Finland International

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;...

Indian news outlet publishes fake Sanna Marin interview

An Indian news outlet published an interview with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Sunday - and it was totally fake. The story was reported by Journalisti lehti magazine and shows how the interviewer posed 15 questions, for which...

Finland picks crooner Aksel Kankaanranta for Eurovision 2020

Televoters and music juries have selected singer Aksel Kankaanranta to represent Finland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Kankaanranta was the only male contestant, and his pop-ballad 'Looking Back' scored 170 points at the Uuden Musiikin Kilpaulu UMK 2020 competition on...

Border Guard helps with Greece refugee crisis, as Finns Party calls for border closures

The Finnish Border Guard is helping out authorities in Greece amid the latest surge of refugees trying to cross from Turkey to the EU. The European Board and Coast Guard Frontex sent a request this week for help with a...

Russia’s Sergei Lavrov meets Niinistö, Haavisto for talks in Helsinki

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in Helsinki on Tuesday for his first visit in three years. In the morning he met with President Sauli Niinistö at his official resident Mäntyniemi, with the deteriorating military and humanitarian situation in northern Syria along the...

Investigation: Finnish students shun university education in post-Brexit Britain

The number of Finnish students applying for university places in the UK has dropped by almost a quarter in recent years, with students and education experts citing a range of Brexit-related concerns, as well as the ease of applying...

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Finns’ confidence in life and the economy after coronavirus improves

A new survey highlights how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic subsides, and how they have more confidence in...

Morning headlines: Friday 3rd July 2020

Finns relaxing their own coronavirus restrictions Two surveys have highlighted how Finns are relaxing their own personal coronavirus restrictions as the epidemic fades in Finland....

Appeals Court upholds verdict against Finns Party MP for incitement crimes

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi has ruled to uphold a verdict against Finns Party Member of Parliament Sebastian Tynkkynen. The Oulu MP was convicted...

Mosquito capable of spreading malaria discovered in Finland

Researchers from the University of Helsinki say they’ve identified for the first time a species of mosquito in Finland which is likely to be...

Hot sunny weather sweetens Finland’s strawberry crop

The recent spell of warm weather means that Finland’s strawberry season is off to a good start in southern and central areas this year. The...

Poll: Slight majority of Finns consider racism a significant problem

Slightly more than half of Finns consider racism to be a significant problem, according to a new poll released to by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group. The...

Morning headlines: Thursday 2nd July 2020

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland's green recovery Finland's Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) has three big issues on her desk at the moment: the...

Maria Ohisalo interview: Borders, feminism and Finland’s green recovery plan

It's been a memorably hectic first year in office for Maria Ohisalo. The Helsinki MP became leader of the Greens just weeks after her party...