Gov’t auditors: Employment office job cuts saved money -- but unemployment grew

Pasilan TE-toimisto on avointa tilaa.

The latest annual report of the National Audit Office VTV has called on government to exercise good judgment in implementing its structural reforms. The state auditors say the authorities should avoid formulaic job cuts, which are often doomed to failure. The number checkers found that job cuts at local employment offices saved 32 million euros -- but unemployment increased by three percent, corresponding 1,000 more people on the bread line.

Monday’s papers: Swedes sweep for subs, blended family politics and laundering shady money

Ruotsalainen korvetti HMS Visby osallistui etsintöihin Tukholman saaristossa sunnuntaina.

Nordic and indeed international media outlets are following with interest Sweden’s efforts to track down a suspected Russian submarine that was allegedly detected in Stockholm’s offshore waters late last week.  Monday morning’s papers look at the intensifying search, as well as growing numbers of blended families, and the use of cash transfer companies by criminals looking to launder money from illegal activity.

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Jean Sibelius

Friday’s papers: online car deals, Sibelius in Ateneum, Converse sneakers, moose accidents, and the plight of the homeless

In Friday morning’s papers: car business moves to the web; an exhibition at Ateneum looks at Jean Sibelius’ connections to visual art; moose accidents on major central Finnish roads decrease; high schools in small municipalities are endangered; trams may return to Turku; and, raising awareness of homelessness as the night of the homeless is observed around the country.