Finland will have the world’s youngest serving prime minister later this week when Sanna Marin, 34, is sworn in by parliament at the head of a coalition whose four other parties are all led by women, three of them in their thirties. Marin, currently the transport minister, will take over from Antti Rinne, a former trade unionist who resigned last week.
A beach in Finland appeared to be covered in thousands of eggs this week, but an up-close look shows those white spheres are not shells, they are actually made out of ice. An amateur photographer came across the “ice eggs” on Hailuoto Island, located between Finland and Sweden. The phenomenon is caused when small pieces of ice are rolled over by wind and water, according to BBC News.
A violent attack at a vocational school in Kuopio, eastern Finland, has left at least one person dead and 10 injured, two seriously, according to police. One witness told the Finnish news agency STT that a man came onto the college premises, brandished a sword, and began stabbing people with it. The suspect, a Finnish citizen, was also carrying a firearm when he was apprehended, a police spokesman said.
Finland’s leftist Social Democrats and the nationalist Finns Party emerged nearly tied to win Sunday’s general election, reflecting a mounting sense of insecurity in the Nordic nation over immigration, welfare and climate change. With a fragmented parliament and deep divisions within the mainstream parties over how to tackle rising costs of expensive public services, coalition talks following the election could be protracted. With the European Parliament election less than two months away, the Finnish ballot is being watched in Brussels.
Finland, ranked for the second time the world’s happiest country, is launching an unusual tourism campaign that it promises will share its secret. The country’s tourism board is holding a contest in which eight people will win a free trip to Finland and will be paired with Finnish hosts. Denmark and Norway rank second and third, respectively. The U.S. took 19th place this year, dropping from 18th place last year. South Sudan is last on the list.
Finland’s president Sauli Niinisto was re-elected, Sunday, winning his second six-year term by a landslide. Niinisto received 62.7% of the vote, while his closest competitor, Pekka Haavisto, received just 12.4%. Niinisto has held great popularity since taking office in 2012. ‘It’s the most stable country in the world,’ Niinisto said of Finland, Sunday.
On Tuesday, Finnish President, Sauli Niinisto, denied Finland would be purchasing fighter jets from the U.S. after comments made by President Trump. During a news conference, where Niinisto was stood beside Trump as he made his comment, saying, “One of the things that is happening is you’re purchasing large amounts of our great F-18 aircraft from Boeing and it’s one of the great planes, the great fighter jets,” he was taken aback. The Finnish president took to twitter to deny the deal taking place saying Trump must have made a misunderstanding.