Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja (SDP) has branded the guest contribution of Charly Salonius-Pasternak, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, to Monday's edition of Helsingin Sanomat as provocative.
“The contribution of Salonius-Pasternak is in my opinion a rather deliberate provocation, which is no reason to be provoked,” Tuomioja writes in an e-mail to Helsingin Sanomat.
More people have sought asylum in Finland this year than in any of the previous three years. Asylum applications filed by Ukrainian citizens, in particular, have increased over the past 12 months, although the vast majority of them have been rejected.
Altogether, the number of people seeking asylum in Finland is expected to creep up to 3,600 by the end of the year, predicts Juha Similä from the Finnish Immigration Service.
The Fund for Peace (FFP) has ranked Finland the most stable country in the world for the second consecutive year, this time placing the country in a league of its own in its Fragile States Index.
Sweden, in turn, was ranked the second most stable country in the world despite being downgraded from the “Very Sustainable” category by the American think tank. Last year, Sweden was the only country in the highest category in addition to Finland.
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The net sales of companies providing private employment services have begun to grow after declining last year.
The private employment sector grew by six per cent between January and October, according to the Private Employment Agencies Association (HPL). The growth was robust particularly over the first few months of the year but has since decelerated to a more modest rate.
The revisions introduced to the military doctrine of Russia came as no surprise to Finland, Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, has estimated.
Approved by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, the revised doctrine identifies the increasing military presence of Nato in Eastern Europe as one of the most significant security threats faced by Russia.
It is important that Nato membership is not ruled out in the next government programme, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (NCP) emphasised in an interview with YLE on Saturday.
“You must first keep in mind that I've always been an advocate of Nato membership. However, now isn't the right time for Nato membership. But, I believe it's important not to rule out Nato membership in the next government programme,” he stated.
Helsinki City Transport (HKL) announced on Thursday that its executive board has authorised it to abandon the automation of Helsinki Metro and to commence negotiations over practical matters with Siemens, the supplier of the automation technology.
Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri (Greens) will present the matter to the Helsinki City Board for consideration due to its gravity.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (NCP) on Thursday commented on news that the Social Democratic Party has edged ahead of the National Coalition Party in a solemn but calm manner.
“I wouldn't regard this as a nosedive but rather as the situation stabilising. The reality is that support for the National Coalition is 16 to 17 per cent. We have an incredible amount of work to be done before the elections on 19 April. That is the only poll that matters. We'll now work to lift the National Coalition and the homeland,” Stubb said.
The Social Democratic Party has pulled 0.2 percentage points ahead of the National Coalition Party, according to a poll by Helsingin Sanomat.
Although the gap remains within the margin of error of the poll, the resurgence of the Social Democrats is remarkable in light of its prolonged slump in opinion polls. The previous time voter support for the Social Democrats exceeded that for the National Coalition in a poll by Helsingin Sanomat was in May 2008.
Jari Aarnio, a former head of the drug enforcement division of the Helsinki Police Department, was on Thursday formally charged with six counts of aggravated drug offence for his alleged role in the smuggling of 800 kilos of hashish from the Netherlands into Finland – in what is known as the barrel case.
He is believed to have continued his participation in drug trafficking until his arrest.
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Finland is a nice place to be if you work in the public sector.
But laws that protect municipal workers from the hard reality of a faltering economy are adding to the debt burden in a country that had its credit rating cut just two months ago.
- Bank of Finland expects recession to drag on
- 70 employees face the axe at Seppälä
- Need for food aid has spiked
- Government's popularity nosedives
- Itella swaps blue for orange
- Gang leader: Aarnio talked me into it
- Danske Bank expects Finnish exports to pick up
- Soini sets sights on six ministerial portfolios, Turun Sanomat reports
- Accidents on National Road 4 leave six dead
- Risikko voices concerns over reported near-collisions over Baltic Sea