Member of Parliament and chair of the Left Alliance Paavo Arhinmäki stops his bicycle in front of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. Maintaining his football fan credentials, Arhinmäki wears Swedish AIK’s top, his favourite team in addition to Chelsea.
As it is summer, Arhinmäki does not try to hide his numerous tattoos. Nor does he try to hide his happiness about not being a minister anymore.
Arhinmäki is fully embracing his role in “the new opposition”, which, he is certain, will bring “a breath of fresh air” to the Finnish political scene.
“It’s not only the government that has been feeling a little low on energy but also the opposition. They’ve been playing the same tune for four years soon,” he says, referring to the Centre Party and the Finns Party.
Even mild back pain is currently medicated with drugs intended for cancer-related pain. This has been observed by Antti Mikkonen, a clinical lecturer in addiction medicine at the University of Turku.
Mikkonen has paid special attention to the increased use of oxycodone. In 2008 it was used by 12,800 Finns, and last year the number was up to 21,700.
“The drug in question is only intended for pain affiliated with cancer and surgery. Yet I see patients at my practice who have been prescribed oxycodone for mild, long-term pain of the nervous system and mobility organs,” Mikkonen says.
Dark clouds loom overhead, and small raindrops dapple the ground. This may be the first day of her summer holidays but Tiina Kurimo is not planning to leave all work matters behind.
”I deal with work stuff by email, text messages and phone while on leave,” she says.
Kurimo, who works as a development manager at Sonera, will visit her employer’s building site to inspect an unfinished construction project on her first day off.
She says she enjoys her work so much that she is happy to discuss an urgent work matter with a subordinate on the phone or approve travel expense claims on her holiday.
Sparsely populated regions will gain better telecommunications connections, as operators have undertaken to build a new 800 MHz 4G network, which will cut the number of base stations required. In future, fast 4G connections may also benefit people living in current network blind spots.
Communications minister Krista Kiuru (SDP) believes that the network frequency and coverage requirements implemented last year are major steps towards better telecommunications networks.
”In the future, such networks will also be available in regions which in the past could not offer commercial solutions. We are rapidly approaching a situation where we have better networks everywhere in Finland. The 4G solution allows us to offer good coverage in regions that used to have problems,” says Kiuru.
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No one recalls the exact date, but the momentous decision was taken in the autumn of 2008, presumably in early November.
The names of the conspirators, however, are known. The historic decision was taken by four ministers: Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (Centre), Minister of Finance Jyrki Katainen (NCP), Minister of Labour Tarja Cronberg (Greens) and Minister of Culture Stefan Wallin (SFP).
Around 75 per cent of Finnish households say that they are able to put some money aside regularly to build a nest egg for their children, reveals a new survey by Danske Bank.
However, only 17 per cent of Finnish families save child benefits.
Just under a quarter of applicants gained a place at university this year, reveal statistics compiled by the Finnish National Board of Education.
Out of the 73,700 applicants taking the entrance exam for university this year, 24 per cent were admitted. The aspiring students were competing for 17,000 university places made available in this year's admission procedure.
Reliable, hard-working and strong as a bear. That is what the Roma hired by Olli Toivonen have been like.
When Toivonen is given a chance to praise his employees his smile becomes even wider than usual.
“I trust them and they trust me.”
Employee Ioan “Marius” Ciurariu waves his hand towards Toivonen.
“Olli is a good man and the best boss ever.”
A research team from the University of Jyväskylä has developed a smartphone app that gives warning if a driver’s use of mobile device is posing a threat to their concentration.
Last Tuesday, the Finnish Road Safety Council published its study revealing that more than half of Finns use their mobile phones while on the road. Up to a third of drivers also admit to texting behind the wheel.
Despite the Finnish Road Safety Council’s warnings that the risk of a crash grows four-fold as concentration wanes, many drivers pay Facebook or WhatsApp a sneaky visit while steering a car. Researchers at Jyväskylä University have spent over a year developing a smartphone app that aims to keep drivers focussed on traffic.
A majority of Finns would like to see more investigative journalism and news in the media, while the editors of newsrooms are planning to invest mainly in social media.
The discrepancy between consumers’ wishes and media bosses’ plans came out in a survey carried out by MTV News in June.
Around 55 per cent of decision-makers in media said they would place extra emphasis on social media in the near future, while only nine per cent of consumers included investments in social media on their wish list.
In contrast, up to a third wished that there was less focus on social media.
"Young men are still the risk group that stands out from road safety statistics".
Jussi Pohjonen from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency says the underlying reason behind the recent fatal traffic accidents is the prevalent speeding culture.
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