The interrelation between the defence solutions of Finland and Sweden is the main conclusion to be drawn from a recent assessment of the effects of the possible Nato membership of Finland, gauges Jussi Niinistö (PS), the Minister of Defence.
“If Sweden decided to join Nato without Finland, we would end up in a difficult position. If, on the other hand, Finland joined and Sweden did not, the situation would be difficult for us. We would then become some sort of a strategic outpost,” Niinistö writes on his blog on Puheenvuoro.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has confirmed that he will challenge Alexander Stubb (NCP) in the race to take over the reins of the National Coalition Party.
“I can't be satisfied with the current state of the National Coalition, nor with the amount of support the National Coalition currently enjoys,” Orpo said after announcing his candidacy in a press conference at the Parliament House on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has unveiled a ten-point action plan to combat hate speech and racism and encourage social participation in Finland.
“Hate speech and racism are absolutely deplorable phenomena. No one should have to live in a climate where some openly challenge the position of others as equal members of the community. The climate in Finland has changed, and that calls for action,” Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education and Culture, states in a press release.
Finland would improve its immediate security environment but also risk becoming embroiled in an extended and serious crisis with Russia by joining Nato, a four-member task force concludes in its newly-published report to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
“Even if tensions did arise, they would not necessarily result in an open conflict because Russia would be aware of the fact that any infraction would drag the entire alliance [into the dispute],” the task force writes.
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Helsingin Mylly has announced that it has doubled the production capacity of its oat mill in Vaasa in an attempt to respond to a sharp increase in the demand for oat products both from domestic and global markets.
“The oat mill investment is directed particularly to Asian markets,” Miska Kuusela, the managing director of the family business, states in a press release.
The University of Helsinki has announced massive lay-offs despite closing its books for last year with a surplus of 46 million euros, the Finnish Union of University Professors and the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers point out in a joint press release.
“A university is not a company the purpose of which is to generate a profit,” reminds Kaarle Hämeri, the chairperson of the Finnish Union of University Professors. “It is possible to post a balanced annual financial statement without resorting to lay-offs.”
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has come under criticism for estimating that de-centralisation could be used as a means to promote the competitiveness of Finland.
“The Centre is committed to ensuring the entire country remains inhabited. I would seek to gain a competitive advantage through de-centralisation rather than centralisation,” he stated in his speech before the party council of the Centre on Saturday.
Both the number of marriages and divorces increased in Finland in 2015, reports Statistics Finland.
A total of 24,708 couples said “I do” to each other during the course of last year, signalling an increase of 246 from the previous year, while a total of 13,939 marriages ended in a divorce, signalling an increase of 257 from the previous year.
Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education and Culture, is open to the idea of eradicating entrance examinations in higher education.
The Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT) proposed yesterday that the entrance examinations be eradicated and replaced with an admission system based upon performance in the matriculation examination, a centralised application register and a smart algorithm.
Only a quarter of the asylum applications that were received in the second half of last year and that have been processed were successful, Esko Repo, the head of asylum affairs at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), reveals in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
“Decisions for a total of 7,500 applicants were made during the course of last year. 25 per cent of them were positive. The percentage for this year is the same. A quarter of the applicants are allowed to stay in Finland,” he says.
Finland is the second fairest country in the developed world for children, suggests a report published by Unicef.
The report, Fairness for Children, examined inequalities in child well-being in a total of 41 member states of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with a particular focus on the gap between children at the bottom and those in the middle.
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