Finland

Trump vs. the Democrats: Two reactionary factions fight over foreign policy

By Andre Damon, 16 July 2018

Prior to Trump’s upcoming meeting with Putin, the Democratic Party, the media and intelligence agencies have been demanding that the anti-Russia campaign be intensified.

Finnish government prepares new attacks on working class

By Ennis Wynne, 20 December 2016

The attack on the living standards of the working class is set to intensify due to Finland’s escalating economic crisis.

Government of Finland imposes further austerity

By Ellis Wynne, 29 August 2016

The Finnish government’s Competitiveness Pact, agreed with the trade unions, aims to “restore competitiveness” by slashing workers’ wages and benefits.

Finland announces defence agreement with the US

By Jordan Shilton, 25 August 2016

Finland’s expanding ties with Washington are part of a broader process that is transforming the Nordic region into another front in the US-led offensive against Moscow.

Finnish government outlines onslaught against working class

By Ellis Wynn, 19 January 2016

With the Finnish economy mired in crisis, the bourgeois elite in Helsinki are seeking to make the working class pay.

Postal strike ends in Finland

By Ellis Wynne, 5 December 2015

The attack on jobs and conditions in the Finnish Post Office is part of a general attack on workers’ conditions launched by Juha Sipilae’s right-wing coalition government.

Neo-fascist rally exposes Finnish government’s ties to extreme right

By Jordan Shilton, 1 September 2015

The strengthening of the extreme right in Finland comes as the US seeks to integrate the Nordic countries in its drive against Russia.

Finland establishes rapid response units to patrol Russian border

By Jordan Shilton, 28 July 2015

The creation of the units is the latest sign of US-backed efforts in the Nordic and Baltic regions to ratchet up tensions with Russia.

Finland’s navy drops depth charges in search for “underwater object” in Baltic Sea

By Roger Jordan, 30 April 2015

Finland’s dropping of depth charges off of its coast comes just weeks after it signed a joint defence agreement with its Nordic neighbours directed at Russia.

Governing parties suffer defeat in Finnish elections

By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2015

The aggressive US-led drive to encircle Russia in eastern Europe and the Baltic will be one of the main issues confronting the incoming administration.

Governing parties suffer defeat in Finnish elections

By Roger Jordan, 28 April 2015

The aggressive US-led drive to encircle Russia in eastern Europe and the Baltic will be one of the main issues confronting the incoming administration.

Support for break with euro grows within Finnish ruling elite

By Jordan Shilton, 1 September 2012

As the crisis in the euro zone deepens, with the possibility of a Greek exit, sections of Finland’s ruling elite are openly considering ditching the currency.

Nokia dismisses 10,000 employees

By Sybille Fuchs, 23 June 2012

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced a new wave of mass layoffs, supported by the works council and trade unions.

Finnish ex-left joins right-wing coalition government

By Jordan Shilton, 29 June 2011

New Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen of the conservative National Coalition party unveiled a six-party coalition last Wednesday in Helsinki.

Finnish ex-left joins right-wing coalition government

By Jordan Shilton, 28 June 2011

New Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen of the conservative National Coalition party unveiled a six-party coalition last Wednesday in Helsinki.

Finnish parliament approves Portuguese bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 26 May 2011

Finland’s parliament approved the European Union’s bailout for Portugal yesterday, by a vote of 137 to 49.

European Union presses Finland to support bailout of Portugal

By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2011

The European Union (EU) has stepped up pressure on Helsinki to make its position clear on the EU-International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout of Portugal, in the wake of elections in Finland last month, which registered a large anti-government vote.

Nationalists gain in Finland vote

By Jordan Shilton, 23 April 2011

The True Finns party was the only beneficiary in Finland’s election held last Sunday, which saw a strong rejection of the ruling four-party coalition.

Finland targeted for EU/IMF austerity demands

By Jordan Shilton, 23 July 2010

Last month, Finland was issued with a warning by the European Union commission over the size of its budget deficit, which is expected to rise above 4 percent of GDP this year.

Finnish government slashes social spending

By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2009

Since the start of the year Finland’s governing coalition has cut spending in the face of the country’s worst recession since World War II.

Martti Ahtisarri: Advocate of imperialist intervention awarded Nobel Peace Prize

By Paul Mitchell, 27 October 2008

Ahtisaari’s name became synonymous with the development of UN “plans for independence” that provided cover for imperialist interventions.

Scandinavian countries respond to Russia-Georgia conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 6 October 2008

The war between Russia and Georgia has greatly increased tensions, not only in the immediate region but throughout the world. Scandinavia is no exception.

Finland: Second school shooting in less than a year

Striking similarity

By Jordan Shilton, 29 September 2008

On Tuesday, September 23, at approximately 11a.m., Finland was hit by the second mass shooting episode in less than 12 months, this time at a college in the town of Kauhajoki.