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The coach of a sports club in Hyvinkää, southern Finland has been remanded into police custody on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors he was coaching, the Itä-Uusimaa police department said on Thursday. Officials said that they are investigating the case as suspected child abuse but did not disclose the ages of the alleged victims. The suspect in the case, a 50-year-old man, was remanded into custody on Wednesday. The suspected sexual abuse is believed to...
Society
Finns increasingly forego do-it-yourself construction of prefab elements in favour of completely completed homes. Turnkey homes (where homes are fully finished and owners can immediately occupy them) have become more popular than traditional house packages, says the Finnish Association for Manufacturers of Prefabricated Houses. “About 7,500 detached homes are built in Finland every year, and about 70 percent of them are prefabricated houses of some kind,”...
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THE FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE in the Helsinki neighbourhood of Arabianranta was visibly subdued on Tuesday, as residents mourned the death of a local child who is believed to have been murdered. While little information has been released to the public, it is known that the victim was murdered near their home on the night of Christmas Eve (December 24). The police apprehended a suspect at the scene of the crime, who has been confirmed as a 36-year old male. Whethe...
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One of Finland’s most famous seafaring vessels, the titanic icebreaker Otso, was deployed on its first mission of the winter season last night, keeping sea routes open for the 22nd year in a row. Late in the evening of Christmas Day, Otso, the crowning glory of Arctia Oy’s extensive fleet, departed from Helsinki’s Katajanokka Harbour, heading north to the Bay of Bothnia. The 7000-ton Polar icebreaker has been tasked with keeping waterways open between Oulu...
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Eight Finnish political parties have published their a statement on future climate policy goals in Finland. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in November invited all nine parliamentary parties to join a task force established to find an agreement on new, more ambitious climate goals for Finland. The one-month project was led by Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing. The Finns Party abandoned the task force last w...
Society
A 25-year-old man suspected of the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 15 in Oulu, northwestern Finland, who was arrested in Germany last Tuesday is now reported to be at large. According to law enforcement officials in Oulu, the suspect was released by German police before he could be transferred to Finnish custody due to "a breakdown in communication between authorities". Oulu District Court ordered the suspect to be reprimanded into custody in absen...
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Finland’s high earners saw their real income grow more in 2017 than their peers in middle and low income groups, according to new data released by Statistics Finland on Tuesday. Incomes among the country’s highest income decile rose by 4.4 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, while the year-on-year increase was 1.3 percent for middle income earners. Incomes for the four lowest income deciles meanwhile grew by 1.2 percent over the one-year period. However amon...
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A man wanted in connection with a suspected arson attempt on a home in Helsinki’s Käpylä district was remanded into police custody on Sunday. The Helsinki district court has remanded a man suspected of attempted arson and attempted murder into police custody, ending a short-lived manhunt, police said on Sunday. The 25 year-old is suspected of using a Molotov cocktail to cause a fire at a flat in Käpylä, Helsinki last Monday. The apartment was completely de...
Society
Helsinki Central Library Oodi will opened its doors to the public on 5 December at 8am, a day before Finland’s 101st birthday. Designed by ALA Architects, this library of a new era is an ode to Finnish culture, equality and freedom of expression. Oodi offers everyone an open, public urban space at Kansalaistori Square, right opposite Parliament House. Central Library Oodi is an active and functional meeting point with 2.5 million expected annual visitors....
Crime
The teacher was convicted for nine incidents of sexual abuse that took place between 2013 and 2017. A teacher at a Swedish-language school in Helsinki was slapped with an 18-month suspended prison sentence for the sexual abuse of students in his charge. The court also ordered the defendant to pay damages amounting to 1,500 euros to one of the complainants and 1,200 euros each to four others. The court found that the offences occurred between 2013 and 2017....
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Four projects will focus on resident services, data and AI, infrastructure and enablers and it aims to promote a culture of experimentation. Helsinki is continuing its drive to make the best use of digitalisation with four new projects focused on resident services, data and artificial intelligence, infrastructure and enablers, and a culture of experimentation. The Finnish capital is striving to be the world’s most “functional” city and to achieve its aims...
