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Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

Turku - Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday.Within hours the force had announced increased police patrols across the country.

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

Turku - Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday.Within hours the force had announced increased police patrols across the country.

Cuban volleyball players' rape sentences cut on appeal

Helsinki - A Finnish court of appeal on Friday cut the prison sentences of five Cuban volleyball players jailed for aggravated rape in the southwestern city of Turku. The five were convicted in September by another court in the southern city of Tampere.

Finland's basic income experiment is lowering stress levels

For the last five months, Finland has been giving 2,000 citizens unconditional income. The country is already seeing benefits, with one being citizens are reporting decrease stress.

Five things to know about Finland's government crisis

Helsinki - Finland averted a government crisis on Tuesday after the prime minister, who had been due to submit his government's resignation, said his coalition would carry on with a new populist faction that emerged at the last minute.

Finnish govt survives as new populist faction emerges

Helsinki - Finland's government avoided collapse Tuesday after Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his coalition could carry on with a new populist faction which emerged when an anti-immigration party split in two.

Finnish PM seeks new coalition as populist party splits

Helsinki - Finland's prime minister was to tender his coalition government's resignation on Tuesday after ousting an anti-immigration and eurosceptic party whose new leader has been convicted of hate speech.

Finland government poised to collapse after ousting populists

Helsinki - Finland's centre-right coalition was on the verge of collapse on Monday after ousting the populist Finns Party whose newly elected hardline leader has been convicted of hate speech.

Jussi Halla-aho, Finland's populist hardliner

Helsinki - Jussi Halla-aho, newly elected leader of the populist True Finns party, is a former medieval language lecturer convicted of hate speech who has openly criticised immigration and Islam.

Finland's nationalist party elects populist hardliner

Helsinki - The populist Finns party on Saturday elected a leader whose hardline views risk breaking up the coalition government.Jussi Halla-aho, 46, a eurosceptic convicted of hate speech, replaced foreign minister and moderate Timo Soini, long the party leader.

Finland's president to stand for re-election

Helsinki - Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, a fiercely pro-European conservative, announced Monday his plans to stand for re-election in January 2018, where he is seen as a favourite.

German and Afghan killed, Finnish woman kidnapped in Kabul

Kabul - A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed and a Finnish woman kidnapped as gunmen stormed an international guest house in Kabul, officials said Sunday, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country.

Finland's oldest ferry goes electric

Oripaeae - The oldest operating ferry in Finland, hitherto powered by diesel, is set to be relaunched as the Nordic country's first all-electric ship.

Xi extends 'panda diplomacy' to Finland

Helsinki - China's President Xi Jinping, on the way to his eagerly awaited first encounter with Donald Trump, met his Finnish counterpart in Helsinki Wednesday, extending Beijing's famed "panda diplomacy" to Finland.

Sweden brings back conscription amid Russia fears

Stockholm - Sweden is to reintroduce compulsory military service, seven years after abandoning it, to respond to global security challenges including Russia's assertive behaviour in the Baltic Sea region, Stockholm said Thursday.

Finnish police officer cleared over Putin entry in criminal database

Helsinki - A Finnish police officer on Tuesday was cleared of charges of negligence over the appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin's name on a database of criminal suspects.

Finnish MPs to re-consider approved same-sex marriage law

Helsinki - Finland's parliament is on Friday expected to vote for a second time on same-sex marriage, just two weeks before a 2014 law enshrining it was due to take effect.

Finland testing universal basic income for select unemployed

Helsinki - Finland has become the first nation to pay some of its unemployed citizens an unconditional monthly universal basic income (UBI), a benefit that continues even after they find work.

Finland jails drugs squad chief for smuggling hash

Helsinki - A Finnish court sentenced Thursday the former chief detective of the Helsinki police drug squad to ten years in prison for taking part in a drug smuggling ring.

Finland tries twins over IS massacre in Iraq

Helsinki - Iraqi twin brothers went on trial Tuesday in Finland over their alleged role in a 2014 massacre of up to 1,700 unarmed recruits by the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Dogs to be fitted with wolf protection vests in Finnish town

Nurmes - A small town in the east of Finland, Nurmes, is to have its dogs equipped with special vests that residents hope will protect them from wolf attacks.

British 'Santa safari' worker stabbed to death in Lapland

Helsinki - A 26-year-old British woman has been stabbed to death in Lapland where she was employed by a "Santa safari" tour firm in the run-up to Christmas, Finnish police said on Monday.

Finland gunman likely had 'mental disorder'

Helsinki - Finnish police said Monday that the man arrested for the murder of a local politician and two journalists at the weekend was suffering from a mental disorder.

Lone gunman kills three women in Finnish town

Helsinki - A lone gunman shot dead three women, a local official and two journalists, in an attack in a small town in Finland, a country with one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world.

Nokia brand ready for smartphone comeback in 2017

Helsinki - Nokia, once the world's top mobile phone maker, will make a comeback on the smartphone market in the first half of 2017, the company and its licensee said Thursday.

Accused of gagging media, Finnish PM admits to angry emails

Helsinki - Finland's prime minister admitted Wednesday sending angry emails to a reporter as media claimed he tried to block coverage of an alleged conflict of interest.

Finland cancels plan to close troubled nickel mine

Helsinki - Finland's government decided Friday to grant new public funding for its troubled Talvivaara mine, cancelling a previous plan to permanently close what was once the European Union's biggest nickel mine.

EU questions budgets of seven eurozone countries

Brussels - The European Commission demanded "clarifications" from seven eurozone countries over their draft budgets, expressing particular concern that Italy, Cyprus and Finland are not meeting EU targets.

Syrian 'Toy Smuggler' faces fraud accusations in Finland

Helsinki - Finnish police said Friday they would probe fraud accusations against Rami Adham, a Finnish-Syrian dubbed the "Toy Smuggler" for his campaign to collect funds for orphans in Aleppo.

Friendship can't move mountain for Norway and Finland

Oslo - The Norwegian government has resisted public pressure to offer a mountain summit to neighbouring Finland as part of its independence centenary celebrations.
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