Finnish town offering baby bonus logs record births

LESTIJARVI, Finland, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A Finnish municipality announced a record 14 babies were born in 2013, the first year the local government offered a $13,605 baby bonus to parents.

200,000 homes in Finland without power after storm

HELSINKI, Finland, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A late fall storm left roughly 200,000 Finnish households without power Friday as the front dissipated while moving east, meteorologists said.

Sweden's FM touts Iceland patrols

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 19 (UPI) -- Sweden says it is seeking to strengthen its defense ties to Iceland by participating in a joint Nordic operation to provide surveillance for its airspace.

Gunman may have had run-in at store

ESPOO, Finland, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A dispute between a gunman who killed five people and store employees may have played a role in a New Year's Eve shooting rampage in Finland, sources say.

Finnair pilots' strike strands passengers

HELSINKI, Finland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A pilots' strike has forced the Finnish carrier Finnair to find lodging for thousands of stranded passengers around the country, airline officials say.

Alleged terror plot in Somalia thwarted

HARGEISA, Somalia, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Somalia security officials say they thwarted a plot to attack a peace conference in the country's Somaliland region.

Company downplays impact of gas pipeline

HELSINKI, Finland, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Nord Stream AG says the natural gas pipeline it wants to build from Russia to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea would only have a temporary environmental impact.

Finland swamped by found munitions reports

HELSINKI, Finland, July 31 (UPI) -- The Finnish Defense Forces face increased calls about undetonated wartime munitions found throughout Finland during summer months, an official says.

Finland declares national day of mourning

KAUHAJOKI , Finland, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A national day of mourning was declared in Finland for Wednesday, the day after a vocational school shooting left 11 people dead, including the gunman.

Valuable icon stolen from Finnish church

HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- An icon depicting St. Nicolas the Miracle Worker was stolen from the Upenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland.

Poison alcohol kills 3 in Finland

HELSINKI, Finland, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Three people near Helsinki, Finland, are dead and a dozen have been hospitalized after drinking poisonous alcohol.

EC lawyer: Finland wolf hunting illegal

HELSINKI, Finland, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An international official says Finland is guilty of violating the European Union's Nature Directive by issuing permits to kill wolves beyond certain areas.

Book missing criticism of Islam

HELSINKI, Finland, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Finnish translation of a controversial book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is missing a passage in which she harshly criticizes Islam.

Finland to block Internet kid porn sites

HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Finland was gearing up Monday to block its Internet users from getting access to foreign Web sites containing child pornography.

Finnish cops target Swedish scam artists

HELSINKI, Finland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Police in Finland say that Swedish scam artists who send out advertisements disguised as invoices have been extending their reach across the border.
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