Incidents
Police suspect a fire that destroyed a flat in Helsinki Monday night was ignited by a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window. No one was hurt in the incident. Authorities are investigating a case of suspected arson and attempted murder in Helsinki related to a fire that broke out shortly before 8 pm Monday, ravaging an apartment in the city's Käpylä neighbourhood. Police suspect that a burning Molotov cocktail, also known as a petrol bomb, was thrown thr...
Society
The ministry also wants the national communications regulator to determine whether Trafi's other consumer services can be safely restored on Wednesday. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has asked the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority Ficora, to assess data privacy and security on the web services of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Trafi. The request follows a recent public backlash to Trafi's decision to open an online database wh...
Society
Taking a train between Finland and Estonia will be possible by Christmas 2024, says the entrepreneur behind one of two massive tunnel projects being planned. Last week the FinEst Bay Area Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel project received 100 million euros from a Dubai-based construction group ARJ Holding – the first external financing made towards the estimated 15-billion-euro effort. Peter Vesterbacka - a man who made a fortune as a marketing boss at mobile gaming...
Incidents
Several protest marches took place in Helsinki on Thursday evening. Police intervened to forcibly remove swastika flags from Neo-Nazi demonstrators. Police said on Thursday that they will open an investigation into neo-Nazis flying swastika flags in downtown Helsinki. Four protesters had reportedly been taken into police custody. Two processions made their way through Helsinki city centre Thursday evening. The neo-Nazi Kohti vapautta ('toward freedom') dem...
Society
Most of Friday’s papers focus on Thursday's gala at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki where Finland's movers, shakers and honourees were invited to celebrate the nation’s 101 years of independence. Traditionally, media attention has centered on the best-dressed guests and this year was no exception. According to tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, among the most elegant invitees this year was MP Jaana Pelkonen, who wore a bright yellow sleeveless dress by French desig...
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Helsinki handed over five decommissioned trams on Monday, two of which will make their way to the Mikkeli city centre for display. Helsinki City Transport (HKL) handed over five antique trams to new owners on Monday after a competition to see where the decommissioned vehicles would be best suited. The HKL competition prompted 94 applications from across the country to receive the trams free of charge. Three of the trams will remain in Helsinki, while two w...
Society
People in Finland are prescribed more antibiotics than the EU average, police warn of neo-Nazi marches and the Finland 100 satellite blasted off. Finnish medical patients use broad-spectrum antibiotics more commonly than the EU average, even though bacteria in Finland are not especially resistant to antibiotic treatments. Daily Helsingin Sanomat writes that attacking a large number of different bacteria at once is all too common, and may lead to resistance...
Society
This year's Finnish National Prize went to a rock star, a fashion designer, a film director and others for their contributions to cultural life in Finland. The Finnish National Prize, an annual cultural award from the Ministry of Education and Culture, went to Henry "Remu" Aaltonen, the drummer and vocalist of the 1970s band Hurriganes; the fashion designer behind Ivana Helsinki, Paola Suhonen; and Academy Award nominated director Selma Vilhunen. This year...
Artist's impression of the proposed Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel
Dubai engineering solutions giant ARJ Holding Ltd is investing €100 million in the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel project, tunnel designer Peter Vesterbacka announced at a press conference on Monday. Mr Vesterbacka, chief of FinEst Bay Area, the group behind the tunnel project, pointed out the total cost of the tunnel stands at €15 billion, with an investment period of 30 years; the tunnel itself has a projected life span of 120 years, he said. Finest Bay Area Le...
Society
The volume of permits for apartment buildings plunged by more than half, a likely harbinger of an economic slowdown next year. Construction work for the Tripla complex in Helsinki's Pasila district. Image: Jyrki Lyytikkä / Yle An exceptionally low number of new construction permits were granted from June to September, says Statistics Finland. Volume was down by 25.4 percent from a year earlier.  The biggest drop was in commercial and office buildings, wher...
Politics
The political group's chair, Harry Harkimo, on Monday said Movement Now would announce its list of candidates next month. Harry Harkimo, chair of the political group Movement Now (Liike Nyt), announced on Monday that candidates from the independent association will run in the parliamentary election in April 2019, after all. "We have toured Finland to gauge our support, we've done research and conducted surveys," Harkimo said. The ex-National Coalition Part...
