Nordics & Baltics Archives

  • Swedish minority government proposes generous budget

    Politics 21-09-2021

    The red and green minority government of social democrats and greens has announced a budget bill for 2022, which provides another shot in the arm for the economy already seeing a strong recovery. The estimated growth for Sweden’s economy this year …

  • EU should stay away from Finnish forests

    Politics 20-09-2021

    Forestry should be based on local conditions and knowhow in each member state, the Finnish government’s ministerial committee on EU affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Sanna Marin, said on Friday, highlighting that forest policy belongs to the competences of member …

  • New Defence Report puts new focus on cyberspace and the Arctic

    Politics 17-09-2021

    According to the government’s new Defence Report, Finland’s defence environment is “tense” and “difficult to predict”. Cyber and information environments and space are lifted as areas next to traditional land, sea and air. The superpower activity in the Arctic is …

  • The Greens ready to legalise cannabis

    Politics 16-09-2021

    The virtual party conference of the Greens was expected to be all about climate. But two votes can make all the difference. Somewhat unexpectedly, the party approved by a margin of 183 and 181 the initiative to decriminalise the manufacture, use, …

  • 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, …