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THE EMBASSY OF FINLAND IN BEIRUT HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN 'COMPLETELY DESTROYED' following a massive explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital yesterday. One Finnish national is also reported to have been injured in the blast.
FINLAND'S INTERIOR MINISTRY has agreed to settle 175 asylum seekers currently living in makeshift camps in Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Greece, with "particularly vulnerable" people from unsafe countries receiving priority treatment.
THE HELSINKI COURT OF APPEAL has upheld the verdict given by the district court that a man has to pay alimony for a child which is not biologically his, and was the result of his wife cheating on him with another man.
THE FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE has stated that today will be the last day of summer weather, at least in Southern Finland. Following several weeks of unseasonably warm late summer weather, the sunny spells are due to end this week.
FINNISH POLICE AUTHORITIES have issued warnings over an alarming increase in scams across the country that are designed to take advantage of people's fears over the COVID-19 virus. Evidence has suggested that older people are at particular risk of being targeted by con-artists.
FINNISH CUSTOMS POLICE HAVE REPORTED SEIZING A RECORD NUMBER of illicit and often counterfeit nicotine products this spring, largely consisting of snus products that contain "excessive" levels of nicotine.
TOP RESEARCHERS AT AALTO UNIVERSITY, VTT, THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, AND THE FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE have joined forces to conduct joint research into the airborne origins of the Covid-19 virus, in the hopes of determining the best ways to reduce its spread.
RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI AND THE UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND believe that they may have finally created an effective hangover cure, following a study on the use of a particular amino acid believed to relieve common hangover symptoms.
A FINNISH-AUSTRALIAN MINING COMPANY, Latitude 66 Cobalt, has applied to conduct cobalt mining operations in a territory spanning 5700 square kilometres in northeastern Finland. The company aims to secure exclusive extraction rights to an area that covers Lapland, Kainnu, and Koillismaa.
In a Statement by the President of the Republic of Finland on the case of Alexei Navalny published on the official website of the presidents office yesterday, President Niinistö states that: "The news coming from the German government today on Alexei Navalny are worrying. The use of a chemical weapon is shocking. It is important for the whole international community to get as full a clarity as possible of what happened."
AUTHORITIES IN THE AUTONOMOUS REGION of the Åland Islands have confirmed the first coronavirus cases in the area, with two people so far testing positive for the Covid-19 virus that has spawned over 500 confirmed cases on the Finnish mainland. Meanwhile, THL have confirmed the first death from the virus in Finland.
HELSINKI'S ANNUAL FLOW FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED, with organisers postponing the event until 2021, citing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The high-profile music and arts event is one of several to be cancelled as a result of the pandemic.
THE FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE is predicted a dramatic upswing in temperature in Southern Finland this week that could see the mercury surpass 17 degrees Celsius. The forecast comes following a week that saw blizzards amid some of the coldest April temperatures on record.
FINNISH ENERGY GIANT FORTUM is rolling out the release of the new 'Fortum lever' in supermarkets. The product is designed to enable customers to open doors using their arms, in the hopes that the risk of COVID-19 transmission will be reduced.
PRIME MINISTER SANNA MARIN WAS PART OF A TENSE EXCHANGE with the Spanish Prime Minister over the use of EU funds during this weekend's coronavirus recovery talks, according to a report in the British newspaper the Financial Times (paywall).
SUPPORTERS OF THE SO-CALLED SILAKKALIIKE, or 'Herring Movement', an antifascist and anti-discrimination activist group, faced off against members of the far-right Soldiers of Odin in central Helsinki yesterday.
THE FINNISH BROWN BEARS at Helsinki's Korkeasaari Zoo have emerged from an exceptionally brief hibernation period, due largely to record winter temperatures that have put this season on track to be the warmest winter in 100 years.
THE JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES in Helsinki's Roihuvuori neighbourhood have begun to bloom, offering a colourful vista that is rarely seen in other parts of Finland.
CELEBRATIONS MARKING THE BEGINNING OF CHINESE NEW YEAR have begun in earnest in central Helsinki, where thousands of attendees have gathered on Kansalaistori to enjoy Chinese music, dancing, and food.
THE HELSINKI ZOO AT KORKEASAARI HOSTED a festive Christmas event today. You can see more photos from Christmas at the zoo by scrolling through the gallery.
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