A police van was parked at Station Square in Helsinki on 22 September, 2016.
A police van was parked at Station Square in Helsinki on 22 September, 2016.

Reports of sex crimes increased in Finland in 2016, according to Statistics Finland.

The statistics bureau has revealed that the number of sex crimes reported to law-enforcement authorities rose by 8.6 per cent year-on-year to 3,400 last year. The number of rape reports rose by 10.3 per cent to 1,172 and that of child sexual abuse reports by 1.9 per cent to 1,260.

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Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, met the press at the Government Palace in Helsinki on 19 January, 2017.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, met the press at the Government Palace in Helsinki on 19 January, 2017.

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, has expressed his doubts about the financial feasibility of the proposal unveiled yesterday by Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, to overhaul the administration of the transport networks of Finland.

“I fail to see the logic in the proposal of how we'd get more money into the system,” he said in a news conference, according to Kauppalehti.

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Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, is expected to propose sweeping changes to taxes levied on motor vehicles on Thursday.
Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, is expected to propose sweeping changes to taxes levied on motor vehicles on Thursday.

The Minister of Transport and Communications, Anne Berner (Centre), is proposing sweeping changes to taxes levied on road vehicles, reports YLE.

The national broadcasting company has obtained an advance copy of a white paper detailing the overhaul to be announced by Berner on Thursday. Berner, it writes, is proposing that the car tax after first registration be abolished and that the fuel and vehicle taxes be cut dramatically in a move that would reduce annual tax revenues by up to 1.6 billion euros.

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Jarkko Eloranta, the president of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), has urged employers to make investments and thereby promote economic growth and job creation.
Jarkko Eloranta, the president of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), has urged employers to make investments and thereby promote economic growth and job creation.

The number of lay-offs dropped to a five-year low in Finland in 2016, reports the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).

SAK highlights in a press release that both the number of employees affected by consultative negotiations and the expected number of lay-offs fell especially towards the end of last year, boding well also for 2017.

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Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, unveiled her proposal to overhaul the administration of public roads, railways and waterways in a news conference in Helsinki on 19 January, 2017.
Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, unveiled her proposal to overhaul the administration of public roads, railways and waterways in a news conference in Helsinki on 19 January, 2017.

Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, has confirmed that she is proposing the establishment of a state-owned special-purpose company to administer and maintain the all of the public roads, railways and waterways in Finland.

“The operations of the company would not be dependent on the economy of the state, but rather the needs and satisfaction of citizens and business life,” she states in a press release.

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The Finnish Immigration Service's head office in Helsinki on 17 January, 2017.
The Finnish Immigration Service's head office in Helsinki on 17 January, 2017.

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has unveiled its updated assessments of the security and human rights situations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.

Migri reveals in a press release that it specified its decision-making practices throughout last autumn based on current information from the source countries of refugees and on new rulings by administrative courts.

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The euro, used by nearly 340 million people each day, celebrated its 15th birthday on Sunday, 1 January, 2017.
The euro, used by nearly 340 million people each day, celebrated its 15th birthday on Sunday, 1 January, 2017.

Finland would do itself a disservice by withdrawing from the euro, says Kenneth Rogoff, a professor of economics at Harvard University and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“Finland is a country where the fundamentals are okay. If it were to leave the euro alone, it would be a dangerous decision. Why would Finns want to do that?” he stated in an interview with Uusi Suomi in Stockholm.

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The S Group has revealed that domestically produced cabbages, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes were sold out in some of its grocery shops in the second week of January.
The S Group has revealed that domestically produced cabbages, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes were sold out in some of its grocery shops in the second week of January.

The S Group has reported that the sales of domestically produced vegetables have grown at a higher-than-expected rate following the price reductions introduced by the retail co-operative at the beginning of January.

Antti Oksa, the director of fresh foods at the S Group, says the surge in demand for domestically produced vegetables has taken the co-operative by surprise.

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Grocery shops, in particular, have taken advantage of the de-regulation of opening hours and have been able to offer longer working hours to their employees.
Grocery shops, in particular, have taken advantage of the de-regulation of opening hours and have been able to offer longer working hours to their employees.

Both sales and wages are on the rise in the retail sector, reports the Finnish Commerce Federation.

“The retail sector, with its 300,000 employees, is the largest employer among all industries. The positive trend in employment is thereby good news for the entire national economy,” states Jaana Kurjenoja, the chief economist at the Finnish Commerce Federation.

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President Sauli Niinistö commented on a number of topical issues in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.
President Sauli Niinistö commented on a number of topical issues in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

President Sauli Niinistö has estimated that the sanctions against Russia can be dissolved only in the event that progress is made in resolving the disputes for which the sanctions were originally imposed.

“You naturally have to keep in mind why the sanctions were imposed in the first place. They weren't imposed because of terrorism but because of Crimea and Ukraine,” he reminded in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

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An aerial view of hotels and holiday apartments at Levi ski resort in Kittilä, Finnish Lapland, on 4 March, 2016.
An aerial view of hotels and holiday apartments at Levi ski resort in Kittilä, Finnish Lapland, on 4 March, 2016.

Finnair has announced its decision to increase services from Helsinki and other European cities to Lapland.

“Finland is a travel destination recommended by the likes of Lonely Planet and National Geographic. We are confident that Lapland will attract a growing number of visitors,” Juha Järvinen, the chief commercial officer at the state-owned airline, says in a press release. “We will respond to growing demand by launching new direct flights from Europe.”

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British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech detailing her priorities for Brexit at Lancaster House in London on 17 January, 2017.
British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech detailing her priorities for Brexit at Lancaster House in London on 17 January, 2017.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech outlining the priorities of the United Kingdom for negotiations over its withdrawal from the European Union had two particularly important segments for Finland, estimates Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

The United Kingdom is ready to maintain and promote trade relations with the EU and willing to continue co-operation in the areas of anti-terrorism and security policy-making, Sipilä lists.

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The chairpersons of the three ruling parties, Timo Soini (PS), Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Petteri Orpo (NCP), have yet to find common ground on the scope of the spending cuts still needed to balance the public economy.
The chairpersons of the three ruling parties, Timo Soini (PS), Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Petteri Orpo (NCP), have yet to find common ground on the scope of the spending cuts still needed to balance the public economy.

Aki Kangasharju, the chief economist at Nordea, estimates that efforts to balance the public economy are becoming less of an obstacle to the economic growth of Finland.

“Almost everyone agrees on the necessity to balance the public economy of Finland. Our income and expenditure account is still not in balance, although the situation has indeed improved,” he writes in a recent blog entry.

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