Several key issues were on the agenda as negotiations over the formation of the next Government of Finland began formally at the Government Banquet Hall on Monday.
The first task force was assigned to discuss the policy of Finland toward immigration and the European Union – areas that are widely regarded as particularly difficult due to the stark contrast between the hard-line approach pursued by the Finns Party and those pursued by the Centre and especially the National Coalition.
Prime Minister-elect Juha Sipilä (Centre) did not summon the Christian Democrats for the ongoing coalition negotiations despite the fact that the party was, according to its chairperson Päivi Räsänen, a viable coalition partner in terms of its political objectives.
The election loss and minuscule stature of the Christian Democrats, she believes, had an effect on the decision of Sipilä.
- Category: Business
- Created on 11 May 2015
Nokia appears to have succeeded in its attempts to drum up interest in HERE, with news reports suggesting that Uber, Facebook, three German automotive makers and a group of venture capitalists are prepared to or have already submitted a bid for the location and mapping unit.
The New York Times wrote last week that Uber, a ride-sharing service based in San Francisco, has tabled an offer of 2.7 billion euros for HERE.
The National Coalition and the Social Democrats faced an anxious wait on Thursday before Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) announced that he will ask the former to join the Centre and the Finns Party in negotiations over the formation of a right-wing coalition.
Anticipation at the Finnish Parliament Annex was tangible on Thursday evening as reporters gathered to find out which party leaders would storm out of the auditorium first.
Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) decided late on Wednesday evening to break off negotiations over a social contract that was to boost competitiveness, employment and productivity in Finland.
Sipilä was scheduled to present his proposal to labour market organisations this morning and expected a response to it by this afternoon.
The price competition between grocery shop chains continues to heat up, with S Group announcing on Wednesday that it has reduced the prices of roughly 400 grocery items at S-Markets and roughly 200 items at Alepa corner shops.
In addition, the retail cooperative will lower the prices of some 400 grocery items at Prisma hypermarkets.
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.
- Category: Business
- Created on 04 May 2015
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.
- Category: Business
- Created on 01 May 2015
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.
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