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Europe's far-right fires new warning ahead of EU polls

Paris - The strong performance of the far-right in Finland's elections has shown the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before the European parliament elections.

Finland eyes left-right coalition to keep populists out

Apo - Finns face a broad, incohesive coalition government for the next four years as the Social Democrats, who narrowly won weekend elections, focus on keeping the surging anti-immigration populists out, analysts said.

Finnish election winner Rinne, ex-trade union tough guy

Apo - Finland's Antti Rinne, the Social Democrat leader who will now try to form a government after a slim election victory, is a former trade union boss once known as the "labour market gangster" for his fiery negotiating skills.

Jussi Halla-aho, quiet hardliner behind Finland's populist uproar

Apo - Jussi Halla-aho, who led his nationalist Finns Party to more than double its seats in parliament in Finland's election, is a former medieval language lecturer turned hardline MEP and vehement critic of immigration and Islam.

Finland's Social Democrats win slim victory as far right surges

Apo - Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's general election, holding off the far-right Finns Party which surged on an anti-immigration agenda.

Finland populists eye election upset as anti-immigrant feeling rises

Oulu - In the remote, northern Finnish town of Oulu where he has lived for seven years, Syrian-born Jabo Waleed recently started feeling that some people's behaviour towards him was becoming less welcoming.

Finland: from suicide hotspot to world's happiest country

Vantaa - When the UN crowned Finland the world's happiest nation last month for the second year running, there were still quite a few eyebrows raised.

Election ads urge Finns 'think for yourself' amid fake news fears

Apo - Ahead of elections in Finland on Sunday, officials have launched a publicity campaign to warn against fake news and disinformation amid fears that outside bodies may try to influence how Finns vote.Authorities in the Nordic EU country of 5.

Finland government resigns over failed reforms

Apo - Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's centre-right government resigned on Friday after failing to push through a flagship social and health care reform package, just five weeks ahead of a legislative election.

Finnish government resigns over failed reforms

Apo - Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila tendered his centre-right government's resignation on Friday after it failed to push a through a social and health care reform package, the president's office announced.

Going greener: Finland's new gas-fuelled icebreaker

Tornio - The steel behemoth pushes ahead, crunching the ice as it navigates the northernmost tip of the Baltic, considered one of the most polluted seas in the world. But unlike other icebreakers spewing diesel, this state-of-the-art ship boasts cleaner fuel.

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.
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