hospital in Lapland suspected of having coronavirus. A new strain of...

Rescue School makes another push to recruit more female firefighters

Helsinki Rescue School is making another push to attract more women to become firefighters, with the application period open until the end of January. Traditionally...