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Nordic PMs: Keep calm, we still plan to join NATO together

Feb. 02, 2023 11:50 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — In a strong show of unity, the prime ministers of Finland and Sweden on Thursday called for calm amid tensions with Turkey over their applications to become NATO members and reaffirmed their intent to have the two countries join the military alliance at the same time. ...

Finland ends infertility requirement for transgender people

Feb. 01, 2023 10:26 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Lawmakers in Finland approved amendments Wednesday that will make it substantially easier for people to change their legally recognized gender in the Nordic country. The amendments, which are expected to take effect as soon as possible, also abolish a provision that...

Hungary FM: Sweden should 'act differently' to join NATO

Feb. 01, 2023 10:07 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Sweden's government should “act differently” if it wants to clinch Turkish support for its bid to join NATO, Hungary's foreign minister said Tuesday, adding that a recent Quran-burning protest outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm was “unacceptable." ...

Turkey favors approving Finland's NATO bid before Sweden's

Jan. 30, 2023 10:25 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could greenlight Finland’s membership in NATO before that of Sweden, if the military alliance and both Nordic countries agree to it, the Turkish foreign minister said Monday. But Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haaivisto poured cold water on that...

Erdogan might approve Finland's NATO bid, 'shock' Sweden

Jan. 29, 2023 15:56 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has suggested his country might approve Finland's application for NATO membership before taking any action on Sweden's, while the Turkish government issued a travel warning for European countries due to anti-Turkish demonstrations and what it described as...

Finnish, Swedish FMs: NATO membership process hasn't stopped

Jan. 28, 2023 13:45 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — The foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland reiterated in separate interviews published Saturday that the process for the two Nordic nations to join NATO is continuing despite Turkey's president saying Sweden shouldn’t expect his country to approve its membership. ...

Journalists convicted of revealing Finland defense secrets

Jan. 27, 2023 07:41 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two investigative journalists for a major daily newspaper in Finland were convicted Friday of revealing national defense secrets in a 2017 article that prosecutors said included information from classified documents, Finnish media said. The prosecution...

Finland's top diplomat hints at joining NATO without Sweden

Jan. 24, 2023 13:22 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s foreign minister suggested Tuesday that the country may consider joining NATO without neighboring Sweden if Turkey continues to block their joint bid to enter the military alliance. Pekka Haavisto later backpedaled, but his comments were the first time a...

New 1994 ferry disaster report: No collision, no explosion

Jan. 23, 2023 07:08 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — There is no indication that either a collision or an explosion caused the 1994 sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the accident investigation boards of Estonia, Finland and Sweden said Monday. ...

US says it's time for Finland, Sweden to join NATO

Jan. 19, 2023 16:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it’s time for Turkey to ratify Finland and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, bluntly saying that holdout members of the alliance should quickly approve their memberships. The State Department said Secretary of State...