Finland International

Finland charts the middle ground between EU budget givers and takers

Senior members of the Finnish Government have got Brussels - and Berlin - on the brain this week, as months of planning and negotiating on setting the European Union's budget for the next seven years reach a climax. A slew...

German terror suspects ‘had links with Soldiers of Odin’

An alleged terror cell in Germany has forged links with the Finnish-founded far-right vigilante group Soldiers of Odin, according to reports in a German newspaper and the BBC. Police in Germany arrested 12 men suspected of being members of a...

Finnair extends China flight ban during coronavirus epidemic

Finnair say it will extend the suspension flights to mainland China as the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread. It means all flights to Beijing Capital Airport and Shanghai; as well as flights to Nanjing, Beijing Daxing and Guangzhou, will be...

Finland’s EU Presidency cost just two-thirds of the budget

The final cost to Finland of hosting the rotating six-month Presidency of the European Council last year was much cheaper than expected. New figures show the government earmarked some €81.3 million for the Presidency which ran from 1st July until...

Snow and forests: Finland builds global soft power through architecture

The Finnish government is building spectacular pavilions in Tokyo and Dubai that aim to sell the nation to potential investors through architecture, nature and weather. The projects are being funded by Business Finland, with the aim of recouping some or...

WATCH: Former Miss Finland rescued from Himalayan mountain

A former Miss Finland is waiting in the Pakistani town of Skardu today for permission to travel home, after being rescued by the Pakistani military attempting to climb a Himalayan mountain. Lotta Hintsa - crowned Miss Finland in 2013 -...

Finnish MEPs find unity opposing monthly Brussels-Strasbourg Parliament move

The European Parliament is having its monthly plenary session in Strasbourg this week, when all the politicians - including 14 Finnish MEPs and their staff - will make the trip from Brussels. It's a controversial move that costs tens of...

Finnair cancels all mainland China flights over coronavirus epidemic

Finnair says it is temporarily canceling all services to mainland China starting on Wednesday and Thursday, and isn't taking any more China flight bookings for at least a month. The decision comes a few days after Finland's national carrier said...

Suspected new coronavirus case in tourist from Wuhan visiting Lapland

Health authorities in Lapland are treating another Chinese tourist for possible coronavirus. The women, aged under 40, is believed to be from the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the outbreak began, and reportedly left for her vacation in Finland...

Finnair suspends five China services over virus passenger cancelations

Finnair says it's suspending a number of China flights due to a drop in passenger volumes as Chinese authorities enforce a partial travel ban. The ban is in place across a range of transport modes like buses and trains, in...

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Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th April 2020

Government announces new border restrictions The government has announced a tightening of Finland's northern borders with Norway and Sweden until the middle of May. The...

Coronavirus round-up: Monday 6th April 2020

Here's our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: 2,176 confirmed cases / 27 fatalities Restaurants & cafe owners pivot to new...

Slush 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

This year's Slush startup event, set to be held in November, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Organisers made the announcement on...

Lahti orchestra embraces technology for online Sibelius celebration

More than 60 Finnish classical musicians have joined together online - but remotely - to record a coronavirus-inspired version of the Sibelius classic Finlandia. Sinfonia...

THL launches national coronvirus research project 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL is launching a new national project to gather more data about people who have coronavirus. Researchers are...

Stockmann files for corporate restructuring

The Stockmann Group has filed paperwork with Helsinki District Court on Monday morning for corporate restructuring. It comes after the company says the coronavirus has...

Morning headlines: Monday 6th April 2020

Restaurant owners pivot & calls grows for more help for the hospitality industry Finland’s restaurant and cafe owners are looking for new ways to do...

Finlandia Hall bathed in blue to honour healthcare workers

Finlandia Hall is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in the Finnish capital, and now it's acting as a symbol of thanks for...