- Category: Business
- Created on 11 December 2014
Metsä Board is set to withdraw entirely from the paper production business.
The paper and pulp company announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue paper production at its plant in Husum, Sweden, primarily at the end of 2015 as well as divest its coated and label paper production plant in Gohrsmühle, Germany.
“Rather cruel cuts,” Antti Rinne (SDP), the Minister of Finance, estimated at a meeting of the Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) on Wednesday, after being asked to comment on the three billion euro cuts in public spending demanded by the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).
The proposed cuts, Rinne reminded, would add to the cuts of two billion euros already agreed upon by the Government.
The Finnish Air Force revealed on Tuesday that unusually intense Russian activity has been detected over the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea in general during a major military exercise by the Russian Armed Forces.
The activity was first detected on 6 December and has continued between Sunday and Tuesday. It remains unknown when the exercise is scheduled to end.
Statistics Finland announced on Tuesday that it will initiate consultative negotiations with its staff in response to a decision by the Government to shave roughly four million euros off its annual funding.
The negotiations are projected to result in the reductions of a maximum of 70 full-time equivalent positions, according to Statistics Finland.
The role of the central administration in steering the operations of universities has yet to be subjected to the necessary public scrutiny, states Petri Koikkalainen, the newly-elected chairperson of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers.
“It's very clear-cut what the state can do in regards to partly state-owned listed companies. In regards to universities, the question seems to be unanswered and open to varying interpretations.”
The United Nations has urged all of its member states to take action to prevent child, early and forced marriage.
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly stated in November that every member state must do its utmost to ensure that no one is forced to marry against their will and that marriages are based solely on mutual consent.
Finns spent approximately 660 million euros online in November, indicates the most recent Digital Index report published by Adobe.
Worldwide, online sales increased by 14 per cent year-on-year to a total of 26 billion euros, according to the multinational software developer. In Finland, the sales peaked on 2 and 30 November and in the United States on 28 November, courtesy of aggressive Black Friday sale campaigns.
The public sector in Finland is one of the least corrupted in the world, according to Transparency International.
The anti-corruption watchdog in its annual Corruption Perceptions Index ranks the public sector in Denmark as the least corrupted and the public sector in New Zealand as the second least corrupted in the world.
Roughly a dozen properties and several vehicles were damaged by participants in a protest organised by left-wing anarchists in downtown Helsinki on Independence Day.
Authorities have estimated that the protesters left a minimum of 100,000 euros of damage in their wake. The repair and clean-up efforts, however, may end up costing considerably more. “Walls were smeared, shop windows and car mirrors were broken, cars were walked on,” lists Petri Jehkonen, the officer in charge of the investigation.
The Centre Party continues to enjoy a firm advantage over the National Coalition Party, according to Iltalehti.
The tabloid daily reported on Monday that 26.6 per cent of respondents to its poll expressed their support for the opposition party and 17.7 per cent for the National Coalition. Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party and the Finns Party are practically neck and neck in the race for third place, with their respective support ratings of 15.8 and 15.7 per cent.
- Category: Business
- Created on 07 December 2014
The Employment and Equality Committee of the Parliament states that the failure of unemployed job-seekers to be available for a scheduled telephone appointment with an official from the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) should not result in the suspension of benefits.
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- Workers make a nice living in Finland
- Finnair to exercise option for eight additional A350s
- Religious disaffiliation continues
- Grand Committee votes for equal marriage rights
- District court judge faces charges