Alexander Stubb (NCP), the Prime Minister of Finland, believes the sanctions imposed against Russia by the European Union on Tuesday are regrettable but necessary in light of the failure to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine through negotiations.
“EU countries were left with no choice but to introduce further sanctions,” Stubb explains in a bulletin issued by the Finnish Government.
Russia must shoulder its responsibility in Ukraine, Lenita Toivakka (NCP), the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, emphasises in a blog entry posted on Tuesday. It is the duty of Finland, she writes, to respond to the actions of Russia through direct negotiations and the tougher economic sanctions imposed by the European Union.
“The EU will use the power it has – the economy,” Toivakka assures. “The EU will turn the screw one notch at a time, as Finland has wanted.”
The recent heat wave has introduced swarms of shirtless men to the street scene of many a Finnish city. Although several passers-by are rankled by the sight, bare-chestedness is generally prohibited only in restaurants and shopping centres.
“It's absolutely awful when men walk the streets shirtless,” exclaims Seija Latvala. “At the beach, they can get naked for all I care. Everyone ought to put on a little something,” she views.
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American real estate giant Zillow has agreed to acquire its rival Trulia in an all-share transaction worth 3.5 billion dollars, or 2.6 billion euros, The New York Times reported on Monday.
From a Finnish viewpoint, the takeover is interesting because one of the two co-founders of Trulia is Finland's Sami Inkinen, who remains a board member at the real estate firm.
Finnish candidates in the 2014 European elections paid an average of 71,900 euros – including 18,180 euros from their own pockets – for a seat in the European Parliament, their campaign finance reports indicate.
All of the candidates required to file the report did so by Monday's deadline.
The Police of Finland has granted the Norwegian Police Service a permission to operate armed within Finnish borders.
“I was assigned the task by the National Police Board on Thursday. The Norwegian Police requested a permission to enter Finland with weapons,” says Seppo Kinnunen, a deputy chief constable at the Lapland Police Department.
Roughly ten times.
That is how many times 15-year-old Alexandra Laine has been approached by a man offering to buy her intoxicants in exchange for sexual favours. The first time she was approached, Laine was no older than 13.
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While Finland remains mired in recession, the Finnish unemployment rate crept up to 9.6 per cent between April and June, according to Statistics Finland.
Despite the bleak economic climate, more than half of Finns are not afraid of being laid off, finds a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.
Ville Oksanen, a vice chairman at Electronic Frontier Finland (Effi), has expressed his doubts over the ability of Russia to crack the Tor network.
On Saturday, Helsingin Sanomat wrote that the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs is offering nearly four million roubles, or roughly 85,000 euros, to anyone for a way to decrypt data transmitted over the anonymous browsing network.
Erkki Tuomioja (SDP), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, considers the recent killings of two Finnish relief workers in Afghanistan regrettable but reminds that conditions in the country remain dangerous for all foreign nationals.
“Also for relief workers,” he highlights. “This has happened before, but this is the first time Finns have been targeted in an attack.”
Finnish summer weather has proven unusually unpredictable this year. First, the country experienced its coldest June in several decades and then on Friday the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) estimated that this week has been the hottest in over 50 years.
Anniina Törmä, a meteorologist at Helsingin Sanomat, says that this week temperatures have hovered roughly five degrees Celsius above long-term averages across the country and that overall the month has been exceptionally warm.
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