Uusimaa residents are the happiest bunch in Finland, finds a survey by Alma Media.
Uusimaa residents are the happiest bunch in Finland, finds a survey by Alma Media.

 

Most Finns feel happy at least relatively often, indicates a survey by Alma Media.

The survey found that the happiest regions in Finland are Uusimaa and Lapland, with 90 per cent of respondents from Uusimaa and 89 per cent of respondents from Lapland indicating they feel happy at least relatively often.

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Anna-Maja Henriksson, the chairperson of the Swedish People’s Party, has urged all stakeholders for calm amid continuing uncertainty over the timetable of the social, health care and regional government reform.
Anna-Maja Henriksson, the chairperson of the Swedish People’s Party, has urged all stakeholders for calm amid continuing uncertainty over the timetable of the social, health care and regional government reform.

 

Anna-Maja Henriksson, the chairperson of the Swedish People’s Party, has expressed her bewilderment with the political quarrel that broke out yesterday over the timetable of the social, health care and regional government reform.

“It has been saddening to follow the latest twists in the row,” she stated. “We should calm down and re-establish a constructive debate culture.”

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Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, believes the EU should raise its refugee quota tenfold to roughly 250,000.
Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, believes the EU should raise its refugee quota tenfold to roughly 250,000.

 

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has called for a thorough overhaul of the migrant and refugee policy of the European Union.

Mykkänen on Wednesday announced his readiness to effectively abolish the current system of cross-border asylum applications and only allow the submission of applications at borders in special circumstances, while simultaneously substantially raising the refugee quotas of both Finland and the European Union.

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Wärtsilä projects that the share of wind power of electricity generation could surge from less than five to over 40 per cent in Finland by 2030.
Wärtsilä projects that the share of wind power of electricity generation could surge from less than five to over 40 per cent in Finland by 2030.

 

Wärtsilä believes the Finnish energy system should be developed by increasing wind power generation substantially and discontinuing the nuclear power plant projects in Loviisa and Pyhäjoki, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

The Finnish provider of technology and life-cycle solutions for the marine and energy industries has calculated that an energy system with an emphasis on wind power would reduce the costs of electricity generation by 27 per cent when compared to a system with an emphasis on nuclear power.

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The EU’s priority in attempting to bring migration under control must be to eliminate the factors that force people to leave their homes, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
The EU’s priority in attempting to bring migration under control must be to eliminate the factors that force people to leave their homes, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, have discussed measures to bring migration under control in preparation for the EU summit to be held in Brussels on 28–29 June.

Disagreements over asylum seekers have recently escalated into a political feud in Germany and created tensions between member states of the EU.

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Erkki Liikanen, the outgoing Governor of the Bank of Finland, commented on the economic situation and monetary policy making in Finland in a press conference in Helsinki on Tuesday, 19 June.
Erkki Liikanen, the outgoing Governor of the Bank of Finland, commented on the economic situation and monetary policy making in Finland in a press conference in Helsinki on Tuesday, 19 June.

 

The Finnish economy is poised to continue its robust growth in the years to come, forecasts the Bank of Finland.

The Bank of Finland on Tuesday revealed it has revised up its growth forecast for 2018 to 2.9 per cent, for 2019 to 2.2 per cent and for 2020 to 1.7 per cent as a consequence of favourable productivity developments, financing conditions and strong demand for exports.

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Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, discussed the government’s revisions to its social, health care and regional government reform bill in a presser in Helsinki on Monday, 18 June.
Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, discussed the government’s revisions to its social, health care and regional government reform bill in a presser in Helsinki on Monday, 18 June.

 

Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, has revealed the government has decided to postpone the official and mandatory adoption of the so-called freedom of choice laws by one year until 2022.

The Finnish government announced yesterday that the counties to be created in the social, health care and regional government reform will be able to establish social and health care centres as early as 2020 as long as the centres meet the necessary criteria and have obtained the necessary permits.

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The Finnish Construction Trade Union has expressed its opposition to the government’s plans to impose additional activity requirements on unemployed job seekers.
The Finnish Construction Trade Union has expressed its opposition to the government’s plans to impose additional activity requirements on unemployed job seekers.

 

Kyösti Suokas, the vice chairperson of the Finnish Construction Union, has expressed his strong opposition to the proposal to supplement the much-criticised activation model for unemployment security.

The Finnish government revealed earlier this month it is intent on supplementing the activation model by, for example, obliging unemployed job seekers to apply for a minimum of four jobs a month under the threat of a temporary suspension of unemployment benefits.

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Finnish exports are expected to continue their growth but at a slower pace than in recent years, according to the latest economic forecast of the Ministry of Finance.
Finnish exports are expected to continue their growth but at a slower pace than in recent years, according to the latest economic forecast of the Ministry of Finance.

 

The Ministry of Finance has upgraded its growth forecast for Finland for 2018.

Its latest economic survey indicates that the national economy will grow at a clip of 2.9 per cent this year but also that the growth will slow down considerably in the following years – to 1.8 per cent in 2019 and to 1.7 per cent in 2020.

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President Sauli Niinistö spoke to members of the media before delivering the opening remarks of the sixth edition of the Kultaranta Talks in Naantali, South-west Finland, on Sunday, 17 June.
President Sauli Niinistö spoke to members of the media before delivering the opening remarks of the sixth edition of the Kultaranta Talks in Naantali, South-west Finland, on Sunday, 17 June.

 

The European Union’s position in the international order remains a concern for President Sauli Niinistö, who is hosting the Kultaranta Talks in Naantali, South-west Finland, on Sunday and Monday.

“The European Union is not strong enough,” he stated to members of the media before delivering the opening remarks of the annual debate session on foreign and security policy. “I’ve wondered if the world has indeed gone so far that power is the only thing that’s respected.”

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Reijo Heiskanen, the chief economist at OP Financial Group, recommends that households conduct stress tests to determine if they are prepared for the possibility of interest rates rising before expected.
Reijo Heiskanen, the chief economist at OP Financial Group, recommends that households conduct stress tests to determine if they are prepared for the possibility of interest rates rising before expected.

 

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) recent announcement about its key interest rates has been widely interpreted as an indication that the interest rates will not rise until December 2019.

Reijo Heiskanen, the chief economist at OP Financial Group, reminds that it is also possible that the interest rates will be raised before the final few months of next year. “The ECB can’t rule out the possibility that it raises the interest rates sooner if the data indicates that’s what it should do,” he tweeted on Friday.

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Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS) was fined for assaulting and sexually harassing his female colleague on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki.
Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS) was fined for assaulting and sexually harassing his female colleague on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki.

 

Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS), a second-term Member of Parliament from Central Finland, has been found guilty of assaulting and sexually harassing one of his female colleagues, Veera Ruoho (NCP), in the Parliament House in December 2017.

Hakkarainen was issued a fine equivalent to 45 days’ pay on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki, according to YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.

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A photograph dated 23 August 2017 shows police officers and volunteers standing at the site of what has been confirmed as the first terrorist attack in the history of Finland.
A photograph dated 23 August 2017 shows police officers and volunteers standing at the site of what has been confirmed as the first terrorist attack in the history of Finland.

 

Abderrahman Bouanane has been sentenced to life in prison for a stabbing spree that left two dead and eight injured in Turku, South-west Finland, in August 2017.

The District Court of Varsinais-Suomi on Friday, 15 June, found the 23-year-old man guilty of two murders committed with terrorist intent and eight attempted murders committed with terrorist intent, effectively confirming that the stabbings were the first terrorist attack in the history of Finland.

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