Finland's Language War: Nationalists Seek End to Mandatory Swedish Lessons

Finland's Language War: Nationalists Seek End to Mandatory Swedish Lessons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2013

Members of the True Finns party and of Finland's ruling conservatives want to abolish compulsory Swedish tuition in schools. It is part of a growing right-wing campaign to assert a Finnish national identity at the expense of the Swedish minority. more... Comment ]

Klondike in Lapland: Mining Companies Swarm to Finland's Far North

Klondike in Lapland: Mining Companies Swarm to Finland's Far North

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2012

Mining companies are flocking to northern Finland as new deposits of gold, nickel and other minerals promise vast profits. But the area's fragile wetland ecosystem is paying the price. Conservationists are so far fighting a losing battle. By Renate Nimtz-Köster more... Comment ]

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen: 'There Are No Simple Tricks to Resolve the Crisis'

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen: 'There Are No Simple Tricks to Resolve the Crisis'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2012

In a SPIEGEL interview, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, 40, urges the crisis-hit countries of Southern Europe to issue bonds backed by state-owned assets and rejects a proposal to give the euro rescue fund a banking license. The euro zone, he says, is like a family in which some members broke their promise to respect the rules. more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Finland's Finance Minister: 'Our Solidarity Is Limited'

SPIEGEL Interview with Finland's Finance Minister: 'Our Solidarity Is Limited'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2012

Finland reached a deal with Greece and Spain to get collateral in exchange for its share in any bailout packages. The deals are controversial, with critics worried that they may herald a quiet Finnish exit from the euro. In a SPIEGEL interview, Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen, 36, defends the policy, saying her country wants to keep the euro intact. more...

Aurora Furore: Who Owns the Northern Lights?

Aurora Furore: Who Owns the Northern Lights?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2011

The Norwegian tourist board is unhappy about an attempt by its counterpart in Finland to market the country using a video of the northern lights. The Norwegians claim the Finns are trying to "steal" the celestial phenomenon from them. more...

Blaming the Periphery: Right-Wing Populists Stoke Anti-Southern Rage

Blaming the Periphery: Right-Wing Populists Stoke Anti-Southern Rage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2011

Right-wing populists in the Netherlands, Austria and Finland are stoking anger against people in debt-laden southern European countries. Experts say they are taking advantage of the debt crisis to gain popularity. By Alexander Jung and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Brussels' Fear of the True Finns: Rise of Populist Parties Pushes Europe to the Right

Brussels' Fear of the True Finns: Rise of Populist Parties Pushes Europe to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2011

The success of the True Finns in last week's Finnish elections has shocked Brussels. They are just one of a number of right-wing populist parties currently flourishing in Europe. Their rise could threaten the euro bailout. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

Triumph of Right-Wing Populists: How Dangerous Is Finland to the Euro?

Triumph of Right-Wing Populists: How Dangerous Is Finland to the Euro?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2011

Will the election of right-wing populists in Finland derail the euro rescue package? A Helsinki veto would indeed be expensive for the rest of the euro zone, particularly for Germany. Experts are also warning that other European countries may follow suit if Finland decides to pull out of the euro bailout. An Analysis by Sven Böll and Maria Marquart more... Comment ]

Election Success for the True Finns: Finland's Right Turn Spells Trouble for Europe

Election Success for the True Finns: Finland's Right Turn Spells Trouble for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2011

The right-wing populist party True Finns won 19 percent of the vote in Finland on Sunday. The euroskeptic party has said it is opposed to a bailout package for Portugal, which could spell trouble for the euro zone. more...

Back to the Roots: Why Elections in Finland Could Doom Portugal's Bailout

Back to the Roots: Why Elections in Finland Could Doom Portugal's Bailout

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2011

Right-wing populism has arrived in Finland. The True Finns stand to gain close to 20 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections on an anti-Islam, anti-Europe platform. That could be bad news for Portugal. By SPIEGEL Staff more...