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Finns turn to berry-picking as coronavirus job losses bite

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Seasonal workers handling Finland's berry harvests usually come from abroad, but the coronavirus pandemic prompts farmers to seek help from locals

A young Finnish worker checks the strawberries before weighing them in Lahti, Finland, on July 2, 2020. - Thousands of Finns have answered a desperate call from farmers to save the summer's berry harvest, after coronavirus restrictions have kept many of the usual foreign pickers away. (Photo by Alessandro RAMPAZZO / AFP)

PH reopens embassy in Sweden after 8 years

May 15, 2020 - 11:43 PM

The embassy will also have jurisdiction over Finland

BUSY STREET. People walk at Drottninggatan in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 1, 2020. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Finland's economy shrinking 2% per month of lockdown

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Finland's finance ministry warns of a contraction of up to 12% if coronavirus lockdown measures end up lasting 6 months

Policemen stand past cars queueing at a traffic control post in Hyvinkää, Finland, on April 15, 2020 before the control post is dismantled as the Finnish government lifted the lock-down of Uusimaa region. - Finland's prime minister lifted a blockade on the Helsinki region, but warned that the epidemic "is not yet under control" and other restrictions will remain. The government on March 28 shut roads and rail services into and out of Uusimaa county, which contains the capital, to all but essential travel in a bid to stop infections spreading to the rest of the country. (Photo by Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva / AFP) / Finland OUT

Finland unveils 4.1-billion-euro coronavirus bailout

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Support for Finland businesses and workers will be increased by a billion euros, while some 600 million euros will go to health supplies and medicines

SERIOUS PHASE. A person wearing protective clothes takes samples from people arriving in their cars at a testing drive-in station on March 18, 2020 in Espoo, Finland, as the coronavirus crisis goes on. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva /AFP

Nobel-winning peace negotiator Martti Ahtisaari has coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Former UN diplomat Martti Ahtisaari, who went on to serve in Finland's highest office between 1994 and 2000, is confirmed to have caught the virus on Monday, the Finnish president's office says

MARTTI AHTISAARI. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari attends a luncheon of political journalists, in Helsinki on February 16, 2016. Photo by Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva/AFP

Finland reports 1st coronavirus death

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:41 PM

'The coronavirus epidemic is moving to the next, more serious phase in Finland,' says Finland president Sauli Niinisto

SERIOUS PHASE. A person wearing protective clothes takes samples from people arriving in their cars at a testing drive-in station on March 18, 2020 in Espoo, Finland, as the coronavirus crisis goes on. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva /AFP

Finland is again world's happiest country – U.N.

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:45 PM

As in each of the previous 7 reports, Nordic states dominate the top 10, along with countries such as Switzerland, New Zealand, and Austria

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Finland picks 34-year-old Sanna Marin as its youngest-ever prime minister

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:03 AM

At 34, Sanna Marin also becomes one of the world's youngest state leaders, ahead of Ukraine's prime minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is currently 35

SANNA MARIN. File photo from Jari Niemela at Wikimedia Commons

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

Finland's Social Democrats win slim victory as far right surges

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The Social Democrats pick 40 seats in parliament, only 0.2 percentage points ahead of far-right Finns Party

COALESCING. Chairman of The Social Democratic Party Antti Rinne leaves the Social Democratic Party's election party in Helsinki, Finland on April 14, 2019. Photo by Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva/AFP

Finns, tired of austerity, go to the polls

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The left-wing social democrats lead Finland's two main opinion polls with about 19% of the vote, having campaigned against the austerity policies of the Centre Party

CAMPAIGN. A container of the Finns Party campaigning for parliamentary elections stands on the Narinkkatori Square in Helsinki, Finland, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP

Finland populists eye election upset as anti-immigrant feeling rises

Apr 13, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The Finns Party's election manifesto, released after the arrests, goes into detail about a perceived security risk posed by immigrants, particularly in the areas of sexual assault and terrorism.

CAMPAIGN. A container of the Finns Party campaigning for parliamentary elections stands on the Narinkkatori Square in Helsinki, Finland, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP

Finland government resigns over failed reforms

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila calls the failure to pass the reform 'a major disappointment'

RESIGNATION. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä announces his cabinet's resignation in a press conferance at the Prime Minister's official residence Kesäranta in Helsinki, Finland on March 8, 2019. Photo by Seppo Samuli/Lehtikuva/AFP

3 Filipino boxers bag medals in Finland tilt

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Marvin Tabamo, Ramel Macado, and Ryan Boy Moreno return home with medals

ON TOP. Filipino boxer Marvin Tabamo rules the flyweight division. Photo from ABAP

At historic summit, Trump refuses to confront Putin on vote row

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:35 AM

The US and Russian presidents come out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to talk again on global challenges, after discussing an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine,and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump hails 'very good start' with Putin at first summit

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'I think it's a good start: very, very good start for everybody,' US President Trump tells reporters after meeting Vladimir Putin for more than two hours with just their interpreters present, just before being joined by their national security teams

HELSINKI SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks before ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump attacks U.S. 'foolishness' heading into Putin showdown

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Hours before the Helsinki summit, Trump is asked if he would press Putin over Russia's alleged manipulation of the 2016 election that brought the mercurial property tycoon to power. He says only: 'We'll do just fine.'

