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“EU needs to have a strategic relationship with India”

Alexander Stubb is one of the most vocal and active foreign ministers at the European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels. In his maiden trip to India, the 42-year-old Foreign Minister of Finland speaks to Kunal Majumder on the need of Europe to look beyond the US, his skepticism of the G20 and India’s role in Afghanistan. Read more »

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‘We Can Clean Up India’s Most Polluted Rivers’

When Matti Vanhanen took over as Finland’s Prime Minister in 2003, there was just the Nokia mobile handset that had a presence in India. For the rest, Finnish investment was concentrated elsewhere. This was one of Vanhanen’s major challenges, and he soon set in motion a process that would correct the imbalance. Today, though the total bilateral trade stands at just around $1 billion, R&D collaborations are mushrooming across sectors, including telecom, transport and cleantech. Vanhanen tells KUNAL MAJUMDER he expects the Indo- Finnish trade to grow by 15-17 percent annually Read more »

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The story of Cloetta Fazer

What happens when two Nordic partners split? The Nordic region’s largest chocolate and sugar confectionery player Cloetta Fazer has split. Yet another de-merger in the dynamic world of commerce, so what makes this story so tempting? By Kunal Majumder The company was formed after merging two giants – Cloetta of Sweden and Fazer Konfektyr of Read more »

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Former Finnish president Ahtisaari gets a Nobel for peace

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has been named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2008. “Ahtisaari is an outstanding international mediator. Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international conflicts,” said Ole Danbolt Mjoes, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Read more »

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‘We have always wanted to be good in quality not quantity’: Finnish Prez

Finland has been a successful story in the field of globalization and gender equality. Stuck between two large neighbours – Sweden and Russia, the country has evolved a pragmatic foreign policy. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, spoke to the participants of the 17th Foreign Correspondents’ Programme on wide range topics concerning the country. Education and Read more »

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