Several dozen extremists in Finland have links to terrorists, according to the police. The majority of potential terrorists reside in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
The authorities say that the terrorist threat in Finland continues to be small, but the number of potential terrorists has grown in recent years.
The amount of police surveillance related to terrorism has also increased.
Inspector Seppo Ruotsalainen of the National Police Board says that more potential terrorists have come to police attention in the last few years. However, he points out that it is not certain what to attribute the rising trend to: better government action in information-gathering or an actual rise in the number of potential terrorists.
“At this stage, it is difficult to say,” he states.