Finnish medium-sized technology firms view that freezing wages for another year could reduce the work motivation of employees, according to Kauppalehti.
Finnish medium-sized technology firms view that freezing wages for another year could reduce the work motivation of employees, according to Kauppalehti.

 

Finnish medium-sized technology firms widely recognise that freezing wages for another year would reduce the work motivation of employees but remind that the room for wage increases is very limited, reports Kauppalehti.

The export-oriented technology firms surveyed by the newspaper indicated their willingness to agree on wage increases of 0.4–0.7 per cent.

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The Finnish government has revealed that it is exploring the possibility of listing the wholly state-owned alcohol company, Altia, on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
The Finnish government is exploring the possibility of listing the wholly state-owned alcohol company, Altia, on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

 

The Finnish government has announced it is exploring the possibility of listing the wholly state-owned importer, exporter and producer of strong alcoholic beverages, Altia, on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

The objective of the listing is to reduce state ownership and broaden the domestic ownership base of the company.

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Acting Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen reminds that no case law has yet been established in Finland for offences such as preparing an offence to be committed with terrorist intent.
Acting Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen reminds that no case law has yet been established in Finland for offences such as preparing an offence to be committed with terrorist intent.

 

Three Finns were charged with a handful of terrorist offences on Wednesday.

Acting Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen revealed to Uusi Suomi that the trio are suspected of preparing an offence to be committed with terrorist intent, providing training for the commission of a terrorist offence and recruiting for the commission of a terrorist offence. All of the offences are believed to have taken place in Finland between late 2012 and mid-2013.

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At least 9,000 software developers are needed urgently in Finland, according to the Finnish Information Processing Association (TIVIA).
At least 9,000 software developers are needed urgently in Finland, according to the Finnish Information Processing Association (TIVIA).

 

Finland is witnessing an unprecedented influx of software developers from abroad, according to Talouselämä.

The business-oriented weekly magazine reports that businesses in the country recruited over a thousand software industry experts from outside the European Union between January and September, equalling the total number of experts recruited in 2016.

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Annika Saarikko, the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, and Antti Kaikkonen, the chairperson of the Centre Parliamentary Group, were mobbed by reporters after a meeting of the Centre Parliamentary Group in Helsinki on Thursday, 19 October.
Annika Saarikko, the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, and Antti Kaikkonen, the chairperson of the Centre Parliamentary Group, were mobbed by reporters after a meeting of the Centre Parliamentary Group in Helsinki on Thursday, 19 October.

 

The Centre and National Coalition’s parliamentary groups announced yesterday they have reached a long-anticipated compromise on a bill to increase customers’ freedom of choice over social and health care service providers.

The protracted negotiations leading up to the compromise reportedly strained relations between the two parliamentary groups to the brink of collapse.

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Birch logs were being loaded at the pulp mill of UPM in Kuusankoski on 28 October, 2015. UPM says all of the employees of its pulp and paper mills in Finland have been entitled to performance-based incentives for ten years.
Birch logs were being loaded at the pulp mill of UPM in Kuusankoski on 28 October, 2015. UPM says all of the employees of its pulp and paper mills in Finland have been entitled to performance-based incentives for ten years.

 

UPM has published details of its performance-based incentive system amid a labour dispute between the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union and Finnish Forest Industries.

The pulp and paper supplier points that any discussion revolving exclusively around the wage increases agreed upon in collective bargaining negotiations fails to provide a complete picture of wage development, as the employees of its paper and pulp mills in Finland are also entitled to performance-based incentives equivalent to 5.3 per cent of earnings.

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Pekka Lundmark, the chief executive of Fortum, spoke to reporters in a press conference in Espoo on 27 September, 2017, after the state-owned energy utility announced its plans to table an offer worth eight billion euros for Uniper.
Pekka Lundmark, the chief executive of Fortum, spoke to reporters in a press conference in Espoo on 27 September, 2017, after the state-owned energy utility announced its plans to table an offer worth eight billion euros for Uniper.

