Tens of thousands of holiday-makers face an anxious wait to learn the fate of their cruises as negotiations over the collective agreement of icebreaker crew continue at midday today under the guidance of National Conciliator Minna Helle.
The Finnish Seafarers' Union and the Finnish Engineers' Association have threatened to stop all sea traffic flying the Finnish flag on Thursday at 2pm unless an agreement with Arctia Shipping, a state-owned operator of icebreakers, is reached.
Timo Soini holds the reins of a male-dominated party as the chairperson of the Finns Party: The vast majority of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group are men. The majority of Finns Party councillors are men. Men also make up 65 per cent of candidates running on the ticket of the opposition party in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The supporter base of the party, in turn, consists largely of skilled workers and small business owners.
A group of international businessmen are about to transform the Port of HaminaKotka into a shopping paradise for passengers cruising the Baltic Sea. The Kotka Old Port – a seemingly disproportionate commercial complex for a town of 55,000 residents – would feature a shopping centre, hotels, restaurants and cinemas.
If realised in its entirety, the multi-phase development project is estimated to cost nearly 400 million euros.
A lorry measuring over 30 metres in length can haul two large, 12-metre shipping containers, explains Tuomo Vallas, the managing director of Speed Group. “You can't fit two containers onto a regular 25-metre lorry, and you definitely can't take 1.6 containers,” he says.
The Finnish Seafarers' Union and the Finnish Engineers' Association sat down on Thursday afternoon to decide whether or not to accept a settlement proposal tabled by Minna Helle, the National Conciliator, in a labour dispute over the terms of employment on icebreakers.
The other side in the prolonged labour dispute is Arctia Shipping, a state-owned operator of icebreakers.
A major player not affiliated with any of the six ruling parties was pulling the strings in the Government of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (NCP).
Industry lobbyists sought to influence the decision-making of the Government on a number of issues, claims Ville Niinistö, the chairperson of the Green League and a former Minister of the Environment.
The unemployment situation in Uusimaa is downright bipolar, according to statistics released on Tuesday.
The number of unemployed job-seekers in the region has increased by 12,000 year-on-year to nearly 90,000 while the number of job openings in Helsinki and all of Uusimaa has remained unusually high, at 17,950.
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The sky-rocketing growth of Supercell is unprecedented in the economic history of Finland. The mobile game studio has grown from virtually nothing to a multi-billion euro powerhouse in no more than three years, reporting a 300 per cent increase in revenue to 1.5 billion euros last year.
Professor Markku Kuisma, an expert in economic history at the University of Helsinki, does not recall there ever being a similar company in Finland. “Nothing comes to mind from this period.”
School-aged children have a definite perception of what poverty is and how it is manifested.
Pupils of Taivallahti Primary School acknowledge that the cost of certain hobbies can be an obstacle to participation and that poverty can be manifested in clothing and equipment.
“For example, playing football at a club and the equipment can cost a lot,” says Olga Kivelä.
Civil servants in Finland are too smart, claims Bengt Holmström, a professor of economics at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Holmström estimates that human capital is inconveniently distributed in Finland because smart people pursue what is considered an easy career in the public sector. “You don't bump into dumb officials here – maybe into lazy and unmotivated ones, but not into dumb ones,” Holmström said on Monday.
The development of the national economy will yet again be under scrutiny on Tuesday as the Government convenes for its final framework session to confirm the spending limits for the upcoming electoral term.
With the electoral term inching closer to its end, however, the framework budget will include no political decisions on public revenue and expenditure.
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