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Report: Finland’s arms exports lack transparency

Issues with a lack of transparency in parts of Finland's arms export process means there are "weak points" in the system. That's according to the Helsinki-based SaferGlobe peace and security think tank which released its annual report into Finland's weapons...

Council of Europe calls for more action to support for Finland’s minority languages

The Council of Europe says it wants to see more support for several of Finland's minority languages - despite progress that's been made for other languages. The Strasbourg-based organisation published its evaluation report this week on how Finland has been...

Handling Beijing: Nordic and EU lessons to be learned as Finland stands up to China

Finland and China are marking 70 years of diplomatic relations this month, but the anniversary comes with a diplomatic bump in the road, as Europe considers the balance of its relationship with the Asian economic powerhouse around issues like...

America elects: Finns among the most pro-Biden, anti-Trump in Europe

America's long road to the 2020 presidential election finally comes to a climax on Tuesday 3rd November - although as many as half of the ballots are likely to be cast in advance of election day itself. The nation faces...

Hundreds of ‘Brexit Brits’ lodge Migri applications – but questions remain about the process

Hundreds of British nationals have lodged applications to change their immigration status in Finland since the Immigration Service Migri opened the process at the beginning of October - but the process itself still raises a lot of questions among...

Justice at last for Namibian students as Joensuu racist attackers are convicted

Two foreign students from Namibia, who were the victims of a racist assault in September 2018, have finally seen their attackers convicted. A 35-year old Finnish man was sentenced to six months in prison for his part in the attack,...

Finland and Latvia to develop new armoured vehicle prototype

The governments of Finland and Latvia have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new armoured vehicle together with Finland's state-owned Patria Land Oy. The new prototype Patria 6x6 will have armoured personnel carrier and command and control variants, and...

Haavisto calls for Russian cooperation, as EU agrees sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) has called on Russia to cooperate in an investigation about the use of the novichok chemical agent, as EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg agree to impose sanctions on Russia over the incident. EU countries...

Latest Russia-US nuclear talks taking place in Helsinki

Negotiators from Russia and the USA are in Helsinki today to continue their talks on nuclear arms control. The negotiations to potentially reduce the number and type of nuclear weapons held by each country began in Vienna in the summer...

Brexit Brits: Finnish permanent residence applications will cost €48

British nationals living in Finland who want to apply for permanent residence will be charged €48, according to the Immigration Service Migri. Anyone who has already lived in Finland for five years is eligible to apply for the new permanent...

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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...