Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, spoke to reporters at the summer meeting of the National Coalition’s ministerial group in Joensuu on Monday, 13 August.
Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, spoke to reporters at the summer meeting of the National Coalition’s ministerial group in Joensuu on Monday, 13 August.

 

The signs of emerging suburban gangs that were observed in Sweden 10 years ago can be observed in Finland today, says Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior. Finland, he affirms, can nonetheless avoid the fate of its western neighbour by making the right investments in preventive efforts.

“Yes, it’s absolutely clear that the signs are there,” he stated to Uusi Suomi on Thursday.

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The share of Finnish households who follow a meat-free diet increased from 5.3 to 8.0 per cent between 2012 and 2016, according to data published by Statistics Finland. The total consumption of meat, however, rose from 77.5 to 81 kilos per capita over the four-year period.
The share of Finnish households who follow a meat-free diet increased from 5.3 to 8.0 per cent between 2012 and 2016, according to data published by Statistics Finland. The total consumption of meat, however, rose from 77.5 to 81 kilos per capita over the four-year period.

 

Johanna Lehto, a postgraduate intern at Statistics Finland, has rejected the interpretation that vegetarianism is a bubble in Finland.

Helsingin Sanomat in July reported that the amount of meat consumed in the country has not changed over the past couple of years despite the widespread media attention received by veganism, vegetarianism and plant-based diets since 2016.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has hinted at the possibility of bringing a motion of no confidence against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR).
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has hinted at the possibility of bringing a motion of no confidence against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR).

 

Several members of the opposition have expressed their interest in determining whether Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, continues to enjoy the confidence of the Finnish Parliament.

Soini has come under heavy criticism over the past couple of days after he, in his personal blog, voiced his satisfaction with the fate of a bill that would have legalised abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in Argentina. The Argentine Senate voted 38 against to 31 in favour of the historic bill after an over 15-hour debate last Wednesday.

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Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP) in a press conference about the start of the school year in Helsinki on 2 August 2018.
Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP) in a press conference about the start of the school year in Helsinki on 2 August 2018.

 

The Finnish government will launch new pilot projects to reduce the cost of textbooks and other educational materials in vocational and general upper-secondary education.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education, revealed last week that a total of four million euros has been allocated for the projects, half of which will be disbursed to vocational and the other half to general upper-secondary education institutions.

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Antti Rinne (left), the chairperson of the Social Democrats, and Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, have continued to pick holes in each other’s economic policy initiatives.
Antti Rinne (left), the chairperson of the Social Democrats, and Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, have continued to pick holes in each other’s economic policy initiatives.

 

The National Coalition and Social Democrats are embroiled in a spirited debate over the direction of economic policy making in Finland.

Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, declared on Wednesday that Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, and his “billion-euro populism” are presently the most serious threats to the Finnish economy.

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The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) on Tuesday reported that only 10 per cent of unemployed job seekers have satisfied the criteria laid out in the activation model for unemployment security.
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) on Tuesday reported that only 10 per cent of unemployed job seekers have satisfied the criteria laid out in the activation model for unemployment security.

 

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) have launched a research project to examine how the adoption of the activation model for unemployment security has affected the unemployed.

The project is part of a wider effort to monitor the effects of the much-criticised activation model.

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“Everyone has a right to their personal opinions,” Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) commented to STT on Sunday.
“Everyone has a right to their personal opinions,” Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) commented to STT on Sunday.

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has invited the wrath of the opposition by refusing to condemn the anti-abortion comments made on Friday by Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

“We talked about this between late May and early June. Everyone has a right to their personal opinions,” Sipilä stated to STT on Sunday.

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Ville Vähämäki (left) and Teuvo Hakkarainen of the Finns Party have asked for more time to submit their reports of their housing arrangements in Helsinki to the Finnish Parliament.
Ville Vähämäki (left) and Teuvo Hakkarainen of the Finns Party have asked for more time to submit their reports of their housing arrangements in Helsinki to the Finnish Parliament.

 

Teuvo Hakkarainen and Ville Vähämäki of the Finns Party have asked for more time to submit their reports about their controversial housing arrangements in Helsinki to the Finnish Parliament, reports YLE.

The deadline for submitting the reports passed on Wednesday.

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Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, spoke to the media in a news conference organised in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.
Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, spoke to the media in a news conference organised in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) views on abortion are medieval, states Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party.

“I think it’s slightly disconcerting if your thoughts revolve too much around questions like this. I think there should also be other themes in politics,” Halla-aho stated in a news conference held in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August.

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Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has provoked yet another political outcry by expressing his opposition to abortion.
Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has provoked yet another political outcry by expressing his opposition to abortion.

 

Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has once again raised eyebrows by declaring his opposition to abortion.

Soini on Friday commended the Argentine Senate for rejecting a bill that would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. “Long live life! Stronger than death,” he wrote in his personal blog.

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Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence, has announced he will be up for re-election to the Finnish Parliament in April 2019.
Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence, has announced he will be up for re-election to the Finnish Parliament in April 2019.

 

Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Finnish Minister of Defence, has announced he will run in the parliamentary elections held in April 2019.

“I promised to mull over my future during the summer. I have made my decision: I will run in the parliamentary elections next spring,” he stated in his blog on Tuesday. “My party will be Blue Reform and my electoral district Uusimaa, from which I was elected to the Parliament in 2011 and 2015.”

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Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), spoke in a meeting of the central organisation’s board of directors in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.
Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), spoke in a meeting of the central organisation’s board of directors in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.

 

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has announced its preparedness to take union-specific action if the government refuses to scrap a bill for the so-called redundancy act, arguing that the bill would place employees in an unequal position.

The bill would allow businesses with no more than 20 staff to make lay-offs on personal grounds.

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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, is currently the frontrunner to lead the next coalition formation negotiations, suggests the latest opinion poll commissioned by YLE.
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, is currently the frontrunner to lead the next coalition formation negotiations, suggests the latest opinion poll commissioned by YLE.

 

Each of Finland’s three most supported political parties saw its popularity increase between early July and early August, according to the latest opinion poll by YLE.

The Social Democratic Party consolidated its position as the most supported party in the country over the past month or so by registering an up-tick of 0.9 percentage points in popular support to 21.2 per cent – a reading that represents an increase of 5.6 percentage points from mid-2017.

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