FACEBOOK can send SMS messages on your phone, record your photos and track your location. The National Security Agency is reading your emails. Cyber criminals are trying to snatch your credit card details. In an era where we are rapidly losing all privacy online there is a demand by consumers to protect and control their personal information. As this demand grows, Finland has an opportunity to become the global leader in privacy and information security.
The ruling parties are set to butt heads over a proposal to allow a tax deduction to families with children when the Government convenes for its anticipated budget session next week.
Sources within the Social Democrats (SDP) reveal that the National Coalition (NCP) has proposed that families in all income brackets – instead of only low and middle-income families – be made eligible for the deduction. The SDP, however, is unsure about offering the incentive also to high-income households.
The sales of digital music have exceeded those of physical formats, such as CDs and records, for the first time in Finland as digital services accounted for 58 per cent of all music sales between January and June.
Last year, over 60 per cent of music revenues was derived from the sales CDs, DVDs and records.
Valio has expressed its delight with the decision of Russia to remove lactose-free dairy products from its list of banned foodstuffs, with Mika Koskinen, Valio's head of operations in Russia, revealing that the dairy company is ready to re-commence the exports without delay.
“All the products that have been available in [Russian] markets will be ready for export practically immediately. We have continued production and have the necessary packaging materials,” tells Koskinen.
One in three girls and nearly one in four boys in the ninth grade have experienced sexual harassment or violence, finds a child victim survey carried out by the Police University College of Finland.
The survey is part of Right to Choose, a project funded by the European Union and launched by the Ministry of the Interior yesterday, the objective of which is to enable young people to identify situations associated with sexual harassment and violence.
Residents in Helsinki are happier with their public transport services than people in Geneva, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Vienna, reveals a new European Best survey.
Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) scored the highest points for the availability of services, reliability and value for money.
Increase to a 40-hour working week an attempt to provoke discussion.
THE CHAIRPERSON of the National Coalition (NCP) parliamentary group, Arto Satonen, has emphasised that the demand he put forward on Monday morning to increase standard weekly working hours from 37.5 to 40 was not a proposal per se but rather an attempt to provoke discussion.
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Sachiko Imaizumi, an import agent for Finlayson in Japan, has a clear idea of why Finnish design is so popular in Japan. “The simplicity and dynamism of Finnish design appeal to the Japanese because it's different from Japanese design. Finnish design is treasured,” she says.
Imaizumi has had a crucial role in the success of Finlayson in obtaining licensing agreements in Japan, her company, Plus Licens & Design Tokyo, being the primary partner of the traditional Finnish textiles manufacturer in the country.
Jyrki Katainen (NCP), the interim successor to Olli Rehn (Centre) as the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, may be left without a portfolio in the new European Commission that is to assume office this autumn – if he is lucky.
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, is currently considering means to overhaul the composition of the commission due to there simply being not enough areas of responsibility for all 28 commissioners.
Russian citizens in Finland are anxiously awaiting to learn the practical implications of a law enforced at the beginning of August obliging Russians with a dual citizenship or living permanently abroad to declare their citizenship and residence status to Russian immigration authorities.
“It's very unclear. As far as I understand, I don't have to do anything because I've already notified the register that I'm living in Finland. Still, I will provide my details just in case,” says Maria Gorbienko from Espoo.
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The European Commission decided on Monday to offer a total of 125 million euros in compensation for the losses incurred by fruit and vegetable farmers due to the retaliatory sanctions of Russia, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reveals.
Farmers of cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, apples and mushrooms for example will be eligible to apply for compensation.
- Finland one of few countries with a larger biocapacity than footprint
- Niinistö cautiously optimistic on peace in Ukraine
- Impact of temporary lay-offs on teaching will be minimised, municipal employers assure
- Poll: NCP by far the biggest party
- Nursery adaptation period too short for some children
- Finnish microbreweries flee to Estonia
- Investigation into invoice racket rumbles on
- From Leppävaara to war-torn Syria
- Foreign men are in high demand in Finland
- Niinistö: Russia must stem flow of weapons into Ukraine