Finland International

Cross-border care: Finnish healthcare staff play vital role in Sweden’s Norrbotten region

Every day dozens of Finnish healthcare workers cross over the northern border into Sweden, and at the end of their shifts return home again to self-isolation. They're part of a small number of international travelers who don't need to go...

Yemen U-turn: Finland reverses human rights policy on military exports

Finland has issued new licenses for military exports to the United Arab Emirates, reversing a 2018 policy promise to stop sales to any country involved in the Yemen conflict. The move comes after intensive lobbying by the Emiratis towards a...

“The risks are very high” as first shipment of protective equipment arrives from China

A shipment of protective face masks has arrived in Finland from China to better equip healthcare workers tackling the coronavirus epidemic. Pallets with two million face masks, and 230,000 higher grade surgical masks, arrived in Helsinki from Quangzhou China on...

More restrictions for Sweden, Norway and Estonia border crossings

The government has announced a tightening of Finland’s borders with Norway and Sweden until the middle of May, and a recommendation to stop selling ferry tickets to Estonia. In the northern border region, the aim is to reduce movements to...

Rescued: The story of 100 stranded Finns, flown home from India

Hundreds of stranded Nordic and Baltic travelers have been flown home from India in an operation lead by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Finnair and diplomats in Delhi. When the A350 took off from Goa on Wednesday,...

Private companies pay for 18,000 coronavirus tests to be done in South Korea

A group of big Finnish companies, lead by private healthcare provider Mehiläinen, is paying to send 18,000 samples from Finland to a laboratory in South Korea for coronavirus testing. The first batch of tests will go on a Finnair flight...

Government considers mandatory quarantine for returning airline passengers

The government and health officials are considering whether to use hotels near to Helsinki Airport as sites to quarantine returning passengers. Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) and the CEO of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District Juha Tuominen said in a Thursday...

Foreign Minister: ‘We trust Finns on repatriated flights to self-isolate’

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) says he trusts that Finns on repatriation flights from abroad will self-isolate when they return home, without it having to be enforced by authorities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnair have announced more special...

Police arrest Sierra Leone war crimes suspect living in Finland

The National Bureau of Investigation NBI says it has arrested a citizen of Sierra Leone suspected of murder, aggravated war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sierra Leone was plunged into a bitter civil war between 1991 and 2001 when a...

Finland and Sweden swap ships for navy exercises

The Finnish and Swedish navies are taking good neighbourly relations to a new level by swapping command of their ships during a recent naval exercise. Last week, the Finnish vessel FNS Uusimaa took its orders directly from Sweden's naval command;...

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Children in low-income families hit hardest by coronavirus stresses

Children in low-income Finnish families have been impacted by the stresses of the coronavirus crisis more than children from wealthier households. A new survey from...

Morning headlines: Monday 25th May 2020

Children from low-income families impacted most by coronavirus crisis Many children from low-income families are facing fears about the coronavirus crisis, and are concerned about...

PM forced to release coronavirus papers after accusations of secrecy

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been forced to order the release of papers that show how an expert committee handled coronavirus deliberations, after being...

Karita Mattila: Opera diva, interrupted

Overture. Opera singer Karita Mattila is as energetic on the telephone as you would imagine from scrolling through her up-beat Twitter feed. "Oh no! I've called...

Coronavirus round-up: Friday 22nd May 2020

Here’s our evening round-up of the latest coronavirus news from Finland: No new coronavirus deaths reported on Friday President criticises eurozone Covid-19 bailouts Crisis...

Finns get comfortable and relax during lockdown

Finns are getting comfortable and relaxing at home during the coronavirus lockdown, spending more money on spa treatments and leisure wear clothing according to...

President criticises eurozone coronavirus recovery bailouts

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has used the launch of his Kultaranta summer discussion event to criticise the idea of bailing out eurozone countries during the...

Crisis impacts Finland’s buying and renting house markets

The coronavirus crisis is having a negative impact on Finland's housing market. Mortgage credit association Hypo says it could lead to a 2% fall in...