Immigration is an increasingly important driver of population growth in Finland.
Last year, immigration accounted for 76 per cent of the population growth as the number of births decreased for the fourth consecutive year, by 1,060 year-on-year to 57,080, according to Statistics Finland.
House prices will this year decline by 0.7 per cent nationwide and by 0.5 per cent in Helsinki, forecasts Pellervo Economic Research Institute (PTT).
Ari Pauna, the chief executive at the Mortgage Society of Finland (Hypo), estimated in Monday's edition of Helsingin Sanomat that nationwide the prices of old dwellings may drop by as much as one per cent.
Antti Rinne (SDP), the Minister of Finance, has estimated that Sunday's election results in Greece will have no dramatic consequences for the exposure of Finland. The winner of the general elections, Syriza, has expressed its opposition to EU-imposed austerity and its willingness to re-negotiate the terms of the emergency loans granted to Greece.
Finland is one of Greece's creditors.
A survey by Helsingin Sanomat has found that 39 per cent of Finns are unwilling to cough up for online services, such as on-demand music streaming, digital news or cloud storage services.
The survey was carried out by TNS Gallup in early December.
A survey commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs reveals the Finns' conception of world poverty is much gloomier than reality.
Nearly eight out of ten Finns (76 per cent) believe that poverty has increased in the world since the year 1990. The survey was carried out by the research company Taloustutkimus.
Siemens is considering taking legal action against the Helsinki City Transport (HKL) for what it believes was an unwarranted decision to terminate the contracts for the automation of the Helsinki Metro.
“Of course we're considering [taking legal action]. We'd prefer to avoid doing so, but that may prove impossible,” Juha Lehtonen, the head of mobility at Siemens, tells Helsingin Sanomat.
The ranks of the jobless grew by 27,000 to roughly 230,000 between December 2013 and December 2014, indicates the Labour Market Survey of Statistics Finland. Last month, a total of 128,000 men and 104,000 women were unemployed.
The margin of error for the monthly survey is relatively high, +/- 18,000 people.
The recent surge in voter support for the Centre Party has stalled. The National Coalition has stemmed the bleeding and re-established itself as the second largest party in Finland after being overtaken briefly by the Social Democratic Party.
The recent up-tick in support for the Social Democrats, in turn, has slowed, while support for the Finns Party has stagnated.
Police acted lawfully in fatally shooting a man suspected of killing two people with an axe in Oulu on 14 January, Juhani Mäki, a district prosecutor responsible for investigating police-related incidents, has determined.
Mäki on Wednesday said no formal investigation into the actions of the officers involved in the incident will be opened as there are no grounds to suspect them of wrongdoings.
Finland can ill-afford to introduce further stimulus measures.
Although stimulus can help withstand an economic slowdown, the country should refrain from adding to its already-considerable debt burden, underlines Juhana Vartiainen, the director general at the Government Institute of Economic Research (VATT).
Lidl offers by far the lowest grocery prices in the capital region, indicates a price comparison carried out by Helsingin Sanomat.
Reporters at the daily on Monday paid a visit to ten supermarkets in Greater Helsinki to compare the prices of same or similar grocery items, finding that the items cost considerably less at Lidl Malmi than at any other supermarket included in the survey – less than 30 euros.
- Purchasing power of middle-income earners to stagnate
- The terms for getting an account for apartment savings just got better
- Helsinkians voice support for denser urban environment
- Current recession longer than '90s depression
- Finnish perceptions of income revealed
- Stiff competition sees food prices fall
- One narrowly escaped death in axe rampage in Oulu pub
- Survey: SDP to suffer historic loss in parliamentary elections
- Current economic crisis already longer than in 1990s
- Record number of Finns died abroad last year