Exports show healthy growth despite slump in Russian trade
Finnish firms posted their biggest growth in exports to Germany, the US and the Netherlands. Sales rose across a broad range of sectors.
Finnish firms posted their biggest growth in exports to Germany, the US and the Netherlands. Sales rose across a broad range of sectors.
The Finnish Parliament is electing Speakers to lead the legislature for the next four years. The Finns Party candidate, an immigration sceptic, was selected as Speaker of Parliament.
A plan by larger municipalities to trim budgets by shortening the working year of some elementary school teachers has outraged educators and brought the threat of legal action.
President Sauli Niinistö formally appointed Finland's 74th government on Friday morning. The new cabinet, headed by Centre Party leader Juha Sipilä, consists of 14 ministers representing the Centre, National Coalition and Finns parties.
Finland's new three-party coalition government takes office on Friday, and many of the nation's newspapers speculated on what its policies, especially in the economic sphere, will bring.
The new administration’s goal of creating tens of thousands of new jobs every year seems like a pipe dream, according to economists. They say that the government’s aim would require phenomenal economic growth and pointed out that the last time Finland saw that kind of job expansion was back in the heady days of Nokia’s dizzying growth spurt.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has announced the names of the final six members of his cabinet. Among the Centre Party’s six government ministers are seasoned veterans such as former European Commission major leaguer Olli Rehn and relative newcomer to the political scene, high-octane businesswoman Anne Berner.
Finnish MPs formally voted to install Centre Party chair Juha Sipilä as Prime Minister Thursday afternoon. Sipilä easily won the ballot in spite of more than 60 votes against him. President Sauli Niinistö will confirm the new cabinet Friday.
Opposition leaders have waded in to the incoming government’s austerity budget, with particularly heavy criticism directed at proposed cuts to spending on education and training. The chairs of the Social Democratic Party and the Greens accused the Centre Party of changing its position on the importance of education once in government.
Finland’s new Justice Minister has expanded on his position on the death penalty. He now says he ‘could consider’ the punishment for the most severe crimes after journalists uncovered previous statements in support of the execution of some criminals.
After Juha Sipilä announced his new government's programme on Wednesday, Thursday's newspapers were naturally dominated by one topic.
There are 40,000 more unemployed people in Finland this year compared with the same period in 2014. Statistics Finland figures show there were some 280,000 unemployed people - or 10.3 percent of the working age population - at the end of April.
Incoming Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and fellow leaders of Finland’s next government unveiled ambitious austerity plans on Wednesday. Amidst all of the slashes in programmes across the board, however, is a plan to cut income taxes - but not for everyone.
The incoming government says it can save about 24 million euros by tightening restrictions on child day care access to families with an unemployed parent. The new government, led by Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä, revealed a plan on Wednesday to make 6 billion euros of savings by 2021.
As thousands of 19-year-olds graduate from high school this spring, an Yle analysis shows some big changes in their lives today compared to those of school leavers two decades ago. But the things young people hold most important in life have remained the same, the surveys show.
Incoming Prime Minister Juha Sipilä announces hefty spending cuts and surprise ministerial appointments as he unveils the programme for his three-party coalition government.
Finland has taken a big step towards the formation of a new government with the announcement that negotiators from the three parties involved in talks have reached an agreement on a new coalition programme. That programme will now go to party boards to be rubber-stamped before the government is officially formed.
Predictions for who'll get which job in Finland's next cabinet abound this morning, ahead of this afternoon's announcement by Juha Sipilä of the shape of the new government. Elsewhere, there are revelations of council plans to cut daycare costs by diverting youngsters into part-time childcare clubs, and could a long-standing scheme to build a grand mosque in the capital finally be coming to fruition?
Finns are living in ever smaller apartments, with foreigners and those in the capital city region most likely to be short of living space.
Finland’s next government is set to announce its programme on Wednesday after the Finns Party, Centre and National Coalition agreed policy lines and the allocation of ministerial posts. The agreement was announced via PM-designate Juha Sipilä’s Twitter feed.
