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Report: Russia doesn’t consider Finland an influential EU country

A new report, commissioned by the Office of the Prime Minister, concludes that Russia doesn't consider Finland to be an influential EU country. The report, called 'Moscow Speaks', was written by a former military intelligence chief Rear Admiral Georgij Alafuzoff and...

Estonia business lobby group calls on Finland to open the border

The Estonian Confederation of Employers Tööandjad has lobbied Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and the Finnish government to open the border between the two countries – which they say is vitally important for Estonia’s economy. In a letter to the...

Lapland Police investigated over sneaky Sweden snus run

The Lapland Police Department has turned itself in to the Prosecutor General's office for investigation, after a widely-circulated photograph on social media appeared to show one of their police patrol cars parked outside a snus shop in Haparanda, Sweden. The...

Police probe possible forged death certificate of Iraqi man in European Court of Human Rights judgment

The National Bureau of Investigation says it is looking at whether a death certificate for an Iraqi man was forged, and that he might be still alive. In November 2019 the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that...

Finland ranked second in World Press Freedom Index 2020

Finland ranks second in the annual World Press Freedom Index published on Tuesday. The index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders, ranks countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. RSF describes it as a "snapshot" of...

Finland pledges €5.5 million more to help cover Donald Trump’s WHO funding gap

The Finnish government has pledged to increase its funding for the World Health Organisation by €5.5 million, to help cover a shortfall after US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday evening that he was suddenly stopping America's contributions over...

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...

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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...