Finland’s orthodox monks turn to forestry to cover Covid losses
30 July 2021 | 4:30 pm
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.
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Two dead, eight wounded in Finland kife attack, suspect shot by police and arrested.
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U.S. President Donald Trump mistakes one blonde journalist for another during a news conference with the Finnish president, prompting the response, "There are a lot of blonde women in Finland".
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Four people were killed and several injured when a train crashed into an army truck during a military exercise in southern Finland on Thursday, police and defense forces said.
21 May 2018
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Finland's government has tendered its resignation. The head of the prime minister's parliamentary group said Premier Juha Sipila stepped down because of a failed health care reform.
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14 Dec 2019
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11 Dec 2019
34-year-old Sanna Marin of Finland's Social Democrats has been named the country's new prime minister. Marin who was a former transport minister took over from Antti Rinne resigned after six months in office when he lost the confidence of the Centre Party, a coalition partner, over his handling of a postal strike. Sanna Marin is currently the youngest prime minister in the world.
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6 Feb 2021
Restaurants and bars are open for business in Finland, and stores never closed. Yet it is the only EU country that has managed to keep infection rates under control. But while there are few local restrictions, Finland does have tight rules aimed to keep the virus outside its borders.
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