S&P keeps Finnish credit rating at AA+
Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its next-to-best credit rating for Finland, which it lowered last autumn.
Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its next-to-best credit rating for Finland, which it lowered last autumn.
The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) says that foreign students are costlier for Finnish universities than they are for polytechnics. So far higher education is free for all students in the country.
Shipyard Meyer Werft has signed a cooperation agreement with the largest builder of luxury passenger ships, the Carnival Corporation. Two cruise ships are planned to be built at the shipyard in Turku, and two in Papenburg, Germany.
Roadside advertisements for candidates in the upcoming elections do not require separate permissions, but their placement is closely monitored. Guidelines on placing the ads are sent to party offices, but do not always reach those they concern. Officials have already removed a number of ads from the sides of roads for potentially endangering traffic.
In his pre-election interview with Yle News, SDP leader and Finance Minister Antti Rinne expanded on his desire to end zero-hour contracts, how he proposes to help the economy grow, and why he might find it hard to join the National Coalition Party in government again.
The crash of the Germanwings passenger plane in France is one of the top stories of Finnish dailies today Friday. Tabloids also report on a mining boss’s pricy house sale, while Turun Sanomat reports on nearly 500 people losing their jobs. On Sunday clocks will be moved forward by an hour.
The number of Estonian construction workers coming to work in Finland is falling. Industry insiders say they don’t know the exact numbers, or exactly the reasons why.
50 jobs hang in the balance as Finnish forestry products corporation Stora Enso announced on Thursday that it is considering shutting down a production plant in Pälkäne. The company said that the facility’s future depends on the outcome of co-determination talks.
It is estimated that every year, around one thousand patients die in hospitals due to health care personnel error, according to Finland’s Patient Safety Association.
The Swedish-owned mechanical engineering firm Sandvik is considering shuttering its subsidiary plant in the southwest city of Turku. In a press conference organised Thursday, it was announced that a possible gradual closure of the plant would be implemented in intervals, with the aim of phasing it out entirely by mid-2016.
A research team at the University of Eastern Finland has found a rare gene variant that can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by twofold. This finding is extremely significant in prevention of the debilitating illness, which is the most common form of dementia.
A denial of service attack on Thursday morning to the Finnish Police website was the third attack of its kind this week.
The western Finland region of South Ostrobothnia has decided to phase out its refugee intake programme by autumn 2016. The region’s largest city, Seinäjoki, has hosted people from Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past, but local politicians have now decided to discontinue acceptance of refugees in a bid to save money. According to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, South Ostrobothnia is the only region in Finland that has made this decision.
Features in the print media this morning include an analysis of the potential support strike that could bring Finnish cargo traffic to a standstill, a memorial to the 150 people who lost their lives in Tuesday's ill-fated Germanwings flight, and the fear that top Finnish climber Samuli Mansikka has died during his ascent of Annapurna in the Himalayas.
Earlier this month Finnish fashion and lifestyle magazine Image conducted a decidedly non-scientific experiment with smartphones. What they found was that apps, like Facebook, when granted access to a smartphone’s microphone, could be listening in on phone calls for data mining purposes.
It could soon be mandatory for pet owners to have their cats and dogs fitted with microchips for identification.
The municipality of Hämeenlinna is the first in the country to get to try out a new way to interact with the public health care system, online.
This year’s festivities in Red Square will mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö will not be participating in Moscow’s celebrations on May 9.
According to a Finnish aviation official, the pilots of a Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday were unconscious during the plane’s descent before it crashed.
The leader of the Christian Democrats Party, Päivi Räsänen, is a polarising woman, and her popularity numbers aren’t probably what they could be. Is it because she’s got a lot of stances on difficult issues, or could it be because she’s a woman with very great power?
A new forecast by the Labour Institute for Economic Research (PT) expects no more than 0.8% growth in the Finnish economy this year, and 1.6% in 2016. According to researchers, deep cuts in public spending would have a seriously negative impact on employment in the country.
Police in Kemi have seized 3.5 kg of marihuana from a man returning to Finland from Sweden.
The next few days will remain cold, but with plenty of sunshine, before warmer temperatures arrive at the weekend.
The Finnish press today reported extensively on the crash Tuesday of a Germanwings plane with 150 people on board southern French Alps.
Gregory Porter, hailed as one of the best jazz and R&B singers at the moment, is in Helsinki, where he stopped by Yle's studio to record a session.
The next government, due to take office this spring, will be under strong pressure to rein in the mushrooming deficit – but also to avoid crushing fragile growth with harsh budget cuts.
Experts from as far afield as China and Canada will observe Wednesday's oil recovery exercise on the Gulf of Bothnia.
The Finnish police administration's data-security chief called the situation "highly exceptional". The site returned to normal around 7 pm.
Finnish mobile game development company Supercell on Tuesday reported that its revenues more than doubled last year to 1.5 billion euros.
