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Parliamentary consideration of equal marriage initiative set for March 13

Twitter updates from Finnish MPs on Thursday indicate that the Finnish Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has unanimously decided to send the citizens’ initiative to legalize gay marriage on for parliamentary consideration.

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Among others, committee members Jaana Pelkonen and Mikael Jungner tweeted that a public hearing will be arranged on the citizens’ initiative on Thursday, March 13.

The initiative was referred to the committee last Thursday after a debate was arranged on the committee referral in Parliament. The Finnish Parliament last considered the gender-neutral marriage bill a year ago, but it was never presented for parliamentary consideration, as the Legal Affairs Committee rejected the initiative with an 8-to-9 vote.

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Universities consolidate lower degree programmes, Helsinki to lose two-thirds of study options

Many universities in Finland are renewing their study offerings in the interests of providing degrees with a broader, more multidisciplinary scope. Among other things, this means bachelor’s degree availability will also be reduced significantly in the coming years. University leadership collectively denies that the programmes are being consolidated as a result of the government-imposed spending cuts, but similar reform in 2012 at the University of Tampere has already proven more cost-effective.

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