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Nordic Defence Ministers meet, as Finland postpones major international exercise

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (SDP) is in northern Norway today, meeting with his counterparts from Sweden and Norway for talks. The trio are in Laksel, Lemmijoki,...

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...

Defence Forces ‘bishop’ apologises for online lifestyles rant

The most senior chaplain in the Finnish army has had to apologise after publishing an online rant that took aim at sex outside marriage,...

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...

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...

WATCH: Last of the ‘Top Gun’ test jets arrive in Finland

The last of the international contenders to replace Finland’s ageing fleet of Hornet jets arrived at Pirkkala Air Base on Tuesday afternoon. Boeing sent an...

Navy takes charge of renovated Hamina-class patrol boats

The Finnish Navy took possession of the first patrol boat to go through a refit today, extending its life cycle for more than a...

Phone scam targets Defence Forces over Middle East tensions

A text message urging Finnish Defence Force personnel to return to duty due to heightened tensions in the Middle East is a scam. The Defence...

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...

Thousands of new conscripts report for training today

It's that time of year, when thousands of young Finnish men report for the start of their compulsory national service. Around 12,000 new conscripts begin...