Nordea appoints new CEO amid calls to boost profitability
HELSINKI (AP) — The Nordic region's largest bank, Nordea, has appointed insider Frank Vang-Jensen as its new CEO as the firm faces growing pressure to lower costs and boost revenue after years of...
EU insists Iran nuclear deal must be part of any future pact
HELSINKI (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Thursday that the existing nuclear deal between Iran and world powers must not be sacrificed as part of any U.S. moves to forge a new...
2 police officers wounded in Finland shooting
HELSINKI (AP) — Police in Finland said two officers were shot and wounded early Sunday while on duty in the southern town of Porvoo.
Finland's police chief, Seppo Kolehmainen, said one of...
Putin says mysterious explosion posed no radiation threat
HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that a recent deadly explosion at a military testing site in northwestern Russia hasn't posed any radiation threat, but he...
HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish paper and pulp maker UPM-Kymmene Corp. said Tuesday it will invest $2.7 billion to build a eucalyptus pulp mill in central Uruguay in a massive project that the company...
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's defense ministry says a Russian aircraft is suspected of having violated the Nordic country's airspace.
The ministry said in a short statement that the alleged...
MOSCOW (AP) — Senior diplomats from the United States and Russia met in Helsinki on Wednesday to search for ways to ease tensions between Moscow and Washington, but didn't report any immediate...
HELSINKI (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko have arrived for a four-day visit to Finland where the royal couple will mark the 100th anniversary of establishing...
Nordea Bank says its CEO will retire by end-2020
HELSINKI (AP) — The Nordic region's largest financial group confirmed Sunday market speculations that it has begun looking for a successor to replace its current chief executive, who is retiring...
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin used a series of talks with global leaders at the Group of 20 summit on Friday to strengthen old alliances and try to soothe tensions with...
EU to stage war games to prepare for hybrid threats
HELSINKI (AP) — European Union ministers will take part in joint war games over coming months to better prepare the bloc for a range of attacks, from cyberattacks to disinformation...
NEW YORK (AP) — The shadow of Helsinki lingers. Uncertainties about Russia's past and future election interference continue. And tensions are high over hot spots from Iran to Venezuela.
HELSINKI (AP) — Over 30 European foreign ministers have gathered in the Finnish capital to mark the 70th anniversary of the continent's key human rights body, the Council of Europe.
Correction: Denmark-Sri Lanka Blasts story
HELSINKI (AP) — In a story May 6 about a funeral in Denmark, The Associated Press reported erroneously that more than 350 people were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21....
Nokia sees tough competition in market for 5G networks
HELSINKI (AP) — Telecoms gear maker Nokia reported Thursday a surprise first-quarter loss amid tougher competition for the new, superfast wireless 5G networks that are expected to increase in...
HELSINKI (AP) — Riding a wave of populism across Europe and campaigning to slow down Finland's efforts to fight climate change, the euroskeptic Finns Party came within 6,800 votes of winning the...
HELSINKI (AP) — Results from Finland's parliamentary election illustrated the struggle by Europe's traditional political parties to retain supporters, with the center-left Social Democratic Party...
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HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on Finland's parliamentary election (all times local):
The chairman of the populist Finns Party says he was truly surprised at how his party...
Finns to vote on how best to save their welfare state
HELSINKI (AP) — Finns will be voting Sunday in a parliamentary election shaped by debates on how best to preserve their generous welfare model despite having one of the world's most rapidly aging...
Estonia orders Danish bank to close unit over alleged fraud
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian authorities said Tuesday that the local branch of Danske Bank must close after the financial group admitted that massive amounts of money from Russia and former Soviet states had been laundered through the subsidiary.
The Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority said the activities of Denmark's largest financial institution must cease in Estonia within eight months.
Hungary creates new court system under government control
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament has approved the creation of a new court system to deal with matters related to public administration, giving Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government close control over what will become a crucial part of the judiciary.
Russia’s most famous human rights activist dies at 91
MOSCOW (AP) — Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91.
"She remained a human rights activist to the very end," said Mikhail Fedotov, head of Russia's Human Rights Council. "This is a loss for the entire human rights movement in Russia."
