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Eurosceptic Timo Soini has sights set on government

Helsinki - Timo Soini, the head of the right-wing eurosceptic Finns Party, hopes his common-man charisma will finally bring him to the halls of power in Finland's general election on Sunday.

IT millionaire Siplia hopes to take business savvy to PM's office

Helsinki - Juha Sipila, widely expected to become Finland's next prime minister after Sunday's general election, is a softspoken 53-year-old IT entrepreneur who has risen rapidly through party ranks.

Finnish PM Stubb, a star whose lustre has faded

Helsinki - Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has long been one of Finland's most popular and dynamic politicians but voters are expected to punish him in Sunday's election for failing to revive a slumping economy.

Resurgent Russia worries Finns, but NATO not an option

Helsinki - After 25 years of tranquil post Cold War relations, Finns are once again worried about the threat posed by their resurgent eastern neighbour Russia, though they remain firmly opposed to joining NATO.

Finland's floundering economy at heart of election debate

Helsinki - Finns go to the polls on Sunday in legislative elections widely expected to oust the country's left-right coalition amid growing discontent over a floundering economy undergoing a painful restructuring.

Finland takes first step towards legalising gay marriage

Helsinki - Finland's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a victory for campaigners who gathered thousands of signatures to force parliament to examine the issue.

Russia violates Finnish airspace three times in a week

Helsinki - Finland said on Thursday that its airforce would step-up "reconnaissance flights" after three violations of its airspace by Russian jets in less than a week.

Andrew Olivieri's tactical alteration steers Canada past Finland

Canada lives to fight another day at the U-20 Women’s World Cup, as they completed a memorable second half comeback against Finland.

Alexander Stubb wins ruling party vote to become Finland's PM

Helsinki - Alexander Stubb is set to become Finland's new prime minister after winning a vote to head the ruling conservative party on Saturday.

Finnish police find bodies of five babies in cellar

Helsinki - A 35-year-old woman has been detained in Finland after the bodies of five apparently stillborn babies were found in the basement of a block of flats, police said Wednesday.

S&P downgrades Finland outlook to 'negative'

Helsinki - Standard and Poor's on Friday downgraded Finland's outlook to "negative," putting a crack in the credit image of one of the few countries to hold the top-notch "AAA" rating.

S and P becomes second to downgrade Finland outlook to 'negative'

Paris - Standard and Poor's downgraded Finland's outlook to "negative," putting another crack in the credit image of one of the few countries to hold the top-notch "AAA" rating.

IBM physicist wins tech 'Nobel' for 'big data' discoveries

Helsinki - British physicist Stuart Parkin, one of the brains behind the global "big data" revolution, on Wednesday won Finland's answer to the Nobel Prize, which is awarded by Technology Academy Finland. "Prof.

Former Putin adviser warns his ex-boss has desires on Finland

Stockholm - A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.

Finnair may shed hundreds of jobs to cut losses

Helsinki - Finnish national carrier Finnair said Thursday that negotiations were underway with staff that could lead to the loss of 680 jobs.

Nokia says handset sale to Microsoft delayed to April

Helsinki - Finnish telecom company Nokia on Monday said the sale of its handset business to US technology giant Microsoft would be delayed by a few weeks until April 2014.Nokia said that it continued to make progress with Microsoft in the closing conditions and t...

Move over St. Paddy, here comes St. Urho

It's not just the Irish that throw a parade and a party this time of year. For the past 50 or so years, small towns across northern Minnesota in the U.S. have been celebrating St. Urho's Day, interestingly enough, on the day before St. Patrick's Day.

Ice hockey: Finland crush Russia's gold medal dream

Finland crushed Russia's hopes of winning the men's ice hockey gold on home soil with a 3-1 quarter-final win at the Sochi Games on Wednesday.

Finnish reindeer glow at night to prevent accidents

Helsinki - Glowing reindeer can be spotted in northern Finland thanks to a reflective spray which makes them more visible in a bid to prevent car accidents, Finnish reindeer breeders said Tuesday."We are hoping that it is so useful that we can use the spray in th...

Finnish start-up Supercell reports stellar game rise

Helsinki - Finnish computer game maker Supercell reported on Wednesday a huge leap in sales in 2013, multiplying its annual revenue by eight, thanks to two best-selling games.Founded in 2010, the start-up said in a statement that its revenue in 2013 amounted to 6...

HTC, Nokia reach settlement on patent lawsuits

Taipei - Taiwan's smartphone maker HTC said Saturday it has signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement with Finnish phone giant Nokia to end all pending patent litigation between them.

Finnish execs ask for cool cash - from hole in the ice

- Gasping and shivering, entrepreneurs from 26 Finnish startups jumped into near zero-temperature water Friday in one of the most unusual pitches ever for funding.

Hall of Famer, MVP and Vettel have Finns thinking gold

A Hall of Famer, an all-world netminder and Sebastian Vettel's trainer have the Finnish women's ice hockey team believing anything is possible at the Sochi Olympics.

Finland's education success opens new business niches

Helsinki - Finland's successful education system has become a selling point for companies and institutions specialising in software and courses for educators, even when targeting Asian countries with high-performing students.

Nokia reports drop in mobile sales ahead of Microsoft handover

Helsinki - Fallen Finnish telecom star Nokia unveiled Thursday a steep drop in sales of the handset business that it is to soon hand over to Microsoft.

Swedish steelmaker SSAB to buy Rautaruukki for 1.1 bn euros

Stockholm - Swedish steelmaker SSAB said on Wednesday it will acquire Finnish competitor Rautaruukki, hoping to reduce costs and boost competitiveness in the sluggish steel market.The announcement caused the price of shares in the two groups to leap.

Nordic welfare state being cut down to size

Copenhagen - The Nordic model, known for high taxes and its cradle-to-grave welfare system, is getting a radical makeover as nations find themselves cash-strapped.

Scandinavia embraces Croatian tourism: Finland follows Norway

Split - In the latest in a trend of Scandinavians discovering Croatia, Finnish travel agents embark on a tour of the Dalmatian coast.

The Pirate Bay to sue CIAPC anti-piracy group in Finland

In what will be considered rather ironical to some, The Pirate Bay in Sweden is suing an anti-piracy group in Finland for copyright-infringement, after they copied the TPB website.

Photo Essay: The environmental art of Timo Jokela

Reykjav - Photos of Finland's environmental artist Timo Jokela's snow installations and ice sculptures not only highlight the incredible talent of Jokela, but the beauty of the Scandinavian countryside as well.
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