• “Life will go on after Brexit”: Interview with the British ambassador to Finland

    WITH BREXIT JUST AROUND THE CORNER and fears of a “no deal” cliff-edge mounting, UK and EU governments have been scrambling to put in place emergency measures that would protect citizens on both sides of the Channel.

    Last week the Finnish parliament announced it will be pushing through emergency legislation designed to protect the rights of UK nationals in the event of no deal. The legislation guarantees the residency, work, and study rights of all British nationals currently in Finland up until at least December 2020.

    We spoke to the UK’s ambassador to Finland, Tom Dodd, at the British Embassy to find out more about the state of bilateral negotiations between the two countries and what else Brits should be doing to prepare for Brexit. 

  • Finnish politics is boring—hooray!

    Finnish politics is boring. 

    A right-of-center coalition takes office, safety net programs are slimmed, the belt tightened for schools and universities, taxes raised and the deficit wiped out. A left-of-center coalition wins the next election, budget cuts are undone, new initiatives introduced and a modest deficit results. 

    Whether center-left or center-right, the winning coalition adopts an agenda that ever so gently rocks the boat.

  • Finnish prime minister uses New Year’s Message to condemn hate speech

    THE PRIME MINISTER OF FINLAND, Juha Sipilä, has used his annual New Year speechto rail against hate speech and anti-immigrant rhetoric, particularly in relation to recent revelations of sex crimes allegedly committed by migrants in Oulu.

    Finland was rocked by the revelations earlier this month that 10 people of foreign backgrounds had been arrested for rape and sexual assault of several underage girls in Oulu. 

  • Gallery: Indians in Finland gather in Helsinki, Turku, and Tampere to protest India's Citizenship Law

    Protestors marching down Helsinki's Aleksanterinkatu yesterday (Image: 'Indians Against CAA, Finland)

    INDIANS LIVING IN FINLAND gathered in Helsinki, Turku, and Tampere on Monday to protest against India's controversial Citizenship Act (CAA), in a series of demonstrations organized by "Indians Against CAA, Finland", who claim that the protests are a response to "the current government of India actively violating its fundamental promises of Liberty and Equality".