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President seals Finland’s NATO bid by signing required laws

Finnish president's official seal to join NATO and approval of Turkey's parliamentary committee for Finalnd's application was reported in an article published in Associated Press on March 23. The article gives details about both developments while adding that the parliament of Hungary is finally expected to approve Finland’s accession on March 27.

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Why are so many young Finns dying from drug abuse?

Increasing casualties among youth under the age of 25 in Finland from drug abuse was reported by Euronews in an article on March 17. The detailed story is accompanied by a video where the reporter can be seen interviewing people in care centres and experts.

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Swedish, Finnish and NATO flags. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

No NATO yet, Turkey tells Sweden and Finland

The trilateral meeting between Finland, Sweden and Turkey about the NATO membership of the former two countries was covered in an article by Politico on March 10. The article provides details of the meeting – first time since November 2022, emphasising on Turkey’s continued blockade of Helsinki and Stockholm for NATO.

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Windmills producer by Enercon at the SABA Wind Oy Ab wind power park in Hanko. LEHTIKUVA

The highest inflation in Finland in the past 40 years was covered in an article by Macau Business published in January 2023. It explains the reasons for the increase in prices and how the inflation could continue.

In 2022 the consumer prices in Finland rose by about 7% which is the highest increase in the past 40 years. “Inflation in 2022 was exceptional compared to … past decades. Similar figures were last seen in the early 1980s,” chief actuary at Statistics Finland Kristiina Nieminen says.

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Finland’s strategies for traffic safety were covered in an article written by David Zipper for Bloomberg published in October 2022. It focusses on speed limits, fines, analysing accidents and handling icy roads to create a safe environment for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians equally.

After a 1968 transportation plan that earmarked additional 320 Kilometres of highway for the Helsinki region was rejected, the city of Helsinki decided to expand their transit system.

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The ways in which traditional knowledge guides protection of planetary health in Finland are brought to the spotlight in an article written by Jane Palmer for Mongabay, published on 31st of March. The article follows a Finnish nonprofit, the Snowchange Cooperative, that started to restore the Linnusuo wetland in North Karelia in 2012. The nonprofit also launched an ambitious project to rewild it in 2017, inviting local traditional villagers to help with the process.

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The website of Israeli company NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware, pictured in Helsinki, Finland on January 28, 2022.

A Finnish businessman was arrested at Heathrow Airport over racist outburst at another passenger. The incident happened on November 11 last year and the story was published by Berkshire Live on 02.02.2022.

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Finnish pizza chain Kotipizza offers reindeer meat pizza under the name 'Berlusconi'

Finland was featured on TIME magazine in a story called “Inside Finland's Plan to End All Waste by 2050”. The article focuses on Finlands positive view of a circular economy, and how it is integrated into the education system.

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Finnish rock band The Rasmus is competing in the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu as one of the Eurovision 2022 song contest candidates.

A TikTok post of a Lapland woman about her trip to the supermarket, using the deer poser of a reindeer, caught the attention of The Byte. In an article published last week, the site covers the story of Janita Kenttälä who explains why in the face of high gas prices sho shifted to the more eco-friendly mode of transportation.

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The Kinner has been praised for its sleek and elegant design, which resembles that of a classic car/Image credit: Kinner

Multiple media outlets reported that Finland is set to establish a state-owned company to help people with disabilities find employment in the country. 

The initiative, called the Work Ability Programme, is part of the country’s plan to achieve a 75 percent employment rate by 2025. It will focus on offering job opportunities to vulnerable groups and those with reduced working capacity. 

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A white-tailed deer basking in the sun in Porkkala, Kirkkonumi, Finland in August 2020/Lehtikuva

Finland’s white-tailed deer were the subject of discussion in an article published by Star Tribune this week. According to the article, the animals were first introduced into Finland’s forests by two Finnish-Americans from Minnesota, U.S.

The deer were brought to Finland in 1934, at a time when the country’s reindeer, roe deer and elk populations were declining due to urban expansion and poverty. Finnish-Americans Eino Saranen and Lester Ketola initiated the transportation of three bucks and four does by train and ship from the U.S. to Finland.

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