Motorists should be able to take in passengers and charge a fare, and keep the proceeds tax-free up to 2,000 euros. That’s the proposal contained in a report from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency.
Finns Party Mp Toimi Kankaanniemi returned to work in Parliament Tuesday after a Facebook sex messaging scandal. The lawmaker admitted to making a mistake by sending sexually charged messages to female Finns Party activists.
Police say that a group of apparent right wing extremists implicated in a tussle at the Lutheran Evangelical Church’s biennial jamboree in Kouvola were the same individuals involved in a stabbing incident at a book reading in Jyväskylä two years ago. Security guards working at the event are to lodge a criminal complaint.
A reserve councillor in Helsinki was the focus of a storm of protest on Tuesday when he suggested on Facebook that African men in Finland should be sterilised. The Finns Party has distanced itself from the comments.
An Yle comparison of major food retailers’ in-house brands shows that the German market challenger Lidl remains the cheapest option for penny-wise shoppers. This in spite of the fact that the leading Finnish retail groups Kesko and the S Group have tried to claw back market share by significantly reducing prices on their white label products.
The high-speed train Allegro between Helsinki and St. Petersburg, Russia had a 25 percent decline in passenger numbers so far this year. Finland’s state-owned VR Group which runs the trains has started to sell tickets at reduced prices.
In Tuesday’s papers there were a lot of reactions about the ongoing new government formation talks. The front page of Helsingin Sanomat announced that the Ministry of the Environment will remain as it is, and will not – as previously discussed – become part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Hufvudstadsbladet writes that Finland may soon be increasing the number of its refugee quota due to the refugee deluge from the Mediterranean. According to Iltalehti, the mother of a 16-month-old girl knew that there was something more serious with her daughter than a mere fever – it turns out she was right; maternal instincts likely saved her daughter's life from meningitis.
An Oulu-based invention, the ASMO charger, has collected over 9,000 euros worth of support just nine hours after appearing on an international crowd-funding website.
Prospective Prime Minister Juha Sipilä spilled the latest beans on what looks set to be the next government’s negotiations on Monday afternoon. The future government would retain the current number of ministries, but the number of individual ministers is still subject to negotiation.
Labour market negotiations culminated Monday in a proposal for an incremental rise in the retirement age for workers born in or after 1955. Professionals with a sector-specific retirement age will also be affected, with retirement likely to be pushed forward for some 10,000 military service personnel.
Business leaders and analysts aren't the only ones anxious to find out more about the incoming government's economic programme. Organisations that provide support services like food and counseling for those hit hardest by the poor economy, also have a keen interest in the outcomes. They're hoping that society's most vulnerable won't find themselves facing further hardship.
The Finnish Association of the Deaf has received international recognition for its sign language library. The award was granted for the library’s innovative use of technological solutions in promoting accessibility.
Lapland's Enenontekiö Upper Secondary School topped the list of Finland’s top performing upper secondary schools in this spring’s matriculation exams. However, the remainder of the top ten is less surprising, with schools in the capital city region strongly represented.
In 2004 the Finnish National Board of Education approved a new core curriculum stating that swimming instruction should be a part of comprehensive school physical education. Specifically, children should learn to handle emergencies near water and swim continuously for 200 metres by the age of 11. Fulfilment of this schooling requirement varies greatly in Finland at present, and swimming instructors are concerned about what the incoming government’s municipal spending cuts will mean for the future of the programme.
Monday's papers analyse the intensive weekend work of the three-party team that is looking increasingly likely to be Finland's next government. Other news sources consider whether cash will go eventually go the way of the dinosaur in Finland and if small business owners are complying with a 2014 law making sales receipts compulsory.
Sportsmen in Finland have reacted with dismay to the Defence Forces’ plan to ensure they no longer receive preferential treatment and a shorter term of service in the military. The move is down to a ruling by the deputy chancellor of justice that all Finnish men must be treated equally when their military tasks are defined.
