It purports to be a celebration of Finland, a country that is overlooked when travelling abroad as "a poor second to Belgium", despite the fact that it "has it all" with lofty mountains and tall trees and pleasures including: pony trekking, camping or "just watching TV". In reality "mountains so lofty" are not characteristic of Finland as the Scandinavian Mountains only just touch the northwesternmost corner of the country.
Palin gave an impromptu rendition of the song while travelling through Finland for the 1992 travel documentary Pole to Pole.
Elina Valtonen, Finland’s foreign minister, told the Financial Times that if Russia intensified its operation of allowing migrants from countries such as Yemen, Iraq and Syria to cross without documents, her country could restrict the filing of asylum applications to Helsinki airport — and so exclude its checkpoints along the land border.
The European Union’s border protection agency, Frontex, is set to deploy 50 officers to Finland after an increase in asylum seeker arrivals at its eastern border with Russia... Finland on Wednesday said it would shut all but its northernmost border crossing with Russia after it recorded an increase in arrivals of undocumented migrants.
Finland's reception of asylum applications could be moved to a location away from the land border, Valtonen said, but added her country would still adhere to its international obligations and ensure asylum could be sought by "people in true need" ... Finland joined the ...
Finland is considering closing ... Finland's reception of asylum applications could be moved to a location away from the land border, Ms Valtonen said, but added her country would still adhere to its international obligations and ensure asylum could be sought by "people in true need".
Border patrol guards checking the land border of Vaalimaa, between Finland and Russia, one of the most important land border between the two countries (Picture... land border crossing between Finland and Russia, where the two countries are seperated by water, by a canal (Picture.
Finland is to shut half of its eight crossings along its eastern land border with Russia from midnight (2200GMT). Authorities have accused Russia of seeking to destabilise Finland by letting undocumented migrants -- mainly from the Middle East and Africa -- cross into the Nordic country.
“Today the government has made the decision to close the Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala border crossing points on the land border between Finland and Russia,” Interior MinisterMari Rantanen told reporters ... This is a case of us having indications and information that people are being machinated into Finland,” Rantanen said.