Finland International

Major changes for ferry passengers when Estonia crossings re-start on Thursday

Ferry passengers crossing the Baltic Sea between Finland and Estonia will see major changes to their journey when routes re-open this week. The government is easing border restrictions with Finland's Schengen neighbours on Thursday, a move that has been especially...

Interior Minister warns over “unnecessary” Sweden border crossings

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has warned people against making "unnecessary" border crossings because the coronavirus epidemic is still ongoing. The minister made the comments during a visit to Tornio to meet Border Guard officers in Tornio, and see first hand...

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...

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Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party...

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued another warning about the risks of spreading coronavirus through border crossings between Finland and Sweden. THL...

Finland boosting coronavirus healthcare aid for Iraq, Somalia

Finland is strengthening its support for two countries hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with extra funding for healthcare initiatives in Iraq and Somalia. In...

Poll: Race tightening in potential presidential match-up

A new poll in Rural Future newspaper looks ahead to the 2024 presidential election to get a snapshot of how potential candidates are faring...