National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero is disappointed that the long-running investigation into ex-cop Jari Aarnio will not be concluded before he retires. The case was at the heart of a ‘lack of confidence’ that momentarily emerged between Paatero and his then-boss, Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen.
The punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Finland’s entry at Eurovision this year, received a warm welcome from their fans when they arrived back in Helsinki. Around a thousand people turned out to greet them when they arrived in Kallio, a punk-friendly district of Helsinki.
Earlier this year the Viking Line passenger and car ferry Rosella left an Åland port with its bow visor open, against international maritime safety rules. Now the traffic safety administration is looking into the incident.
Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä said on Sunday morning that he is aiming to make sure all sides involved in coalition talks had the same understanding of decisions that have already been taken. On Sunday’s agenda is the constellation of ministries—with the Environment Ministry possibly set to be merged despite an online campaign to save it.
Today is Pentecost Sunday and many shops will be closed all day. However some grocery stores and kiosks are allowed to remain open for business.
Rescue workers in northern Ostrobothnia had a busy weekend due to damage caused by storm winds. All of Oulu-Koillismaa rescue department units were out on call throughout the region on Saturday.
Sunday will see thousands of women running and walking through the Finland’s capital city, as the Women’s Fun Run, known in Finnish as Naisten kymppi has its first starts at 1 pm. The course traverses the beautiful scenery of the Helsinki city centre, and traffic will be diverted in many areas as a result.
Prime Minister-elect Juha Sipilä dropped a hint recently that his proposed coalition is considering merging Finland’s Ministry of Environment with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in order to save on operating costs, thereby creating a new Ministry of Natural Resources. The proposal has many opposition parties, especially the Greens, concerned about the fate of pressing environmental issues.
The humble Finnish summer cabin, or 'mökki', is a beloved feature of the Finnish countryside and the country boasts over half a million of them, one for every five residents. A generational change is soon in store, however, as over 80 percent of the holiday homes are now owned by someone over 50 years of age. Legal experts are urging Finland’s older generation to sell or gift their property soon, before the infrequently-used cottages become worn down and lose their value.
Nordea Bank advises its customers to make sure they have some cash on hand on Sunday, as most of their banking services will be shut down for servicing from 4 am to 6 pm. The service interruption will apply to all web, mobile and ATM transactions.
Strong, blustery winds are forecast throughout the day on Saturday. Power utilities are advising customers to take precautions against more possible electricity outages.
Thermal summer starts when the mean daily temperature remains consistently above 10°C. In southern parts of Finland it usually begins in mid-May. In Finnish Lapland, the summer usually starts about one month later, and ends a month earlier than along the south coast. Despite the cool, wet weather, summer is indeed getting underway.
Saturday will see binding policy decisions made on the economy and taxation, as well as social welfare and health care reform, according to Centre Party leader Juha Sipilä, who is heading talks on forming a new coalition government.
Over the last two centuries in Finland, bachelor and bachelorette parties have evolved from an upper class Swedish-speaking gathering to a source of good-natured general amusement for the whole country. Today, crazy costumed groups of friends exalt in a night of unbridled fun with the future bride or groom, giving Finnish nightlife an uncharacteristically Carnival-like feel.
Finns Party Chair Timo Soini says Finland’s ongoing government formation talks have stalled so badly that some of the working groups concentrating on specific issues have been terminated, with the trio of party chairs now assuming the responsibility for reaching decisions in some areas.
Some milking cows in Finland have seen a change in their diets, as the Natural Resources Institute is examining the possibilities of producing milk with healthy high omega fat content.
The lead negotiator in government coalition formation talks, Centre Party chair Juha Sipilä, said Friday that there are still too many issues on the table and that the decision-making process needs to be speeded up in order to formulate the programme for a new cabinet.
Running out of water is not a major worry for the Finns. In fact, Finland has such large water reserves that some experts see water as an up and coming national export item.
Friday has brought sunny skies. Scattered showers are in the forecast for Saturday, but the east and south can expect more sunshine again Sunday.