The rate of unemployment has continued to decline in Finland.
Statistics Finland reported on Tuesday that the rate of unemployment dropped by 0.6 percentage points year-on-year to 7.8 per cent in July as the ranks of the unemployed decreased by 18,000 to 214,000.
President Sauli Niinistö has expressed his concerns about growing social inequalities in Finland.
Niinistö pointed out in his speech at the Annual Meeting of Heads of Missions on Tuesday that a newly-published report on the social climate indicates that the country is not only becoming polarised but also growing increasingly discontent as a result of educational and income inequalities.
Scrapping provisions on minimum wages would be a way to promote job creation in Finland, estimates the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
Jari Gustafsson, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, argues in a guest contribution to Kauppalehti, a business-oriented newspaper, that simple tricks will not be enough to tackle the employment situation in Finland. “It is time for a serious discussion on which is the preferred alternative: the long-term unemployed living on social benefits or returning to the labour force on wages lower than prescribed in collective agreements,” he writes.
The Finnish Government has received praise for its proposal to allow over 60-year-old long-term unemployed to retire.
Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment, stated on Saturday that allowing elderly job seekers to retire would be an honourable act as even enhanced measures have proven insufficient in helping them find employment, wrote YLE.
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) has announced its decision to fund and develop a webshop allowing consumers to buy food directly from producers and small and medium members of the food industry.
MTK will participate in the project through Viestilehdet Oy, a leading producer of agriculture-related contents in Finland.
Inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin for an official visit to Finland in July was an excellent and justified decision, says Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Soini re-asserted his position on the issue after Margot Wallström, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated in an interview with Dagens Nyheter that Sweden would be unlikely to extend a similar invitation to Putin. “You must be careful when it comes to actions that can possibly be used for propaganda purposes or that can be interpreted as an acknowledgement of certain policies,” she explained to the daily newspaper.
Helsinki is one of the ten most liveable cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The EIU reports that the city shares tenth place with Zurich (CHE) in the 2015 Global Liveability Ranking – a ranking based on the performance of cities on 30 factors spread across the areas of education, environment, health care, infrastructure and stability.
The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) believes it is necessary to take action to promote the employment of childbearing-aged women.
Olli Koski, the chief economist at SAK, pointed out in a press conference yesterday that the employment rate for 25–44-year-old women is considerably lower in Finland than in Sweden, estimating that were it not for the difference, the overall employment rate would be 1.5 percentage points higher in Finland.
The European Union's future is not set in stone, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
“Brexit, internal and external security, immigration, economic problems, Europe's relatively weaker global standing – the European Union is now looking for direction and needs a clear vision. The window to influence is open here as well. Finland wants to participate in shaping the future of Europe,” he said yesterday at the Annual Meeting of Heads of Missions.
The S Group has revised its plans to collect information about the spending patterns of customers using its loyalty card, the S-Etukortti.
The retail co-operative sparked privacy concerns earlier this summer by announcing that it will begin collecting product-specific information on purchases made by the members of its loyalty programme and that, unlike its main rival Kesko, it will not allow its customers to prohibit the collection of information altogether.
Over 7,700 asylum seekers left or were removed from Finland during the course of 2015, confirms Esko Repo, the head of asylum affairs at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).
Uusi Suomi asked him to comment on the issue after Simon Elo (PS), a first-term Member of the Parliament, estimated in his blog that most of the additional 3,000 applicants whose whereabouts remain unknown to the authorities havealso left the country. “A total of 9,000–10,000 applicants who arrived in the country as part of last year's massive wave of asylum seekers have already left or been removed from Finland,” wrote Elo.