"I don't see that the defence policy line of the republic would change, if there is an examination of being involved in three weeks of monitoring [Iceland's] airspace in 2015," said President Niinistö.
He also denied the assessment presented by some critics that NATO is hiding behind a veil of Nordic cooperation.
"The framework calls for three weeks of operations, but a lot still has to be examined before a final decision is made," the President pointed out.
According to Niinistö, there is "nearly complete agreement" that defence policy cooperation should be upgraded among the Nordic countries.
"There is also rather broad consensus that there should be closer cooperation in this respect with the other European Union members, if at all possible. But in this, there has been movement forward in the Nordic dimension," said President Niinistö.
Backing for euthanasia
During the interview, President Niinistö also voiced support for euthanasia. He said that during his active career as a lawyer he saw up close how a person who no longer has the strength to suffer, still has to suffer, and that in his mind, it is a hard place to be.
Niinistö did stress, however, that any legislation governing euthanasia should be on the highest ethical level.
The Green League recently approved a position moderately in favour of euthanasia. Highly critical responses on the issue have been heard from within the Christian Democratic Party and the Finns Party.
Latest in: News
April unemployment at 8.8%
The unemployment rate in Finland declined slightly in April to 8.8%, down from March, but still higher than a year previously.
Company exploiting foreign workers up for Helsinki contract
Work-safety inspections this year at about 20 small and medium-sized cleaning companies that employ immigrant workers have discovered problems at every firm checked. Yle has found that the City of Helsinki is considering contracting services from a company that was determined to have employment rules violations.
Spanish nurses leaving Vaasa
Five of eight Spanish nurses recruited to work in Vaasa's city hospital have decided to quit the jobs they took up in October and leave the country. The reasons they cite include the high cost of living, the cold climate, and the difficulty of the Finnish language.
Toxic spill in Helsinki's Mätäjoki River
A chemical discharge into Helsinki's Mätäjoki River has killed fish and possibly wiped out years of efforts to revive spawning grounds for endangered species.
Sikh bus driver fights for right to wear turban
Managing diversity in Finnish workplaces is raising new issues for employers, unions and workers themselves. One Sikh bus driver in Vantaa is currently fighting to set a precedent allowing him to wear a turban.
Veolia drivers to return to work
Bus drivers working for the Veolia company will return to work on Tuesday, bringing their week-long work stoppage to an end.
Finnish traffic cops set to miss out on Gumball speeding fine jackpot
Several contestants in the Gumball rally were stopped for speeding on Monday, on the Turku-Helsinki leg of their unorthodox race. Police say that despite their concerns, the drivers are likely to escape Finland’s hefty income-based fines.
Yle News building its freelance database
Yle News is building up a database of freelance journalists for occasional work in radio, television and online news production.
Jolla to sell new phone this year
A mobile firm founded by former Nokia employees is set to put a new smartphone on sale by the end of the year. The company, Jolla, was set up to continue working on an open source Linux-based smartphone when Nokia announced it was switching to the Windows Phone operating system.
Decline in church membership will cost jobs
In order to cope with decreasing membership, the Evangelical Lutheran Church will be forced to reduce its staff significantly in coming years. Many congregations are facing dire financial circumstances due to the reduction in the tax revenue that flows as a result of membership.