Last year, Finland's net contribution to the European Union increased moderately year-on-year to 659 million euro, the Ministry of Finance has revealed. As a result, Finns forked out an average of 122 euro more toward the union's budget than they received in, for example, agricultural subsidies and structural assistance.
PitchHelsinki: narrowing the gap between start-ups and investors.
“BE VERY clear about what you are trying to achieve, and surround yourself with people who are really good. No one person is ever right.” That is Alan Moore’s advice for entrepreneurs struggling to attract funding. The British educator and author of the book “No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world”, a journey through a new way for social, economic and organisational innovation, was guest speaker at the eighth edition of PitchHelsinki. This annual event gives prominent start-ups the opportunity to publicly present their ideas and connect with potential investors.
Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) has stressed that yesterday's news of the problems STX faces in securing funding for a planned shipbuilding project should not be dramatised. “Of course, every new order that is received, especially if it's profitable, would have relieved the situation, but one should not draw long-term conclusions from this,” Vapaavuori stated at the Finnish Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
The 141 subsidy for farmers in Southern Finland
Solidarity between farmers is called for when a decision is made on who will end up out of pocket as agricultural subsidies are cut by tens of millions of euros in the coming years. The fear is that farmers in the north will have to foot the bill for dwindling national subsidies for farming in Southern Finland.
Information about freshness with your mobile phone in real time.
Soon, consumers will be able to monitor the transfer of fish caught from Finnish lakes all the way to the store in almost real time. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences has developed an electronic monitoring system that will make the supply chain transparent. The goal is to make Finnish lake fish more easily available to consumers.
Four-hundred and fifty pre-order customers got their hands on the anticipated début product by boutique smartphone maker Jolla at an event held by carrier DNA in Helsinki on Wednesday evening. Other pre-order customers are to receive their devices shortly, while the smartphone is to hit the shelves of DNA stores across the country in early December. At this stage, Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki reminds, it is crucial to show that Jolla can finalise and launch its products. “We're not pursuing ridiculous volumes at this stage,” he said. “We will move forward step by step – first in Finland, then in Europe and after that in China.”
Kristina Cruises has cancelled all this winter's cruises on its flagship m/s Kristina Katarina in the Canary Islands, after announcing its plans to file for debt restructuring. The cruise operator has apologised for the inconvenience, while citing plunging ticket prices and the general economic situation as the reasons for the cancellations and the restructuring plans.
The possibility of soldiers getting carried away during the exercise was not recognised.
SIX SOLDIERS have been convicted for using harsh physical interrogation techniques during a military exercise of the Finnish Defence Forces on the Gulf of Finland in June 2012. On 20 November, the District Court of Länsi-Uusimaa sentenced one soldier to a three-month probation order for assault and service offence and handed fines of 800-1,240 euro to five others. The service offence charges brought against two officers supervising the exercise, in turn, were dismissed.
The charges of violations of the Environmental Protection Act brought against three employees of Live Nation, a live-events promoter, have been dismissed by the District Court of Helsinki, Helsingin Sanomat reports. The charges stemmed from the live performances of Madonna and Bruce Springsteen at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium last year, both of which exceeded the prescribed curfew by roughly an hour.
The burial site suggests both pagan and Christian influences.
An ancient burial site unearthed in Janakkala may shed new light on life in Finland a thousand years ago. The rare discovery comprises two swords and bones that belonged to a large man.
Heinäluoma addressed a comment to ”Prime Minister Vanhanen”.
Parliamentary debate on political appointments to civil service positions was in danger of turning into a farce during Thursday’s parliamentary question time.
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