Society
The Soldiers Of Odin were filmed ‘patrolling’ a shopping centre in an area with a large immigrant population. A leading member of Helsinki’s Somali community says the Finnish far right is getting “bolder” after a so-called ‘street patrol’ in the east of the city. City council member Abdirahim Husu Hussein (SDP) was at East Helsinki’s Puhos shopping centre on Monday night when around thirty members of the far-right organisation Soldiers Of Odin arrived. “Th...
Society
Finland’s policy of family leave was roundly criticised in a new poll by an NGO, with respondents rejecting planned reforms focusing on shorter parental leave. A fresh report by the Family Federation of Finland has laid the blame for the country’s declining birth rate at the feet of what some respondents to a recent survey have called “a reproachful tone” in the debate about parental leave, with people who give birth and care for children at home made to f...
Society
Finnish forests are rapidly growing, outlet villages are coming and travel to Tallinn has lost some of its appeal, according to papers. Finland is internationally renowned for its forests and lakes, and fresh figures from the Natural Resources Institute (Luke) indicate that forests here are still growing at a faster pace than the current rate of felling. In 1990 there were 1.9 million cubic metres of trees in Finland. Between then and 2018 the same amount...
Society
Helen is investigating the possibility of building a bioenergy heating plant in the Patola district of Helsinki on a heating plant site used by Helen. The heating plant planned for Patola will require a revision of the town plan to enable construction of a second plant at the current site. Presentation and public meeting on the revision of town plan for local residents at 5.30–8pm on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 at Oulunkylä Coeducational School, address Silt...
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Finland has the financial and technological capability to reduce its emissions by 60 per cent by 2030, indicates a study conducted by McKinsey and the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra). Sitra on Monday reported that the country can reduce its emissions by almost 50 per cent with measures that generate no additional costs, or even savings, during their life cycle compared to current solutions, with wind power and electric transport especially presenting oppor...
Society
The second annual Light Challenge has already attracted dozens of local actors to participate alongside real estate company SATO. The Light Challenge is part of the Lux Helsinki light festival, which takes place on 5-9 January 2019.  The Lux Helsinki light festival once again challenges local residents, communities and businesses to light up the darkest time of the year together. Everyone is welcome to take part in the Light Challenge by sharing photos of...
Society
Starting 15 November, it is possible to submit proposals to the OmaStadi.hel.fi platform about how to use the funds allocated to participatory budgeting. The brainstorming and commenting of ideas continues in workshops and on the OmaStadi platform until 9 December. The City of Helsinki expands the dimensions of direct democracy by opening €4.4 million from the City budget for the city residents to decide – every year. The brainstorming phase – How can I pa...
Society
A citizens initiative demanding the end of diesel tax met its target for 50,000 signatures in just one day, six months ahead of schedule. Cities across the world might be looking for ways to reduce the use of harmful diesel engines, but in Finland there appears to be a groundswell of popular support for the dirty fuel. On Monday Tuulikki Paavola published a citizens initiative demanding an end to Finland’s diesel tax was published, with the goal of getting...
Society
The winners of the first edition of the European Capital of Smart Tourism competition were awarded 7th of November at a ceremony in Brussels, on the occasion of the European Tourism Day. The title for 2019 was awarded to two cities: Helsinki and Lyon. Cities of more than 100.000 inhabitants were eligible in the first edition of this competition. 38 cities from 19 EU Member States applied, but Helsinki and Lyon stood out for their innovative tourism measure...
Society
Alexander Stubb (NCP), a vice-president at the European Investment Bank (EIB), has hinted at the possibility of returning to politics after losing the race to become the lead candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP) to Manfred Weber of Germany. Stubb received more votes than expected but lost to his rival candidate by a clear vote of 127 to 492 at EPP Congress Helsinki on Thursday. “I got a very good feeling [from the campaign], I must admit,” the fo...
Politics
The Finnish government will introduce no amendments to legislation on patient data during this electoral term, assures Annika Saarikko, the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services. Saarikko and Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, have participated actively in public debate concerning a legislative proposal that, according to Helsingin Sanomat, has been drafted in secrecy and would grant police significantly wider access to sensitive pa...
