Finland to apply for NATO membership
24 May 2022 | 10:55 am
Finland has formally announced its intent to join NATO, marking a monumental shift from a long-held position of military nonalignment. DW reports from the Russian-Finnish border on the dramatic turnaround in popular opinion following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
22 Jun 2021
Belgian supporters at a Brussels bar celebrate their team's 2-0 win over Finland, sealing their place in the last 16. Belgium qualified top of Group B after winning their three group matches.
11 Jul 2021
Finland’s lake Saimaa is home to one of the world's rarest and most endangered seal species, the Saimaa ringed seal. Only a few hundred remain - numbers campaigners say are nowhere near high enough to ensure the population’s survival in future. Climate change has made it harder for the seal to build nests on the ice in winter, but the main threat has been the use of fishing nets in the tourism hotspot.
30 Jul 2021
When the pandemic shut down tourism, Finland’s only orthodox Christian monastery, Valamo, faced a one-third loss of its three million euro ($3.5 million) turnover, but the monks opted to cut down and sell four years’ worth of their trees at once, managing to plug the gap in its finances. The orthodox Christian church numbers 60,000 members in predominantly protestant Finland, about one percent of the population.
3 Sep 2021
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has met with US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office. He pressed for a firm commitment on NATO membership from the US, but got little encouragement.
3 Oct 2021
In Finland’s eastern village of Enonkoski, there are two young men for every young woman – a phenomenon that affects many rural areas in the Nordic country. A lack of jobs and colleges in smaller towns are pushing young women to move to bigger cities, while the men often stay behind in manual jobs. Many have had to get used to village life without women of their age around. Some authorities are now beginning to look for ways to draw female youth back.
7 Oct 2021
16-year-old Nella Salminen stepped into the shoes of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto as part of a global campaign to promote girls' rights. Salminen spends the day meeting politicians and addressing a global climate action conference.
27 Dec 2021
With days to go until Christmas, Santa might be somewhere out there worrying about how to deliver all the presents with his team of reindeer... meanwhile, just north of the Arctic circle, real reindeers herders are struggling with much bigger problems: climate change threatens their very livelihood.
6 Mar 2022
Sweden and Finland have stayed outside of NATO due to their military nonalignment policy. That's been supported in the past by majorities of both Finns and Swedes. But the war in Ukraine has changed that.
29 Mar 2022
Finns are viewing their long border with Russia with new eyes, fearing Russia's Vladimir Putin is doing the same. DW visits the Vaalimaa checkpoint amid new geopolitical uncertainty.
2 Apr 2022
As a recent poll shows that six in 10 Swedish people support joining NATO alongside neighbour Finland, leading Swedish MEP Tomas Tobé tells FRANCE 24 why he backs ending two centuries of military neutrality in Sweden. "It is clear that Sweden needs to build security together with others.
13 May 2022
Despite jitters over the Ukraine war in many countries and Finland's decision to seek NATO membership, tanks have not been sent to the Finnish border with Russia, despite a viral video suggesting just that. We also look at false claims surrounding a recent protest in Paris.
14 May 2022
Finland will not be deterred by Russian threats from applying to join NATO, Finnish ex-Prime Minister Alexander Stubb says. He told DW that the country would be a major security asset for the alliance.
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