Finland International

Senior Diplomat Flies to Ankara, as Finnish Journalist Appeals ‘Terror’ Verdict

A Finnish journalist who was sentenced to more than two years over an article she wrote for the Wall Street Journal has appealed her sentence. Ayla Albayrak was convicted last week in absentia, of spreading 'terror propaganda' about a banned Kurdish separatist...

Soini Raises Journalist Case with EU Colleagues

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini will discuss the case of a Finnish journalist, sentenced to prison in Turkey, during meetings with EU colleagues today. Foreign Ministers are meeting in Luxembourg to talk about EU-Turkey relations, among other topics, and Soini...

Finnish-Turkish Journalist Sentenced for ‘Terror Propaganda’ Article

A court in Turkey has sentenced Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison, for spreading 'terrorist propaganda' supporting a banned Kurdish separatist group, in an article she wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Albayrak, who holds dual...

Finland In France: Soini Says ‘Non’ To Deeper EU Integration

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) says 'non' to the idea of a common  EU Finance Minister or a Eurozone-wide budget. After meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris today, the Frenchman said that Soini was also...

Spanish Ambassador & Lapland MP In Catalonia Online Spat

Spain's Ambassador to Finland has become embroiled in a spat with a Lapland MP over his vocal support for this weekend's controversial Catalan independence vote. Mikko Kärnä (Centre) has made no secret of his support for Catalonia's right to decide...

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...

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Finland relaxes restrictions on borders, restaurants, bars and cafes

A range of coronavirus-related restrictions are easing in Finland today, as the country moves to a phase of 'new normal' in the pandemic. Restrictions on...

Morning headlines: Monday 13th July 2020

EU Minister: Finland wants to know clearly all EU coronavirus funding liabilities Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week...

Europe Minister: Finland wants to know all EU coronavirus recovery package liabilities are clear

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will join other EU leaders in Brussels this week for a summit, the first time they've met in person...

LISTEN: Summer Podkäst episode 2 out now

Just in time for the weekend, the second episode of our summer Podkäst is available now. On this week's show Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) talks...

Morning headlines: Friday 10th July 2020

Another prediction for Finland's shrinking economy   Mortgage credit specialists Hypo predicts that the Finnish economy will shrink by 7% this year, the latest organistion...

Museums hope for post-lockdown July visitor boom

After months of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, Finland's museums are hoping for for a visitor boom in July. There's already been a rise in the...

New proposals for maximum police response times in cities, countryside

The National Police Board is proposing new maximum response times for officers on call-outs, depending on which part of the country the 112 emergency...

Finnish diver dies in Lofoten Islands accident

A Finnish man has died in a diving accident in northern Norway. The University of Northern Norway says on Twitter that the incident took place in Fiskebøl in...