Finnish Christian missionaries held in Malaysia return home
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four Finnish tourists who were arrested in Malaysia last week for distributing Christian materials in public places on a resort island returned to Finland on Wednesday.
Timo Valtonen held up a pen — similar to ones inscribed with Bible verses that were seized in Malaysia — as he and three others were greeted by supporters at Helsinki's Vanta airport.
EU envoy says ‘much more work’ needed to clinch Brexit deal
HELSINKI (AP) — The European Union's Brexit negotiator on Thursday said that gaps remain to be bridged in talks on the U.K.'s departure from the bloc as time runs out to secure a deal and have it endorsed.
Britain leaves the EU on March 29, but a deal must be sealed in the coming weeks to leave enough time for the U.K. Parliament and European Parliament to sign off on it.
German conservative voted lead candidate for top EU job
HELSINKI (AP) — German conservative politician Manfred Weber has won the race to lead the European Union's center-right parties into key EU elections in May.
Weber was endorsed with 492 of 619 valid votes Thursday at a European People's Party Congress in Helsinki, ahead of former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb.
Hungary’s ruling party guards place in EU center-right fold
HELSINKI (AP) — Hungary's ruling party pledged Wednesday to respect democracy and the rule of law as center-right parties across Europe weighed whether to eject it and the Hungarian prime minister from the biggest and most influential political group in the European Union.
Fidesz party lawmakers made the commitment at a congress of the European People's Party group, where an "emergency resolution" was introduced partly to establish where the stridently nationalist party's sympathies lay.
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Hanyu wins Grand Prix skating gold in dominant style
HELSINKI (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu started his Grand Prix season with a commanding victory by almost 40 points at the Helsinki round on Sunday.
With a 13-point lead from Saturday's short program, the Japanese skater scored 190.43 points in the free skate to win with a total score of 297.12.
Zagitova wins figure skating gold in Helsinki
HELSINKI (AP) — Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia returned to gold medal-winning form in the Helsinki stage of the figure skating Grand Prix series on Saturday.
Zagitova was a surprising fifth place at the world championships, but she appeared entirely assured except for awkwardly landing the second half of a triple lutz-triple toe loop.
More afternoon games could boost NHL popularity in Europe
Aleksander Barkov is quick to point out the NHL is so popular in Finland that tickets to two games in Helsinki sold out in less than five minutes.
"It shows how much they love the game," the Florida Panthers captain said. "There's good reason to do that every year."
Panthers beat Jets 4-2 for Finnish split
HELSINKI (AP) — Roberto Luongo was just happy to finally be back on the ice for the Florida Panthers.
"It's just nice to be back part of the team," Luongo said. "It's never fun to be on the sideline watching the game. I put in a lot of work and I'm happy I was able to play a game."
Returning from a knee injury that sidelined him since the season opener, the 39-year-old Luongo stopped 32 shots to help Florida beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Friday night for a two-game split in the Finnish capital.
Olympic champ Zagitova leads Grand Prix despite glitch
HELSINKI (AP) — Olympic champion Alina Zagitova took the lead after the women's short program in the Helsinki stage of the Grand Prix figure skating series despite a failure in her opening jump combination on Friday.
The Russian skater intended a triple lutz-triple loop, but turned the second jump into a single. She recovered her flair and assurance for the rest of the program, including a double axel that she entered from a Charlotte spiral and a hands-up triple flip late in the program.
Laine’s hat trick lifts Jets over Panthers 4-2 in Helsinki
HELSINKI (AP) — Patrik Laine could hardly find a better place than home to show off his high-scoring instincts.
Laine, from Finland, had a hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 in a regular-season game in the Finnish capital Thursday night.
Laine scored in the second period and twice in the third, including an empty-netter, in the opener of a back-to-back series between the teams in front of a roaring sellout crowd of 13,500 at Hartwall Arena.
Nokia cuts more jobs as high-speed network deals come slowly
HELSINKI (AP) — Telecom networks provider Nokia reported Thursday lower third-quarter earnings and said it would start a new cost-cutting program as it waits for demand for the new 5G systems to pick up.
