Schools: The Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ) has estimated that all schools will remain open on Friday despite the massive demonstration mounted by labour market organisations in protest of the changes to the terms and conditions of employment outlined by the Government.
The Teachers' Union in Helsinki (HOAY) has assured that no schools will be shut down due to the demonstration.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) delivered a rare televised address on Wednesday evening in yet another attempt to plead with labour market organisations to re-write the much-criticised changes to the terms and conditions of employment outlined by the Government.
“Come up with less difficult measures within collective agreements to replace the ones perceived as difficult, such as Sunday work bonuses,” Sipilä urged in his address broadcast by Yleisradio.
David Hofman, the head of a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Helsinki, has voiced his confidence in the ability of Finland to overcome its economic problems.
“Based on the discussions we've had, it seems that everyone is well aware of the gravity of the situation. A favourable characteristic of the Finnish society is that economic problems have, at least in the past, been solved by working together,” he says.
Björn Wahlroos, the chairman of the board at Sampo, Nordea and UPM, has described next Friday as an eye-opener.
The outspoken banker has little sympathy for the massive demonstration to be mounted by trade unions. “A considerable part of the country doesn't seem to be of the opinion that Finland must do something to generate economic growth,” he lamented.
Investigators have begun interrogating two men on suspicion of robbing thousands of euros worth of watches from the jewellery shop Mikonkulta in downtown Helsinki last Thursday.
The 18 and 34-year-old men were apprehended on Friday afternoon as a result of successful detective work, says detective chief inspector Jukka Larkio, the officer in charge of the pre-trial investigation.
The protein intake of Finns is close to the upper limit of dietary guidelines. Protein is found especially in meat and dairy products.
Red meat, in particular, is consumed considerably more than the amount recommended by national health authorities. Fewer than three meals with red meat in a week would suffice, according to a new set of dietary recommendations that is being circulated for comments.
A Twitter account used by ISIS claims that Abu Hurairah Finlandi has carried out a suicide bombing at a military base in Iraq, YLE reports on its website.
Abu Hurairah Finlandi is the nom de guerre of a young man from Pori who is believed to have travelled from Finland to Iraq or Syria last autumn. YLE writes that the alleged car bombing took place near the town of Baiji in Northern Iraq but that neither the attack nor the identity of the attacker has yet to be verified.
A political strike planned for Friday by a number of trade unions is growing.
Rail traffic will be suspended nationwide from 6am to 6pm, states Risto Elonen, the board chairman at the Locomotive Drivers' Union (VML). “This is a message to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) that the one-sided changes to employment are simply unacceptable from the viewpoint of trade unions,” he says.
The capital gains tax and solidarity tax increases announced by the Government on Thursday as measures to introduce higher taxes on high-income individuals raised questions among people enjoying the sunshine in Kaivopuisto Park in Helsinki.
An agreement on the tax measures was found during the two-day budget session of the Government.
The measures unveiled by the Government on Tuesday to boost the competitiveness of Finnish industries are arguably bold, but whether or not they prove effective remains to be seen.
“The first step is to adjust the fiscal policy by cutting the social security contributions of employers, which will bring a cost of 847 million euros to the Government. Public spending will then be reduced by 1.4 billion euros,” says Roope Uusitalo, a professor of economics at the University of Jyväskylä.
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The food import embargo enforced by Russia has wiped Finnish grocery items from the shelves of supermarkets, but in downtown St. Petersburg the vacuum has been filled by Hesburger. The Finnish fast food chain has opened a total of nine new restaurants in the former imperial capital since April.
“I know Hesburger, but I haven't connected it with Finland. Isn't it a European fast food place?” asks Tatiana Kora.
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