Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) has urged labour market organisations to present their proposal for a social contract by Thursday afternoon in order to be able to review it before announcing which parties he will summon for coalition negotiations with the Centre Party.
But what is this much-debated social contract? No one knows exactly as it would be the first of its kind. Helsingin Sanomat compiled the answers to a few frequently asked questions about the contract.
Norway has overtaken Finland in a study conducted by Save the Children that documented the conditions for mothers and children in a total of 179 countries.
Finland had been ranked as the world's best country for women for two consecutive years by the non-governmental organisation before being overtaken by Norway in the wake of its successful efforts to reduce pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths.
Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) has promised to reveal which parties he will summon for coalition negotiations by Thursday evening.
The Finns Party is widely expected to participate in the negotiations following its success in the parliamentary elections, especially with Sipilä on Monday appearing conciliatory despite the party's initial failure to live up to his expectations.
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The cleantech sector of Finland is looking for a way out of trouble after falling by the wayside a few years ago having been touted as a saviour of the Finnish economy.
Experts are hopeful that the sector can overcome its growing paints and point out that a number of encouraging signs – which for the present remain based on mood rather than raw numbers – have arisen recently.
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How can anyone govern a country that produces 258 different types of cheese, late French statesman Charles de Gaulle once lamented.
Susanna Ottila now holds the reins of a grocery shop that offers over 400 varieties of cheese. She on May Day became the first food chain director at Stockmann who is responsible for the profits and losses of Herkku.
Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä on Thursday received the answers of coalition hopefuls to a list of questions posed by the Centre Party.
He had only scrutinised the answers of the Finns Party by Thursday afternoon – and detected a number of issues. “We're quite far from a conclusion. Their list of cuts is very modest, we're far apart on taxation and immigration issues, and I was surprised by their answers regarding the EU,” he listed.
The Finnish Navy acted appropriately and extremely resolutely in driving away a possible submarine from the territorial waters of Finland early on Tuesday morning, President Sauli Niinistö lauded on Wednesday after announcing the opening of the new parliamentary session.
“The Navy, and captains in general, have been granted considerable powers, and I think they were used appropriately here,” Niinistö said.
House prices went up considerably in Greater Helsinki in March.
Data released by Statistics Finland on Wednesday indicate that the prices of old dwellings in housing companies jumped by 3.8 per cent in the capital region but went down by 0.3 per cent elsewhere in the country.
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, has said that he mistakenly thought that his predecessor Jutta Urpilainen is seeking to re-claim her position at the helm of the Social Democrats.
Rinne commented on the issue at the Parliament House on Thursday following a meeting of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group.
The price per square metre was roughly one-fifth of that in Kallio, Helsinki, when writer and publisher Ville Hytönen bought a flat in the seedy Kopli sub-district in Northern Tallinn 18 months ago.
Today, it is practically impossible to walk around the neighbourhood without seeing a newly-renovated or refurbished building.
Jutta Urpilainen (SDP) has launched a campaign to re-claim her position at the helm of the Social Democratic Party, her successor Antti Rinne claims in a video published by YLE on Monday.
Rinne discussed the matter with his counterpart and fellow Social Democrat from Slovakia, Peter Kazimír, ahead of a Eurogroup meeting on Friday, apparently unaware that the microphone was on.
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