President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin formally announce that Finland will apply for NATO membership. Niinistö says that "this is a historic day", and that Finland is "entering a new era".
Finland restricts the operating hours in Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Kymenlaakso, and the Helsinki metropolitan area to until 10 p.m. for bars and until 11 p.m. for restaurants and also bans karaoke and indoor dancing beginning on August 8 due to the worsening situation in those regions. The government also announces that vaccination of children between the ages of 12 and 15 will begin next week.
Finland declares a state of emergency amidst an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Sanna Marin says that the emergency controls will allow the government to close schools and restaurants and limit movement between regions.
A court sentences five members of the Cuba men's national volleyball team to prison for a gang rape of a Finnish woman that took place in Tampere, Finland, in July 2016 during the FIVB Volleyball World League.
Following his meeting at Finnish President Sauli Niinistö's residence, Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Russia would respect Finland's choice whether to join NATO, though as part of NATO's military infrastructure, Finnish Defence Forces would overnight be at the borders of the Russian Federation. Putin and Niinistö call for improved security in Baltic airspace where Russian and Western aircraft have had close encounters in recent months.
Three men are arrested for allegedly raping and robbing a foreign tourist on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, amid concerns about security before the country hosts 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.