GRIM ALLEGATIONS HAVE SURFACED this week, detailing systemic and sustained sexual abuse of teenage asylum seekers in a reception centre in Oravais in Western Finland. 

According to reports from the local Vasabladet newspaper, former employees of the centre have publicly alleged that female supervisors have been involved in sexual relations with boys aged between 16 and 17 years old for an extended period of time. The identities of those involved remain private. 

The Ruthsgården Reception Centre, where the alleged activities took place, describes itself as “a group home” for unaccompanied asylum seekers to “learn about Finnish society” and enjoy a “safe, meaningful, and educational” environment.

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The Green League on Thursday unveiled what it describes as an ambitious investment programme for developing the railway infrastructure and improving rail connections in Finland. (Credit: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)
The Green League on Thursday unveiled what it describes as an ambitious investment programme for developing the railway infrastructure and improving rail connections in Finland. (Credit: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

 

The Green League is calling for investments of roughly 10 billion euros in developing the railway infrastructure in Finland.

The opposition party proposed yesterday that 8.8–11.3 billion euros be invested in building new high-speed rail connections from Helsinki to Kouvola, Tampere and Turku, and in developing rail services in Greater Helsinki.

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The Finnish government should take action to accelerate the modernisation of the vehicle fleet, concludes a task force appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
The Finnish government should take action to accelerate the modernisation of the vehicle fleet, concludes a task force appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Finland must raise the fuel tax and adopt road tolls in urban areas if it is to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 2045, concludes an expert task force appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The task force presented its final report on measures to achieve the objective in Helsinki on Wednesday, 12 December.

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Ville Tavio (PS) has argued the government should have sought parliamentary approval for the so-called global compact for migration (GCM), an intergovernmental pact prepared under the auspices of the UN General Assembly. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Ville Tavio (PS) has argued the government should have sought parliamentary approval for the so-called global compact for migration (GCM), an intergovernmental pact prepared under the auspices of the UN General Assembly. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti has reiterated that the newly adopted global compact for migration (GCM) is not a treaty and consequently did not have to be submitted for parliamentary approval.

Pöysti commented on the much-discussed intergovernmental pact on migration following a complaint by Ville Tavio (PS), a first-term Member of Parliament from Lappeenranta.

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Counter-protesters gathered to voice their disapproval of a protest march organised by Finnish neo-Nazis in Helsinki, Finland, on Independence Day, 6 December 2018. (Credit: Lehtikuva)
Counter-protesters gathered to voice their disapproval of a protest march organised by Finnish neo-Nazis in Helsinki, Finland, on Independence Day, 6 December 2018. (Credit: Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government has watered down its proposal to amend the assembly act following grumbling from the opposition parties.

The government proposed earlier this year that the organisers of public meetings be obliged to notify police of the meeting at least three days, rather than six hours, prior to the beginning of the meeting. It has now amended the proposal to lengthen the notification window from six hours to one day.

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“Great you are from Finland, we just needed someone to talk about education.”

I was recently in London taking part in a refugee conference. Once again these were the welcoming words.

 WHEREVER I GO, I find myself answering questions concerning Finnish policies on education. The global interest for Finnish education remains, regardless of the problems and issues we have currently in our domestic education policies. Other countries expect that in Finland educational matters are always considered with great care and on research-basis.

 Therefore, I think we should currently focus on education both globally and locally.

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Antti Pelttari, the director general of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo), unveiled Supo’s national security review in a press conference in Helsinki on Monday, 10 December. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Antti Pelttari, the director general of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo), unveiled Supo’s national security review in a press conference in Helsinki on Monday, 10 December. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

The threat of terrorism remains at the level elevated in Finland, according to the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo).

Supo on Monday published its inaugural national security review, estimating that terrorist organisations operating in the country will likely seek to recruit and radicalise more supporters in the near future. 

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Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, believes stripping people convicted of aggravated sex crimes of Finnish citizenship would not go against the public sense of justice. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, believes stripping people convicted of aggravated sex crimes of Finnish citizenship would not go against the public sense of justice. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has revealed that he is in theory willing to consider expanding the scope of a legislative proposal that would enable authorities to strip dual citizens convicted of terrorist and treasonable offences of Finnish citizenship.

“It wouldn’t go against my own sense of justice if it was possible to strip citizenship of people [convicted of aggravated sex crimes],” he told Uusi Suomi on Thursday.

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“Great you are from Finland, we just needed someone to talk about education.”

I was recently in London taking part in a refugee conference. Once again these were the welcoming words.

 WHEREVER I GO, I find myself answering questions concerning Finnish policies on education. The global interest for Finnish education remains, regardless of the problems and issues we have currently in our domestic education policies. Other countries expect that in Finland educational matters are always considered with great care and on research-basis.

 Therefore, I think we should currently focus on education both globally and locally.

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Mika Anttonen, the board chairperson at St1, attended a seminar on climate change hosted by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in Helsinki on Monday, 10 December. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Mika Anttonen, the board chairperson at St1, attended a seminar on climate change hosted by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in Helsinki on Monday, 10 December. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Mika Anttonen, the founder and largest shareholder of St1, has reiterated his message about the importance of land use for efforts to combat climate change at a seminar hosted by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in Helsinki on Monday.

“If the number of photosynthesising plants goes up or down by 10 per cent, its impact will be greater than emissions from fossil energy sources,” he explained.

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Ville Tavio (right) of the Finns Party has crossed a line that has never been crossed before in the Finnish Parliament, says Antti Lindtman (left) of the Social Democrats. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Ville Tavio (right) of the Finns Party has crossed a line that has never been crossed before in the Finnish Parliament, says Antti Lindtman (left) of the Social Democrats. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Ville Tavio (PS), a first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament, on Wednesday provoked the disapproval of many of his fellow lawmakers by likening the European Union to Nazi Germany.

Tavio stated during a parliamentary discussion on the future of the 28-country bloc that people who support Finnish independence and the nation state are occasionally made to feel like they are part of some kind of a minority in Finland.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) on Monday urged Finland to adopt an active approach to developing a market for carbon sinks in Europe. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) on Monday urged Finland to adopt an active approach to developing a market for carbon sinks in Europe. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) says Finland should take steps toward establishing a so-called carbon exchange during its upcoming presidency of the European Union.

“We’ll now set our sights properly on setting in motion a carbon exchange for the EU, which would allow us to bring carbon sinks into the equation […] so that Finnish farms and forests can generate additional revenues by functioning as carbon sinks,” he announced after a seminar on climate actions in Helsinki on Monday.

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Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has reminded that a multilateral approach is required to solve global migration issues. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has reminded that a multilateral approach is required to solve global migration issues. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Finland became one of approximately 150 countries around the world to commit to the global compact for migration (GCM) at an intergovernmental conference convened under the auspices of the UN General Assembly in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Monday.

The Ministry of the Interior told before the conference that the objective of the non-binding pact is to identify measures to manage migration in a way that is safe, orderly and regulated, and benefits all stakeholders.

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