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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...
Society
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...
Business
An impending move toward stricter emissions testing paradoxically boosted sales of higher-polluting vehicles in August. More than 12,000 new cars were registered in Finland last month, the highest figure for August since the turn of the millennium, says the Finnish auto-sector information centre (AuT). Car registrations were up by more than 24 percent from the same month in 2017, the centre said on Monday. Pekka Rissa, Managing Director of the Finnish Cent...
Society
A teenager from Forssa who scammed an online casino out of more than 130,000 euros has been convicted of aggravated fraud. A teenage boy from Forssa who scammed an online casino in Malta out of more than 100,000 euros, appeared in Häme District Court on Monday. He was sentenced after being convicted on charges of aggravated fraud as a minor. The 18-year-old was slapped with suspended sentence of one year and eight months. He was 16 at the time when he alle...
Politics
Umbrella union confederation declares action against plan to ease payroll cuts. SAK, the almost million-member-strong union confederation, is preparing counter action against a proposed measure that will make it easier for small companies with 20 or fewer employees to fire them. Jarkko Eloranta, SAK president, says that every SAK member association is preparing its own retaliatory measures and will announce them and their timing soon. "The government’s pro...
Society
Finland's press examines justice ministry plans to tighten consumer loan regulations, Keilaniemi roadworks, record temps in the north, and memes about bad java. Tampere-based daily Aamulehti reports on Justice Minister Antti Häkkänen's plans for a study into Finland's consumer loan market , with an eye to tighten regulations and "support a healthier credit market". Among other things, the minister says he hopes to stop aggressive advertising of easily-avai...
Society
An open competition for the visual identity of Helsinki Metro stations, announced by Helsinki City Transport HKL in the beginning of the summer, has been completed. The competition sought artworks for the walls behind tracks. HKL received more than 70 proposals and purchased 11 of them. “Overall, the proposals were really good. We’re happy that the competition aroused interest, and we thank all competitors,” saysElina Norrena, HKL’s service development and...
Society
Statistics Finland and the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) both report slight dips in economic confidence indicators for August. Statistics Finland reports that consumer confidence shifted from 21.5 points in August to 22.0 points in July, compared to a long-term average of 12.6. According to the private sector business lobby group EK, industry confidence came down to 13 points from 14 points in July, but is still well above the long-term average....
Society
Citing religious persecution, some 200 Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses are seeking refuge in Finland after Russia classified them as extremists last year. Some 200 Russian Jehovah’s witnesses are now residents at Finnish reception centres waiting to find out whether or not they will be granted asylum after the movement that preaches the Bible as the word of God was banned in Russia in 2017 - writes yle.fi Last year, around 100 Russian members of the Christian...
Society
The Finnish government should improve its finances while the economy is on an upward swing, according to Aktia Bank's chief economistHeidi Schauman. Schauman, who spoke in Helsinki as she presented Aktia's economic outlook on Monday, said the Finnish government should sort out its finances while the economy is still growing, saying the bank anticipates the growth will likely taper off next year which would make balancing the budget more difficult to accomp...
Sports
Finnish para-athletesLeo-Pekka TähtiandAmanda Kotajawon gold medals in their respective 100-metre events at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin on Saturday. ParalympianLeo-Pekka Tähti won the T54 100-metre sprint, bringing his medal tally to four at the European Championships event - writes yle.fi Tähti’s win came with a new European Championship record time of 13.83. He also won the 200- and 400-metre races, and picked up a silver me...
Society
Amos Rex opens its doors on Thursday August 30rd 2018.The Latest addition to Helsinki’s cultural quarter opens with “teamLab: Massless” a major international exhibition by the Tokyo-based art collective teamLab filling its 2,200 sqm gallery space with digital art. Finland’s capital Helsinki has gained a major new cultural institution and a striking new public space with the completion of Amos Rex. The art museum opens after a five- year, €50 million projec...
Incidents
The ongoing investigation into last Friday’s fatal bus crash in Eastern Finland has found that the vehicle was speeding prior to the accident that claimed four lives. The Finnish Safety Investigation Authority (Otke) says that the ongoing investigation into last Friday’s fatal bus cras h in Eastern Finland that claimed four lives has found that the bus was travelling at very high speeds prior to the accident. The bus driver was ascending a ramp in Kuopio w...
Society
The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that Google must remove a convicted man's information from its search engine data, as requested, in respect of his privacy. The highest courts in Finland have issued a decision in a case that stands to create an important precedent. A man who had been convicted of murder has a right to privacy, and removing his information from the search engine's data is not seen to infringe on the public's right to information on im...
Incidents
A gun went off after a late-night training session at a police station, injuring a fellow officer. A policeman has gone on trial in Hämeenlinna, southern Finland, over the accidental shooting of a fellow officer. As proceedings began at Kanta-Häme District Court on Thursday, the prosecutor called for at least 70 day-fines for careless use of a firearm, aggravated injury and negligent dereliction of official duties. The incident took place at Hämeenlinna po...
Society
What kind of travellers came and visited Helsinki last year? How many overnight stays were recorded? How did Helsinki do in the competition against the other Scandinavian capitals? A report (Helsingin matkailuvuosi 2017) byPekka Mustonen, a Special Researcher at Helsinki City Executive Office, analyses tourism in Helsinki in 2017 from many perspectives. Last year, tourism growth in Helsinki was among the strongest in Europe. In the other Scandinavian capit...