Society
School groups could in the future use public transport services in the Helsinki region free of charge when travelling with a teacher, according to a decision made by the Executive Board of Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) on 30 October 2018. The final decision on transport charges, including tickets for school groups, will be made by the HSL General Meeting on 27 November.  From the beginning of 2019 onwards, municipal school administrations would no longer...
Society
Finland has dropped to eighth in the world in the latest version of a ranking of countries according to their English language skills. Finns are now the worst English-speakers in the Nordic countries, according to the EF English Proficiency Index. The 2018 version of the ranking puts Finland in eighth spot, with western neighbour Sweden topping the comparison. This year’s result is the weakest Finland has achieved in the ranking, which has been published e...
Society
The theme of next month's Independence Day ball at Helsinki's Presidential Palace will be climate change and environmental issues. The theme of this year's Independence Day reception will be climate change and the environment, according to the Office of the President of the Republic. Finland's most exclusive social occasion is just one month away, and the Office of the President has started sending invitations to some 1,700 guests for an evening that tradi...
Society
The day's papers report on unsolved thefts, free head lice medicine for families and Angela Merkel's visit to Helsinki. Daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that most larcenies go unsolved in Finland. According to statistics by the Police University College, police were able to clear 3,150 offences between January and September of this year, while about 41,500 remain unsolved. In 80 smaller municipalities, especially in Lapland and Åland, the police did not sol...
Society
Finland's Tax Administration reports that 15,000 more eligible taxpayers declared no taxable income in the last two years, putting the total past 160,000 in 2017. https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/steady_increase_in_declarations_of_no_taxable_income/10492154 The number of eligible taxpayers who reported no taxable income in Finland has risen by 15,000 in the last two years to a total of 161,000 in 2017. "Most of the people declaring no taxable income are...
Society
Women in their 60s move more than men of the same age when it comes to occupational and leisure-time physical activities, according to a new study from the University of Turku in southwest Finland. "Gender differences during the workday are partially explained by the varying work patterns and the physical activity associated with women having longer commutes to work. Women of this generation also tend to do more housework than men, and measuring devices wo...
Society
Opponents of Britain's withdrawal from the EU are calling more loudly for another referendum on Brexit. Seven of Finland's 13 MEPs think a second vote is likely. Over half of Finland's 13 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) say they believe that a second British referendum on Brexit will become a reality. The National Coalition Party's Sirpa Pietikäinen, Henna Virkkunen, Petri Sarvamaa, the Centre Party's Elsi Katainen, the Greens' Heidi Hautala, the...
Society
Top income brackets remain elusive for women, progressive taxation's role on competitiveness, and city bikes brake for winter. Following up on Thursday's trove of taxpayer data, regional paper Turun Sanomat asks why just 13 women made it into the top 100 earners’ list in Finland. Timo Rothovius, an accounting and finance professor at the University of Vaasa, told the paper that men still occupy most managerial roles at large firms, and that many of Finland...
Society
Finland attracted some 3,000 fewer newcomers in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to fresh figures released by Statistics Finland. A total of 31,797 persons moved to Finland in 2017, which was some 3,100 fewer than the previous year. Meanwhile nearly 17,000 people left the country in 2017, or six percent more than the year before, according to Statistics Finland. Seventy-five percent of newcomers were foreign citizens — mostly from outside the...
Society
Finnish authorities suspect the driver of a car involved in a head-on crash that killed two people Wednesday may have intentionally caused the collision. Police investigating a fatal car crash on highway 12 in southern Finland’s municipality of Hollola are looking into whether the collision was intentional. Investigators suspect the driver of the car may have purposely crashed head-on into a truck which was travelling in the opposite direction, according t...
Society
Ten people have been sentenced in Finland's largest case of counterfeit art dealing. Helsinki District Court handed down sentences of up to five years in prison. Some of those convicted were given suspended sentences on Wednesday. Those handed the longest prison terms of four and five years were a Helsinki gallery owner and her common-law husband. They were found guilty of dozens of crimes including aggravated fraud and money laundering, and in the man’s c...
Society
Antti Palola, the chairperson of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK), says he expects the government to offer trade unions a genuine opportunity to influence the ongoing drafting of a bill to make laying off easier for small businesses. STTK, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) and the Confederation of Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (Akava) on Friday voiced their approval of the government's proposal to s...
