President Sauli Niinistö opened the third Kultaranta Talks at his official summer residence on Sunday, estimating in his opening address that online surveillance is here to stay.
“Intelligence is a central, omnipresent sector of international politics. Yet again, it is not enough to see things the way you want to see them,” he said, explaining why a task force has been assigned specifically to mull over intelligence gathering operations.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has commented on a petition signed by 85 Finnish professors and research directors for an assessment of the impact of the government programme on gender equality.
The signatories of the petition are concerned that the spending cuts outlined by the Government of Sipilä will predominantly affect women.
Statistics Finland reported on Thursday that overnight stays by foreign visitors decreased by roughly four per cent in April.
Overnight stays by Chinese visitors, however, jumped by 49 per cent – largely due to the travel promotion project Stopover Finland, estimates Timo Lappi, the chief executive of the Finnish Hospitality Association (Mara).
The Federal Agency for Tourism of Russia (Rosturizm) has revealed that Finland was the most popular travel destination for Russian tourists in early 2015. Rosturizm on Wednesday reported that Finland was the destination of over 705 000 of the 5.9 million Russians who travelled abroad during the first quarter of the year.
The most popular travel destinations for Russian tourists after Finland were Kazakhstan, Abkhazia and Egypt.
The spending cuts laid out by the Government would bolster the economy considerably and reduce the debt ratio by the end of the electoral term, the Bank of Finland estimates. On the other hand, they would curb economic growth and exacerbate the unemployment problem by gnawing away at aggregate demand.
Overall, the impact of the cuts on economic growth will hinge on the ability of the Government to improve the cost competitiveness of businesses, the Bank of Finland gauges.
Cramped and expensive housing conditions are a disincentive to international experts to live in Greater Helsinki. Many have struggled to find a reasonably-priced rental flat, much less a large detached house, which they have become accustomed to in their country of origin.
“Experts think that as they come to the periphery of Europe housing would be cheap. They're surprised that prices are at the same level as in London,” says Elina Eskelä, a researcher at the Department of Geosciences and Geography of the University of Helsinki.
FROM JUNE 26 to June 28 the 18th edition of the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival will open its gates to the predominantly black clad crowds. The festival is held at Suvilahti, a former energy production area that is very easily reached from the city centre with metro, trams and busses. Two gasometers give the place a unique feel and create an iconic skyline.
The ideology peddled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) cannot be defeated by bombs, only by Islamic theology, states a former mouthpiece for the terrorist group.
The roughly 20-year-old native-born Finn who uses the pseudonym Abdullah stepped into the media limelight last weekend by shedding light on his decision to stop disseminating propaganda for Isis in an interview with Newsweek.
Destia has filed a claim for 1.1 million euros in unpaid bills against a group of investors involved in the construction of a casino, shopping centre and hotel close to the Vaalimaa border-crossing point in Virolahti, Eastern Finland.
The infrastructure constructor claims that Vaalimaa Shopping Center (VSC), a company established by the Russian investors, has neglected to pay the final instalment required for the pre-construction phase.
The prices of grocery items have declined in all grocery shops included in a survey by Helsingin Sanomat since February.
The daily compared the prices of 30 popular grocery items in 9 grocery shops in Greater Helsinki in February and again last week, finding that the prices offered by Prisma, K-Supermarket and Stockmann Herkku have fallen particularly over the past four months.
Party secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo (PS) has condemned the Dracula-related remarks made by Graham Watson, the chairperson of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
Watson stated at the party conference of the Swedish People's Party on Saturday that the appointment of Timo Soini (PS) as Minister for Foreign Affairs is like appointing Count Dracula as head of a blood bank.
- Newsweek: Finnish teenager disseminated extremist propaganda
- Valio to lay off 182
- Employers to continue facing hurdles in hiring foreigners
- Government to cut back on military crisis management
- Few suspected of aggravated embezzlement over missing computers
- Opposition furious over broken election promises
- Truck-loads of computers, screens, printers missing in Espoo
- Räsänen not to seek re-election
- MTV: Hautala criticises Soini for comments on Russia
- Venture capital flows into Finnish start-ups