Finland International

England opens quarantine-free travel to passengers from Finland

Anyone in Finland who wants to travel to England this summer will be able to do so without having to quarantine, from 10th July. On Friday afternoon Boris Johnson's government announce a list of 73 countries and territories including lots of...

Coronavirus risk warning for Sweden border crossings

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has issued another warning about the risks of spreading coronavirus through border crossings between Finland and Sweden. THL says that 3,000 Finns work in the Jällivaara area of northern Sweden, and since viral...

Finland boosting coronavirus healthcare aid for Iraq, Somalia

Finland is strengthening its support for two countries hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with extra funding for healthcare initiatives in Iraq and Somalia. In Iraq, the Finnish government is channeling €2 million through a United Nations agency to help...

Thousands share Sanna Marin’s fake Donald Trump quote

Tens of thousands of people on Twitter have shared a quote purportedly from Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) about US President Donald Trump. But the quote was entirely fabricated. "John Bolton's new book reveals that Trump thought Finland was under Russian control....

Border Guard, ministers, unsighted about UK-Finland “travel corridor” plan

The BBC reports that Boris Johnson's government is set to announce a list of countries, including Finland, to be part of a scheme for travel in both directions with no quarantine restrictions. These "travel corridors" would be formed with countries...

Unaccompanied children from Greek refugee camps heading to Finland in July

A group of 25 unaccompanied children will be relocated to Finland next month from refugee camps in Greece, the first of around 175 children the government agreed to take earlier this year from Mediterranean countries, but whose arrival has...

Costa Mayor’s message to Finnish tourists: “We are returning to normal life”

Spain has opened its borders to EU and Schengen visitors this week, and authorities are hoping enough tourists come to help boost the economy during the rest of the summer season. The Mediterranean country would normal expect 80 million visitors...

New book: Niinistö ‘coached’ Trump over breakfast on how to handle Putin

A leaked copy of a book about US President Donald Trump, written by one of his former closest advisors ex-National Security Advisor John Bolton, is revealing more details about the relationship between America and Finland, and the July 2018 Helsinki...

PM: Finland “cannot accept” EU’s coronavirus recovery budget

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) says Finland "cannot accept" the European Commission's budget proposals for a recovery package to boost the 27-nation block's economy in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. "Finland takes a constructive approach to the debate on the...

Donald Trump ‘thought Finland was part of Russia’

A new book from one of Donald Trump's former top advisors claims the US president once asked him if Finland was part of Russia. It sounds like an odd question to pose, especially given the number of times Finnish President...

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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...