Arriving in Nebraska by chance 25 years ago, a Finnish photojournalist has now won an international award for his photos capturing rural America. Staying with the US, a Midwest museum is celebrating the art of Finnish immigrants in Michigan. Other international news from this week focused on Scotland’s admiration for Finnish schooling, an Arctic wind park investment and the same-sex marriage of a Kurd in Helsinki.
A recent study has revealed that Finns are worried about the polarization of opinion in public discussions about asylum seekers.
Conducted by the University of Vaasa, the study was commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior in order to find out the attitude of Finns towards the government’s asylum policy and the current situation regarding refugees in Finland. 68% of respondents felt that public debates have become dominated by extreme opinions.
Election Talk gives candidates running in the municipal elections a chance to discuss their views on the increasingly international aspect of Finnish society, as well as how this will affect their work if they are elected. Voting will take place on 9 April 2017, with advance voting between 29 March and 4 April. The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Helsinki Times.
Why is an architect, who has so often written negatively about voting in elections, now a candidate for the municipal elections of Helsinki?
Organized every year by the Finnish Red Cross, the week against racism 2017 began on Monday with a series of interactive and educational events held across the country.
The campaign aims to foster a discussion between communities and individuals about the best ways to create an inclusive and safe society. Joined by dozens of athletes, sports societies and participating organizations, the Red Cross is hoping that the campaign will “comment on how a dream society is built through practical acts and decisions”.
If all politics is local, then so too must be dealing with climate change. In Canada, the Province of British Columbia has empowered municipalities to take on the initiatives required to address sustainability at the local level.
How do we make our cities more climate friendly and sustainable?
Since 2011, a team of researchers and partners from local government and non-governmental organizations, under the direction of Professor Ann Dale of Royal Roads University, has been looking at how municipal governments in British Columbia, Canada have responded to provincial climate policy. From 2012 to 2014, we reviewed 180 cities and municipalities, First Nations and regional districts; identified 11 cases of best practice; and interviewed representatives of those communities to see what they were doing and how well it was working.
The vast majority of the public are of the opinion that creating a more entrepreneurship-friendly climate would be in the best interests of Finland, indicates a survey commissioned by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA).
Nearly four-fifths (77%) of the 2,040 respondents to the survey estimated that adopting a more positive attitude towards entrepreneurship would benefit the entire country.
The Centre, the National Coalition and the Social Democrats are practically neck and neck heading into next month’s municipal elections, indicates an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.
The poll found that popular support for the Social Democrats stands currently at 19.9 per cent, that for the Centre at 19.6 per cent and that for the National Coalition at 19.0 per cent.
Atte Jääskeläinen, the senior editor-in-chief at YLE, has told that he has no intention to resign despite the ruling issued by the Finnish Council for Mass Media (JSN) on Thursday.
“I’m not planning on resigning,” he stated in a live video interview with YLE on Thursday. “Promoting responsible journalism is for me a decision based on values. I’ve tried to make decisions carefully and responsibly.”
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has voiced his disapproval of the remarks made by Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, in the heat of the escalating diplomatic row between Turkey and Europe.
Erdogan warned in a news conference on Wednesday that Europeans in any part of the world would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up with their current attitude towards Turkey.
Law enforcement authorities have made progress in their investigation into an incident in which an asylum seeker was pepper-sprayed in the face at Helsinki Railway Square on Sunday, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
Mika Helminen, the detective inspector in charge of the pre-trial investigation, revealed to the newspaper yesterday that the assault suspect has confessed to spraying the victim in preliminary interrogations.
YLE has been reprimanded for succumbing to political pressure in its coverage of a possible conflict of interest related to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Terrafame, a state-owned nickel and zinc miner based in Sotkamo.
Valmet Automotive has signed an agreement for manufacturing the next generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars at its assembly plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland.
The manufacturing contract will elevate the co-operation between Daimler and Valmet Automotive to new heights and boost the order books of the assembly plant for years to come, Ilpo Korhonen, the chief executive at the automotive manufacturer, rejoices in a press release.
Finland is the fifth happiest nation in the world, according to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (UNSDSN) World Happiness Report 2017.
The Nordic countries, overall, fared well in the landmark survey of the state of happiness around the world, with Norway coming in at number one, Denmark at number two, Iceland at number three and Sweden at number ten.