Finland International

Missing Finn In ‘Harry Potter’ Search Appeal Found Alive

A Finnish woman, missing since 9th January, has been found in Edinburgh, Scotland. But her unexplained disappearance and subsequent return leaves many questions unanswered. Riina Elisabeth Sjögren was last seen at Edinburgh Airport where she bought a ticket to Amsterdam. But...

Mirage: Why Helsinki’s ‘Grand Mosque’ Disappeared

Plans by Muslim developers to build a Grand Mosque complex in Helsinki never really gained any support from local government due to fears about Middle Eastern funding for the estimated €140m project; and concerns about how divisive it would...

The City The Russians Left Behind, Then Discovered Again

When the Russian rouble collapsed, and EU sanctions hit the economy, Russian visitors to the eastern Finnish city of Lappeenranta dried up almost overnight. When the tourists disappeared, so did their money. And jobs. Investment. Livelihoods. But now things are...

Foreign Minister on Myanmar Visit

Foreign Minister Tim Soini (Blue) is in Myanmar for a two day visit. During his visit, Soini will attend the ASEM Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting in Naypyidaw; open a new Finnish embassy; and meet Myanmar's de-facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi. The...

Confirmation For Trump’s Finland Ambassador Could Take Months

The US embassy in Helsinki's Kaivopuisto district will get a new Ambassador next year - if his appointment is approved by the US Senate. Donald Trump's nominee is businessman Robert Frank Pence, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars...

Nordic Council Looks For New Relevance In Energy, Language and ID Policies

A politician from the Faroe Islands tells a joke. "What's the difference between the Nordic Council and a camel?" "A camel can work for a week without eating or drinking. But the Nordic Council can eat and drink for a week,...

Finland’s Weapons Trade: Middle East Market Grows

The share of Finnish weapons exports going to the Middle East reached a new high last year, according to a report by the SaferGlobe think tank. Some 63% of Finland's total military exports last year went to the region, with...

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...

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Morning headlines: Thursday 1st October 2020

Two Covid-19 tests open up travel restrictions from high risk countries A new system of coronavirus tests opens up travel to passengers from high risk...

New Finnish robot drives to clean up the dirty business of street sweeping

A company from Kuopio has invented a new type of autonomous street sweeper that's as powerful as a traditional truck, but has zero carbon...

“Unreasonable” – Reaction as journalist loses appeal in case with right-wing politician

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi today upheld the decision of a lower court to convict and fine journalist Johanna Vehkoo for insulting a...

Parliament committee approves citizen’s initiative on FGM

The cross-party Parliamentary Legal Committee has voted unanimously to approve a citizen's initiative to ban female genital mutilation. Although FGM is already considered a crime...

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...

Double duty: PM to represent Finland and Sweden at EU meeting

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is attending a special European Council meeting in Brussels on 1st and 2nd October - and rather unusually she'll be...

WATCH: How coronavirus changed Finland’s population

Did you know that the coronavirus pandemic is already having an impact on Finland's population? According to Statistics Finland the number of people in Finland...

Morning headlines: Wednesday 30th September 2020

Bar and restaurant restrictions "disproportionately severe" and unconstitutional.  The Finnish Hospitality Industry MaRa says new rules to slow the spread of coronavirus by limiting the...