Finnish foreign minister on restrictions between Norway and Baltic states ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Pekka Haavisto on the right.
Pekka Haavisto on the right. Source: (Välisministeerium/Flickr)

Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto said that in his opinion, movement restrictions between the Baltic states and Norway should be relaxed but not with Sweden.

"Yes, I think the restrictions should be relaxed at least on the border of Baltic countries and maybe on Norway's north border," Haavisto said on June 9, newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (HS) wrote.

For the question of whether Finland tries to keep the restrictions stricter for Sweden that for Norway and the Baltic states, Haavisto answered that the decision needs to be made according to the spread of the virus. "It has been a little bit more difficult in Sweden. We need to hope that the measures will have a good effect," Haavisto said. "Actually, we need to decide according to the situation with the disease. I think that everybody understands it," he said.

Haavisto said that he will follow the course of the virus in different countries. He brought out that the situation in the Baltic is good, and the development in Norway and Denmark is more similar to Finland.

People can travel between Norway and Denmark from June 15 without the quarantine requirement. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have created the same traveling region, HS noted.

The Foreign affairs minister Haavisto said that the government will discuss the changing of the traveling restrictions on Thursday, June 11.

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