Thursday's papers: "Surprise" border decision, Lapland travel plea, annoying neighbours
Finland's press examines reasons and reactions to the rollback of travel restrictions on the Uusimaa regional border.
Air traffic controllers begin two-hour work stoppage
Air traffic controllers will stop work from 3 to 5pm on Friday, in the first of a planned series of weekly walkouts in response to an unresolved labour dispute.
Trump vaatii Venäjä-tutkinnan salaisia dokumentteja julkisiksi – tiedustelupalvelun virkamiehet järkyttyneitä
Trumpin määräys koskee myös oikeusministeriön ja FBI:n virkamiesten välisiä tekstiviestejä.
Finland’s consumer confidence up, unemployment fears down
Finland's statistics agency reports that consumers in May were very confident about their own personal financial situations and the country's economy, overall.
Audit Office finds oversight shortcomings in Finland's €4.1bn business subsidy system
Finnish government spending on subsidies for business increased in 2016, but the number of recipients fell, according to a new report from the State Audit Office. The report also uncovered deficiencies in oversight of the spending.
Finnish modern artist Carolus Enckell dead at age 72
The Finnish painter Carolus Enckell has died after a long illness on Monday, September 25, at the age of 72. Enckell is considered one of the most significant Finnish modern artists of his generation, according to a press release issued by Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, which has represented the artist since 2008.
Editor-in-chief Atte Jääskeläinen departs Finnish public broadcaster
Yle editor in chief and head of news and current affairs Atte Jääskeläinen has left the national broadcaster after assuming the lead role in a story that originally centred on reporting of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s potential conflicts of interest. Yle said in a press release that Jääskeläinen’s departure took effect immediately on Monday.
April was colder, wetter and snowier than usual
The Finnish Meteorological Institute's figures show that April 2017 was colder, wetter and snowier than average, confirming the gut instincts of most of those who reside in Finland.
Consumer confidence in Finnish economy strongest in years
Consumers in Finland are more hopeful about improvement in the economy and rising employment figures than in nearly a decade, Statistics Finland says.
Asylum applications in Finland plunged in 2016
The Finnish Immigration Service reports that around 5,600 people applied for asylum in Finland in 2016, a significantly lower figure than the 32,500 applicants who arrived in 2015. Some 9,000 pending applications are currently being transferred from the auspices of the police department to those of the Immigration Service - and the transition will likely slow down processing times, the agency said.
Swimmer Hanna-Maria Seppälä to retire
With an international career that has spanned 19 years and snagged 17 medals, Olympic swimmer Hanna-Maria Seppälä says she made the decision to end her competitive swimming career just before the Rio Olympics in July.
Leaders extend condolences after Imatra killings
Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen, Imatra’s city council chair, was killed along with two journalists that wrote for the local Uutisvuoksi newspaper in Imatra late Saturday evening in what was apparently a random shooting. The chair of Finland’s Social Democratic Party Antti Rinne says he knew Wilén-Jäppinen well.
Consumer confidence in Finland at five-year high
According to Statistics Finland consumer confidence is at a five-year high. The agency reports that for the first time in years, consumers were more optimistic about the unemployment situation in November.
Länsimetro CEO replaced, metro extension price tag still rising
Länsimetro CEO Matti Kokkinen was fired from his post on Monday, and Ville Saksi was named to replace him immediately. The latest estimates predict the over-budget and delayed metro expansion investment to the west of Helsinki will accrue tens of millions of euros in added expenses before it becomes operational.
Five more asylum seeker reception centres to close
The Finnish Immigration Service has announced that it is shutting down more asylum seeker reception centres around the country. The agency said that it is now closing five centres, a move which will reduce occupancy by some 1,800 beds. More centres are scheduled to be closed in coming months, with a planned reduction of 9,000 beds by next spring.
Metsähallitus threatens temporary lay off of all 357 loggers
Finland’s state-owned forest administrator Metsähallitus announced Friday that it is considering temporarily laying off 357 loggers for three months of the year in order to streamline services. The group’s labour representative wonders why the cost-saving measure targets lumberjacks in particular.
Rovaniemi football ground wins Finlandia Prize for Architecture
The winner of the 2016 Finlandia Prize for Architecture has gone to a football stand. The winner is the multipurpose Railo building in the Sports Arena of one of Finland's northernmost cities, Rovaniemi, which doubles as a stand for the stadium. According to Railo's chief architect Aaro Artto, the project was carried out using mostly local resources.
Finnair thwarts attempted frequent flyer point-stealing scam
Finland's national airline Finnair has announced that it had foiled an attempted scam of its frequent flyer programme Finnair Plus. Finnair said that the perpetrators had succeeded in acquiring the frequent flyer points of 16 Finnair Plus members but said the points have since been returned to their rightful owners.
Helsinki to borrow more than one quarter of a billion euros for city transport
While municipal taxes aren't set to rise in Helsinki, the city's debt will increase by nearly 236 million euros over the next few years. This week Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen presented next year's city budget.
Helsinki Police: 21 year-old woman planned school shooting
Police in Helsinki say that they have thwarted a young woman from carrying out a planned school shooting. On Tuesday a Helsinki District Court ordered that the woman, who was born in 1995, to be held on remand.
Paulig Group buys majority of pulled oats startup firm
Finnish food company Paulig Group has announced that it is acquiring a majority ownership stake in the Gold&Green Foods startup firm which makes a vegetarian meat substitute product called pulled oats. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.