As Russia plans its biggest military exercise in years, Finland is reportedly going underground. This is according to The Washington Times and various other media sources, which claim that 200 kilometres of tunnels, passageways and shelters are being built underneath Helsinki in order to protect residents and the government from potential Russian hostilities.
Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has shrugged off concerns about the results of recent polls by stating that the nationalist opposition party will aim to become the largest party in the Finnish Parliament in 2019.
“It’s a completely realistic objective,” he states in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s (Centre) government has never been as unpopular as it is today, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
An opinion poll commissioned by the newspaper found that no more than 39.9 per cent of the public would cast their vote for one of the three ruling parliamentary groups – the Centre, the National Coalition and the New Alternative, the splinter group that broke away from the Finns Party in June.
This week is unlikely to live up to its reputation as statistically one of the warmest weeks of the year in Finland, estimates the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).
FMI forecasts that for the rest of the week the mercury will stay one to three degrees below seasonal averages in most parts of the country and up to one degree below seasonal averages in Lapland. Rainfall, on the other hand, is expected to fall slightly short of seasonal averages in southern and western parts of Finland.
Finnair has continued its steadfast growth on account of its fleet investments and strategic focus on air traffic between Asia and Europe.
The state-owned airline reported yesterday that its passenger load factor on routes between Asia and Europe improved by almost 10 per cent year-on-year between April and June, pushing its second-quarter operating profits from 3.2 million in 2016 to 37.5 million euros in 2017.
The Finnish Border Guard is set to receive expanded powers to combat hybrid threats both independently and in collaboration with other security authorities.
The Ministry of the Interior has drafted a bill that would grant border officers the same powers as police officers under normal circumstances to uphold order and security at border-crossing points, their immediate vicinity, and other areas and facilities controlled by the Finnish Border Guard.
Génération Identitaire (GI), a far-right movement with active chapters across Europe, has leased a vessel to intercept migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean before their arrival in Europe.
YLE reports that the vessel used in the operation was previously used for research purposes by the Finnish Maritime Administration, a now defunct government agency that was responsible for overseeing maritime safety in Finland.
There is no reason to raise the refugee quota in Finland, insists Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group.
Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko (NCP) has repeatedlyproposed that the annual quota be raised by 300 to 1,050, and she is expected to reiterate her demands in the government’s framework session set to take place this autumn.
When it comes to disaster-recovery efforts, the pillar of culture is often missing from aid planning. Investing in what the community wants and empowering local involvement could make aid more efficient and effective.
The world is drowning in disasters. Today, the dual threats of climate change and human migration mean we are experiencing an increase in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters — a trend that is expected to continue.
Summers in Finland tend to be relatively chilly compared to elsewhere in the world. Since more than a hundred years back, the median June temperature in Helsinki has, more often then not, been less than 15 degrees Celsius. And yet, this summer, we are experiencing colder weather than usual.
From an average June temperature of 14.5 degrees Celsius since 1900, June this year passed with a mean temperature of 13.7 degrees in Helsinki. At first glance, the difference of 0.7 degrees seems almost irrelevant, yet even minor fluctuations in average temperatures are noticeable during a season when a great amount of activities take place outdoors.
The Finnish government has yet to back up its words with action, states Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League.
Aalto is referring to the coalition crisis that erupted following the thorough leadership re-shuffle at the Finns Party in June. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo (NCP) announced after the leadership election they will not continue co-operation with the Finns Party as they do not share the values of its new chairperson, Jussi Halla-aho.
Wearing nothing but green swimming caps, hundreds of Finns plunged into Linnunlahti Bay in an attempt to break the skinny-dipping world record on Saturday, July 15.
The mass naked swim took place during Ilosaarirock festival, with an estimated 789 participants helping to break the world record that was set in Perth, Australia in 2015. Confirmation from Guinness World Records is still needed, but it is thought that the previous record was beaten by a total of three swimmers.