Finland International

Maltese ambassador resigns after comparing Angela Merkel to Hitler

The Ambassador of Malta to Finland, Michael Zammit Tabona, has resigned after writing a post on social media that compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Adolf Hitler. The Facebook post - now deleted - said "75 years ago we stopped...

Save the Children: Government should speed up al-Hol repatriations

Save the Children organisation says the government must speed up the evacuation of Finnish children from the al-Hol refugee camp in northern Syria, due to the coronavirus risk. The charity says an outbreak of Covid-19 at the sprawling camp, home...

Europe Day: Finland’s youngest MEP wants to make Euro politics more relevant

Europe Day is usually a time when politicians and political parties get out in the streets and meet their potential voters, literally and figuratively flying the EU flag. The date marks the 1950 signing of the Schumann Declaration, which is...

Ferry companies launch sea crossings from mid-May

Two of Finland’s biggest ferry operators Tallink-Silja and Viking Line say they’ll resume sea crossings from mid-May. On that date the government says it will open up Schengen borders for work travel and other essential journeys, and in practice that means passengers can again...

Finland gives €36m for vaccine research

Finland has promised to give €36 million to international efforts to find a vaccine for coronavirus. The announcement came as part of a global pledge drive that raised €7.4 billion from 20 countries and organisations including the European Union. The...

Pictured: Finnish rifle in the hands of ISIS fighter

A Finnish-made assault rifle has ended up in the hands of a militant loyal to the Islamic State in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula region, the first time an ISIS fighter has been pictured with a Finnish weapon. A video released by...

Helsinki Airport: Just nine coronavirus cases detected in arriving passengers

Health screenings on passengers arriving at Helsinki Airport have detected very few cases of coronavirus. New figures released by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL show that from 27th March when screenings began, until the end of April,...

Report: Russia doesn’t consider Finland an influential EU country

A new report, commissioned by the Office of the Prime Minister, concludes that Russia doesn't consider Finland to be an influential EU country. The report, called 'Moscow Speaks', was written by a former military intelligence chief Rear Admiral Georgij Alafuzoff and...

Estonia business lobby group calls on Finland to open the border

The Estonian Confederation of Employers Tööandjad has lobbied Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and the Finnish government to open the border between the two countries – which they say is vitally important for Estonia’s economy. In a letter to the...

Lapland Police investigated over sneaky Sweden snus run

The Lapland Police Department has turned itself in to the Prosecutor General's office for investigation, after a widely-circulated photograph on social media appeared to show one of their police patrol cars parked outside a snus shop in Haparanda, Sweden. The...

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Coronavirus round-up: Thursday 28th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Conflicting messages on domestic summer travel Mixed reaction...

Municipal workers reach new pay and conditions deal

Thousands of workers in the municipal sector, including some teachers, nurses and other  healthcare workers, will be covered by a new collective bargaining contract...

Stay or go? Conflicting signals on domestic summer travel

Should you go to summer cottage this weekend, or stay at home? Are you allowed to plan a domestic travel 'staycation' this summer or...

Prime Minister’s sick leave continues until the end of the week

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is on sick leave until the end of the week. In a statement, the PM's office says she is suffering from...

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods

Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years, with up to 5-meter surges that threaten...

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...

Morning headlines: Thursday 28th May 2020

Lapland communities brace for 50-year high spring floods Communities across Lapland are bracing for spring floods which could reach their highest peak for 50 years,...

Coronavirus round-up: Wednesday 27th May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: Latest virus figures from THL Finland begins first domestic face mask production Unemployment...