The establishment of a metropolitan authority in Greater Helsinki appears unlikely after the National Coalition stated on Thursday that the project is no longer worth pursuing. The metropolitan authority was to include 14 municipalities from the capital region and also possibly Lohja and Porvoo.
The metropolitan authority, the National Coalition argued, would only create administrative overlap and redundancy. A number of municipalities have similarly expressed their doubts about the proposal.
Social workers considered recommending that the eight-year-old girl who was killed by her father and stepmother in Helsinki in May 2012 be taken immediately into custody and that a criminal complaint be filed with the police only a few days before her death.
A school counsellor had alarmed the officials by informing them that the girl was constantly late for school, that her textbooks had been torn and that she had bruising on her stomach.
A man who is believed to be the busiest online fraudster in Finland appeared before the District Court of Helsinki on Wednesday to deny the charges brought against him over a widespread phishing scam.
The 24-year-old man and his accomplice are suspected of masterminding a fraudulent scheme in which phishing e-mails were spammed from accounts that appeared to belong to the Finnish Customs, Posti and collection agencies.
A major overhaul is set to begin at Helsinki Airport as two complementary wings will be built to accommodate roughly a dozen new departure gates for long-haul aircraft. “As Finnair, among others, will increase its operations to Asia, we must provide them with new jet bridges,” explains Ville Haapasaari, the director at Helsinki Airport.
The majority state-owned airline announced in December that it is scheduled to add eight new Airbus aircraft to its fleet in 2018.
Have you recently found yourself puzzled by the cost of your insurance policy?
Many have, for insurance costs have gone up sharply. Health insurance costs have surged by 32 per cent over the past five years – meaning that if you paid 600 euros for the health insurance policies of your children in 2010, today they may cost you up to 800 euros.
The waiting staff bring out additional tables as more and more people turn out for a lunch meeting of the Finnish Society in Algarve, southern Portugal.
Raimo Luokomaa, the chairperson of the society and a long-time resident of Portugal, is surprised by the recent popularity of the monthly meetings. “One-third of them are people I don't know,” he estimates as roughly one hundred retirees sit side-by-side around the tables of a restaurant in the town of Quarteira.
People looking for a way out of a life of crime may soon request admission to a witness protection programme also in Finland. If admitted, they would be re-settled under a new identity in a new residence and, if necessary, provided other security measures.
The legislation on witness protection is set for implementation in early March.
The President of the Republic of Finland and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy are on Friday scheduled to mull over the participation of Finland in a military exercise hosted by the Ämari Air Base in Estonia.
Finnish Hornet jets are presently not expected to fly to the Ämari Air Base but instead take off for the exercise from airbases in Finland. Therefore, the exercise would see both American F-16 and Swedish JAS Gripen jets enter Finnish airspace.
The chairpersons of the ruling parties announced on Sunday that the proposals to divide child home care allowances between both parents and to limit the right to day care services will not be presented to the Parliament for consideration.
The proposals are part of the structural policy programme of the Government.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia, has declared his support for the provision of military assistance to Ukraine.
Ilves commented on the conflict in Ukraine while attending a public event at the University of Tallinn on Tuesday alongside Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission. “If we take into account the fact that Ukraine is defending itself with 20—30-year-old weapons, it's clear that Ukraine will be the one that loses the war,” Ilves said, according to reports in the local press.
Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats), the Minister of the Interior, is expected to decide on the future of Antti Hartikainen as the director general of the Finnish Customs.
Hartikainen, who has faced severe criticism for his actions, is scheduled to re-assume his duties at the helm of the organisation in late May. Information obtained by Helsingin Sanomat suggests that the Customs' board of directors has unanimously demanded that Hartikainen be relieved of his duties.
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