Society
The Finnish government remains within touching distance of its employment rate target of 72 per cent. Statistics Finland on Tuesday revealed that the national employment rate increased by 2.1 percentage points year-on-year to 71.4 per cent in September, following an increase of 72,000 in the number of the employed and a decrease of 44,000 in the number of the unemployed. A total of 2,533,000 people were employed and 170,000 unemployed in Finland in Septemb...
Society
Finns turned back their clocks by an hour to winter time for possibly the last time at 4am on Sunday, 28 October. The European Commission has proposed that the seasonal switch between summer and winter time be abolished across the European Union, asking all member states to announce which time zone they intend to adopt on a permanent basis by April 2019. Health concerns, in particular, have been cited as a reason for scrapping the so-called summertime arra...
Society
VR on Tuesday said passengers will have access to platforms despite some of its train stations being closed due to a three-day strike staged by employees in the private security industry. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)   VR on Tuesday said some train stations will keep their doors closed for the duration of a three-day strike in the private security industry announced by Service Union United (PAM). “The strike will have an impact on the opening hou...
Society
Travel Card users must replace their Travel Cards with the new HSL card or switch to the HSL app during this autumn. The current Travel Cards will not work after the introduction of new fare zones next spring. Cards can be changed at the HSL and municipal service points from 23 October onwards and at other Travel Card sales points from 25 October onwards. You can replace you Travel Card with an HSL card at any Travel Card sales point when you go to top up...
Society
The security guard strike, which begins on Wednesday 24 October and ends on Friday evening 26 October, will affect commuter trains and buses. Metro and tram security staff are not involved in the strike. HSL's ticket inspectors patrol commuter trains and buses more frequently during the strike. Activities critical to the security of passengers and transport staff are not affected; for example, control rooms operate as usual. Read more news of Helsinki on o...
Society
Lower winter speed limits will take effect on Finland's roads and highways no later than by Friday this week. The switching of signs over to winter speed limits is scheduled to begin on Thursday and be completed before the start of the weekend. In general, motorists will have to slow down by 20km/h as the colder season sets in, but there are some exceptions. The winter limit on main trunk roads is 80km/h, but will remain at 100km/h on some lesser-travelled...
Politics
The increasingly strategic value of the Baltic Sea as a potential theater of military conflict between Russia and NATO is triggering fresh steps by Finland to modernize its naval forces. Strengthening its presence in the Baltic Sea and protecting its 838-mile-long border with Russia remain two of the core pillars of Finland’s national defense strategy, according to Defense News. The country’s new vision for naval power aims to bolster Finland’s open sea su...
Society
A Helsinki bar's smartphone ban has become a selling point for patrons who prefer to be pulled away from the soft glow of their phones' LED screens. Customers park their phones in a box upon arrival at Chihuahua Julep, a cocktail bar on Erottajankatu in downtown Helsinki. Initially the rule against smartphones was only a recommendation, but staff soon felt they wanted to enforce an outright ban to keep phones out of people's hands. Smartphone addiction has...
Society
Police estimate that four times more people participated in the event than were expected, with over 8,000 demonstrators filling the streets. Thousands of people showed up to march for stricter climate policies in Finland on Saturday, after a report from the UN's IPCC said that drastic measures are necessary to avoid catastrophic environmental damage. Participants in "The Time to Act is Now!" demonstration called on political decision-makers in Finland to q...
Society
On Monday 1st October, the British Embassy in Helsinki addressed a gathering of concerned British nationals on the current state of Brexitnegotiations, in the form of a “town hall meeting” intended to assuage growing concerns. The result was a tense 2-hour session involving insults, straw polls and heated debates that bitterly exposed the current state of anxiety among Brits in Europe. On an unseasonably warm afternoon, expats from across Finland gathered...
Society
Mikko Kiesiläinen (Greens), the managing director at Libera Foundation, says the European Commission has decided to consider a complaint filed by the market-liberal think tank against the universally binding nature of collective bargaining agreements in Finland. “The way that collective bargaining agreements are universally binding in Finland violates the rules of the European Single Market,” he argues in a press release. Kiesiläinen reminds that collectiv...