A stronger exchange rate for the rouble has brought more Russian customers back to shops in south-east Finland. Some local retailers have reported a sharp rise in sales in recent weeks.
Statistics Finland reports that the unemployment rate in February stood at 10.1%, up from 9.1% one year earlier.
The Finnish Air Force fighters on Tuesday began training with planes from the Swedish Air Force and the 510th Fighter Squadron of the United States Air Forces in Europe. Running until April 1st, the exercise is primarily taking place in Finland's airspace over the Bothnian Sea and in international airspace.
Taxes, present and future, were given a lot of space in the newspaper press on Tuesday morning.
Finland’s Unemployment Insurance Fund (TVR) says spending on unemployment benefits last year grew by nearly 25 percent compared to 2013. The fund’s budget deficit ballooned to 400 million euros more than expected. Officials are now looking to debt to finance the increase in benefits spending.
With prison terms shorter than the period of the victim’s confinement, legal experts have described the sentencing in the case as lenient.
Police are investigating a fatal accident on Sunday afternoon, described as "an extremely rare and shocking event".
Traffic was diverted for hours due to a bomb scare in downtown Jyväskylä before an FDF special forces unit declared the suspect device harmless.
Famed cartoonist Bernard Willem Holtrop took part in a panel discussion on satire and freedom of speech at the University of Helsinki on Monday.
The average Finn spends 45 minutes commuting to work these days. The median work commute has increased by five kilometres since 1990, with people from the Häme region in south-central Finland already travelling an average of 18 kilometres to work one way.
Finnish tax officials have received a record number of tax evasion tip-offs since launching an online whistleblower service at the end of January. The tax administration says that nearly 80 percent of fraud reports now come in online.
The latest voter opinion poll by national broadcaster Yle shows the Social Democratic Party and the National Coalition Party neck and neck in second place behind the Centre Party. According to Yle its latest bid to sound voter intentions shows an increase in the number of undecided electors.
Our selection from Monday's newspapers focuses on the latest disagreement among Finland's economic experts on how to revive the Finnish economy, how Finland's top party leaders respond to expanding military exercises in Russia, and a poll to determine the country's favourite Finnish dishes.
Boys face the risk of falling behind girls in school, is the warning coming from a new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD. The phenomenon has been observed across the globe, from Asia to the Americas and Europe – including Finland.
The Finnish Red Cross’ blood bank service wants to see more donors with foreign backgrounds rolling up their sleeves to give blood. They say that while suitable donors can be found in emergency situations, rare blood types can create complications in cases where patients require repeated or major transfusions.
Incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Stubb says he won’t rule out cooperating with any particular parties when it comes to forming the next government. Speaking during his final meet-the-press radio interview before the election, the National Coalition Party leader said he’s still aiming for an election victory.
The national data cruncher Statistics Finland has estimated that in 2013 nearly 700,000 people in Finland could be classified as very low income earners. Young adults made up one-fifth of persons considered to most at risk of poverty.
The coming week will start with a last blast of winter, with some snow due on Tuesday. That chill is expected to clear away on Wednesday however, bringing back some sun to Finland.
Reforming health and social care services is among the most important of tasks for the next government, according to a new poll by the Foundation for the Development of Local Government.
Art collective Multicoloured Dreams has painted the station, which was recently renovated as part of the Ring Rail Line that opens this summer connecting Helsinki Railway Station to Helsinki Airport.
In the lead up to International Happiness Day (March 20), the European Union’s Eurostat surveyed Europeans on their level of satisfaction with life. Despite the financial crisis, nearly 80 percent of EU residents rated their overall life satisfaction as 6 or above on a scale of 1 to 10, with the Finns, Danes and Swedes all providing scores of 8.
Although Finland has kept its triple-A credit rating, Fitch credit ratings agency revised its long-term economic outlook for the country from stable to negative. Prime Minister Alexander Stubb says that without definitive action, Finland could also stand to lose its triple-A credit rating.
Yle asked its audience whether or not they would welcome a wind turbine in close proximity to their home. The resulting online discussion revealed clear differences of opinion: some people suspect the energy return from wind power (and other alternative energy options) would be negligible, while others support wind power wholeheartedly - so long as it is not in their backyard.
The Fitch credit ratings agency has revised its outlook on Finland's long-term foreign and local currency status from stable to negative, but has affirmed Finland’s creditworthiness at 'AAA', the top rating. Of the two other agencies in the ‘big three’, Moody’s also decided to keep Finland’s premiere status late last year, but Standard and Poor’s docked Finland’s credit rating to AA+ in October 2014.
The trade union Service Union United (PAM) has sharply criticised plans by department store chain Stockmann to use volunteer workers at its store in Tampere during its Hullut Päivät (Crazy Days) sale next week.
Clear skies in Jyväskylä and a time lapse camera give us the chance to see the solar eclipse in a fraction of the time.