Have you seen unfamiliar faces in the break room of your workplace? Is cheerful and excited chatter disrupting the comforting apathy that usually beclouds the open-plan office?
No wonder, for seasonal and temporary employees have stepped in for the nearly 900,000 Finns currently on their summer holiday.
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- Created on 02 July 2015
A new German owner and the burgeoning German cruise market have propelled Turku Shipyard from the brink of bankruptcy to prosperity.
The shipyard announced on Wednesday that it will build two cruise ships, Mein Schiff 7 and Mein Schiff 8, for the German cruise line TUI Cruises. The order further improves job security at the shipyard, which slid to the brink of oblivion no more than a few months ago under its previous South Korean ownership.
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- Created on 01 July 2015
Fennovoima revealed in a surprise announcement on Tuesday that its largest shareholder, Voimaosakeyhtiö SF, has brought in a new shareholder from Croatia.
The energy utility in question, Migrit Solarna Energija, is a relatively unknown player in the energy market and is set to take a 14 per cent stake in Voimaosakeyhtiö SF, bringing its imputed indirect ownership interest in Fennovoima to 9 per cent.
The roaming fees charged for using a mobile phone while abroad will be abolished within the European Union by June 2017.
The abolition has been under preparation for some time and was finally confirmed on Tuesday as the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe agreed provisionally to prohibit carriers from charging roaming fees for mobile phone use within the union.
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- Created on 30 June 2015
Finnair Cargo has become the first airline in the world to complete a certification programme for handling cold-chain pharmaceuticals organised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in collaboration with Brussels Airport, the airline announced on Tuesday.
Finnair Cargo is the largest air cargo carrier in the Nordics, transporting roughly 149,000 tonnes of mail and freight a year.
Eurozone countries will not sit down with Greece before the Greek referendum, states Alexander Stubb (NCP), the Minister of Finance.
“There's nothing to discuss. There's no compromise to build,” he explained to members of the media on Monday after discussing Greece's plunge into a new crisis and mounting repayment problems at the Grand Committee and the Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs.
Over 300,000 homes are without a permanent resident in Finland.
While many of those properties are located in municipalities with negative net migration, where homeowners are simply unable to find a buyer for their homes, the population centres also have their fair share of vacant homes.
The dependence of Finns on transfer payments, such as unemployment allowances and national and earnings-related pensions, has continued to grow, according to a recent publication by the Bank of Finland.
While pension costs have crept up in the face of rapid population ageing, the problems have been compounded by the difficult employment situation.
People are the most content with their lives in Panama, according to a global well-being survey published on Wednesday.
Finland, in turn, was ranked 37th out of the 145 countries and territories included in the survey carried out by Gallup, an American performance-management consulting firm, and Healthways, an American provider of well-being.
The rising wave of immigrants into the European Union has washed upon the shores of Finland, with the number of asylum applications received in a week exceeding 200 for the first time in mid-June.
Jorma Kuuluvainen, the head of reception affairs at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), estimates that the number of asylum seekers is likely to double from the 4,000 registered last year. “If the application numbers stay at these levels for the rest of the year, we'll end up with 8,000 applications,” he says.
The ranks of the jobless have swelled by 28,000 from the previous year to 324,000 in May, according to a labour force survey by Statistics Finland.
The unemployment rate of Finland has thereby risen to its highest level since February 2000. The unemployment rate stood at 11.8 per cent last month, representing an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the previous year.
- Fennovoima's fate up in the air as negotiations between Fortum and Rosatom stall
- Councillors lukewarm on Guggenheim Helsinki
- Record number of Thai berry pickers to arrive in Finland
- Bicycle the fastest way to cover short distances in Helsinki
- Support for Social Democrats slips to new low since 1990
- Government ready to invest an additional €112M in Talvivaara
- Coal stacks to make way for tower blocks in Hanasaari
- Major cruise ship deal secures jobs at Meyer Turku
- Posti to close most of its outlets
- Niinistö: “Europe is not in a state of peace”