Economic output in Finland is substantially lower than in the rest of the Nordics and the European Union, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Although the level of income and well-being remains high in the country, the output has decreased as a result of the global economic downturn, the decline of the electronics and paper industries, and the recession in Russia, the OECD states in its latest economic survey of Finland.
Epidemiologist Jussi Sane at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) told ABC News that a Finnish tourist was infected by the Zika virus after visiting the Maldives last summer.
The infection was minor and the man was well and had been allowed home soon after being treated by doctors in June 2015. Sane said Wednesday that it was the first known case in which the infection was linked to the Maldives.
Three to four million people could be infected with Zika virus in the Americas this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts.
Petri Sarvamaa (NCP), a Member of the European Parliament, believes the flow of asylum seekers across the eastern border of Finland is being used by the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) as a means to pressure Finland.
“The shared border has for decades been taken care of in a congenial spirit. Russian border officials are currently not only choosing not to stop those crossing the border without a visa, they are part of the plot,” Sarvamaa writes on his blog for Iltalehti.
The Ministry of the Interior and the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) expect the number of family reunification applications to spike in the latter half of the year.
Migri is desperate to clear out its backlog of asylum applications, which built up as a result of the influx of asylum seekers into Finland in the latter half of last year, before the reunification applications begin piling up.
Economists and decision-makers in Helsinki have heaped praise on Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, and the Government of Juha Sipilä (Centre).
Tiilikainen announced on Wednesday that he will propose that the Housing Fund of Finland contribute nearly one hundred million euros towards the construction costs of Raide-Jokeri, an orbital light rail connection between Itäkeskus, Helsinki, and Keilaniemi, Espoo.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, pointed out in an interview on MTV3 on Wednesday that the concerns he and his party comrades have voiced about the risks associated with immigration are no longer dismissed as scaremongering.
On the other hand, he expressed his opposition to the so-called jewellery law adopted by Denmark in an attempt to discourage asylum seekers from entering the country.
The Finnish Post and Logistics Union (PAU) is far from convinced by the reasons offered by Posti for the massive personnel cuts it announced on Tuesday.
“Posti's management seems to be making the same mistakes it made two years ago. The over-scaled consultative negotiations it carried out in its basic delivery functions in the first half of 2014 resulted in the lay-offs of more than 400 employees. Mail deliveries have not been on time since, even though 200 of those who lost their jobs were later taken back,” PAU states in a press release.
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Posti has announced that it is mulling over shedding hundreds of jobs as part of its attempts to adapt to a sharp decline in mail delivery volumes and evolving customer needs.
The state-owned provider of postal and logistics services will according to a press release begin negotiations with its staff with the preliminary objective of laying off a maximum of 860 personnel in production, administrative, sales and customer service functions.
A recent assessment of the demand for new housing units in Finland has given the Centre Party a lot to chew on, says Sauli Hievanen, a business policy adviser at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).
The study, published by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) on Monday, found that in the Helsinki region alone the shortage of housing units is an estimated 20,000 units.
Paavo Väyrynen (Centre) has quashed speculation that he is about to resign his membership in the Centre Party to join the Finns Party.
Väyrynen, an honorary chairperson of the Centre Party, announced yesterday that he will withdraw from all decision-making bodies of the party and commented on the debate kindled by his announcement at the launch even of his book later on Monday.
The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has announced that it is ready to re-commence the negotiations for a social contract – on two conditions.
“The tripartite task force on local bargaining must find an outcome that is satisfactory to employees in order to ensure the negotiations for a labour market settlement can be pushed over the finish line,” SAK states in a bulletin released on Monday.
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