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Finland bans entry to Russian tourists starting at midnight

Sep. 29, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Finland announced it would ban Russian citizens with tourist visas from entering the country starting Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin's war in...

Crew extinguishes fire on oil tanker in Gulf of Finland

Sep. 22, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A crude oil tanker caught fire in the Gulf of Finland but the crew was able to extinguish the flames, Finnish and Estonian rescue officials said Thursday. The fire broke out on the 250-meter (820-foot) ship Alexia, 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of the Finnish...

Finland: Real estate may no longer secure visas for Russians

Sep. 15, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president said Thursday that he wants to make it harder for Russians to use owning real estate in the Nordic nation - usually apartments or summer cottages - as justification for obtaining travel visas. “Getting a visa to a country is not a subjective...

Finland drastically cuts tourist visas for Russians

Sep. 01, 2022 09:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland on Thursday slashed the number of visas issued to Russian citizens to a tenth of the regular amount in a move seen as a show of solidarity with Ukraine. Finland, which shares the longest border with Russia of all European Union member countries, announced...

3 Finnish journalists on trial for revealing defense secrets

Aug. 25, 2022 06:12 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Three journalists went on trial Thursday in Finland on charges of revealing national defense secrets for allegedly publishing classified documents in a newspaper article. The Dec. 16, 2017, article in daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat focused on the...

Finland's leader apologizes for party photo at summer home

Aug. 24, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland’s prime minister apologized after the publication of a photo that showed two women kissing and posing topless at the official summer residence of the country's leader. The photo came out after a video that showed Prime Minister Sanna Marin...

Finland asks: Does a prime minister have a right to party?

Aug. 20, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — In a leaked video, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin is seen dancing and singing with friends at a private party. The 36-year-old leader poses for the camera. She sits on her knees, hands behind her head. She’s entangled in a group hug. She’s having a good time. ...

Finland to boost security at Russia border with amended law

Jul. 07, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s Parliament on Thursday passed amended legislation on border security that allows for the closure of crossing points with Russia amid fears that Moscow could choose to send large numbers of migrants to the frontier. The move by lawmakers came just two...