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As war rages in Ukraine, Finland offers answers

Finland, where I served as U.S. Ambassador for nearly four years, is making headlines thanks to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. On Friday, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö met with President Joe Biden at the White House. Finland’s defense minister is traveling to Washington this week for talks at the Pentagon. Finnish friends joke about where […]

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Finland stops selling Russian vodka after NATO threat

Finland suspends sale of Russian alcohol in protest against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Alko, which holds a monopoly on Finland’s alcoholic drinks market, made the move on Monday as the war entered its fifth day. “The situation in Ukraine is exceptional and shocking, and we have taken the situation seriously,” Anu Koskinen, Alko’s vice […]

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Finland and Denmark will close airspace to Russian planes

Finland and Denmark said on Sunday they would close their airspace to Russian planes, joining other European countries in tightening sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Finland, which shares a 1,300 kilometer (800 mile) border with Russia, is “preparing to close its airspace to Russian air traffic,” Transport Minister Timo Harakka wrote in […]

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Finland tightens laws against sex offenders – EURACTIV.com

The Finnish government has proposed to strengthen the country’s laws on sex crimes, similar to reforms adopted in Sweden and other European countries. With the five governing parties holding 117 of the 200 seats in parliament, the bill is likely to pass. The law reform described as “historic” by the Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson […]

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Iran and Finland call for inclusive government in Afghanistan Politics News

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto held two rounds of talks with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran on Monday. During the talks, the two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional and international issues. On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Iran and Finland, the two foreign […]

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Crisis between the United Kingdom, Finland and Ukraine: what will Vladimir Putin do next?

Finnish Ambassador Mikko Hautala and Deputy UK Ambassador Michael Tatham discuss Russia’s aggression against Ukraine during a Jan. 31 webinar moderated by Foreign Policy editor Ravi Agrawal. With Russia massing more than 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine and the threat of an invasion making headlines around the world, pundits are wondering what Vladimir […]

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Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Spain lift coronavirus restrictions

Christian HjörthThe crowd in Roskilde.If the lifting of restrictions holds through the summer, Denmark’s biggest festival will finally welcome visitors in person again. A few European countries have recently followed the UK in lifting all coronavirus restrictions on social gatherings, including capacity restrictions, the need to wear face masks and COVID pass requirements. Denmark led […]

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2021 Article IV Consultation with Finland

washington d.c.: On January 26, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Finland. Finland experienced one of the smallest contractions in economic activity in 2020 among European countries, thanks to a successful pandemic containment strategy and a comprehensive policy response. The economic recovery in 2021 has […]

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In the cruel Finnish fox fur farms, the shame of the luxury fashion industry

For animal lovers, this video is hard to watch. Shot in secret in Finland’s western Ostrobothnia region, the film gives us a disturbing insight into conditions on the country’s fur farms. These animals are bred into uncomfortable and unsanitary lives to satisfy a persistent demand for arctic fox pelts in the retail and luxury fashion […]

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Electricity prices in Finland hit record high in 2021

Helsinki: Wholesale electricity prices in Finland hit a record high in 2021 as electricity consumption returned to pre-pandemic levels, national broadcaster Yle reported. According to the Finnish energy sector organization, in 2021 the average price of electricity in Finland was almost 2.6 times higher than the previous year, rising from around 28 euros (32 dollars) […]

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Finland, Sweden and Norway to eliminate wolf population | Preservation

Finland joins Sweden and Norway in culling wolves this winter to control their population, as conservation groups call on the European Union to take action against culling. Swedish hunters have already culled most of their annual target of 27 wolves, while Finland is to allow the cull of 20 wolves in its first “population management […]

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Finland insists on right to join NATO without Russia

Russia’s saber strikes in Ukraine have reignited the debate in Finland over the Nordic country’s membership in NATO, defying demands from Moscow that seek to limit the expansion of the military alliance in Europe. President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin both used their New Year’s speeches to stress that Finland retains the option […]

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How Finland Became an Online Gaming Power – News from the European Gaming Industry

Reading time: 4 minutes Finland is popular for many reasons. First, it is the happiest country in the world. It has the purest air and the best education system. Other attractions include its reindeer, thousands of lakes, and Santa Claus Village. At first glance, Finland does not seem ideal for an online gaming revolution. However, […]

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Finnish MP proposes law banning products from settlements – Middle East Monitor

A member of the Finnish parliament introduced a bill to ban the importation of goods from territories under Israeli occupation. the proposed act aims to cover all goods imported from “regions where the occupying powers practice serious violations of international humanitarian law or human rights agreements”. An example of such violations includes cases where “the […]

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Finnish Christmas stations in full swing but fear omicron | Your money

ROVANIEMI, Finland (AP) – Workers at Santa Claus Village, a holiday theme park on the edge of the Arctic Circle, eroded a frozen dome, using scissors to put the finishing touches on an ice-filled restaurant and hotel sculptures of snowmen, penguins and huskies. The Christmas season is in full swing in Finnish Lapland, where site […]

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Omicron: Finland’s Santa Claus Village Welcomes Tourists Before Christmas | To travel

Workers at Santa Claus Village, a holiday theme park on the edge of the Arctic Circle, eroded a frozen dome, using scissors to put the finishing touches on an ice hotel restaurant filled with snowman sculptures, of penguins and huskies. The Christmas season is in full swing in Finnish Lapland, where site operators are pleased […]

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Finnish Christmas resorts in full swing but fear omicron – KSNF / KODE – FourStatesHomepage.com

ROVANIEMI, Finland (AP) – Workers at Santa Claus Village, a holiday theme park on the edge of the Arctic Circle, eroded a frozen dome, using scissors to put the finishing touches on an ice-filled restaurant and hotel sculptures of snowmen, penguins and huskies. The Christmas season is in full swing in Finnish Lapland, where site […]

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Lapland travel restrictions: will Finland’s new entry rules ruin Christmas?

Finland will soon require all UK travelers to take a COVID test before departure, and further border restrictions are due to be announced today (December 16). The rule applies to all non-EU citizens and deals a particular blow to the tourism sector by Lapland – in the north of the Nordic country. As of this […]

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Finland chooses F-35 as next fighter, continuing US aircraft forays into Europe

WASHINGTON – The Finnish government has chosen the F-35 to replace the country’s F-18 Hornet fleet, known as the HX program, according to a Defense Ministry statement. The move puts an end to one of the last remaining lucrative fighter competitions in Europe, with Lockheed Martin’s bid once again in the lead. In June, the […]