Finland’s center-right government resigns
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's center-right government resigned Friday after the governing coalition failed to agree on and push through a planned social and...
Finland’s president rakes memory for source of Trump remark
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president isn't sure where U.S. President Donald 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't a problem in Finland because crews "spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things" to clear forest floors.
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.
HELSINKI (AP) — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet Monday at Finnish presidential palace in Helsinki that overlooks the Baltic Sea — the same venue where two of their predecessors met in 1990.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto's office said the American and Russian leaders will hold their summit at the 19th-century Presidential Palace, located a stone's throw away from the capital's iconic waterfront Market Square.
HELSINKI (AP) — The summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be held at one of the Finnish president's official residences in Helsinki, a palace that overlooks the Baltic Sea where the presidents' predecessors have met, officials in Finland said Friday.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Finland has commissioned an investigation to find out whether a Finnish volunteer battalion serving within Nazi Germany's notorious Waffen-SS committed atrocities during World War II.
The government says the investigation will be conducted by Finland's National Archives and is to be completed by the end of November.
It said Thursday the probe is being launched following a request in January by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem to Finland's President Sauli Niinisto.
Finnish President Niinisto announces the birth of a son
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Finland's president, 69-year-old Sauli Niinisto, has announced the birth of a son.
It's been a busy week for the Finnish head of state, who won re-election in a landslide victory Sunday and was sworn into office for a second six-year term Thursday before his second wife gave birth to a healthy boy on Friday evening.
Finland’s re-elected president sworn in for 6-year term
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's incumbent president has been sworn in for another six-year term following a landslide election victory.
Sauli Niinisto, a former finance minister and parliament speaker, took the oath of office Thursday at Finland's Parliament in a ceremony that included a review of troops in a snow storm.
Finland’s president skates to overwhelming re-election win
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president crushed his competition to win a second six-year term Sunday, scoring a landslide victory in an election that saw the incumbent getting more than five times the support of his closest challenger.
With all ballots counted, President Sauli Niinisto had 62.7 percent of the vote, while his leading rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 12.4 percent.
The Latest: Finland’s president wins landslide re-election
HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on the presidential election in Finland (all times local):
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has been re-elected in a landslide victory that saw him receiving 62.7 percent of the vote.
With all the ballots from Sunday's presidential election tallied, Niinisto's closest competitor, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 12.4 percent.
Finns to elect president with incumbent seen scoring win
HELSINKI (AP) — Finns are voting for a new president in an election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round.
High-ranking US diplomat arrives in Finland for Russia talks
HELSINKI (AP) — A high-ranking U.S. diplomat has arrived in Finland for talks with his Russian counterpart to calm tensions between Washington and Moscow that have escalated to a level not seen since the Cold War.
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon met Monday with the Finnish President Sauli Niinisto ahead of discussions with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov at an undisclosed location in Helsinki.
Trump mixes up blonde Finnish journalists
WASHINGTON (AP) — It appeared to be a case of all blondes look alike for President Donald Trump, at least during a White House news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (SOW'-lih NEE'-nis-tuh).
Trump at one point turned to Niinisto and encouraged him to choose another journalist to ask a question. But Trump seemed puzzled by Niinisto's choice during the Monday press conference.
"Again?" Trump asked. "You're going to give her the same one?"
Trump Confuses Two Reporters From Finland
Trump declines to say Russia is a security threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declined Monday to tag Russia as a security threat, saying he would put "many countries" in that category instead.
"I consider many countries as a security threat, unfortunately, when you look at what's going on in the world today," Trump said after a Finnish broadcaster asked specifically about Russia and whether the president would consider it a threat to security.
The Latest: Trump says ‘many countries’ present a threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he thinks "many countries" pose a threat to the Baltic region and that the U.S. "will handle them" if it becomes necessary.
Trump says he hopes it won't come to that, "but if we do we will handle them."
Trump says the U.S. considers the Baltic region a very important part of the world and that the U.S. is "very protective" of that region.
The Latest: Finland looks for more suspects in fatal attack
HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on stabbings in Finland (all times local):
Police in Finland say the man who's in custody in a deadly stabbing attack in the western city of Turku is likely to have acted alone, but they are not ruling out the involvement of other people.
Authorities are looking for more potential suspects.
HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday tried to calm regional anxiety over joint Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, where tensions have grown in recent years with an increased show of military force by both Moscow and NATO.
Speaking to reporters after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin said Russia had joined China in military exercises before and that they were not aimed at any third party.
HELSINKI (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to increase cooperation with Finland in Arctic issues and on furthering Russian relations, after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
Abe noted that Finland is currently chairing the Arctic Council and said his country would increase its role in the agency by "positively contributing more than in the past to (its) activities."
HELSINKI (AP) — A flag-waving crowd has gathered on Helsinki's main square to get a glimpse of Nordic royalties joining in celebrating Finland's 100 years of independence.
Guests, including Denmark's Queen Margrethe, King Harald of Norway, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Icelandic President Gudni Johannesson, were received Thursday by Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
Finland’s president to seek re-election in 2018
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president has announced he will seek re-election next year for another six-year term as the Nordic country's head of state.
Sauli Niinisto said in Monday's televised statement that he will run as an independent candidate in the January election.
He took office in 2012 as Finland's 12th president and has consistently ranked high in approval ratings, with citizens being particularly happy on his handling of the nation's foreign policy — a key task of his position.
HELSINKI (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday agreed to send a pair of pandas to Finland, the latest installment of his country's "panda diplomacy" that makes use of one of China's cutest natural assets to gain international concessions.
Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says he is ready to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump if Finland hosts an Arctic summit.
Putin and Finland's president, Sauli Niinisto, both expressed openness for such a meeting when they spoke at an Arctic forum in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk Thursday.
Asked by a moderator if Finland was willing to host a summit of Arctic nations' leaders that for the first time brings together Putin and Trump, Niinisto said that it would be honored to do so.
Arctic Samis celebrate their national day centenary
HELSINKI (AP) — With chants, poetry and traditional dress, the indigenous Sami people of Europe's Arctic north, formerly nomadic reindeer herders in Lapland, celebrated their national day Monday with hundreds of events across the Nordic lands.
The Sami settled with their reindeer herds 9,000 years ago in Europe's Arctic and now number 70,000 people spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
Finns: The Dutch asked us to keep Buk missile test secret
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president says the Netherlands had asked the Nordic country to keep secret some tests it made with Russian-built missiles similar to the one believed to have downed a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014.
President Sauli Niinisto said Friday that Finland decided to confirm it made tests in late 2015 after the Dutch went public with Finland's role in an international probe investigating the downing that killed all 298 people aboard the plane.