Pekka Vanttinen

Finland to build world’s first factory producing regenerated fibre

Recycling and green transition took a step forward when a Finnish company announced its plans to build a factory re-using textile waste. New technology enables cotton-rich textile waste to be transformed into a new regenerated textile fibre. The factory, the...

Finnish armed forces oppose building wind farms over defence concerns

More wind farms should not be built in Eastern Finland as wind turbines distract radar operations along the 1,300-kilometre-long land border with Russia, according to the Finnish Defence Forces. Turbines over 50 metres tall or situated close to strategic areas...

Finland to open first LNG terminal

Finland’s first floating terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be placed on the country’s southern coast at the port of Inkoo, some 60 kilometres west of Helsinki, Gasgrid Finland, a state-owned company and transmission system operator, announced on Thursday...

Finnish industry opposes EU’s solar panel plans

The European Commission’s plans to favour and enforce the instalment of solar panels on commercial properties and public buildings is reminiscent of an old-style planned economy, the Finnish industry and trade sectors say.

Record number of Finns now favour nuclear to go green

A record number of Finns favour nuclear power, a fresh survey commissioned by Finnish Energy has found, citing fighting climate change as the main reason. According to the survey conducted in April and published on Monday (16 May), about 60% said...
Global Europe 12-05-2022

UK ‘formalises’ mutual security assurances with Sweden, Finland

The UK signed agreements confirming mutual security assurances with Finland and Sweden after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited both Helsinki and Stockholm on Wednesday. On Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Swedish counterpart Magdalena Andersson signed a “political declaration of...
Energy 03-05-2022

Finnish energy company ends contract with Rosatom over nuclear plant delivery

Finnish energy company Fennovoima has terminated a contract over the delivery of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant with Rosatom.

Finland to decide on NATO membership ‘within weeks’, Sweden could follow suit

Finland will take a decision about whether to apply to join NATO in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday (13 April), underlining a shift in security perspectives since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Finland set to reject EU taxonomy rules over biomass

Finland has come out against the EU's draft “Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act” saying the proposed classification of biomass under the EU's green finance rules goes against the country's national interest.
Coronavirus 09-03-2021

Russia offers Finland technology to make Sputnik V vaccine

Russia has offered to supply Finland with the technology to produce its Sputnik V vaccine,  Tass news agency reported, in what observers fear is a strategic manoeuvre with political and commercial motives.
Politics 25-09-2020

HELSINKI – Border restrictions return

Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in Europe, the Finnish government decided on Thursday (24 September) to reinstate travel restrictions that were eased less than a week ago. From next Monday (28 September), Finnish citizens can travel only to six...
Politics 12-06-2020

HELSINKI – Everyday-racism a problem in Finland

A new survey released in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations on Tuesday (9 June) shows that people of African descent living in Finland experience racism and discrimination on a daily basis. An earlier 2018 European Union report...

Finland’s possible NATO membership remains red flag for Russia

Even if Russia has said that it is up to Finland to decide on its possible NATO membership, such a decision would still have negative implications for the bilateral relations, according to a study commissioned by the previous Finnish government and published on Monday (4 May).

Finland joins Portugal and France in alleviating Greece’s migrant burden

Finland will help Greece, Cyprus and Malta by taking 175 refugees from the camps and reception centres in these countries. With this move, Finland joins France and Portugal which made similar decisions previously.
Energy 11-02-2020

Finland set to become EU’s sole uranium producer

The Finnish government has granted a uranium recovery and refinery permit to Terrafame, a 70% state-owned company. Since the Czech Republic and Romania have stopped their operations, this decision will make Finland the EU's only uranium producer.