Over 18,000 Finns have expressed their support for a citizens' initiative calling for a right to health care professionals to refuse to participate in performing abortions on grounds of personal or religious convictions.
The initiative will be presented to the Parliament for discussion if it accumulates a minimum of 50,000 statements of support. An earlier bill on abortion only received marginal support beyond the ranks of the Christian Democrats.
The crisis in Ukraine and the Nato-Russia relationship were unsurprisingly at the centre of attention as Finnish foreign policy-makers addressed the most pressing foreign policy issues at the Annual Meeting of Finnish Heads of Mission in Helsinki on Tuesday.
Erkki Tuomioja (SDP), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, estimated that the crisis in Ukraine is unlikely to alter the foundation of Finnish foreign policy and security. Regardless, he reminded, it remains premature to rule out even the worst-case scenario.
The construction of a new children's hospital began in Meilahti, Helsinki, on Tuesday amid a jubilant atmosphere, after the fund-raising campaign reached – and exceeded – its donation target of 30 million euros only hours before the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony.
The donation to push the fund-raising campaign over the finish line was received from Naisopettajat ry, an association of female teachers that decided on Tuesday to dissolve and donate the 300,000 euros it had accumulated from membership fees over its roughly 100-year history.
The annual profits of Espoo are set to nosedive tens of millions into the red, with practically no light at the end of the tunnel.
If the projection proves accurate, Espoo would require up to 100 million euros – the difference between its projected annual contribution margin and the objective set for this year. The need for funds, in turn, has not disappeared as Espoo continues to grow and has committed to to major investments, such as the western metro extension, for years to come. A decision on a ceiling on investments has been taken, but the ceiling is to be pierced repeatedly in the years to come.
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Huhtamäki, a Finnish disposable packaging manufacturer, came under severe criticism as the United Steelworkers of North America (USW) held its international convention in Las Vegas in mid-August, reveals Petri Vanhala, the chairman at the Finnish Paper Workers' Union.
“The members were very angry at the actions of Huhtamäki. It was a major theme in the convention of 3,000 members,” Vanhala tells.
Oulu is portrayed in a rather dim light in a study published this week by the University of Eastern Finland and Finnish Consulting Group.
The study indicates that the number of years of potential life lost to suicides in Oulu between 2006 and 2010 was over 25 per cent higher than the national average.
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Stockmann is desperate for a way out of trouble.
The traditional retailer announced on Tuesday that Hannu Penttilä will surrender the duties of chief executive prior to his scheduled retirement at the turn of the year, with Kaj-Gustaf Bergh, the chairman of Stockmann's board of directors, named as his interim replacement.
The Finns Party will seek to emerge as the largest party in Finland after next year's parliamentary elections, Timo Soini, the chairperson of the opposition party, stated on Tuesday.
“Our political rivals are in poor condition: tired and discordant. The Government of [Alexander] Stubb (NCP) and [Antti] Rinne (SDP) with its bur parties is bad. Bad,” Soini underlined while addressing the party faithful in Vantaa.
Finns may have an overly positive image of the public health care system, estimates Ilkka Vohlonen, a professor of health policy at the University of Eastern Finland.
“Cancer is a big problem in certain districts of Northern Espoo and Tampere, for example. This is probably due to the fact that treatment has been delayed for some reason or that people simply do not realise to seek treatment,” he highlights.
All 14 municipalities of the capital region agreed on Monday to increase the amount of land allocated annually for residential development by a quarter in 2016—2019 in exchange for the commitment of the Finnish Government to contribute toward the costs of various road construction projects.
The agreement will see municipalities initiate construction on a total of 15,000—16,250 new condominiums per year.
Laura Räty (NCP), the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, has defended her tax avoidance tactics by arguing that it is easier for physicians to organise their workload with a specific corporate arrangement.
Prior to her appointment as the head of the Department of Social Services and Health Care of Helsinki, Räty worked as an on-duty physician at MedOne (currently Attendo), a private practitioner at Mehiläinen and a house physician at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.
- Finnish companies lack a clear message
- Survey: under-25s play more than ever
- Indifference behind Russian airspace violations, Haglund gauges
- Räty overlooked hundreds of thousands of Finns
- Many work nearly 40 hours a week
- Small ready-to-move-in flats sell fast
- There is no reason to fear Russia, Stubb views
- Aarnio suspected of misleading KRP
- Police to implement automatic number plate recognition technology
- Significant share of children in some daycare centres in Capital Region have an immigrant background