Finland Increases Security After Paris Attacks

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Finland adjusts its security posture after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, which left over 150 people killed in massacres around popular nightlife locations around the city centre.

Petteri Orpo, the minister of the interior, said on Twitter early on Saturday morning that “The happenings in France are shocking. Strength and condolences to the relatives. All support from Finland. Our security level will be raised.”

“It means that we will step up monitoring all traffic, the border and internet traffic,” Timo Soini, the foreign minister, said in an interview for Ilta-Sanomat.

The measures related to increasing the security level involve increasing surveillance at the borders and embassies, and the internet and communication traffic will be monitored more efficiently with “a larger group”, according to Soini.

“The big message here is that the terrorists cannot win ever and they will never win,” Soini said.


Petteri Orpo, the minister of the interior. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

According to the Foreign Ministry, there are no Finns among the casualties of the killings.

Prime minister Juha Sipilä tweeted at the time of the attacks that “Shocked by the attacks in Paris. Our thoughts are in France,” and continued on Saturday morning, “We are all shocked by the attacks in Paris. Chairs of coalition parties have spoken on the phone. Government is prepared to convene.”

President Sauli Niinistö strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris. “These terrible attacks against democracy are a crime against everybody. Finland gives all support to France in the fight against terrorism,” president Niinistö said.

Niinistö sent his condolences to the French president, Francois Hollande, on the attacks. Niinistö expressed his deepest condolences on his own behalf and on behalf of the people of Finland to the family of the victims and to the people of France.


Cover picture: McPig