Society
The Na­tional Taiwan Uni­versity (NTU) Ranking, an annual survey of the scientific research pursuits of the world’s top universities, features eight Finnish universities. Also known as the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, the NTU Ranking ranks 800 universities across the fields of agriculture, engineering, social sciences, clinical medicine, life sciences and natural sciences - writes goodnewsfinland.com The University of He...
Society
Finnish state-owned alcoholic beverage company Altia has entered into a partnership with Europe’s most awarded gin brand, Sweden-based Hernö Gin. The partnership covers the Nordic and Baltic regions, where Altia will become the exclusive representative of Hernö Gin in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Latvia, as well as in travel retail - writes helsingfors.info “As a leading company in the industry, Altia can help us to further grow Hernö Gin in Sweden...
Incidents
A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack knocked out many government web sites on Sunday, as it prevented users from signing into Finland's online identity verification site Suomi.fi. The websites of the Finnish National Insurance Institution (Kela), the Population Register Centre and the police became unavailable following the attack. Several ministry websites were also hit, including the ministries of the interior, education and culture, along with...
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A nationwide study says the HPV vaccine is safe, Finns’ appetites for quick loans grow, and restroom request cards offer relief for IBD sufferers. A large nation-wide study on the safety of the human papillomavirus vaccine finds no causal link between reported adverse drug reactions and symptoms following the jab, reports national daily Helsingin Sanomat, citing a study in the medical journal Vaccine . Cervical cancer can be prevented by a human papillomav...
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Finnish companies Outotec, Neste, Kalmar and Valmet have won significant orders in the Americas and Europe. First up is Outotec , which will deliver minerals processing technology for a new copper concentrator to be built in South America. The order is worth approximately 25 million euros and was made by an unnamed customer - writes goodnewsfinland.com Next in line is Neste , with the Vista Unified School District (VUSD) in San Diego, California, having op...
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One man has died from injuries he sustained after being stabbed by a co-worker in a violent altercation that took place at a Japanese restaurant on Kalevankatu in Helsinki on Wednesday, 8 August. The men had become involved in an argument which escalated into a violent physical altercation, allegedly ending with the men picking up kitchen knives and stabbing each other. No customers were in the establishment during the incident, according to police. Both o...
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) views on abortion are medieval, states Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party. “I think it’sslightly disconcerting if your thoughts revolve too much around questions like this. I think there should also be other themes in politics,” Halla-aho stated in a news conference held in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August - writes helsinkitimes.fi Soini reiterated his well-documented opposition to abortion in hi...
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Parma, the Finnish subsidiary of the leading supplier of pre-cast concrete solutions in Europe, Consolis, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Estonia-based TMB Group. TMB Group is a producer and assembler of concrete elements with subsidiaries in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, a headcount of around 500 and annual net sales that exceeded 120 million euros in 2017 - writes goodnewsfinland.com “We view that the acquisition will make us a strong...
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Politicians in Turku and Tampere have expressed their delight with the budget proposal unveiled on Thursday by the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance recommends in the proposal that resources be allocated for high-speed rail links that would be capable of whisking passengers between Turku and Helsinki and Tampere and Helsinki in less than 60 minutes. It reveals that planning funds are to be used to accelerate general planning and launch track pla...
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Two Finnish companies, Cargotec’s Kalmar and Valmet, have secured orders from Australia and Argentina, respectively. First to Kalmar , which will provide mobile equipment to Australian Container Freight Services (ACFS) in Adelaide, Fremantle and Melbourne. The Kalmar Fleet Solution of mobile equipment allows the customer to purchase a rental fleet from Kalmar - writes goodnewsfinland.com “With the fleet solution that Kalmar provides, we do not have to worr...
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Each of Finland’s three most supported political parties saw its popularity increase between early July and early August, according to the latest opinion poll by YLE . The Social Democratic Party consolidated its position as the most supported party in the country over the past month or so by registering an up-tick of 0.9 percentage points in popular support to 21.2 per cent – a reading that represents an increase of 5.6 percentage points from mid-2017. “I...
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The Finnish startup Jospak has won a ScanStar 2018 Award for its sustainable packaging for a local meat product. ScanStar is a joint Nordic packaging competition that has been held annually since 1969 by the Scandinavian Packaging Association - writes goodnewsfinland.com The award ceremony will take place in November at theFoodTech Fair in Herning, Denmark. “As a start-up, we are grateful for receiving the ScanStar Award,” comments Tarja Heikkilä, managing...
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During Helsinki Festival 2018, the newly restored Bio Rex cinema goes back 50 years to the crazy year of 1968. The August series of events entitled 1968 @ Bio Rex reflects on the protest movements, yearning for freedom and future visions of the landmark year and how the phenomena look like today. Year 1968 marked not only the first year of the annual Helsinki Festival but also protests. How are the year’s protest movements and yearning for freedom reflecte...
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Nearly a year after a spate of problems with pharmaceutical deliveries, many pharmacies still have to turn away customers due to a lack of supply. Most pharmacies in Finland still have trouble obtaining medicines, according to a study published at the University of Eastern Finland on Monday. Of some 130 pharmacies tracked over the period of a month, 80 percent recorded problems in the supply of pharmaceuticals on a daily or near-daily basis. The study sugg...
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Better than the front row – Take your seat onstage, right in front of Esa-Pekka Salonen! Experience the third movement of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony like never before: through virtual reality headsets and headphones- writes hel.fi Helsinki Art Museum HAM invites you into the heart of the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Find out what it feels like to be inside one of the world’s greatest orchestras. As you turn your head, the 3D audio...