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via aviation24.be10/21/2020

COVID-19 restrictions pushed Finland’s air traffic passenger volumes to a new decline in September -

The passenger volume of Finavia’s airports fell by 90 per cent in September compared to the previous year. Finavia’s statistics for September indicate that the decline in passenger volume at Helsinki Airport was even sharper at 92 per cent.   “There is no end in sight for the difficulties faced by the aviation industry. Helsinki […]

via republicworld10/16/2020

Finnish PM Marin leaves EU summit for COVID test - Republic World - Republic World

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via thehour10/14/2020

A taste for travel? Finnair to sell plane food in shops -

HELSINKI (AP) - Finnish carrier Finnair will start selling business class airplane food in supermarkets in a move to keep its catering staff employed and to offer a taste of the airline experience to those missing flying in the COVID-19 times. The state-controlled airline said that in a pilot scheme the handmade meals, called "Taste of Finnair," would initially be offered at one store as of Thursday. The ready-made dishes include options like reindeer meatballs, Arctic char and Japanese-style teriyaki beef and are suited for Nordic and Asian palates and would cost about 10 euros ($12) to 13 euros, Finnair Kitchen said. Finnair is one of the main airlines flying between Europe and Asia, and several Asian chefs and cooks work at its catering unit. The move comes as airlines around the world try to employ their idled resources during the pandemic and tap into people's desire to fly when most planes are grounded. Some are offering simulated flights, fake trips where the aircraft takes off and lands in the same location, or even just time to sit in the plane. Kimmo Sivonen, store manager at the K-Citymarket Tammisto which will sell the Finnair meals, told the newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that the dishes have been modified to have less salt and spices than those offered in the air, where people's sense of taste is dulled by high altitude. Takeaway food sales have boomed in Finland since spring after an estimated 60% of local work force started working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For their part, Finnair and the supermarket hope the meals will appeal to people's yearning for travel. "I think everyone has a bit of wanderlust these days and we can now satisfy that need a bit," K-Citymarket's Sivonen said. Finnair Kitchen Vice President Marika Nieminen said that the...

via endpts10/14/2020

Covid-19 roundup: Moderna starts lining up potential EU approval for vaccine; Hahn rejected White House push to rebrand EUA — Politico - Endpoints News

Underscoring Moderna's global ambitions for its Covid-19 vaccine, the company says that the EMA has confirmed its eligibility to file for marketing authorization using its centralized process. The move sets up a fast-track review process aimed at maneuvering through the regulatory group and onto the European market in speedy fashion

via schengenvisainfo10/11/2020

Finland Reintroduces Entry Restrictions for Liechtenstein, Latvia & Cyprus -

Finland’s government has decided to reintroduce entry restrictions between Finland and Liechtenstein, Latvia and Cyprus, from Monday, October 12, due to the Coronavirus situation in these countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. According to the Ministry’s statement, all existing restrictions on entry to Finland will remain in place until November 10, reports. […]

via lutheranworld.org10/09/2020

Spirituality at the heart of Lutheran identity - The Lutheran World Federation

The LWF webinar on 7 October featured Finnish pastor, Rev. Dr Kirsi Stjerna, a professor of history and theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. The webinar, which gathered participants from around the globe, was the fourth in a monthly series on ‘Being Lutheran’ and part of the ongoing study process on contemporary Lutheran identities.

via thepointsguy10/03/2020

Why (and how) I rescheduled my father-daughter trip to see Santa at the ‘North Pole’ - The Points Guy

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the travel industry both here in the U.S. and around the world, the number of postponed or canceled trips continues to climb. For me, this has meant shifting a Colombia trip to next year’s spring break and rebooking a two-week Asia adventure to late-May 2021. And most recently, …

via schengenvisainfo10/18/2020

Estonia to Permit Entry for Citizens of Baltic States and Finland, Without Quarantine -

Authorities in Estonia have announced that citizens of Lithuania, Latvia and Finland will no longer need to comply with quarantine rules, upon their arrival, if they present a negative result of the Coronavirus test, not older than 48 hours, Estonia’s government has announced. The decision will be effective, starting from Monday, October 19. However, the […]

via eurofound.europa.eu10/15/2020

Trust in EU recovers following COVID-19 responses - EU News

Trust in the European Union was significantly higher among respondents in the July wave of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey than in April, with average trust in the EU exceeding trust in national governments. This reflects positively on the work of the European institutions during the summer in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, as very low levels of trust in the

via penntoday.upenn.edu10/14/2020

England, Wales, Scotland among nations with highest death toll from COVID-19 pandemic - Penn Today

