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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.

Economics Nobelist Holmstrom: CEO pay 'just a mess'

Washington - Bengt Holmstrom, the Finnish economist whose contract theory research earned him a Nobel economics prize Monday, said that executive compensation has gotten out of hand, and contributed to the collapse of Enron Corp.

15,000 march in Helsinki anti-racism protest

Helsinki - Around 15,000 people marched in central Helsinki Saturday to protest against rising racism and violent right-wing extremism, police said, following the recent death of a man allegedly attacked by a neo-Nazi leader.

Five Cuban volleyball players jailed for gang rape in Finland

Helsinki - Five members of Cuba's national volleyball team were jailed on Tuesday in Finland for a gang rape that took place during a Volleyball World League championship in July, a district court said.

Finland to test out basic income scheme

Helsinki - Switzerland may have voted against the controversial idea of paying all its citizens a guaranteed income, but Finland indicated Thursday it plans to try out a monthly basic payment of 560 euros ($600).

Finland auctions Soviet cars abandoned by migrants

Helsinki - Collectors with a penchant for old Soviet cars will head to the Arctic this weekend where the Finnish customs will auction dozens of cars abandoned by migrants crossing over from Russia.

Six Cuban volley players suspected of rape in Finnish custody

Helsinki - Six members of Cuba's national volleyball team remained in custody over a suspected rape case in Finland, while two others have been released, local police said on Monday."The police have six players under arrest at the moment. Two players...

Putin calls for transponders on military flights over Baltics

Naantali - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed a call for all military aircraft overflying the Baltic region to be barred from turning off the devices that allow them be detected.

Norway aims to boost defences against 'unpredictable' Russia

Oslo - Norway announced plans Friday for its biggest military upgrade effort since the end of the Cold War, to bolster its defences against an "increasingly unpredictable" Russia.

Finland to bury its nuclear waste in the world's costliest tomb

In November 2015, after more than 40 years of planning, research and development, Finland became the first country in the world to grant a construction license for an underground nuclear waste repository, called Onkalo.

Finnish parliament debates petition on leaving eurozone

Helsinki - The Finnish parliament is debating whether Finland should leave the Eurozone after 53,000 people signed a petition asking that parliament debate the issue.

Finland risks 'serious crisis' with Russia if it joins NATO: Study

Helsinki - If Finland joined NATO it would provoke a "serious crisis" with neighbouring Russia, an expert report commissioned by the government warned on Friday.

Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky

Tornio - The skimmer is lowered from the rear of the icebreaker, its weight pushing massive pieces of ice under the water and forcing the spilt oil up to the surface, where the sticky black goo can be sucked up.

Finnish radioactive spike traced to nuclear agency's neighbour

Helsinki - A "highly exceptional" surge in radioactivity detected over Finland's capital Helsinki was traced Tuesday to a company sharing a building with the headquarters of the nuclear regulator investigating the mystery.

Nearly 20% of Finland's wolves killed during month-long cull

Helsinki - Nearly one fifth of Finland's endangered wolf population was killed in a controversial month-long cull which ended Sunday, authorities said on Monday.

Finland's 'Soldiers of Odin' face off against huggy ladies

Kemi - Fierce-looking squads calling themselves the Soldiers of Odin have been patrolling Finnish streets in recent months claiming to protect locals from asylum seekers, but lately they've been challenged by an unexpected crew: smiling women serving up hugs....

Finnish PM halts plan to house refugees at his home

Helsinki - Finland's centrist Prime Minister Juha Sipila has backtracked from his plans to house asylum seekers at his country house for security reasons, a government official said Tuesday.
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