Society
The population of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal has risen to 392 individuals in Finland, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. An estimated 86 seal pups were born this year, a figure that experts say bodes well for the species. In 2017 a total of 286 snow dens were built by volunteers, and 74 seal pups were eventually born in some of them. The figure for the whole of 2014-2017 is 190 pups born in close to 800 artificial snow banks. Jus...
Society
One of the most contentious issues in the Finnish political arena this autumn has been the centre-right government's proposal that would make it easier for companies with less than 10 employees to fire workers. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has linked the plan to his push to improve employment figures, saying that that the move would encourage microbusiness owners to hire more people. The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle commissioned a public opinion poll to...
Society
The body of a woman was found on a Tallink Silja ship in Turku Monday night, but her husband reportedly disembarked without notifying anyone of her death. The body of a woman was discovered in a cabin aboard Tallink Silja's Baltic Princess cruise ship at Turku harbour on Monday night, according to local police. The woman, who was in her thirties, was found by ship cleaning staff after the Baltic Princess had docked in Turku, south-west Finland, at about 7:...
Society
Employer and employee sides broke off talks aimed at settling a collective bargaining agreement for about 8,500 security guards. The service workers’ union PAM said Tuesday that it had issued a strike warning for affecting about 8,500 employees in the security guard sector. If the union proceeds with strike action it would begin at midnight on 24 October and continue until midnight on Friday 26 October. PAM said in a statement that ongoing negotiations ove...
Society
Parliament’s audit committee concluded that housing policy has been inconsistent while the state has taken a back seat and public costs have been skyrocketing. Parliament’s audit committee issued a report on Tuesday outlining five major problems with housing policy in Finland. The committee concluded that policy has been inconsistent while the state has taken a back seat and public costs have been skyrocketing. The report highlights what the committee sees...
Society
Meat and food producer HKScan will terminate 165 jobs following the co-operation negotiations launched in June. The terminations will affect the company’s production and logistics facilities in Vantaa, Forssa, Mikkeli, Paimio and Outokumpu. In the largest unit in Vantaa 72 workers will lose their jobs while 55 positions will be cut in Forssa. In addition, seasonally-based layoffs in some locations will take place outside of the Christmas ham and summer gri...
Society
Finland's Police Rapid Response Unit and Border Guard are participating in an international anti-terrorist training operation in the Baltic Sea this week, according to the Helsinki police department. The exercises are taking place in German waters and involve responding to the staged naval hijacking of a German ship. The exercises by police agency Europol aim to test the capabilities of Finland and eight other European countries in real-life hostile crises...
Society
Artist Sonya Lindfors is the second Finn to win the ANTI Live Art Prize. Her work centres on equality and diversity. This year's ANTI Live Art Prize has been awarded to choreographer and community organiser Sonya Lindfors. She is the second artist from Finland to receive the international award. The 30,000-euro prize is affiliated with the ANTI Festival, a contemporary art festival organised in Kuopio since 2002 and featuring performances and works from ar...
Society
Fewer than 200 Finnish housing companies have applied to ban cigarette smoking on apartment building balconies. The discretionary ban was made possible by a law change in 2017. The Finnish Real Estate Federation reports that 58 properties have a standing ban on balcony smoking in Helsinki, while 37 applications are still being handled. In Turku, 17 buildings have banned such smoking, while four applications are pending. Turku city health inspector Markku R...
Society
Finland’s most popular museum, the Ateneum Art Museum, mostly showcases art from past centuries up to the 1970s. Newer art, meanwhile, is the centrepiece at its sister institution, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Both are branches of the Finnish National Gallery in central Helsinki. Those boundaries could blur in future as the Ateneum gains a new director.Marja Sakarihas spent the last decade and a half at Kiasma – and says she wants to show more ne...
Society
The winner of the Miss Finland 2018 contest was 23-year-old Alina Voronkova, who was crowned Saturday at the contest's finals, held at the Billnäs ironworks in the southern municipality of Raseborg. According to tabloid newspaper Iltalehti , Voronkova's father is Russian while her mother is an Ingrian Finn. The contest winner, a Helsinki resident who competed against 19 other contestants, told tabloid Ilta-Sanomat her Russian background and ability to spea...
