The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) has warned that the threat of terrorism has increased in Finland since the summer of 2014. Supo estimates in its latest threat assessment that the threat of an organised terrorist attack remains low but that the threat of an isolated act of violence has continued to grow.
“Today's situation is characterised by contemporary phenomena such as the unexpected rise in asylum seeker numbers. The threat has risen and diversified from the levels of summer 2014,” Antti Pelttari, the director general at Supo, said on Tuesday.
The English skills of Finns have improved in comparison to the previous year but not as much as those of their Nordic neighbours, finds an international survey.
Finland dropped one place to fifth in the English Proficiency Index with Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway all ranking ahead of it. A number of Middle Eastern countries bring up the rear in the ranking that includes a total of 70 countries and territories.
Jari Gustafsson must not have known exactly what he was getting into when he applied for a position at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy last spring.
The glamour of his former life as the Finnish Ambassador in Beijing is all but gone as the most pressing items on his agenda as state secretary are the influx of immigrants and mounting costs of immigrant integration.
Sebastian Tynkkynen has received widespread support to continue as the chairperson of the Finns Party Youth after being stripped of his membership in the parent party, having beaten his rival candidate, Samuli Voutila, 42–22 in the chairmanship election in Seinäjoki on Sunday.
Tynkkynen has interpreted the election result as a sign that the Finns Party should re-consider its decision to expel him from the party.
The past year was momentous for the history of taxpaying in Finland as those who made a fortune out of Supercell established themselves among the top taxpayers of the century.
The under 40-year-old co-founders of the game studio, Mikko Kodisoja and Ilkka Paananen, are ranked fifth and sixth respectively in a list of the highest taxpayers in 1999–2013 as a result of the sale of a majority stake in Supercell to Japan's Softbank in 2013. The other top slots in the list are occupied by taxpayers who are notably older and have made their tax contributions over a longer period of time.
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- Created on 01 November 2015
Finnair enjoyed a flying start and end to October.
The majority state-owned airline had on Friday the pleasure to announce that its third-quarter result is the best in its entire history. It had reason for joy at the beginning of October as the first member of its new fleet of Airbus A350s touched down on Helsinki Airport.
Hundreds of thousands of Finns have in their pocket a smartphone with a not-so-bright future.
Lumia smartphones have lost a lot of ground in competition with their Android and iOS-powered rivals, with the share of Lumia and other Windows-based devices of the global smartphone market slipping to no more than a couple of per cent.
Finland is hardly as dependent as is often claimed on energy imports from Russia as nearly all of the fuels imported from the country can be substituted with other fuels – often without great difficulty.
Energy dependence on Russia should be neither exaggerated nor demonised, states Ilkka Kananen, a former chief executive at the National Emergency Supply Agency.
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- Created on 02 November 2015
Have you heard of a closed-loop waste water system, where grey water (water from showers and sinks) is returned after purification to the system as drinking water? Or a composting toilet system that uses only two tablespoons of water per flush?
The above examples are solutions implemented in the Bullitt Center in Seattle, where they’ve wanted to build the greenest office building in the world using existing commercial solutions. I recently visited the Bullitt Center and few other ecologically built green office buildings in North America. All buildings were equipped with energy, material and water solutions that seek to burden the environment as little as possible. We need this type of public showrooms in Finland too.
Finnish law enforcement authorities have yet to verify claims that a young man from Pori carried out a suicide bomb attack in Iraq in September as they are still waiting to hear back on an enquiry sent to their counterparts in Iraq.
A Twitter account used by Isis claimed roughly six weeks ago that Abu Hurairah Finlandi has detonated a car bomb at a military base in the town of Baiji in Northern Iraq. The nom de guerre has been associated with a man in his early twenties who travelled from Pori to the Middle East in the latter half of last year.
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- Created on 30 October 2015
Nokia has managed to fine-tune its operations to achieve a higher level of profitability than its main rival. The network equipment manufacturer improved its profitability, contrary to the expectations of investors, between July and September despite intense price competition and declining net sales.
The rise in profitability is attributable especially to a 16 per cent jump in net sales in China.
- Stockmann is in crisis
- Construction sector ready to train tens of thousands of asylees
- Ranks of the jobless to grow to 400,000
- Laws and EU in the way of proposed time zone change
- Finns Party expels its third deputy chairperson
- Estonia is hiring IT professionals from Finland
- Fewer than half of voters would recast their vote for Finns Party
- Steel maker SSAB to cut almost 300 jobs in Finland
- Amazon brings its cloud to Finland
- Angry Birds creator to shed 213 positions