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Finland and Latvia to develop new armoured vehicle prototype

The governments of Finland and Latvia have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new armoured vehicle together with Finland's state-owned Patria Land Oy. The...

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...

Army volunteers sign up for mixed-sex accommodation experiment

More than 90% of students selected for the next army reserve officer training course say they're willing to take part in an experiment that...

Checkpoints ready: Parliament approves government plans to isolate Uusimaa

The Finnish Parliament has approved a government plan to impose temporary restrictions on the southern Uusimaa region, to stop people moving into and out...

Defence Minister: No plans for Finnish troops to leave Iraq

Finland's Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (Centre) says there are no plans to withdraw Finnish forces from northern Iraq, amid heightened tensions in the region. Kaikkonen...

Military plans mixed-sex dorms for male and female conscripts

The Finnish military says it's looking to experiment with mixed-sex barracks for male and female conscripts. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence says the...

12,000 conscripts report for military service

Twelve thousand young Finnish men and women reported for military service today, at bases around the country. The majority of them - around 10,000 -...

Government considering civilian service for women

The Government is considering introducing civilian service for women - but a decision might not even be made to put launch the new initiative...

New lunch experiment serves cold comfort for conscripts

They say an army marches on its stomach, but the Finnish army might not be marching very far based on what some conscripts are...

Government proposes scrapping Jehovah’s Witness conscription exemption

The government has made a proposal to end an exemption from military conscription for Jehovah's Witnesses. At present, Finnish Jehovah's Witnesses don't have to do...