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Finland finished a guaranteed income project for the unemployed

From January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 Finns without jobs were provided with a monthly payment of the equivalent of about $634 US dollars for two years.

No new jobs but happier citizens in Finland's basic income test

Apo - A groundbreaking trial providing a guaranteed basic monthly income to 2,000 jobless people has led to improved wellbeing but failed to boost employment, Finnish authorities announced on Friday.

UN watchdog says Finland violated indigenous Sami rights

Geneva - Finland has breached the political rights of its Sami population, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled Monday, charging that Helsinki had violated the indigenous people's right to "internal self-determination".

Finland duped into paying aid money into wrong account

Apo - Finnish police said Thursday they were on the hunt for fraudsters who tricked the country's foreign ministry into paying about 400,000 euros ($453,500) of overseas aid money into a private bank account.

Babies wanted: Nordic countries crying for kids

Oslo - "Norway needs more children! I don't think I need to tell anyone how this is done," Norway's prime minister said cheekily, but she was raising a real concern.Too few babies are being born in the Nordic region.

Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'

Helsinki - Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis.

Trump's forest remarks 'rake news' for Finland

Apo - Social media in Finland was ablaze with bemused comments on Monday after US President Donald Trump claimed the forest-covered nation prevents wildfires by raking its forest floors.

Trump prompts #RakeAmericaGreatAgain hashtag on Twitter

The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires.

Finland summons Russian ambassador over GPS blocking claims

Apo - Finland has summoned Russia's ambassador to answer allegations that Moscow was behind the jamming of GPS signals in Lapland during recent NATO exercises, the foreign ministry in Helsinki confirmed Saturday.

Russia blocked GPS data during NATO exercises: Norway

Oslo - Oslo on Tuesday pointed a finger squarely at Russia, accusing it of jamming GPS signals in Norway's Far North when it hosted NATO's massive exercises in October and early November.

Finnish PM: Jammed GPS signals may be work of Russia

Apo - Russia denied Monday being behind the recent disruption to GPS signals across Lapland which put civil aviation at risk, after Finland's prime minister said the interference was "almost certainly deliberate".

Europe's centre right seeks champion to rise above Orban row

Apo - Divided over how to handle ties to Hungary's populist prime minister and facing a future without their figurehead Angela Merkel, Europe's centre-right parties gather this week to seek a leader.

Former Finnish PM launches EU leadership bid

Strasbourg - Former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb launched a bid to become the next president of the European Commission on Tuesday.

Finnish indigenous Sami seek to end 'exploitative tourism'

Apo - Representatives of Finland's indigenous Sami said Tuesday they would urge holidaymakers to stop visiting igloos and riding husky sleds in Lapland, claiming non-Sami traditions are being passed off as authentic thereby exploiting their culture.

Finnish FM survives confidence vote after abortion row

Apo - Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini clung on to his job Friday after winning a no-confidence vote in parliament over his attendance at an anti-abortion vigil during an official visit to Canada.

Finnish FM under fire after attending pro-life vigil

Apo - Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini faces a parliamentary confidence vote for taking part in a pro-life demonstration during an official visit to Canada earlier this year.

Happy Helsinki summit fails to charm Trump and Putin

Apo - The United Nations may have judged Finland the happiest country in the world, but the Helsinki summit failed to make Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin smile.

Helsinki: the right fit for Trump-Putin summit

Apo - The choice of Helsinki for Monday's first summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is a reminder of the Finnish capital's Cold War history when it hosted a number of key tete-a-tetes.

Tight security ahead of Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki

Apo - Finland may have largely shut down for the summer holidays but officials and police have been drafted back into work ahead of a historic summit in Helsinki between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Helsinki, an obvious choice for Trump-Putin summit

Apo - The choice of Helsinki as the location for the first long-awaited summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is a reminder of the Finnish capital's Cold War history when it was the backdrop for a number of key tete-a-tetes between US and...

Migrants use World Cup Fan IDs to try to enter EU

Sanktpeterburg - A small number of migrants have used Russia's World Cup ticketing system that allows visa-free travel for foreign fans to try to enter the European Union illegally, with neighbouring Belarus and Finland reporting cases.

Finland jails asylum seeker for life over first terror attack

Apo - A Finnish court on Friday sentenced a Moroccan asylum seeker to life in prison over what was described as the nation's first terror attack after he killed two women and injured eight others in a stabbing spree last year.

Top US, Russian military brass to meet in Helsinki

Apo - Top US and Russian military officials will meet in Helsinki on Friday as part of recurring talks to prevent conflicts such as Syria and Ukraine from escalating, Finnish and US officials said.

Finland approves Russian gas pipeline plans

Apo - Finland on Thursday granted its final approval for a pipeline dubbed Nord Stream 2, which will be used to pump Russian natural gas to Germany, to go through its waters in the Baltic Sea.

Transgender man gives birth in Finland first

Apo - A Finnish woman who underwent hormonal therapy has become the nation's first transgender man to give birth, local media said Wednesday, triggering controversy as laws require infertility to change gender.

Puigdemont slips out of Finland despite arrest warrant: lawyer

Apo - Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont foiled attempts by Finnish police to arrest him under a European arrest warrant, after his lawyer confirmed on Saturday he had left the country.

Finnish police seek Puigdemont's arrest under European warrant

Apo - Finnish police said Saturday they were seeking to arrest Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont under a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, but did not know his whereabouts.

Finns find key to being world's happiest despite ups and downs

Apo - Finns have long been perceived as taciturn and introverted people in a country known for its dark, cold winters and high suicide rate. Today, they are also considered the world's happiest.

Finland re-elects pragmatic president Niinisto to ease Russia worries

Helsinki - Finns on Sunday re-elected their popular and cautious president Sauli Niinisto, who is credited with maintaining a balanced relationship with the nation's powerful neighbour Russia at a time of simmering relations between Moscow and the West.

Finland's cautious president Niinisto poised for re-election

Helsinki - Finns voted on Sunday, expected to re-elect president Sauli Niinisto who is credited for maintaining a balanced relationship with powerful neighbour Russia at a time of simmering tensions between Moscow and the West.
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