Pekka Lundmark, the chief executive of Fortum, has expressed his surprise at the hostile reaction of the management of Uniper to news that Fortum is about to acquire a stake in the energy facility operator based in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Launching such a public attack against a deal made by its owner is certainly quite unusual and a bit confounding,” he said in an interview with YLE on Monday.

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Finns are among the worst in the world at walking in the shoes of others, according to an online survey with over 100,000 responses from around the world.
Finns are among the worst in the world at walking in the shoes of others, according to an online survey with over 100,000 responses from around the world.

 

Finns are among the worst in the world at walking in the shoes of others, indicates a study published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

The authors of the study analysed the responses of over 100,000 people from around to world to an online survey on empathy in an attempt to explore cultural variation in empathy and rank countries based on how likely their residents were to show compassion and appreciate the views of others.

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Fortum’s plan to acquire Uniper, an energy facility operator based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has raised concerns among both Uniper and Finnish policy makers.
Fortum’s plan to acquire Uniper, an energy facility operator based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has raised concerns among both Uniper and Finnish policy makers.

 

Uniper, an energy facility operator based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has continued its public attack on Fortum.

Christopher Delbrück, the chief financial officer at Uniper, on Tuesday stated that the energy company is not prepared to compromise its balance sheet and shoulder the costs arising from the mooted takeover by the Finnish state-owned energy utility, reports Kauppalehti.

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Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, spoke to reporters after his colleagues moved to adopt new rules for calculating the carbon sink of forests. Finland has voiced its opposition to the rules, arguing that they would hamstring its ability to utilise its forest resources.
Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, spoke to reporters after his colleagues moved to adopt new rules for calculating the carbon sink of forests. Finland has voiced its opposition to the rules, arguing that they would hamstring its ability to utilise its forest resources.

 

Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, has expressed his disappointment with the new rules for calculating the carbon sink capacity of forests approved by the Council of the European Union in Luxembourg on Friday.

“We can’t be satisfied with this,” he stated to Helsingin Sanomat.

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Anu Vehviläinen (Centre), the Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms, has accused Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki, of making unfounded claims about the mooted regional government reform.
Anu Vehviläinen (Centre), the Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms, has accused Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki, of making unfounded claims about the mooted regional government reform.

 

Anu Vehviläinen (Centre), the Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms, has questioned the tactics employed by Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki, in his quest to torpedo the regional government reform.

Vapaavuori has according to her sought to create a negative image for the reform by claiming that it would prevent cities from developing.

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Sampo Terho (foreground), Matti Torvinen and Tiina Elovaara of the Blue Parliamentary Group were pictured holding boxes of support cards outside the Ministry of Justice in Helsinki on 16 October, 2017.
Sampo Terho (foreground), Matti Torvinen and Tiina Elovaara of the Blue Parliamentary Group were pictured holding boxes of support cards outside the Ministry of Justice in Helsinki on 16 October, 2017.

 

Sampo Terho (BR), the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, has expressed his delight after Pekka Sinisalo announced he will resign his position at the district organisation of the Finns Party in Uusimaa and join the Blue Reform.

“Of course it’s noteworthy that the chairperson of the Finns Party’s largest district organisation joins the Blues,” Terho commented to Uusi Suomi on Monday.

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Chairperson Jussi Halla-aho and deputy chairperson Laura Huhtasaari of the Finns Party spoke to the press in Helsinki on 4 August, 2017. Both Halla-aho and Huhtasaari were elected to key positions within the party in early June.
Chairperson Jussi Halla-aho and deputy chairperson Laura Huhtasaari of the Finns Party spoke to the press in Helsinki on 4 August, 2017. Both Halla-aho and Huhtasaari were elected to key positions within the party in early June.

 

Kirsi Pimiä, the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman in Finland, has revealed that a pre-trial investigation is set to be opened into statements made on social media by Sebastian Tynkkynen (PS), a councillor for the City of Oulu, in the run-up to the municipal elections held on 9 April, 2017.

Pimiä estimates that the campaign ran by the outspoken councillor was partly racist and widened social divisions.

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