Nordics & Baltics

French renewable energy giant expands presence in Finland

French company Neoen, one of the world’s leading independent producers of renewable energy and Finsilva, one of the largest private forest owners in Europe, signed a cooperation agreement to survey the large-scale utilisation of solar power in Finland on Monday....
Politics 04-07-2022

Finland to update transgender rights law in autumn

Finland will update its transgender legislation in autumn, Prime Minister Sanna Marin promised at the Helsinki Pride parade on Saturday, where she said the reform carries personal significance because she had been raised in a “rainbow family.” Currently, a transgender...
Politics 01-07-2022

Finland has most drug-related deaths among youth in Europe

Finland is the European country with the most drug-related deaths among people under 25 in proportion to its population, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has found. In its European Drug Report for 2022, the European monitoring...
Politics 01-07-2022

Pre-pandemic reality returns to Finland’s border

Finland lifted the entry restrictions it imposed because of the pandemic on Friday, meaning everyone travelling to the country will no longer have to present COVID-related documentation. From 1 July, those travelling from non-EU and non-Schengen countries will no longer...
Politics 01-07-2022

EU Court slams Lithuania’s Belarus migrant pushbacks

The Lithuanian law introduced in response to migrants coming from Belarus last year, which orders the automatic detention of people who cross irregularly into the country and denies the right to asylum,  is incompatible with EU law, the Court of...

Third submarine cable to soon connect Estonia and Finland

Plans for the launch of a third submarine cable connection between Estonia and Finland have been agreed to by the Estonian and Finnish transmission system operators Elering and Fingrid in a letter of intent signed on Wednesday. Two high-voltage direct...
Politics 30-06-2022

Three major Finnish companies announce Russian market exit

The three major Finnish companies, KONE, Nokian Tyres and Ponsse, announced their exit from the Russian market on Tuesday after already starting to phase out activities there. The KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, announced...
Politics 29-06-2022

Finland to broaden abortion rights in wake of Roe v Wade

An initiative pushing for loosening abortion requirements in Finland gathers steam as the Nordic country gains cross-party support to change its abortion law from the early 1970s. Parliament’s decision comes in response to a recent citizen’s initiative dubbed “The OwnWill2020”...
Politics 28-06-2022

Most Finns oppose Turkey’s NATO demands

As support for NATO membership reaches record highs in Finland, the country’s people say they would not join the alliance if it meant giving in to Turkey’s demands, a new poll published on Monday suggests. Support for NATO membership among...
Politics 27-06-2022

Finland’s new digital ID aims to bolster gender neutrality

Proving one’s identity is set to become possible next year through a digital identification app available for smartphones and tablets that aims to prevent gender-based discrimination and promote work-based immigration. The government has justified its legislative proposal that could see...
Politics 24-06-2022

Former Danish liberal minister launches new right-wing party

Controversial former Integration minister Inger Støjberg created a new political party on Thursday, over a year after leaving the Liberal party due to a scandal. Støjberg, once a minister of the Liberal party, was sentenced to six months in prison...
Politics 24-06-2022

Harassment accusations rattle Finnish parliament, media

A sexual harassment row broke out in Finland’s parliament on Thursday, causing ripples throughout politics and society. Jarmo Vähäkainu, the second vice-chair of the populist and nationalist Power Belongs to the People (VKK) party, published a picture of the Green...
Politics 23-06-2022

Finnish economy hit by Ukraine war

Finland’s economy was booming before the Russian attack on Ukraine, but now the war is starting to take its toll as economic growth is expected to reach 1.7% this year but will slow down to 0.5% in 2023 based on...
Politics 23-06-2022

Danes over 50 to be offered COVID-19 booster shot

Over 2.5 million Danes over 50 will be offered a booster jab against COVID-19 this autumn, declared Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at a press conference on Wednesday. The cases of people with COVID-19 have been on the rise in...
Politics 22-06-2022

PM pledges Denmark’s support for Ukraine’s EU candidacy

Denmark supports Ukraine’s status as an EU candidate country, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during an address to the Ukrainian Rada on Tuesday. Last week, the French, German, Italian, and Romanian heads of state visited Kyiv and publicly supported candidacy...

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...

Sweden, Denmark face ‘serious’ gas shortages

Swedish and Danish energy authorities issued an ‘early warning’ over gas shortages due to the reduced supplies of Russian gas on the European market. As Russia reduced its gas supplies to Germany by 60%, Sweden and Denmark issued the lowest...
Politics 21-06-2022

Sweden, Finland discuss NATO application with Turkey

Turkey’s security concerns were discussed with ministers from Sweden and Finland at a meeting organised by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Monday. Relations between Turkey and Sweden soured last month after Ankara put forward a list of demands...
Politics 21-06-2022

Finland shuts down Confucius Institute amid censorship, espionage accusations

A cooperation contract between Helsinki University and the Confucius Institute will be terminated following accusations of spreading Chinese soft power, conducting espionage, and an attempt to block discussions on Tibet. Helsinki University has hosted a Confucius Institute focused on teaching...
Politics 21-06-2022

Denmark now backs EU enlargement, says Macron’s plan still unclear

Marking a change in tune, Copenhagen has now said it supports EU enlargement, particularly that of Ukraine as EU leaders are set to meet in Brussels to decide on the bloc’s future. “We support the European Commission’s opinion on granting...

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...
Politics 17-06-2022

Ukrainians illegally deported to Russia are exiles, Lithuania says

Lithuanian lawmakers on Thursday recognised Ukrainians expelled from their homes and forcefully deported to Russia by Moscow as exiles. On Thursday (16 June), the Lithuanian Seimas unanimously passed a resolution on the abduction and illegal deportation of Ukrainians by the...
Politics 17-06-2022

Finland recommends fifth COVID booster for vulnerable patients

Following Stockholm’s lead, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) called on people with a severely weakened immune system to take a fifth COVID-19 vaccine. People above 12 who are undergoing cancer treatment or have undergone organ transplant operations...
Politics 16-06-2022

Lithuanian businesses hit by Chinese sanctions offered loans

Lithuanian businesses that suffered difficulties due to China’s sanctions can now apply for working capital loans, the economy ministry has announced. Read also: Bringing a gun to trade negotiations A stimulus financial facility prepared by the economy and innovation ministry is...