APN podcast: How does Finland welcome Ukrainians?

This week’s All Points North podcast asks how the Finnish authorities intend to help Ukrainians settle in as they seek refuge in the war in their home country.

"This is a European war. So when helping Ukrainians, for example here in Finland, help themselves," Natalia Taesmae The Union of in Finland told APN.

To date, about 10,000 Ukrainians have registered with the Finnish Service Migri since the war broke out a month ago, and the agency estimates that up to 80,000 people may enter Finland.

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The APN will also hear Jari KähkönenThe director of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) said that in addition to the 10,000 Ukrainians who registered with the authority, there could already be a similar number in the country.

"I encourage them to register with the authorities. Temporary protection gives them a pretty good position here in Finland and then they are on our radar," he said. "It would be a guarantee for them that someone will take care of them no matter what happens."

Are you happy?

Finland was once again ranked – for the fifth time in a row – the happiest country in the in the latest UN report. World Happiness Reportso APN went to the nearest market (in Finnish “tori”) to see how the Finns reacted to the news.

But instead of finding scenes from the wild celebration, as in Finland, when we usually taste international success, we found a lot of skepticism in the spring air.

"Maybe it’s the happiest country for some people, but not for everyone. I am thinking of minorities and people who do not have the same rights as most Finns, and for them this is not the happiest country," from Tampere told APN.

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This week’s presentation was presented by and Zena Iovinoproduced Mark B. Odom and the sound engineer was Tuomas Vauhkonen.

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Source: The Nordic Page

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