The planned temporary lay-offs of teachers will be implemented in a way that minimises their impact on the quality of teaching, assures Markku Jalonen, the head of labour market affairs at Local Government Employers (KT).
Helsingin Sanomat on Monday reported that as many as 25 municipalities are set to introduce sweeping temporary lay-offs in a bid to reduce costs this year. Altogether, the cost-cutting measures will concern 4,000 teachers from pre-primary to general upper secondary schools.
The National Coalition (NCP) has convinced the public of the merits of its policies more successfully than the Centre and the Finns Party, suggests the fact that voter support for the opposition parties has slipped according to a recent poll by Helsingin Sanomat.
Support for the NCP, in contrast, has crept up from the 20.5 per cent measured between May and June to 22.1 per cent, its highest reading in a poll by the daily since April 2012.
Practices of so-called "soft landing" vary greatly.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Elle Laine settles into her mother's lap and cuddles her furry toy troll. Mother and daughter are acclimatising themselves to the nursery's ways in Tuomarila, Espoo, but outside activities are currently of no interest for the girl. Instead, big brother Eliel Laine, six, runs around comfortably with his new friends.
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A microbrewery boom is sweeping over Estonia. Over the past 12 months, half a dozen microbreweries have popped up, craft brews have appeared on the menus of restaurants and a new beer house has been established in Tallinn's Old Town.
Foreign men are in high demand particularly in the capital region and other university cities as young women struggle to find viable partner candidates among Finnish men, says Minna Säävälä, a senior researcher at the Family Federation of Finland.
The crisis in Ukraine was at risk of escalating further on Friday, after Ukraine announced that it has destroyed the majority of a column of Russian military vehicles that crossed the border into Ukraine. Russia has rejected the claims.
Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis continued, with President Sauli Niinistö meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia.
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Reducing costs, promoting sales and putting into service its new fleet of Airbus A350s. These three measures will enable Finnair to end its loss-making streak, believes Pekka Vauramo, the CEO at the national carrier.
“That is the trinity,” concurs Jorma Mäntynen, a professor at the Department of Information Management and Logistics of the Tampere University of Technology. “These are the key factors. It's quite another matter how they succeed,” he reminds.
Tuomas Kurttila, the Ombudsman for Children in Finland, has expressed his concern over the repercussions of allowing children to use their own smartphones in the classroom on educational equality.
One in ten children in Finland, he highlights, live in a family defined as poor.
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Two in three Finnish businesses support the economic sanctions imposed against Russia in spite of the fact that the sanctions have already complicated the operations of nearly half of the businesses, finds a survey conducted by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce among its members.
Half of the respondents viewed that the sanctions against Russia are justified and well-proportioned, while 16 per cent of the respondents indicated that they would even be prepared to step up the sanctions.
- Etla: Google search trends a sign of rising unemployment
- Economic situation is precarious regardless of growth forecasts, Stubb stresses
- Schools encouraged to make better use of smart devices
- Finns Party calls for an overhaul of Finnish alcohol policy
- Stockmann relatively unaffected by import bans
- Brand overhaul will cost Posti
- Game studio founded by four Finns sold for up to €75m
- Stubb determined to continue tweeting
- Land-use regulations are a barrier to competition in grocery sector, researcher agrees
- Lifting sanctions is easy and fast if conditions are met, says Tuomioja