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WHY is Scandinavia so rich? Why are Scandinavian/Nordic countries so wealthy?

NordenBladet – Probably many people have ever wondered why the Nordic countries are so rich and enjoy a very high standard of living. Nordic countries become richer and year after year increase their international influence, turning Scandinavia into one of the

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WHO ARE rich in Scandinavia? List of Nordic dollar billionaires (Forbes’ 2017-edition of the world’s billionaires)

NordenBladet – According to Forbes’ 2017-edition of the world’s billionaires the world’s richest person is still Bill Gates, with a combined wealth of almost $87 billion dollars. Biggest gainer was Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who grew his wealth by almost

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Historical archives of Finnish missions abroad to be published online

NordenBladet — The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland will launch an online service containing all the reports of Finnish missions abroad from 1918 to 1926. The online service will be launched on International Open Data Day, 3 March 2018.

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Record number of travellers registered their travel details last year via Matkustusilmoitus.fi

NordenBladet —  In 2017, the Finland´s Foreign Ministry received nearly 267,000 travel notifications, up by almost 96,000 on the previous year. This was more than ever before. The number of countries and regions visited was 198. Matkustusilmoitus.fi is an online

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Visa applications by Russians up nearly 60 per cent

NordenBladet — A total of 827,475 Schengen visa applications to visit Finland were submitted in 2017, resulting in 816,796 issued visas. In 2017, Russians submitted 60% more visa applications to Finland than in 2016. The number of visa applications made

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Anne-Mari Virolainen: Finland grants EUR 32 million to improving food security in crises

NordenBladet — Finland supports the World Food Programme (WFP) by EUR 32 million as core support for 2018–2021. “Because of the prolonged conflicts and climate change, the number of hungry people in the world has unfortunately started to rise again.

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Evaluation: The focus of Finnfund’s investment activities successfully shifted to the poorest countries

NordenBladet —  An increasing share of the investment portfolio of the State’s development financing company Finnfund is now invested in the poorest countries and in high-risk projects that have significant development impacts, reveals a recent evaluation. The evaluation of the

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Kiev, Ukraine from 5 to 6 March

NordenBladet — Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Kiev from 5 to 6 March. Foreign Minister Timo Soini will hold bilateral discussions with Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin. The Foreign Ministers will discuss the relations between

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Finland to support security troops in the Sahel region

NordenBladet —  Finland will fund the development of joint security troops in the Sahel region with EUR 900 000. The support will be channelled via the EU’s African Peace Facility fund, to be used to provide the troops with material support and services.

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Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen to EU development ministers’ meeting

NordenBladet —  An Informal meeting of EU development ministers will be organised in Brussels on 20 February 2018. Finland’s representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen. The ministers will discuss, among other things,

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Foreign Minister Soini to Japan and South Korea

NordenBladet —  On 20–27 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Tokyo, Seoul and the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. In Tokyo Minister Timo Soini will meet the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Kono. The ministers will discuss

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Merikasarmi lit up in February in honour of Lithuania and Estonia

NordenBladet — The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will illuminate the seaside façade of Merikasarmi, its main building, on 16 February to mark the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence and on 24 February for Estonia’s 100th anniversary. Merikasarmi is architect Carl

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Foreign Minister Soini to attend EU Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Sofia

NordenBladet —  The informal meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) will be held in Sofia on 15-16 February. Finland’s representative in the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The topics on the agenda are North Korea,

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Helena Liikanen-Renger appointed as Press Officer in Washington

NordenBladet — The Ministry for Foreign Affairs appointed Helena Liikanen-Renger to serve as Press Officer at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, starting on 1 June 2018. The post will be a fixed-term appointment ending on 31 May 2021. Helena

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Minister Anne-Mari Virolainen to attend the International Conference of Iraq Reconstruction and Development in Kuwait

NordenBladet —  An International Conference of Iraq Reconstruction and Development will be held in Kuwait from 12 to 14 February. The World Bank, the UN and the EU have supported the making of reconstruction plans for Iraq which will be

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EUR 206.8 million to CSOs’ development cooperation

NordenBladet — Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen adopted a decision of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to grant EUR 206.8 million to Finnish civil society organisations (CSOs) for development cooperation programmes to be carried out in 2018–2021.The

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