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Finland contributes to Mozambique cyclone relief efforts

The cyclone that hit Mozambique and its neighbours last Thursday may be the worst weather-related natural disaster ever in the Southern Hemisphere, according to the United Nations. Finnish aid money is contributing to relief efforts in Mozambique, where Cyclone Idai...

Our man at the UN strikes back over health care criticisms

Finland's United Nations Ambassador has hit back online over health care criticisms leveled at the Nordic nation. Writing on Twitter, Nikki Haley said that health care costs in America are too high, but "comparing us to Finland is ridiculous. Ask them...

UN Report: Finland is the world’s ‘happiest country’

A new study by the United Nations claims that Finland is the ‘happiest country in the world’ for the second year in a row. The UN’s World Happiness Report puts Finland in first place, ahead of Denmark in second, and...

Finland criticises Russia on 5th anniversary of Crimea invasion

The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a strongly-worded rebuke of Russia, reaffirming support for sanctions and criticising the country's human rights record. The statement comes on the fifth anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and illegal annexation of...

Report: Finland blocked Russian official’s inclusion on travel ban list

A report by an American government-funded media outlet says that Finland blocked the inclusion of a senior Russian official on a new sanctions list. The European Union, Canada and USA this week introduced a new round of sanctions against Russian...

President Niinistö leads Finland’s condolences for New Zealand terror attack

Finnish President Sauli Niinstö has lead the nation's condolences after a terror attack in New Zealand left 49 people confirmed dead and twenty others wounded. "President Niinistö has extended his deepest condolences to Dame Patsy Reddy, to the families of the...

From London to Vantaa, Brexit chaos is already hurting Finnish businesses

On an industrial estate in Vantaa, the effects of Brexit are already being felt. Even though the United Kingdom hasn't yet left the European Union, the uncertainty of what comes next after 29th March makes life both complicated and worrying...

Washington Post backs Finnish journalist in awards row

The Washington Post newspaper has backed Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro in a dispute about an award. Aro was supposed to be given an International Women of Courage award in the USA last week, presented by US First Lady Melania Trump. However, the...

Big in Japan: Moomins lead Finnish mobile gaming invasion

Finland's most treasured cartoon characters are finding renewed fame and fortune in Japan, thanks to a surge in Moomin products entering the lucrative market. There's a glossy television series and a Moomin theme park, but it's a new mobile game...

Two Finns killed in Cambodia crash

Local media in Cambodia reports that two Finnish men are among three people killed in a traffic accident. The crash happened in the country's capital Phnom Penh in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, when a Lexus car...

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Report: American officials lied to Congress over Finnish journalist’s award

A new report by the US State Department's Office of Inspector General found that American officials lied to Congress about the reasons for revoking...

Experts: Finland’s United Nations bid comes with diplomatic challenges

Finland's bid to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council faces diplomatic challenges that mean the Nordic nation may have to...

HUS: Start wearing face masks in shops, banks, libraries, church and more

The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District, Finland's biggest public healthcare provider, says they now recommend that face masks, covering nose and mouth, should be...

Morning headlines: Friday 25th September 2020

Mask recommendations extend to almost all public spaces Public health authorities have issued new recommendations that means wearing a mask which covers the nose and...

Finland tightens borders, again, amid rising Covid-19 numbers in Europe

The Government has announced new restrictions on foreigners who want to come to Finland, which come into effect from Monday 28th September. The new rules...

Viking Line picks up the bill after ferry rescue company demands cargo collaterol

Viking Line will pick up the bill for maritime salvage being levied at truck owners by the company that towed the M/S Amorella into...

MPs call for littering fines to be doubled

Four Members of Parliament have drawn up a bill proposing that fines for littering be doubled, as a deterrent measure. National Coalition Party MPs Saara-Sofia Sirén,...

THL issues new face mask recommendations, as virus situation worsens

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has issued new recommendations on wearing face masks, as the coronavirus situation continues to deteriorate. Overnight there...