Finland International

Editorial: Mystery Presidential Meeting in the Centre of Storms

Editorial by Janne Strang for News Now Finland President Sauli Niinistö’s eagerly awaited meeting with US President Donald Trump was moved forward from Tuesday to Monday, due to Hurricane Harvey. But it is still unclear what the substance of the...

Trump & Niinistö’s Last Minute Meeting Change

A meeting in Washington DC between US President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has been moved forward by a day. The pair had been scheduled to meet at the White House on Tuesday, but Trump has now said...

Criminal Investigation into ‘Smuggled’ Presidential Cars

Finnish customs authorities have launched a criminal investigation into vintage cars that belonged to former presidents, that may have been smuggled out of the country illegally. The investigation centres around President Kyösti Kallio's 1938 Buick Special Eight, and President JK...

New Russian Ambassador Heading to Helsinki

Russia has appointed a new ambassador to Finland, according to official Russian state publications, and reported by STT News Agency. Veteran diplomat Pavel Kuznetsov has been named to the Helsinki post, and replaces Aleksander Rumyantsev who served as ambassador since...

Tarja Halonen: Estonia Should Not Fear Russia

Finland's former President Tarja Halonen says Estonia has no reason to fear Russia. The two-term Social Democrat president made the comments in an interview with Eesti Päevaleht newspaper. Halonen points out that Estonia is in the EU and NATO, and uses...

Finnair, SAS, Norwegian Flying High With Passenger Records

Three of the main Nordic region airlines have enjoyed  a positive start to 2017, but there can still be turbulent skies ahead. SAS enjoyed a share jump of more than 40% on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Finnair welcomed 1.1 million passengers...

President’s Steamboat and Opera Diplomacy for Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to pay a one day visit to Finland today, as part of the country's 100th independence anniversary celebrations, hosted by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. The visit begins with bilateral talks at Hotel Punkuharju in...

Three Finns Injured in Russia Canal Crash

Three Finnish men have been injured and taken to hospital after a waterway crash on the Russian side of the border. The accident happened around 9:30am on Wednesday morning near the Pälli lock system on Lake Nuijamaa. Officials say an...

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Finland declares state of emergency over rising coronavirus cases

Finland has declared a state of emergency, with immediate effect, because of the rising number of coronavirus cases - especially in the capital city...

Kennel Club announces ban on guard dog ‘hobby training’ after horrific videos reveal abuse

The Finnish Kennel Club Kennelliitto has announced a ban on training of guard dogs as a hobby after video last week showed animals being...

Exiled Belarus opposition leader begins four-day Finland visit

The exiled opposition leader of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is beginning a four day visit to Finland on Monday. During her trip she will meet for...

MP Elina Lepomäki makes unexpected Helsinki election announcement

National Coalition Party MP Elina Lepomäki has announced that she'll be a candidate in May's municipal elections, standing for a Helsinki City Council seat -...

Spring weather on the way this week, but watch out for ‘takatalvi’

Meteorologists are forecasting spring-like weather on the way this week, but the fairer conditions come with the warning of 'takatalvi' or 'winter backlash' still...

Helsinki hits highest-ever positive covid cases as pandemic worsens in the capital

The City of Helsinki says 274 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, the highest single-day tally for the capital since the start of...

Flags are flying for Finnish Day of Culture and a celebration of Kalevala

Flags are flying in Finland today to celebrate Kalevala, the national epic literary work written by author Elias Lönnrot in 1835. February 28th is also...

Kirsi Piha quits: Kokoomus rocked as Helsinki mayor candidate drops out of the race

The National Coalition Party candidate in the Helsinki mayoral race Kirsi Piha has announced she won't now run for election, citing an ideological split in...