The Finnish company said its net profit for the July-September period fell to 309 million euros ($352 million) from 516 million euros a year earlier. Sales were nearly flat at 5.5 billion euros.
Nokia said it aims to make another annual savings of 700 million euros by the end of 2020.
Icebreaker tests out oil spill recovery system
HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic Sea, testing a new, inbuilt oil recovery system — a first for an icebreaker.
The vessel, Polaris, can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. The Polaris operates mainly in the Baltic but can also reach large parts of the Arctic Ocean during the summer months.
Finnish ex-prime minister bids to become EU Commission head
HELSINKI (AP) — Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Tuesday he would run for the head of the European Commission following next year's elections.
Stubb announced his bid at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, saying he sees himself as the "next generation candidate" to lead the European Union, a bloc that will decrease by one to 27 members after Britain's planned departure in March.
Obama to companies: Engage govts to avoid the Facebook fate
HELSINKI (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged private businesses Thursday to come out of "isolation" and to engage more with governments when developing new products and services to avoid problems like those challenging Facebook.
Obama told business leaders attending the Nordic Business Forum in Finland's capital that "you cannot separate the business environment from the political and social environment."
Macron says Europe’s security architecture must be rethought
HELSINKI (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday "we must rethink the European security architecture," as he pushed for a continent-wide effort to create "a strategic partnership, including in terms of defense, with our closest neighbors."
Macron wants Europe to take responsibility for its own defense, so that it doesn't have to rely so much on the United States for its own security.
Bolton presses Russia about meddling in US election process
GENEVA (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Thursday he pressed top Russian officials about meddling in the U.S. election process, while saying Russians will face no new U.S. sanctions if they stop such interference.
Sweden OKs largest Nordic bank to move HQ to inside EU zone
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's financial supervisory authority on Thursday granted permission to the Nordic region's largest bank to move its administrative headquarters from the Swedish capital to Helsinki in Finland, which is part of the European banking union.
Finansinspektionen said its assessment of moving Nordea "focused primarily on whether creditors, including depositors, or the public interest would be negatively impacted," and concluded "these risks will not increase."
Putin says latest US sanctions senseless
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. economic sanctions against Russia are senseless, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, voicing hope that Washington will eventually agree to a constructive dialogue.
Speaking after talks with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto in Sochi, Putin described last month's Helsinki summit with U.S. President Donald Trump as positive, but blamed Trump's administration for continuing to hit Russia with sanctions.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the heatwave in Europe (all times local):
A supermarket chain in Finland is inviting customers to spend the night at its air-conditioned store in Helsinki as Europe suffers through a heatwave.
K-Supermarket said on its Facebook page that patrons hoping to cool down could stay overnight at the northern Helsinki branch on Saturday and also get supper and breakfast on request.
Putin ready to invite Trump to Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he's ready to invite President Donald Trump to Moscow and is ready to visit Washington himself if conditions are right.
Finnish company purchases 4 Wisconsin paper mills
KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — A Finnish company has signed a definitive agreement to purchase four paper mills in Wisconsin for $615 million.
Expera Specialty Solutions has been sold to Ahlstom-Munksjo, a publicly traded paper company based in Helsinki, Finland. The transaction, which was announced Monday, is expected to be completed later in the year.
MOSCOW (AP) — One man who knows a great deal about Washington-Moscow summits is not ready to call the latest one in Helsinki a failure, despite its confused aftermath.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region's future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's controversial summit with the Russian leader.
Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said the two leaders had discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. said Friday.
However, the White House said later that it is not considering supporting the idea.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov revealed the discussions amid confusion and concern in the U.S. about what the two world leaders actually agreed upon behind closed doors.
MOSCOW (AP) — Having Donald Trump in the White House is looking increasingly like a liability for the Kremlin, rather than an asset. But don't expect President Vladimir Putin to say that out loud.
Russia's official assessment of Trump's high-stakes summit with Putin is carefully upbeat. In his first public comment on it, Putin on Thursday declared it "successful."