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Class Ring Lost 47 Years Ago in Maine Pops Up in Finland

Maine woman who lost class ring of her boyfriend (who became her husband) in 1973 gets it back

(Newser) - Shawn and Debra McKenna were high school sweethearts who were married for four decades before he died in 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Earlier this month, Debra McKenna received a sweet reminder of the man she'd loved, from the most unexpected place. The Bangor Daily News relays... More »

Finland Leader: To Achieve 'American Dream,' Go Nordic

Sanna Marin: 'I feel that the American Dream can be achieved best in the Nordic countries'

(Newser) - Finland's leader thinks her nation and neighboring ones might be better at giving people a shot at the "American Dream" than America itself. “I feel that the American Dream can be achieved best in the Nordic countries, where every child no matter their background or the background... More »

Finland PM Gets Dismissed as a 'Sales Girl'

Estonia apologizes after interior minister's comment

(Newser) - At 34, Sanna Marin is the world's youngest prime minister , and the Finnish leader started her term on the receiving end of a dig. Estonia's interior minister, Mart Helme, was appearing on a radio talk-show produced by his populist far-right party Ekre when he cast doubt upon her... More »

Finnish Minister Apologizes Over Instagram Poll

New finance minister Katri Kulmuni faulted for using social media on serious policy question

(Newser) - Finland's new finance minister has apologized and yanked a poll she put up on Instagram to get citizens' opinions on a serious policy issue. Katri Kulmuni asked people whether the nation should let Finnish women with links to Islamic State return to Finland from a camp in Syria, or... More »

Finland to Get World's Youngest Prime Minister

Sanna Marin recently turned 34

(Newser) - Finland is about to get the youngest prime minister in its history—and 35-year-old Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk is about to lose his title as the world's youngest currently serving leader. Transport minister Sanna Marin, who turned 34 a few weeks ago, has been chosen to lead the... More »

He Put Up Fake Border Signs. Then He Took Them to 'Finland'

Con man arrested for swindling migrants, dumping them in Russian forest instead of the EU

(Newser) - They thought they'd found a new life in Finland—but they were really just wandering in circles in a Russian forest. The BBC reports four men from South Asia forked over more than $11,000 each to a man they thought was going to provide them safe passage to... More »

Woman Dead After Attack at Finland College

Suspect is said to be a student at Savo Vocational College

(Newser) - Police say a student at the Savo Vocational College in Finland showed up at the school Tuesday with a sword and firearm and went on a rampage that left one woman dead and nine others injured. The unnamed suspect, who is in custody, is described as a Finnish national born... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

Finland Gave People Free Cash. Here's What's Happened So Far

They're not working much more, but they are happier and less stressed

(Newser) - Finland's basic-income experiment is one year into its two-year trial run, and the results so far are a mixed bag. In a European first, 2,000 or so out-of-work Finnish citizens between the ages of 25 and 58 were guaranteed a monthly tax-free paycheck of about $635 from the... More »

Finnish Leader: No Idea Where Trump Got His 'Raking' Idea

Finland's president says he didn't mention it during chat on forest management

(Newser) - Finland's president isn't sure where President Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country's routine for managing its substantial forests. Trump told reporters Saturday while visiting the ruins of the northern California town where a fire killed at least 76 people that wildfires weren'... More »

You Might Avoid Surgery for Appendicitis

New study says antibiotics are an option for some

(Newser) - A new study says surgery isn't always needed for appendicitis and that antibiotics instead can often do the trick, the AP reports. The results from Finland contradict decades of thinking about the best way to treat an inflamed appendix. The condition has long been thought to be a medical... More »

2 Brothers Went to Rev Up a Sauna. They Were Found Dead

Police in Finland believe the men were electrocuted after a nearby lightning strike

(Newser) - Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike's electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland. The brothers, born in 1950 and 1953, had arrived at the cottage in Juuka, a community of 3,200 in the... More »

Trump Meets Putin: 'The World Wants to See Us Get Along'

President says relations with Moscow 'never worse'

(Newser) - The big day is here: President Trump and Vladimir Putin have begun their summit in Helsinki, Finland, in a one-on-one meeting. "I really think the world wants to see us get along," Trump told reporters just ahead of their conversation. "We are the two great nuclear... More »

Finland Ditches Basic Income; US Is Up Next

A trial is set to take place in America in 2 states

(Newser) - It looks like universal basic income won't get the green light in Finland. A little more than a year into a two-year trial, the Finnish government says it won't expand an experiment that sees 2,000 unemployed Finns paid $685 per month in basic income , rather than financial... More »

This Is the World's Happiest Country

World Happiness Report is out for 2018

(Newser) - The United States is at its unhappiest level since the annual World Happiness Report was first released in 2012. This year, the US came in No. 18, down four spots from last year, the Washington Post reports. The report was released Wednesday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative... More »

Finns Have Had It With Daylight Saving Time

Finland will petition the EU to abolish it

(Newser) - Finland says it will lobby for the abolition of daylight saving time within the European Union after more than 70,000 Finns signed a petition last year. Anne Berner, Finland's transportation and communications minister, said Friday on Twitter that the government's goal "would be to abandon (the... More »

Bread Company Unveils New Ingredient: Crickets

Loaves from Finnish company have 70 insects apiece

(Newser) - One of Finland's largest food companies is selling what it claims to be a first: insect bread. Markus Hellstrom, head of the Fazer group's bakery division, said that one loaf contains about 70 dried house crickets, ground into powder and added to the flour. The farm-raised crickets represent... More »

Flight 666 Flies to HEL on Friday the 13th

For the last time, sadly

(Newser) - For the last time, Finnair Flight 666 flew to HEL on Friday the 13th. Twenty-one times over the past 11 years, Finnair flights numbered 666 have departed for Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport, whose airport code is HEL, on a Friday the 13th. The latest one departed at 1:18pm local... More »

Finnish Police Treating Deadly Stabbing as Possible Terrorism

18-year-old suspect and 4 others in custody

(Newser) - A suspect detained for allegedly stabbing two people to death in a knife attack in the western Finnish city of Turku is being investigated for murder with possible terrorist intent, police said Saturday. The dead from the apparent indiscriminate attack on Friday are Finnish citizens, while the eight wounded include... More »

2 Dead in Finland Stabbing Rampage

6 others wounded in the attack

(Newser) - Police in Finland say that two people have been killed and six others wounded in stabbings in the western city of Turku, about 90 miles west of the capital, Helsinki, the AP reports. Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot... More »

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