Some of the five per cent productivity leap sought by the Government of Juha Sipilä (Centre) has already been achieved, estimates Olli Koski, the chief economist at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).
His estimate is based on a report released by the Information Committee on Cost and Income Developments.
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Stockmann must bring about a turn for the better by the end of the year and will concentrate resolutely on improving the competitiveness and profitability of its core businesses, Per Thelin, the chief executive of the traditional retailer, states in an interview with Viisas Raha.
The iconic department store operator began shedding its loss-making operations in accordance with its new strategy at the beginning of last year: it has announced its decision to pull back from its loss-making operations in Russia after already offloading Seppälä, shuttering its loss-making beauty and fashion stores, and initiating the sale of Hobby Hall.
Astrid Thors (SFP), the High Commissioner on National Minorities at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), expressed her concerns about the plans to tighten the criteria for family reunifications in an interview on YLE TV1 on Monday.
Thors, a former Minister of Migration and European Affairs, warned that the tighter criteria may become an obstacle to the social integration of immigrants.
The rules on refugees should be updated as soon as possible because the flow of refugees to Europe will intensify considerably over the next two decades, estimates Osmo Soininvaara, a former chairperson of the Green League.
“My personal impression is that this tide of refugees is only the beginning. A considerably larger number of refugees will make their way to Europe over the next 20 years – not millions but tens of millions. Just look at the population projections for Africa! The rules should be re-considered because this tide alone has disoriented Europe,” Soininvaara writes on his blog.
Finland has decided to take in 600 Syrian refugees from Turkish camps as part of the yearly quota of 750 the country adopted in 2001.
Quota refugees differ from those who apply for asylum at the border or after entering the country. Quota refugees are selected from refugees who are already in a safe third country and have registered with the UNHCR. They are granted asylum immediately upon selection and transferred directly to houses prepared for them in Finnish municipalities. There, they start a normal life; the kids are put to school or daycare, and the adults start the integration process by learning Finnish.
A few years ago, I made a series of documentaries about quota refugees for the Finnish TV. My crew and I followed the whole process. We travelled to Iran with the 14-member selection committee and filmed the lives of some of the Afghan refugees in Tehran, the selection process and the cultural orientation course arranged afterwards, their trip to Finland, and settlement in their homes. We then followed their lives for the first five years.
The speech delivered by President Sauli Niinistö at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday was exceptional both in terms of its content and the subsequent reactions, Markku Jokisipilä, the director at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies of the University of Turku, gauges in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
Jokisipilä is hesitant to estimate whether the speech and reactions were utterly unprecedented but acknowledges that the speech has stirred up an unusual flurry of comments and criticism.
President Sauli Niinistö did not mince his words in criticising the debate culture in Finland at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“We have also become too accustomed to raising our voices at one another. Men, women, the tolerant, the intolerant and many others – including the police – have been criticised. We have indeed verbally abused each other in the most thoroughgoing manner,” he stated.
“Caruna is using its customers to cover its grid acquisition costs while siphoning profits out of Finland”
Jarkko Eloranta, the president of the Trade Union for Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL), has lashed out at Caruna for what he estimates is a horrible arrangement to cover the costs of its recent power grid acquisition and siphon its profits out of Finland.
“An individual customer has no choice but to pay because power grid operators have a natural monopoly in their area of operation,” Eloranta argues in a blog entry.
Ex-Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (Centre) envisions in his new, self-published book Ulkopolitiikka (Eng. Foreign Policy) that the increasing co-operation between Finland and Sweden will eventually evolve into a bilateral union.
“I represent the school of thought that one should be very precise in regards to questions of war and peace,” he writes.
Anyone who knows how to pronounce the word ‘asylum’ is allowed into Europe and Finland, President Sauli Niinistö stated in his address at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“At some point, someone has to recognise that, here and now, we cannot fulfil all of our obligations under international agreements,” he said.
Ecologist Ilkka Hanski has received a prestigious international award for his ground-breaking scientific achievements.
Hanski became yesterday the first European scientist to receive the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Protection Biology, which – according to a press release published by the University of Helsinki – is valued at 400,000 euros.
- Consumers' Union calls for legislative change to curb increases in electricity distribution charges
- Sipilä in media limelight for dropping his promise to accommodate asylum seekers
- Sipilä comes under severe criticism for education cuts
- A dozen companies have declared their interest in competing with VR
- “It's hard to imagine Russia isn't involved in flow of migrants to Finland”
- Increases in electricity distribution charges could be capped, says Rehn
- Jäätteenmäki: Finland has welcomed too many in too short a time
- Alahuhta criticises cuts in education spending
- Sipilä's announcement receives a warm welcome from labour market bosses
- Finns Party to abandon coalition if it undermines general applicability