Nordics & Baltics

Politics 03-12-2021

Lithuania: EU should step up security role in its East

If the EU wants to become an important geopolitical actor, it needs to play a role not only in Africa but in its Eastern neighbourhood, Lithuania’s deputy defence minister, Margiris Abukevičius, told EURACTIV at the sidelines of the NATO ministerial...
Politics 03-12-2021

Finland’s opposition gain popularity as Greens suffer major slump

Two opposition parties have gained popularity at the government’s expense, a new poll commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) has found. The Greens, however, have fallen to their lowest numbers in six years. Topping the poll released on Thursday...
Politics 02-12-2021

Faster rail connection between China and Finland

With the help of an improved rail connection, freight between China and Finland will be delivered in six or seven days rather than the current ten, according to the plans of United Transport and Logistics Company-Eurasian Rail Alliance (JSC UTLC...
Politics 01-12-2021

Whatever happened to the world’s best education system?

Finland, which previously topped global education rankings, has seen its level of education among young people compared to 38 OECD countries drop to mid-table, a recent survey shows. The survey, compiled by the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health...
Politics 30-11-2021

Sweden’s shortest-lived PM given another shot to run country

Magdalena Andersson, the Chair of the Social Democratic Party who was prime minister for a few hours last week, has been appointed to lead a Social Democratic minority government as the country’s 34th prime minister. In the 349-seat parliament, Andersson,...
Politics 29-11-2021

Finnish fur farming on the ropes

The days of Finland’s fur farming industry may well be numbered as a majority of Finns are turning against the practice, according to a recent poll that followed a damning Daily Mirror report.  In the aftermath of the article on...
Politics 28-11-2021

Lithuania says Belarus will keep testing West, urges NATO rethink

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Sunday (28 November) that the NATO military alliance needed to adjust its stance towards Belarus, whose military, he said, was becoming more integrated with Russian armed forces. Nauseda told a news conference with NATO...
Politics 25-11-2021

Sweden’s first female PM resigns after hours in power

The newly elected Chair of the Social Democratic Party, Magdalena Andersson, became Sweden’s first female Prime Minister on Wednesday, only to resign just hours after she was appointed. Her confirmation as Prime Minister was sealed with the tightest of margins. According...
Politics 24-11-2021

Finland to bid for OSCE chairmanship in 2025

Finland will bid for the chair of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2025, President Sauli Niinistö said on a visit to Germany. 2025 marks the 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Summit in 1975. The Helsinki Final...
Politics 23-11-2021

Sweden’s potential first female PM given more time to form government

Finance Minister and Chair of the Social Democratic Party, Magdalena Andersson, has been given time until Wednesday morning to gather enough support in parliament to form a government and secure her place as the country’s first female prime minister. Andersson...
Politics 23-11-2021

Finland responds to Estonia’s call for COVID-19 vaccines

Finland will deliver 130,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by the end of November to Estonia after it requested help from other EU countries, Finland’s social affairs and health ministry has announced. In return, Estonia has promised to send the...
Politics 22-11-2021

Finnish startup leads way in producing food without use of land, livestock

Solar Foods, a startup born in 2017 out of the research project by VTT Technical Research Centre and LUT University in Eastern Finland, has come up with a method to produce sustainable and pure single-cell protein from carbon dioxide and...
Politics 19-11-2021

Finland will vote against EU climate delegated act

Finland will vote against the EU’s climate delegated act later this year because some aspects of the classification system for sustainable activities, known as taxonomy, concerning forest management are “difficult to understand and open to interpretation”, the government said in...
Politics 19-11-2021

Finnish FM: Belarus standoff more military action than migrant crisis

The current situation on the border with Belarus should not be compared to Europe’s migration crisis from six years ago, since it is closer to military action, Finish foreign minister Pekka Haavisto said in an interview with a group of...
Politics 18-11-2021

In Sweden, forming a new government takes more time than expected

Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson has been given additional time to find support in parliament to form a government. Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlén has granted an extension until noon on 22 November. Last week, Ms Andersson succeeded Stefan Löfven as the...
Politics 17-11-2021

Baltics pledge support to Poland over NATO’s Article 4

After joint consultations between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania presidents and a virtual meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, the three Baltic states said they would support Warsaw, or each other if they were to invoke Article 4. Poland earlier this...
Politics 16-11-2021

Poland-Belarus border situation creates political storm in Finland

The situation on the Poland-Belarus border has sparked a political duel in Finland, with a clear divide emerging over the idea of building a fence at the Finnish-Russian border. The debate was kick-started when Kai Mykkänen, ex-Minister of Interior and...
Politics 15-11-2021

Russia may finally ratify 2014 border agreement with Estonia

After a meeting between the Estonian and Russian foreign ministries, officials at the Estonian foreign ministry said Russia might be warming up to finally ratify the border agreement of 2014, the news agency ERR News reports. There have been no...
Politics 12-11-2021

Finnish delivery company Wolt makes history

Tech startup Wolt, founded in 2014 and known for its food delivery app will be acquired by US delivery giant DoorDash, it was announced on Tuesday. The move was praised by the business community and across the political spectrum, including by...
Politics 11-11-2021

Prime Minister Löfven resigns, paving way for first female PM

Outgoing Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, in office since 2014, handed his resignation letter to the speaker of parliament on Wednesday afternoon, likely opening the way for Finance Minister, Magdalena Andersson. Andersson, who took over the chairmanship of the Social...
Politics 11-11-2021

Estonia: EU, NATO facing most severe crisis in past 30 years

In reference to the migrant situation at the Belarusian-Polish border and its implications, Estonian Defence Minister Kalle Laanet said its severity is unparalleled to anything the EU and NATO have faced in the last 30 years. Speaking to ERR News on Monday,...
Politics 10-11-2021

Finnish universities to receive guidelines on how to deal with China

As the EU is preparing recommendations on cooperating safely with Chinese partners, Finnish authorities are already drawing up their own guidelines for universities and the scientific community. The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are...
Politics 09-11-2021

Lithuania ups readiness of troops at Belarus border

Lithuania has upped troops’ preparedness on the border with Belarus, the country’s defence ministry said on Monday (8 November). The statement comes after hundreds of migrants have attempted to breach the Polish border, which Warsaw says is being facilitated by Belarusian officers....
Politics 09-11-2021

Nordics join forces to prepare for future crises

The Nordic countries have adopted an all-hazards approach in preparation for future natural or man-made emergencies and crises, according to a statement released on 3 November by Nordic Prime Ministers and representatives from Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland after...