Finland cracks down on foreign land ownership

“Finland’s Defence Ministry is preparing a law reform that it says would safeguard national security with increased regulation of real estate transactions. The draft bill would grant the government the right to intervene in transactions that it thinks could jeopardise national security.”

It’s related to a huge join police, military and borderguard operation in the Turku archipelago.

“Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is asking a court to remand two individuals detained in a massive police operation over the weekend.

The bureau says that the two should be formally placed under arrest on suspicion of aggravated money laundering and aggravated tax fraud. They are citizens of Estonia and Russia respectively.”

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“Using information from the National Land Survey of Finland, the paper mapped out the land owned by the firm in the Turku archipelago. The result shows that the company owns several islands and lots along strategically-important maritime routes connecting the city of Turku with the Åland Islands.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) says the search operation was prompted by suspicions that a company in the area was involved in an extensive international money laundering scheme. Seven people were questioned and three were taken into custody, one of which was later released.”

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h/t Tainted Meat