The Social Democratic Party has stated that it will not back an interpellation to be lodged against the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) by the Finns Party.
The Finns Party has invited all opposition parties to support its interpellation to determine if the government has succeeded in its asylum policy, the integration of immigrants, maintaining social peace, and protecting children and citizens.
Martin Scheinin, a professor of international law and human rights at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, says he would be hesitant to ban the display of national-socialist symbols in Finland.
Scheinin points out that the public display of a symbol such as swastika can constitute ethnic agitation depending on the context and objective of the user already under the current legislation, regardless of whether the symbol is accompanied by a verbal message.
Four people were brought into custody for brandishing flags with swastikas during a national-socialist protest called Kohti vapautta (Eng. Towards Freedom) organised in Helsinki on Independence Day, 6 December, by the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM).
The three flags were confiscated and their bearers brought into custody in order to safeguard public order and security, commented Seppo Kujala, a superintendent at the Helsinki Police Department.
Calls for expediting the removals of foreign nationals convicted of crimes have intensified in the wake of reports that several men of foreign background are suspected of raping and sexually abusing underage girls in Oulu, North Ostrobothnia.
President Sauli Niinistö already last month approved amendments to the aliens act to enable authorities to expedite the implementation of removal orders issued on grounds of security concerns.
Many Finns will have to re-think their consumption habits due to an upcoming reform of tax processing practices in Finland, says Hannu Nummiaro, an economist at Lähi-Tapiola.
Nummiaro estimates that budgeting for the winter holiday season – the busiest shopping season of the year – will become more difficult for some consumers as of next year, because tax refunds will be disbursed to most individual taxpayers in August instead of December.
Tarja Filatov (SDP), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Employment and Equality Committee, has voiced her puzzlement with the fact that the government is about to reduce the waiting period for unemployment benefits only for employees who have been made redundant.
The waiting period would thus shorten from 90 to 60 days for employees who have been laid off, but remain at 90 days for employees who resign voluntarily.
The Oulu Police Department on Wednesday revealed that a total of 10 people of foreign background have been brought into custody in connection with sex and violent crimes against three under 15-year-old girls in Oulu, North Ostrobothnia.
Eight of the suspects have been detained by the District Court of Oulu.
We are getting closer to the Parliamentary Elections, and it is a good time to consider which economic priorities we need to make. The discussion needs to be about which priorities we need to make in each sector of society, especially within the education sector. Cuts in combination with a constantly changing world and a labour market where knowledge gets old like we never seen before, it is important to prioritise.
CLIMATE CHANGE is impossible to ignore. It is an issue that is already happening at an increasingly worrying rate which leads to a multitude of problems; the majority of all humanitarian conflicts are caused by or affiliated with climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report underlining a clear message: the mere act of limiting global warming to 1.5°C needs extreme action from all humankind. The thousands of demonstrators who assembled at the Senate Square cannot be wrong. A transition towards a non-emission system is necessary not just for ecological, but also for economic reasons.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Finnish Minister of Finance, has revealed that the government agreed this morning to present its proposal for introducing equity savings accounts for small investors to the Parliament.
“We’re making progress on an important reform,” he rejoiced on Twitter.
The Green League has recorded a considerable up-tick in popularity after its recent leadership shuffle, reports YLE.
The public broadcasting company says its latest opinion poll indicates that popular support for the opposition party has surged by 2.6 percentage points to 13.9 per cent after the party handed over its reins to Pekka Haavisto on 3 November.
“This place can take you anywhere”: Four Students on Why They Chose Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
WITH JOINT APPLICATIONS just around the corner, tens of thousands of people are now feverishly trawling through websites and brochures in an attempt to make the most important decision of their career.
This year, a record number of students will be entering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral education, including thousands of international students representing hundreds of countries. A majority of those students will be conducting their studies here in Helsinki, which is home to most of the top-ranked institutions in the country.
One of those institutions is the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, established in 2008, the largest UAS in Finland,now boasting over 16,000 students, 1500 of them with international background, representing 90 nationalities.
The Finnish Consumer and Competition Authority (KKV) is demanding that fines of a total of four million euros be imposed on two companies for participating in a price-fixing cartel in the market for expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation products in Finland.
KKV on Tuesday stated that illegal co-operation between the competitors resulted in a spike in the prices of EPS insulation, causing harm to consumers, businesses and public sector operators nationwide.