TRUMP IN FINLAND. US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. Photo by Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Lauri Markkanen, Jimmy Butler’s replacement in Chicago, the next European sensation

Nov 03, 2017 - 6:32 PM

After recording a career-high 25 points with 8 boards and 2 steals in the Chicago Bulls' close loss against the Miami Heat, the unheralded 7th pick of the 2017 NBA draft is now labelled a 'unicorn'

Finnish court places main stabbing suspect in custody

Aug 22, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The suspect is identified as 18 year old Moroccan citizen Abderrahman Mechkah an asylum seeker who arrived in Finland in early 2016

KNIFE ATTACK SUSPECT. A tv set in Southwest Finland District Court in Turku, Finland on August 22, 2017 shows the main suspect in the Finnish stabbing attack, Abderrahman Mechkah lying in a hospital bed. Photo by Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva / AFP

Finland marks minute of silence for stabbing victims

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:05 AM

Several hundred people including emergency workers city officials and police gather at the market square where the attack took place

People hold a minute's silence in front of flowers and candles laid at a makeshift memorial at the Turku Market Square in Turku, Finland, on August 20, 2017. Ten people were stabbed in Central Turku on August 18, 2017 and two persons have been confirmed dead. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Vesa Moilanen / Finland OUT

Finland stabbing was terror attack, police ID suspect as Moroccan

Aug 19, 2017 - 6:06 PM

We have now 6 suspects in custody the main suspect and 5 others authorities say

SUSPECT. Police officers detain the suspect who was shot in the leg, in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed, on August 18, 2017. Photo by Kirsi Kanerva / AFP

Two dead, 6 injured in Finland stabbing spree

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:51 PM

The identity of the perpetrator has not yet been established according to Finnish authorities

KNIFE ATTACK. Rescue personnel have cordoned off the area at the Turku Market Square in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed on August 18, 2017. Photo by Roni Lehti/AFP

1 dead, 8 injured in Finland stabbing spree – hospital

Aug 18, 2017 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED Police shot the suspected perpetrator in the legs police write on Twitter The person has been arrested We recommend that people avoid central Turku

UNDER GUARD. Armed Finnish policemen on guard at the Helsinki airport on August 18, 2017. Photo by Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / AFP

Finnish gov't survives as new populist faction emerges

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Finland s government avoids collapse after Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his coalition could carry on with a new populist faction which emerged when an anti immigration party split in two

Finnish Prime Minister Centre Party chairman Juha Sipilae and minister Sampo Terho (R) from the New Alternative attend a press conference at the Prime Minister's official residence Kesaeranta in Helsinki, Finland on June 13, 2017. Lehtikuva / Jussi Nukari / AFP

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage

2016 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to pair for work on contract theory

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:21 PM

UPDATED Economists Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström are awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their work on contract theory

NOBEL LAUREATES. Bengt Holmstrom and Oliver Hart. Photos courtesy MIT, Harvard

5 Cuban volleyball players jailed for rape in Finland

Sep 20, 2016 - 6:34 PM

The Pirkanmaa district court says the Finnish woman was attacked on the night of July 2 in a hotel where the Cuban team was staying during the Volleyball World League championship in July

RAPE CASE. Picture taken on August 29, 2016 at the court of Tampere, Finland, shows Luis Tomas Sosa Sierra, player of Cuba's national volleyball team, accused of rape. Five members of Cuba's national volleyball team were jailed on September 20, 2016 in Finland for a rape that took place during a Volleyball World League event in July, a district court said. A sixth player was acquitted of the same charge. Kalle Parkkinen / Lehtikuva / AFP

China's Tencent to buy Finnish game-maker Supercell for $8.6B

Jun 21, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Supercell is the creator of the hugely popular mobile game Clash of Clans

epa03913468 Finnish game developer Supercell's CEO Ilkka Paananen stands behind a cutout of 'The Barbarian', a character of Supercell's top-selling game 'Clash of Clans', in Helsinki, Finland, 17 October 2013. Media reports state that the majority (51 per cent) of the Finnish game developing company Supercell was bought by Japanese teleoperator SoftBank and game company GungHo for 1.1 billion Euros on 15 October 2013. Supercell is developer of the browser game 'Clash of Clans'. EPA/MAURI RATILAINEN FINLAND OUT

Microsoft to end smartphone manufacturing – union

May 25, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Microsoft said the move will result in an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately 950 million 852 6 million euros for the company

Nokia to make mobile, tablets comeback

May 18, 2016 - 7:53 PM

UPDATED Nokia will license its brand to HMD Global a new Finnish company which will produce phones and tablets for Nokia

Nokia moves to cut jobs following Alcatel-Lucent merger

Apr 07, 2016 - 1:40 PM

French labor unions say Nokia is planning to lay off 4 300 employees in Europe

epa05246585 A Nokia logo outside the headquarters of Finnish multinational communications company, in Espoo, Finland, 06 April 2016. EPA/MARKKU OJALA

Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky

Apr 03, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The tests reveal just how hazardous and challenging it would be if an oil spill hits the lucrative Arctic region

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Anne KAURANEN (FILES) This file photo taken on February 5, 2016 shows Marine experts in Tornio, northern Finland, drilling holes in the sea-ice and inject dye into the water to study how it flows, to model how an oil spill would behave underneath the arctic ice.   As the world's superpowers eye the lucrative Arctic region with growing interest, unprecedented oil spill clean-up tests in icy Finnish conditions reveal just how hazardous and challenging an accident in the Arctic's pristine sea ice could be. / AFP / Sam Kingsley

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Finland city holds city planning contest using video game

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Interested players should download and use a specially designed map for the video game Cities: Skylines

CITY PLANNING. Would you help a Finnish town in its city planning by playing a game? Image from

Germany to tighten asylum rules as Sweden, Finland plan deportations

Jan 29, 2016 - 11:26 AM

The cutoff on migrants from Algeria Morocco and Tunisia follows a chorus of demands in recent weeks to step up expulsions after a rash of sex assaults in Cologne on New Year s Eve blamed by police on North Africans

TOUGHER AYSLUM POLICIES. A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who declared that they will seek asylum in Germany or Austria, board the train to Croatia at the train station in the south Serbian city of Presevo, January 25, 2016. Photo by EPA

Finnish court holds twins in custody over Iraq massacre

Dec 11, 2015 - 10:52 PM

The 23 year old twins from Iraq whose names have not been disclosed are accused of shooting dead 11 unarmed captives during a massacre in the Iraqi city of Tikrit in June 2014

Singapore still top for doing business – World Bank

Oct 28, 2015 - 1:31 PM

Of the 189 economies surveyed through June 1 the World Bank finds improvements in regulatory frameworks in 122 of them

In this file photo, fireworks go off above at the Marina Bay area in Singapore, January 1 2015. Wallace Woon/EPA

Finnish PM offers to host refugees at country home

Sep 05, 2015 - 5:28 PM

I hope this becomes some kind of people s movement that will inspire many others to shoulder part of the burden in this refugee housing crisis says Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila

NEW LEADWR. Centre Party leader Juha Sipilae (C) celebrates election results at the party office in Helsinki, Finland, 19 April 2015. Markku Ojala/EPA

Greece faces D-Day after bailout talks halted

Jul 12, 2015 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED Skeptical nations demand more commitments from Athens amid claims Berlin had drawn up an internal paper for Greece to leave the eurozone for 5 years while Finland reportedly decides not to accept any new rescue plan for debt laden Greece

EUROZONE CRISIS. An European Union and Greek flags fly in central Athens on July 4, 2015. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Microsoft cuts 7,800 jobs, reorganizes phone unit

Jul 09, 2015 - 8:09 AM

The Finnish government is disappointed with Microsoft s decision calling a special ministerial meeting to consider assistance for those affected

MORE JOB CUTS. A file picture dated January 6, 2010 shows the Microsoft booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. File Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq

May 30, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Interpol chief Juergen Stock says measures to stop foreign fighters are already producing changes in tactics by recruiters who are setting up broken travel to make tracking more difficult

Finland contacts reservists, denies move due to security concerns

May 03, 2015 - 10:49 AM

The incident comes amid an increase in Russian military activity in the Baltic Sea area

Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:51 PM

While tackling climate change will be high on the US agenda as chair of the Arctic Council, Washington also hopes to improve ocean stewardship, maritime safety and the lives of the Arctic's four million inhabitants.

Opposition Centre wins Finnish election, ousts PM Stubb

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:44 AM

Several weeks of difficult negotiations are expected before Centre Party s Juha Sipila is able to present a coalition government

Finland goes to the polls, change of government expected

Apr 19, 2015 - 10:26 AM

Public opinion polls have predicted a resounding victory for the liberal agrarian Centre Party leader Juha Sipila a 53 year old IT millionaire and newcomer to politics

Finnish National Coalition Party leader and Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (C) meets with supporters while campaigning in the Myyrmanni shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland, 18 April 2015. According to reports the Centre Party is leading the polls with a 24 per cent, while the National Coalition Party is second with 16,9 per cent support followed by the True Finns party with 16,7 per cent. The Social Democratic Party according to the report has dropped to 15,1 per cent of the public's support. Finnish voters go to the polls on 19 April 2015 to elect a 200-seat Parliament. EPA/MARKKU OJALA FINLAND OUT

Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt

Apr 18, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Global warming is happening twice as fast in the Arctic than elsewhere on the planet

US Secretary of State John Kerry issues a statement during a meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers in Luebeck, Germany, 15 April 2015. Photo by Carsten Rehder/ EPA

Resurgent Russia worries Finns, but NATO not an option

Apr 16, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Despite the tangible concern the question of NATO membership has been broadly avoided in political debates ahead of Sunday s April 19 legislative elections