Tag: Finland

Finland’s New President Faces Unexpected First Test: Not Russia, but Trump

Educated in the United States and deeply pro-American, Finland’s president-elect, Alexander Stubb, looked perfectly poised to lead his nation into a stronger trans-Atlantic partnership and redefine its role in the global order as a newly minted NATO member. Instead, he will enter office next month at a time when U.S. politics has once again thrown […]

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Why Are The Northern Lights So Great This Year And Where Can You See Them?

If you’ve been dreaming of watching the Aurora Borealis do her thing and dance across the sky — this is your year! Expedia surveyed travelers and found that chasing the Northern Lights is the most sought-after travel experience of the year, with nearly half of travelers dreaming of catching nature’s shimmering technicolored light display this […]

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Finland Votes for President

Voters in Finland will cast ballots on Sunday in a presidential election that comes as NATO’s newest member faces the threat of an antagonistic Russia. The election, which is expected to require a second round of voting, is for Finland’s first new head of state in 12 years. The country’s wildly popular president, Sauli Niinistö, […]

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What Is NATO?

Sweden moved one step closer to joining NATO on Tuesday, after Turkey’s Parliament backed the move, underscoring how the war in Ukraine continued to reshape the military alliance nearly three years into the fighting. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia cited NATO’s eastward spread as one of his reasons for invading Ukraine. But instead of […]

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Turkey’s Parliament, After Delay, Backs Sweden’s NATO Bid

Turkey’s Parliament voted on Tuesday to allow Sweden to join NATO, putting the Nordic country one step closer to entering the military alliance and easing a diplomatic stalemate that has clouded Turkey’s relations with the United States and hampered Western efforts to isolate Russia over its war in Ukraine. The measure passed after a vote […]

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Turkey’s Parliament Backs Sweden’s NATO Membership Bid

Turkey’s Parliament voted on Tuesday to allow Sweden to join NATO, putting the Nordic country one step closer to entering the military alliance and easing a diplomatic stalemate that has clouded Turkey’s relations with the United States and hampered Western efforts to isolate Russia over its war in Ukraine. The measure passed after a vote […]

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Finland Closes Border With Russia Again

When they reopened a small portion of Finland’s border with Russia on Tuesday, Finnish authorities said that they would be on the watch: If Moscow resumed funneling migrants, they would shut it again. Two days later, they announced a plan to close it, saying dozens of migrants were arriving. “Illegal entry on the Finnish border […]

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Finland to Close the Last Border Crossing With Russia for Two Weeks

Finland said Tuesday it was temporarily closing its only remaining open border crossing with Russia to stem an influx of asylum seekers that it accuses Moscow of orchestrating in retaliation for Finland’s decision to join NATO. The Finnish authorities have been raising alarms for weeks over an increased number of migrants crossing into the country […]

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Silo AI unveils Poro, a new open source language model for Europe

VentureBeat presents: AI Unleashed – An exclusive executive event for enterprise data leaders. Hear from top industry leaders on Nov 15. Reserve your free pass Helsinki, Finland-based artificial intelligence startup Silo AI made waves this week by unveiling Poro, a new open source large language model (LLM) aimed at advancing multilingual AI capabilities for European […]

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Natural Gas Prices Rise on Israel Concerns and Finland Pipeline Leak

Natural gas prices have jumped this week in Europe on worries about supplies stemming from the conflicts in Israel and Ukraine. Prices for benchmark European gas contracts are up more than 20 percent since the end of last week. The latest source of concern came after Finland on Tuesday said a pipeline linking the country […]

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Finland’s Military Prepares as Russia-Ukraine War Gets Closer to Home

The facade of the apartment building was blown off, the remains sagging to one side. Working together, the military police, the emergency services, the fire department and the explosives team cordoned off the scene, swept for other explosives, disarmed one, and searched for those still alive in the rubble with sniffer dogs, while removing the […]

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Finland Raced to Join NATO. What Happens Next Is Complicated.

Barely a year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finland cast aside decades of military nonalignment and self-reliance and joined the NATO alliance. That happened with breathtaking speed, as these matters go, but gaining membership may have been the easy part. Now comes the complicated process of integrating itself into the alliance and its requirement of […]

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Finland’s President Warns Europe About Russia

The president of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, is the person considered most responsible for bringing his country into the NATO alliance — and Sweden, too, which is awaiting ratification — following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. President Biden has consulted him about Russia and its president, Vladimir V. Putin, whom Mr. Niinisto has met numerous times. […]

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U.S. Aims New Sanctions at Russian Military Supply Chains

The United States on Thursday imposed one of its largest sanctions packages related to the war in Ukraine, penalizing more than 150 companies and individuals that officials said were profiting from Russia’s invasion and their proximity to the Kremlin and President Vladimir V. Putin. The sanctions are part of the U.S. effort “to target Russia’s […]

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