The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament has re-affirmed its opposition to a citizens' initiative for equal marriage rights.
The committee on Thursday voted 9—8 in favour of a memorandum it drafted after turning down the initiative by a 10—6 vote last summer. The initiative was brought before the committee for the second time due to an objection drawn up by members of the committee who support the initiative.
The City of Helsinki spends tens of millions of euros a year on services provided by temporary employment agencies to guarantee the availability of municipal services. While the city relies annually on the services of up to 150 groups of professionals, the recruitment of temporary doctors and nurses especially puts a burden on its coffers.
Seure Henkilöstöpalvelut, a venture owned jointly by the municipalities in the capital region and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, is a a particularly important service-provider.
Uber is confident that it will face no legal hurdles in Finland.
The self-proclaimed ride-sharing service on Wednesday launched two services in Helsinki: Uber Pop and Uber Black, the former of which does not require its drivers to have taxi-driver licenses. A taxi-driver license is required for the professional transport of people in passenger cars under Finnish laws.
Roughly one thousand police officers from all over the country gathered in downtown Helsinki on Wednesday to participate in a protest against dwindling police resources.
“Criminal investigations have been reduced to registration. […] A big share of offences is not investigated simply because there's no time for real police work,” stated Jonne Rinne from the Finnish Police Federation (SPJL).
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Boutique gadget maker Jolla has unveiled its entry to the tablet fray: a 7.85-inch tablet computer powered by the Sailfish operating system.
“Crowd-funding will be used to launch the tablet computer. The first people who order it will receive it before those who order it later. We want to offer an alternative to consumers also in the tablet market,” Antti Saarnio, the chairperson of the Jolla board of directors, said on Wednesday.
TEACHING children to write is transitioning to a computer era, as traditional cursive writing and calligraphy will not be taught at Finnish schools after the autumn 2016 and will be replaced with the study of typing skills, reported Savon Sanomat on 18 November.
"Fluent typing skills are an important national competence," explained Minna Harmanen from the National Board of Education which is currently finalising the guidelines for the new study of writing.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, will today continue his efforts to convince Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, that Finnish milk producers are entitled to financial support provided by the European Union.
“Our milk sector is in such a difficult situation that it deserves the support,” Orpo stated on Wednesday afternoon.
Although the Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) has joined forces with the region's 14 municipalities in order to promote higher-density residential and commercial construction, the results have yet to fully convince experts.
Marketta Kyttä, an associate professor of land use planning at Aalto University, and Pekka Lahti, a former researcher at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), analysed land use plans in the region at the request of Helsingin Sanomat.
Finland has failed to take sufficiently into consideration the problems faced by people without a nationality, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) states in a report published on Tuesday.
In 2011, a total of 760 stateless and 618 people of undetermined nationality were registered in Finland.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a campaign to save the remaining wolves in Finland from extinction.
PETA on Tuesday published a so-called action alert according to which the wolf population in Lapland is at the brink of extinction due to poaching and licensed hunting. The animal rights organisation urges its supporters to take action by writing to Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Jaakko Lehtonen, the director of the Finnish Tourist Board.
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Eero Heliövaara, the director general of the Government Ownership Steering Department, has expressed his puzzlement at the reluctance to file a bankruptcy petition against Talvivaara.
“If you examine the issue from various viewpoints and especially from the viewpoint of public interest, [...] Talvivaara should be declared bankrupt. After that, the mining operations could start with a clean slate,” he explains.
- One thousand to show support for police
- Drug shortages a common problem for pharmacies
- Finland and Estonia edge closer to LNG terminals
- Islamic Society of Finland: “We have no idea why we're on the list”
- Government lays out measures to support domestic fuels
- Survey: Over half of Finns to buy Christmas gifts online
- Muslim community bewildered by alleged terrorist ties
- Mining operations at Talvivaara to continue, ministers assure
- Steering group agrees on care reform
- Slush hits the streets of Helsinki