The Finnish government gave the final green light on Wednesday for the construction of the country’s sixth nuclear power plant. It will be located in Pyhäjoki in Central Finland, at the Gulf of Bothnia.

With the chosen location, Finland likely made many Swedes in the northern part of the neighbouring country happy. Initial plans called for construction 30 kilometres from the Swedish border town of Haparanda, causing protests on the Swedish side. The location the Finnish government decided today is 160 kilometres from Sweden.

The Finns say that Pyhäjoki has less earthquake risk than the alternative site in Simo. Construction will start in 2015. | © 2011 Marcel Burger for ANP News Agency (original in Dutch, 5 October 2011, previously unpublished)