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Cops: 12-Year-Old School Shooter Claims Bullying

One student was killed, 2 seriously injured after suspect opened fire in southern Finland, per police

(Newser) - During Finland's day of mourning after the school shooting that left one student dead and two others seriously injured, more details are emerging on the 12-year-old suspected shooter. Officials there said Wednesday that the alleged shooter is a sixth grader who said he'd been bullied, reports the AP...

Estonia Warns of Russian Border Buildup

Country's intelligence service says Kremlin expects clash with NATO within 10 years

(Newser) - "Russia has chosen a path which is a long-term confrontation," the head of Estonia's Foreign Intelligence Service warned Tuesday. Kaupo Rosin said Russia plans to double the number of troops it has stationed near its borders with NATO members in northern Europe, and the "Kremlin is...

Finland Picks a Former Prime Minister

Alexander Stubb to lead foreign and security policy for new NATO member

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb won Finland's presidential election runoff on Sunday against ex-Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in a close race between two experienced politicians for the post of head of state. His main task will be to steer the Nordic country's foreign and security policy now that...

Finland Sends Ex-Leader to Runoff
Finland Sends
Ex-Leader to Runoff

Finland Sends Ex-Leader to Runoff

Alexander Stubb will meet former foreign minister in race for president

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb won the first round of Finland's presidential election on Sunday and will face ex-Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, the runner-up, in a runoff next month. The vote centered on the Nordic nation's new role as a NATO front-line country with Russia and the security...

Finland, Sweden Are Seeing Record Freezing Temps

Just another day in frigid paradise on Tuesday as cold snap puts Nordic countries on blast

(Newser) - Finland and Sweden recorded the coldest temperatures of the winter Tuesday as thermometers plummeted to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit as a result of a cold spell prevailing in the Nordic region. In Nikkaluokta, a small village inhabited by the Indigenous Sami people in northern Sweden, thermometers showed temps of minus...

Putin Rips Biden Warning on Fighting NATO as 'Nonsense'

Finland is problematic, though, Putin says

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has pushed back against President Biden's suggestions that if the invasion of Ukraine succeeds, NATO countries will be attacked next. "Russia has no reason, no interest—no geopolitical interest, neither economic, political nor military—to fight with NATO countries," Putin said. He made...

'Russia Started This': Finland Closes Border Crossings

Country of 5.6M accuses Russia of sending migrants without visas to its borders

(Newser) - Finland says Russia is sending hundreds of migrants from African and Middle Eastern countries across its border illegally and has closed all but one border crossing in response. Finland closed four of eight land border crossings last week, but reported "organized" crossings had continued and expanded north. It now...

This Is the Most Innovative Nation on Earth

Switzerland is No. 1, again, while the US falls one spot

(Newser) - Monday has already proven a banner day for innovation, with the Nobel Prize in medicine bestowed on Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman for their work that helped develop the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. Now, certain nations around the world can crow about their placement on the World Intellectual Property Organization's...

Cleaning Up Deputy Mayor's Graffiti Cost City $3.8K

Helsinki's Paavo Arhinmaki apologizes for 'stupid fooling around'

(Newser) - A deputy mayor of Finland's capital is facing possible legal action, as well as calls to resign and pay compensation for damages, after he was caught red-handed spray-painting graffiti in a railway tunnel last weekend. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency told public broadcaster YLE on Wednesday that cleaning up...

His Fine for Speeding: $129K
Fine for

Driver's Fine for Speeding: $129K

The problem here for Anders Wiklof is that he is wealthy and lives in Finland

(Newser) - The minimum fine for speeding in Finland is 6 euros. The maximum? That's a much different story, because Finland uses a progressive system pegged to a driver's wealth, explains Euro News . Which is how the very wealthy Anders Wiklof just received a fine of 121,000 euros, or...

Newspaper Gets Creative to Inform Russians About War

Finnish paper hides news about Ukraine in a popular video game available to Russians

(Newser) - Finland's biggest daily newspaper has found a creative way to inform Russians about the war in Ukraine, reports Reuters . Knowing that Moscow censors any news about the war, the Helsingin Sanomat turned to the world of video games. The popular game "Counter-Strike" encourages users to create their own...

Report: Russia Is Spying With Civilian Boats

Nordic public broadcasters say they've uncovered spying program in the North Sea

(Newser) - A joint investigation by the public broadcasters of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland has uncovered a large fleet of Russian spy ships allegedly posing as fishing vessels in the North Sea. The broadcasters—DR in Denmark, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, and Yle in Finland—say about 50 Russian...

Finland Starts Work on Russian Border Fence
Finland Begins
Fencing Off Russia

Finland Begins Fencing Off Russia

New NATO member says invasion of Ukraine was the main prompt

(Newser) - The construction of barbed-wired fence along Finland’s long border with Russia—primarily meant to curb illegal migration—has broken ground near the southeastern town of Imatra less than two weeks after the Nordic country joined NATO as the 31st member of the military alliance. The Finnish Border Guard on...

'Major Blow to Russia' as Finland Joins NATO
Finland Deals Russia a Big Blow

Finland Deals Russia a Big Blow

Nordic country joins NATO, more than doubling

(Newser) - Russia will think twice before invading neighboring Finland as the latter country officially joined "the world’s biggest security alliance" on Tuesday, NATO's 74th birthday, per the AP . Finland became the 31st NATO member state when Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto handed an official accession document to US Secretary...

Finland's Popular, Young Prime Minister Ousted

Sanna Marin's party comes in 3rd place

(Newser) - Finland's main conservative party claimed victory in parliamentary elections Sunday in a tight three-way race that saw right-wing populists take second place, leaving Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Social Democratic Party in third, dashing her hopes for reelection, the AP reports. The center-right National Coalition Party (NCP) claimed victory...

Holdout Turkey Approves Finland Joining NATO

Sweden, which applied at the same time, is still waiting

(Newser) - Turkey on Thursday endorsed Finland's pending membership in NATO on a parliamentary vote, removing the last obstacle to the security alliance's expansion. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had come out in support of the move, but he has not yet said Sweden—which applied to NATO on the same...

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

This Is the
Nation on Earth

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

The honors go to Finland, per annual World Happiness Report; US comes in 15th

(Newser) - It may be cold in the Nordic countries, but residents' hearts are warm. At least, that's what the 10th annual World Happiness Report found during this year's ranking of 137 nations. Per the Verge , the report—which uses study data and self-assessed life evaluations—found that we've...

As Russians Flee, Finland Builds a Border Fence

More fallout from the invasion of Ukraine

(Newser) - Finland shares an 832-mile border with Russia, the longest of any nation in the European Union. Soon, as many as 161 of those miles will feature a 10-foot-tall fence topped with barbed wire, with night vision cameras, lights, and loudspeakers installed at some sections. Finland says the border fence, which...

They Want to Join NATO Together. One May Go Solo

Finnish defense minister says his nation may join alone if Turkey keeps holding up Sweden

(Newser) - Finland's defense minister said Saturday that his country will join NATO without waiting for Sweden if its Nordic neighbor's accession is held up by the Turkish government. Mikko Savola told the AP on Saturday that Finland would prefer that the two countries join the alliance together, but it...

Female PMs Asked If They're Meeting Due to 'Similar Age'

Question to Finland, New Zealand leaders slammed as sexist

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern deftly shot down a sexist line of questioning after a meeting in Auckland on Wednesday with Sanna Marin, her Finnish counterpart. A male reporter from radio station Newstalk ZB told Ardern "a lot of people will be wondering, 'Are you two meeting...

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