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Finland and Sweden: Baltic Sea Ice Grabs Vessels, Disrupts Ferry Service

Date: March 10th, 2010 | No Comments

Some 50 vessels were trapped by ice in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden March 4, including passenger ferries carrying more than 1,000 people. All vessels were rescued by ice breakers, but maritime authorities advised shipping companies to avoid the icy patches north of the Stockholm Archipelago. Freezing winds blew ice caps near the [read more]

Finland: Phony Police Try for Credit Card Numbers in Helsinki

Date: July 4th, 2007 | No Comments

Police in Helsinki received three reports in June of con artists dressed as police stopping tourists to ask for their passports and credit cards in an attempt to obtain credit card numbers. Police said they had at least two male suspects and no reports yet of fraudulent use of card numbers obtained [read more]

Baltic States and Scandinavia

Date: November 2nd, 2004 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department warned that it had received reports of possible terrorist attacks in the Baltic States or Nordic countries, and advised travelers or resident Americans to remain vigilant, especially “in centers of ground-based mass transit” and to avoid “large shopping areas and transportation hubs.” Government officials in Finland and Denmark said they knew [read more]

Finland: Nurses to Strike; Traffic Accidents Increase in Helsinki

Date: October 18th, 2007 | No Comments

Almost 13,000 nurses have threatened to resign Nov. 19 if the government doesn’t increase their wages 24 percent. Thousands of others have moved to Sweden and Norway since the 1990s where wages are significantly higher, and if the mass resignation occurs, Finland’s health care system may be paralyzed. In other news, modest increases in traffic [read more]


Date: March 15th, 2005 | No Comments

Flight attendants for Finlands national airline Finnair, the SAS affiliated Blue1, and Air Finland had planned to strike March 12 but postponed their walkout until March 26 to allow talks to continue. If a settlement is not reached the strike will affect many flights on all three [read more]


Date: February 3rd, 2004 | No Comments

The crime rate is low compared to the U.S. and other developed countries, and Americans are seldom crime victims. There has been an increase in racially-motivated crimes by “skinheads” against non-Finns, especially in the eastern part of the country bordering Russia. Heavy drinking often exacerbates these incidents, which occur most often in maj [read more]

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