Finland’s current trial of a guaranteed basic income was the inspiration behind a detailed feature by The Observer. Elsewhere, computer coders take a bus ride to Nigeria and basketball star Lauri Markkanen excels in Arizona. Oh, and Twitter goes crazy about Sauli Niinistö’s dog.
Under its German presidency, the G20 should push for carbon pricing. This would pursue a growth agenda that both protects the environment and lifts people out of poverty.
At first glance, the outlook for climate policy in 2017 does not look too promising: Donald Trump has become president of the U.S. and has presented an energy plan that does not mention climate change. Instead, it is based on shale gas and coal. In addition, Europe’s leadership in climate policy is in jeopardy; Brexit and rising populism in the run-up to elections on the continent threaten the world’s effort to mitigate climate change.
Cohu Experience has announced that its crowd-funding campaign has ended after raising a record-breaking almost 3.2 million euros from 535 private investors in Finland.
The Helsinki-based start-up, which was established to promote public participation in the commercial space industry, reveals in a press release that the first one million euros was raised in no more than 43 minutes.
Harri Melin, a professor of sociology at the University of Tampere, has warned that significant wage hikes are likely to be required to appease trade unions in the sector-specific bargaining negotiations scheduled for next autumn.
The Confederation of Finnish Industries’ (EK) recent unilateral decision to no longer pursue central-level agreements has put trade unions on alert, he explains.
The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has announced its decision to reduce the accommodation capacity of reception centres in Finland by approximately 1,100 beds by the end of August.
The decision, it reveals, will result in the closures of 11 reception centres – four of which are units for adults and families, and seven for unaccompanied minors – and in a decrease in the number of beds in an additional six reception centres.
Amnesty International has expressed its concern about the changes introduced to the asylum procedure in Finland in 2016.
The human rights watchdog highlights in its newly-published annual report that last year the right to free legal representation in asylum interviews was restricted to applicants with exceptional grounds for assistance. The deadlines for appealing against negative asylum decisions, in turn, were shortened from 30 to 21 days in second-instance and from 30 to 14 days in third-instance courts.
During the past five years, a revolution has occurred that has upended the taxi industry in cities around the world. Is a similar revolution about to occur for urban buses?
Some argue that the main distinctive features of UberX and Lyft are smartphone-based ride hailing and the controversial relationship between the companies and drivers. I argue that the biggest change has been regulatory.
These new taxi services have sidestepped long-standing municipal regulations that had restricted the number of cabs and kept prices high. In many ways, this innovation has been friendly to transit, as taxis and transit complement each other for city dwellers who choose not to own a car.
The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) has published the results of an acoustic-seismic survey conducted along the possible routes for a railway tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn between last August and November.
The results of the survey bode well for the tunnel project, although additional surveys will be required off of the coast of Tallinn.
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Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education and Culture, signed on Friday a decree to introduce a new qualification structure for vocational education and training in Finland, which will reduce the number of vocational qualifications from 351 to 164.
The objective of the overhaul is to improve the professional skills of graduates and enable them to respond more flexibly to the ever-changing demands of working life.
Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, has responded to criticism arising from her alleged involvement in the decision-making of Finavia, a state-owned airport operator.
The Social Democratic Party on Wednesday announced its intention to file a motion for a vote of no confidence against Berner due to her alleged role in a decision to drop claims for monetary damages for the derivatives losses incurred by Finavia in 2009–2012. The Left Alliance declared shortly afterwards that it supports the no-confidence vote.
Law enforcement officers have wrapped up the pre-trial investigation into a shooting that left three women dead in Imatra on 3 December.
The South-eastern Finland Police Department revealed in a press release yesterday that the 23-year-old suspect has confessed in interrogations to shooting the three women as they were stepping out of a restaurant onto a pedestrian street at approximately midnight.
A 35-year-old man held on suspicion of two manslaughters has revealed in interrogations that he sought to take his own life by crashing head-on into a vehicle on the opposite side of the road in Sastamala on Saturday.
“He says he didn’t realise that the oncoming vehicle was a light four-wheeled vehicle but [believed it to be] a larger vehicle,” a police spokesperson states in a press release published on Monday.