Society
Suppliers in Sweden, Canada and Germany are vying for a deal that would include four new state-of-the-art vessels and their weapons and control systems. The logistics command of the Finnish Defence Forces has received permission from the Defence Ministry to request the final tenders for new state-of-the-art military boats for the Finnish Navy. The 400-million-euro Squadron 2020 combat system will include four new ice-breaking missile corvettes, along with...
Society
Lawmakers can now move forward with plans to expand Finland's surveillance laws before next spring's election. On Wednesday Finnish lawmakers voted 178 to 13 to fast-track a change to the country's constitution. The move enables the government to go forward with plans to broaden surveillance laws before its term ends next spring. The draft surveillance bill introduces new powers for intelligence officers aimed at defending national security. It limits the...
Society
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö said he sees no problem with dual nationals from "democratic states" working for Finland's military, news outlet MTV reports. Niinistö's comments come after a lengthy debate in the country concerning dual nationals and their abilities to work in positions that deal with national security. The defence ministry is expected to present a law proposal to parliament in mid-October which would ban dual citizens from working at t...
Society
International experts that Yle interviewed said the Airiston Helmi probe may have uncovered an operation with financial - and possibly military - goals in mind. Last week Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said Finland's investigation into Turku-based real estate firm Airiston Helmi - reportedly run by a Russian billionaire - is an internal matter that Finland should deal with as it sees fit. Medvedev spoke with reporters in Helsinki on Wednesday, duri...
Society
The Outdoor Association of Finland ( Suomen Latu ) wants Finland's "everyman's right" to be added to the UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list. "Finland's legal concept of everyman's right gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits and the country's vast forests and fells, and many lakes and rivers, with few restrictions," according to the Ministry of the Environment . "Public access to private land is much wider in Finland and the other Nord...
Society
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) has cut basic income support payments to 11,000 recipients this year. Currently, the basic social assistance, which is considered a last-resort form of financial help, is 491 euros per month and is paid to households whose income is not enough to cover basic daily necessities. However, Kela has the right to reduce the amount by up to 40 percent if the recipient refuses to accept work or enroll in training...
Culture
Helsinki Market Square will once again be buzzing with fishers, Baltic herring and seasonal delicacies, as we celebrate the week-long Helsinki Baltic Herring Market on 7–13 October. This year, 30 fishers will be participating by selling their products fresh from their fishing vessels and sales huts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday to Friday, 7–12 October, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, 13 October. The Market Week is full of free public events for...
Society
Exports to Asia and Europe are the lifeblood of Finnish sawmills, but the industry is calling on the domestic construction sector to use more wood for building. Last spring, Finland’s sawmill industry said that pulp mills’ growing hunger for wood and the rising price of raw lumber had cut profit margins to almost nothing. It warned that some sawmills might have to shut down. That has not happened, though. “The situation has improved thanks to better prices...
Society
Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is asking a court to remand two individuals detained in a massive police operation over the weekend. The NBI filed the requests on Monday afternoon. The District Court of South-West Finland is to consider the filing on Tuesday. The bureau says that the two should be formally placed under arrest on suspicion of aggravated money laundering and aggravated tax fraud. They are citizens of Estonia and Russia respe...
Society
Dramatic headlines dominate dailies this Tuesday as the Centre Party sits down for crisis talks, a military professor downplays the threat of foreign land ownership and disability pension applications are on the rise. The country is astir this Tuesday with news of a rift between two of Finland's government parties, caused by last Friday's fraught decision to allow Timo Soini to continue as Foreign Minister and by claims of voting pressure within Parliament...
Society
Some 200,000 girls and women in Finland suffer from a painful medical condition called endometriosis, which doctors often fail to diagnose. Journalist Anne Ignatius says in her new book that one in 10 Finnish women have some form of the disorder. Endometriosis is a condition in which cells similar to those in the layer of tissue (endometrium) that covers the inside of the uterus grow outside of it. The growths can cause debilitating pelvic pain, infertilit...
Society
Judge suspected of criminal negligence in sex tape case. The Deputy Chancellor of Justice has recommended pressing charges against a Helsinki District Court judge for breach of official secrecy in a sex tape case against ex-TV personality Axl Smith. The charges are based on allegations that the judge negligently released sections of the Smith conviction to the media. The names of some of the affected parties who were secretly filmed by Smith are alleged to...