An international team including Penn demographer Michel Guillot found that from mid-February through May, 21 industrialized nations combined saw an 18% increase in deaths, or 206,000 more people dying from all causes than would have been expected had the pandemic not occurred.

via schengenvisainfo10/13/2020

Norway Permits Entry for Commuter Students of Sweden & Finland Without Quarantine -

Students and commuters of Sweden and Finland will no longer need to self-isolate upon their arrival to Norway after the latter has decided to change quarantine rules for students and pupils of these two countries, Norway’s Ministry of Education has announced. Norway’s Minister of Research and Higher Education Henrik Asheim stressed in a statement that […]

via yahoo10/11/2020

Warner Bros. Finland Pushes Ahead with Crime after ‘Man in Room 301’ (EXCLUSIVE) - Yahoo Entertainment

Present at Canneseries with “Man in Room 301,” screening today in competition, Warner Bros. Int’l Television Production Finland is ramping up its scripted content. The company is betting on two scripted shows a year, next to local versions of Warner Bros. TV factuals such as “First Dates” and “The Bachelor.” Seija-Liisa Eskola, WBITVP Finland’s creative […]

via news.yahoo10/08/2020

Finland's antibody tests indicate COVID infections much higher than official data during first wave - Yahoo News

Finland likely had up to five times more COVID-19 cases than its official numbers showed during the first wave of the pandemic between March and May, its public health authority THL said on Thursday, citing results from its antibody tests. The official COVID-19 case numbers are based on diagnostic tests

via schengenvisainfo10/02/2020

Finland Reimposes Entry Restrictions for Arrivals from Lithuania, Poland & San Marino from Oct. 5 -

The Finnish authorities have decided to bring back entry restrictions for all arrivals from Lithuania, Poland, and San Marino starting from October 5, Monday, after an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in these three European countries. The decision has been taken in accordance with the threshold of 25 new cases per 100,000 persons […]

via endpts10/14/2020

UPDATED: Another safety incident triggers a halt to a pivotal Covid-19 vaccine study as J&J slams on the brakes - Endpoints News

Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily ordered a halt to all of its Covid-19 vaccine studies so investigators can probe the unexplained illness of one of the people in their study. In a statement put out Monday evening, the pharma giant said that it had paused further dosing, noting that “the

via endpts10/14/2020

News briefing: Novo eyes the next kinases in a Finnish startup; Boehringer Ingelheim brings a bispecific to the clinic - Endpoints News

Novo Seeds' Jeroen Bakker thinks he's found the next kinases. The early stage, European VC firm announced yesterday they led a $9 million seed round for Rappta Therapeutics, a Finnish biotech developing inhibitors for an enzyme called PP2A — protein phosphatase 2 — that Bakker thinks now hold the same

via finance.yahoo10/14/2020

Finnish textile services firm Lindstrom to buy Chinese operations of Cintas - Yahoo Finance

Privately-held Finnish textile services firm Lindstrom said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire larger U.S. peer Cintas' operations and personnel in China for an undisclosed sum to boost its Asian expansion. "The new entity will be a clear market leader in workwear rental and cleanroom business in China's fast-growing market," Lindstrom said in a statement. Cintas' three Chinese service centers have about 300 employees, who offer the company's 560 customers workwear, mats, and cleanroom services, Lindstrom said.

via abc17news10/12/2020

US sees 20% more deaths than expected this year, most due to Covid-19, research finds -

During the coronavirus pandemic so far, there were 20% more deaths than would normally be expected from March 1 through August 1 in the United States — with Covid-19 officially accounting for about two-thirds of them, according to new research published Monday in the medical journal JAMA. “Although total US death counts are remarkably consistent

via sportsgrindentertainment10/11/2020

Trump nabs 2021 Nobel Prize nomination from Finnish right-wing pol - Sports Grind Entertainment

Donald Trump didn’t win a Nobel Prize this year — but already he is being nominated for one in 2021, by a right-wing Finnish politician who cites the president’s “endeavors to end the era of endless wars.” Finland’s Laura Huhtasaari, a European Parliament representative and a member of the far-right Finns Party, nominated the president […]

via fodors10/07/2020

Is Helsinki Airport Using Dogs to Test for Coronavirus? - Fodor's Travel

Helsinki Airport in Finland is aiming to take the anxiety out of stressful COVID-19 tests via puppies. The dogs—four pooches that have gained notoriety around the world since they made their debut at end of September—are specially trained canines who can detect anything from mold to internal diseases in mere seconds.