Finland International

Nuclear Treaty Dodge Pleases NATO

Dozens of countries around the world have signed up to an agreement banning nuclear weapons in recent weeks. But Finland is following NATO's example, and won't commit to the agreement. Professor Hanna Ojanen of Tampere University says the reason for this,...

Macron Criticizes Nokia At Paris Press Conference

France's President Emmanuel Macron has criticized Nokia over job cuts it made to its workforce in France. Speaking at a joint press conference after meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), Macron said he was dissatisfied with Nokia's plans...

Read Out: Sipilä And Medvedev’s Russia Meeting

When Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) went to meet his Russian counterpart Dimitri Medvedev in St. Petersburg on Thursday, the economy and bilateral relations dominated their discussions. Nord Stream 2 Pipeline At a press conference after their talks, a Russian...

Analysis: President Niinistö’s UN Speech

North Korea, Russia, mediation, the environment, gender equality - and more. Finland's President Sauli Niinistö covered a laundry list of topics during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York today. North Korea Niinistö, who is running for re-election...

Finnish Ambassador: ‘Street Turned To Jelly During Earthquake’

The Finnish Embassy in Mexico says it doesn't have any reports that Finns were among the victims of a deadly earthquake which struck the Mexico City region on Tuesday evening. Ambassador Roy Eriksson says there are around 420 Finns currently in...

New Russia Survey Casts Finns In Positive Light

When Russians think of Finland, they imagine Helsinki, sauna, nature, and a high standard of living. They also picture prosperity, innovation, democracy and the welfare state. That's the findings of a new study commissioned by the Finnish Foreign Ministry Ulkoministeriö...

Niinistö Goes To New York

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö will meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York today. It's part of his US visit which took in independence anniversary celebrations at the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC on Saturday; a conference with...

Finland’s ‘Cost Conscious’ EU Presidency Plans

The Finnish government plans to keep a tight hold on the purse strings, when it holds the rotating presidency of the European Union in 2019. The Cabinet Committee has decided they'll hold six ministerial meetings, organized as cost-effectively as possible,...

BREAKING: Kidnapped Finn Released in Afghanistan

A Finnish woman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in May as been released, according to the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry made the announcement in a tweet, adding that they will give more information later today. Foreign Minister...

Sipilä To Meet Russian PM, French President

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will hold talks with the Russian Prime Minister and then, with the President of France, his office announced today. The PM will first travel to St. Petersburg next Thursday to hold talks with Russian Prime...

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Minister: Policy u-turn on electronic ankle tags for failed asylum seekers

The government has indicated a change in policy, and now says asylum seekers who had their applications rejected won't have to wear electronic ankle...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 7th July 2020

New coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September ...

Finland’s new coronavirus tracing app aims to balance privacy concerns

A contact tracing app which is being rolled out in Finland at the beginning of September  aims to balance privacy concerns with usefulness, after...

Warning as Tallinn cruise passengers exposed to coronavirus

Authorities are urging anyone who took a Silja Europa cruise to Tallinn from 30th June to 1st July to get a Covid-19 test even...

Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New recruits enlist with coronavirus restrictions in place

Some 12,000 new recruits are starting their military conscription today, and this year the coronavirus crisis brings some changes to their training. Most of the...

Tampere police investigate weekend homicide

Police in Tampere say they're investigating a homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault following an incident in the city's Haapalinna neighbourhood. It happened on Saturday...

Flags are flying for poet Eino Leino

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate summer, and for revered Finnish poet Eino Leino. The young poet, born towards the end of the 19th...