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Alleged Russian soldiers stand outside a Ukrainian military base in Simferopol on March 12, 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Inside a European Center to Combat Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Western countries are looking for new ways to defend against a new generation of war. Does a center in Finland have the answers?

A Finnish armored terrain vehicle during an ongoing military exercise on the Swedish island Gotland on September 19. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Neighbors Respond to Putin’s ‘Hybrid War’

Baltic and Nordic countries turn to education as much as military hardware to counter Moscow’s hybrid threats.

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Europe and U.S. Move to Fight Russian Hybrid Warfare

A new center to counter hybrid threats inches Finland and Sweden closer to NATO in everything but name.

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Why Is Finland Able to Fend Off Putin’s Information War?

Helsinki has emerged as a resilient front against Kremlin spin. But can its successes be translated to the rest of Europe?

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Fearing Russian Bear, Sweden Inches Toward NATO

The deal, known as a host nation support agreement, will grant NATO more room to operate on Swedish territory for training exercises or in the event of a conflict in the region.

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A Far-right Vigilante Group May Soon Be Synonymous with Unicorns and Glitter

A Finnish university student trademarked the name of an anti-immigrant vigilante group to start a unicorn-themed clothing line.

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How Finland Became Europe’s Bear Whisperer

Helsinki has figured out how to stand up to Russia without provoking Putin’s wrath. Its neighbors call that appeasement.

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - FEBRUARY 18: A group of Iraqi refugee, fled from civil war in Iraq and refuged to Finland, arrive at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq on February 18, 2016 after they left Finland due to varied difficulties they experienced. (Photo by Visam Ziyad Muhammet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

If You’re an Unhappy Iraqi Asylum-Seeker, Finland Will Fly You Home

Finland is paying for Iraqi asylum-seekers to fly home if they decide they prefer Baghdad to Helsinki.

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For Finland and Norway, the Refugee Crisis Heats Up Along the Russian Arctic

The faster and safer Arctic route has emerged as a viable alternative for asylum-seekers to the rough seas that have claimed thousands of lives crossing from Turkey to Europe.

XIAN, CHINA - DECEMBER 21: (CHINA OUT) Customers pose with Nicholas from Finland, dressed as the Santa Claus during a promotion in a department store on December 21, 2008 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. Christmas continues to gain popularity each year in the Chinese consumer culture.  (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Finland’s Santa-Industrial Complex

Many countries have claimed to be the official home of Father Christmas. But only Finland has Santa’s elves cranking out tourism gold.

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A New Survey Finds U.S. Citizens Aren’t the Brightest When It Comes to Money

U.S. citizens lag behind their international peers when it comes to understanding money.

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Tiny Finland Could Complicate New Greek Bailout Deal

A nationalist party in Finland is determined to see Greek left out of the eurozone.

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Under Finnish Law, ‘Meatballs’ Are Now Just Plain Old ‘Balls’

The law says the animal product they're made of doesn’t really count as meat because it’s been “mechanically recovered.”

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