Alcohol policy is set to ignite yet another fiery debate as the Government begins to mull over the long-anticipated overhaul of the Alcohol Act this autumn. The overhaul has been afoot already for several years but has been repeatedly thwarted by the public response to demands to, for example, dilute mid-strength beer.
The parties holding the reins at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health hardly see eye-to-eye on alcohol policy.
The Ministry of Finance proposes in its draft budget that income tax rates be lowered moderately for low and middle-income earners in 2016.
“We've made value choices in the budget. We have faith in budgetary measures that allow people to make an easier living by working,” Alexander Stubb (NCP), the Minister of Finance, stated in a news conference on Wednesday.
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Konecranes will fall under the control of its American rival.
The Finnish industrial crane manufacturer announced on Tuesday that it will merge with Terex Corporation in an all-share deal that will leave Terex with 60 per cent and it with 40 per cent of the shares in the combined company to be known as Konecranes Terex.
Pekka Soini, the director general of the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), estimates that the proposed cuts in science funding will hinder the competitiveness of Finland.
“The cuts are so radical that they will cripple the system permanently. Finland will lose out on roughly 250 patents and a couple of hundred new products – every year – as a result of the spending cuts,” he cautions.
Law-enforcement authorities in Oulu have continued to interrogate two men on suspicion of the aggravated rape of a 15-year-old girl in Rajakylä, Oulu, on the evening of 4 August.
The suspects were brought into custody peacefully last weekend and have since been arrested, according to Iltalehti. The authorities were led to the roughly 20 and 30-year-old suspects soon after the incident.
A total of 1,130 new cars had been ordered in Finland by 10 August while taking advantage of a scrapping bonus trial launched in early July, the Finnish Information Centre of Automobile Sector reported on Monday.
Over one-third of the public funds earmarked for the six-month trial have thus been used in its early stages.
Support for the Centre Party and the National Coalition Party has increased, whereas that for their coalition partner, the Finns Party, appears to have wilted, according to an opinion poll commissioned by YLE.
A total of 2,500 people were interviewed for the poll between July and August by Taloustutkimus.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and chairperson of the Finns Party, Timo Soini (PS), believes the Finns Party has been stigmatised in the public sphere.
“We won't tolerate stigmatisation. This is a party for honourable and hard-working people,” Soini said while addressing the party faithful at the party conference of the Finns Party in Turku on Saturday.
Immigrants with inadequate Finnish or Swedish skills may struggle to find employment that matches their professional qualifications in Finland.
A total of 37,862 foreigners were registered as unemployed job-seekers in Finland in June, representing a nearly two-fold increase from the corresponding period in 2009, show statistics released by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Meanwhile, unemployment among the native population has only increased by roughly 30 per cent.
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A number of local residents in Pyhäjoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, expressed on Wednesday their delight with news that the power plant project of Fennovoima is one step closer to fruition. “It evokes positive feelings. More and more customers will come,” said Mikko Salmela, the owner of an accommodation establishment.
Others, in turn, remained doubtful due to the uncertainty that has lingered over the project. “It's not without its downsides. But it'll create jobs and improve services,” said Tiina Ikola.
The District Court of Central Finland detained on Wednesday five Finns for their involvement in a neo-Nazi riot in Jyväskylä on Saturday.
Each of the seven people arrested in connection with the riot has thus been detained, following the detention of two Swedes on Tuesday. “Two Finns are suspected of leading a violent riot and all five of violent rioting,” said Markku Latvala, the officer in charge of the investigation at the Central Finland Police Department.
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