Europe’s Largest Nuclear Reactor Launches as Continent Splits Over Atomic Energy; Finnish plant is region’s first in 16 years and comes after the suspension of Russian energy imports


At Europe’s largest nuclear reactor, Finland has started regular electricity output, contrasting other European countries, where opposition to nuclear power is stronger. With Finland’s reliance on nuclear energy, the nation transitions toward carbon neutrality, which makes Finland resilient against energy-supply disruptions. After its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow last year suspended electricity and natural-gas supplies to Finland, after they refused to pay for imports in rubles. Despite this, nuclear power remains controversial, due to security and safety concerns. However, public support for nuclear power has grown in Finland, especially since the Finland’s Greens party has dropped its opposition to nuclear powers, unlike the other European countries. 

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