Known as 'queen of athletics' Bhagwani Devi, 94-years-old, bagged a gold medal for India, at the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Tampere, Finland. On July 12, Devi competed in the 100m sprint event with a timing of 24.74 seconds and secured a gold medal. She also won a bronze medal in the Shot Put event in Finland. Th… read-more
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Sweden's Social Democrat minority government said on May 16 that it will apply for NATO membership, following the path of Finland. Sweden's parliament passed NATO membership with a large majority. "The best thing for Sweden and the Swedish population is to join NATO," Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said during a discussion on security policy in parliament.
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As Russia's invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance, Finland is set to declare its decision to join NATO on May 12. Sweden is expected to follow suit. Russia claims that NATO expansion poses a direct danger to its national security. President Sauli Niinisto stated that if Finland provokes Russia by joining NATO, Putin would be held responsible.
Ukraine defeated Finland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on October 9 owing to the goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk. Teemu Pukki of Norwich City evened up for Finland in the 29th minute, but Ukraine took back the lead minutes later. Ukraine has moved into the second position in Group D, eight points behind France, followed by 12 points. Finland leads Kazakhstan by five points.
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Unfazed by even the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Finland topped the World Happiness Report for the fourth time in a row, becoming the world's happiest country. Besides assessing nations on the conventional parameters, this year's happiness index additionally gauged the pandemic's impact on citizens' quality of life and how governments braved it. Strikingly, all Nordic countries made it to the top ten, while Zimbabwe was declared the world's… read-more
Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin on October 7 decided to hand over her duty and power to a 16-year-old teenager, Aava Murto, for one day. The PM did it as part of the 'Girl's Takeover' campaign. Reportedly, Aava Murto, from Vaasky, is an activist for climate change and human rights issues. After her role of 'Prime Minister for a day', she told reporters that it was an "exciting day".
Finland has deployed sniffer dogs at the Helsinki Airport on a four-month trial basis, to detect COVID-19. Reportedly, the travelers are asked to swipe their skin against a wipe, which is passed on to the sniffer dogs, who take ten seconds to detect the virus, presenting the results through signs such as scratching a paw, laying down, or barking. Passengers who test positive are directed to take the RT-PCR test for confirmation.
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Santa Claus' native village, located on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Lapland, has decided to resume its tourist operations, just three months prior to Christmas. Authorities in Lapland have lifted the restrictions on the arrival of the tourists. The Xmas season's grand opening in Lapland will kick-off on November 8. According to the recent announcement, tourists can now visit Finland via Germany and Norway among other countries.
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