Nordics & Baltics Archives

  • Lithuanian PM: Refugee situation at Belarus border stable

    Politics 10-09-2021

    Although more than 3,000 primarily Iraqi refugees flown in by the Belarus regime were in Lithuanian custody, the situation is now relatively stable, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė told journalists at the European People’s Party (EPP) congress on Thursday in …

  • Finnish government survives internal row over emissions slashing plan

    Politics 10-09-2021

    A compromise was finally reached Thursday after the Greens and the Centre Party – who are part of the five-party government and have a strong affiliation to the agriculture sector – could not agree on how to finance the country’s …

  • Estonia fortifies its border with Russia

    Politics 09-09-2021

    Estonia is constructing a new steel fence on its southeast border facing Russia, following steps other Baltic countries and Poland have already taken to ‘fortify’ their borders. In a secretive project, Estonia is close to finishing the first 23 kilometres of …

  • Finnish government launches new COVID-19 strategy to open society

    Politics 08-09-2021

    The five-party government has launched a new COVID-19 hybrid strategy that aims to have all restrictions lifted once 80% of the population is fully vaccinated, the government announced on Monday. Rather than subject people to testing, tracking and going into isolation, …

  • Norwegian newspaper challenges Russian censorship

    Politics 07-09-2021

    Norwegian online newspaper Barents Observer has launched its own channel on the Telegram messaging app popular among Russians, in a bid to retain its readership there. The English and Russian-language newspaper has been targeted several times by Russian authorities since it …

  • Non NATO-member Sweden rejects EU rapid reaction force

    Politics 06-09-2021

    ***This article has been updated with a quote from the minister. The proposal made by EU defence ministers of a European rapid reaction force to respond quickly to crises in the wake of the Afghanistan crisis has not been welcomed by …

  • Gun violence becoming ‘new normal’ in Sweden

    Politics 03-09-2021

    Stockholm was again a scene for lethal gun violence at the end of August as four separate shootings in the capital left one person dead and another seriously wounded – incidents so common the Swedish media is talking of a …

  • Mayor: Helsinki could be an English-speaking city

    Politics 02-09-2021

    Helsinki could declare itself an English-speaking city, Helsinki’s new Mayor, Juhana Vartiainen, has suggested as the country continues to debate the worsening shortage of skilled workers on the labour market which could heavily hamper the recovery from the pandemic. Immigration bureaucracy, …

  • Alar Karis elected Estonia’s new president

    Politics 01-09-2021

    Alar Karis was elected Estonia’s president on Tuesday after receiving the required two-thirds majority in parliament during a second round of voting. The 63-year-old former rector of the Tartu University and the Estonian University of Life Sciences and a former auditor …

  • French infrastructure company acquires strong foothold in Northern market

    Politics 01-09-2021

    French company Colas has acquired Destia, Finland’s largest infrastructure company from family-owned investment company Ahlström Capital Group for an undisclosed amount. The transaction has been hailed by both sides as a win-win arrangement as it remains to be approved by the relevant competition …

  • Estonia needs a second ballot to elect a president

    Politics 31-08-2021

    Alar Karis, the only candidate nominated in Estonia’s presidential election has failed to get the votes in the parliament needed to become the republic’s ceremonial president. In the first round of voting on Monday, Alar Karis, the director of the National …

  • Finland set to ban therapies aimed at converting gay and transgender people

    Politics 31-08-2021

    A citizens’ initiative to ban sexual orientation and gender identification conversion therapy is moving forward to being considered by parliament after it gathered the needed 50,000 signatures within only a month. In all likelihood, such therapies will be prohibited and the …