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Helsinki’s mayoral candidates are divided over a proposal to build a grand mosque in the city. Jan Vapaavuori (left) opposes, while Anni Sinnemäki (third from the right) is more supportive.

People should not get ahead of themselves in discussing the project to build a grand mosque in Helsinki, says Pia Jardi, the project manager of Helsinki Grand Mosque.

The City of Helsinki, she reminds, will oblige the project organisers to present detailed plans and calculations, also in regards to the funding of the construction project, before even considering granting a building permit for the mosque.

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A tent used by unsuccessful asylum seekers to protest against deportations at Helsinki Railway Square was destroyed in a fire in the early hours of Friday, 24 March, 2017.

Police are looking for a man dressed in dark clothes in connection with a fire that broke out in a tent used by unsuccessful asylum seekers protesting against deportations at Helsinki Railway Square in the early hours of Friday, 24 March, 2017.

A total of twelve people are believed to have been inside the tent at the time of the fire. One of them required hospital treatment for injuries sustained while putting out the fire.

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Atte Jääskeläinen, the senior editor-in-chief at YLE, states that his editorial decisions have not been influenced by parties outside the editorial office.

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.”

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The week against racism was launched by the Finnish Red Cross in Narinkkatori, Helsinki on 20 March 2017.

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”.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) signed the Rome Declaration during an informal summit in Rome on Saturday, 25 March, 2017.

The Rome Declaration, a joint statement signed by the leaders of 27 EU member states amid heavy security in Rome on Saturday, reflects the views of Finland on the future of the European Union, states Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“The key message is the unity of the union. Together, we can best respond to contemporary challenges, foster growth and stability, while promoting our common values and interests,” he said.

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YLE succumbed to political pressure by scaling down its coverage of a possible conflict of interest related to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Terrafame, according to the Finnish Council for Mass Media.

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.

The Finnish Council for Mass Media (JSN) ruled yesterday that scaling down its coverage of the issue, the national broadcaster infringed on two sections of the guidelines for journalists.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has reminded that the upcoming municipal elections are about more than the mayoral race that is heating up in Helsinki.
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has reminded that the upcoming municipal elections are about more than the mayoral race that is heating up in Helsinki.

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.

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Following the passing of the Equal Marriage Act, a wedding is held at the Kapsäkki music theater in Helsinki on March 1, 2017. This month a man identified as Ziryan celebrated becoming the first Kurd to hold a same-sex marriage ceremony in Finland.

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.

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A more entrepreneurship-friendly climate would benefit the entire country, according to the vast majority of Finns.
A more entrepreneurship-friendly climate would benefit the entire country, according to the vast majority of Finns.

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.

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Police have continued to investigate an incident that occurred near a public toilet in the corner of Helsinki Railway Square on Sunday.
Police have continued to investigate an incident that occurred near a public toilet in the corner of Helsinki Railway Square on Sunday.

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.

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Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko held a press conference in Helsinki on 21 March 2017 to discuss a recent opinion survey on Finnish asylum policy. The study was conducted by the University of Vaasa and commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior.

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.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has voiced his disapproval of the rhetoric employed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid the diplomatic row between Turkey and Europe.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has voiced his disapproval of the rhetoric employed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid the diplomatic row between Turkey and Europe.

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.

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Finns have access to one of the best social support networks in the world, according to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s World Happiness Report 2017.
Finns have access to one of the highest quality social support networks in the world, according to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN).

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.

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