Society
The alleged incursion into Finnish waters by a large Russian sailboat lasted some 20 minutes, the defence ministry said Thursday. A Russian training sailboat is believed to have entered Finnish territorial waters in the Archipelagic Sea in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to a statement issued by the Defence Ministry. Defence Ministry specialist Kristian Vakkuri said that the suspected marine incursion lasted roughly 20 minutes as the vessel...
Society
The construction and healthcare sectors topped this year's list of fields with the biggest shortage of skilled workers, according to an occupational barometer. There are 48 occupations that do not have an adequate number of trained workers in Finland, according to this year's Occupational Barometer This year's figure increased from 32 fields in need of more skilled workers to fill jobs in 2017, while two years ago there were just 15 careers on the annual l...
Society
With help from their union, 24 midwives filed a legal suit against the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, claiming a total of 840,000 euros in damages. Twenty four midwives from Helsinki's now-defunct Kätilöopisto Maternity Hospital are suing the administration that ran it after it refused to pay compensation for chronic illnesses the midwives claim they suffered, allegedly caused by poor air quality at the facility. The midwives are carrying out t...
Society
Personal IDs from all customers, with the exception of customers who buy single tickets, will be collected at the City of Helsinki Sports Services reception desks starting from 1 November 2018. Personal IDs are recorded in connection with normal operations at the desks, and customers must be prepared to prove their identity. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires precise identification of customers. Use of personal IDs guarantees that cu...
Ecology
Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) reminds the general public that many such products are used at home which contain environmentally hazardous substances and chemicals. However, we can all control our chemical load. “Hazardous chemicals are found, for example, in detergents, textile protection sprays, fireproofing agents and cosmetics,” says Heli Lindberg, a HSY environmental monitoring officer - writes hel.fi “The safest choices for th...
Society
Hanna-Mari Peltomäki, MA, has been appointed project manager for the Helsinki Biennale at Helsinki Art Museum HAM. Her previous position was at Dance House Helsinki, where she held the post of managing director in charge of a project, launched in 2011, to secure the decision for the founding and construction of Dance House Helsinki. Peltomäki will take up her duties as project manager for Helsinki Biennale on 1 October 2018. Helsinki Biennale is an interna...
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Talpa´s cash services are closed this Thursday 20 September 2018. Helsinki City´s public cash services: Toinen linja 4 A, Kallio Office Building ( map ), open Mon–Fri 9.00-15.30. Invoices sent by the City of Helsinki can be paid in the Talpa cash office at Toinen linja 4 A, Kallio Office Building. Postal address of the public cash services: PO Box 210, 00099 City of Helsinki
Society
The 2018 edition of Electric Marathon, a race for electric cars held 17–29 September, will start from Helsinki and follow the route of the Tallinn–Monte Carlo Rally of 1930. The goal of the race, entitled Tallsinki–Monte Carlo Electric Marathon, is to raise awareness of electric cars as an environmentally friendly alternative for mobility and to emphasize that electric cars are well suited for long journeys. The marathon race will be kicked off at Helsinki...
Society
Kauppalehti has reported that a total of three non-subsidised wind farms are scheduled for completion in Finland in 2019. A 14-turbine wind farm is being constructed in Kannus, Central Ostrobothnia, by WPD Finland. The wind farm offers electricity users access to electricity at a fixed price under long-term, 15–25-year power purchase agreements. Long-term power purchase agreements have recently become increasingly popular in, for example, Sweden, Norway an...
Politics
The 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has just succesfully concluded early this week. During the Summit, leaders of FOCAC members gathered under the theme of “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation”, reviewed implementation of the outcomes of the 2015 FOCAC Johannesburg Summit and agreed on plans for future growth of China-Africa cooperation. The Summit issued...
Society
Active international cooperation is a key issue in meeting the biggest challenges of our time, such as climate change, overconsumption of natural resources and turning our economies to a sustainable path. Open exchanges of ideas and bringing people from different educational, professional and cultural backgrounds to work together often leads to the best possible results in developing solutions to multifaceted challenges. As an organic farmer, I participate...