There has been an extent of uncertainty about the position of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on the planned tax increments and spending cuts. That is no longer the case, with Jouni Backman, the chair of the SDP parliamentary group, explicating the position.
The belt-tightening measures can be distributed over a few-year period and postponed even until the term of the next Government.
Having stepped down as the Minister for International Development last October, Heidi Hautala (Greens) has confirmed that she will run for a seat in the European Parliament. According to Hautala, also other candidates running on the Greens' ticket have encouraged her to seek re-election in the European Parliament.
In addition, Hautala has voiced her interest in becoming Finland's candidate for a commissioner seat.
A pre-trial investigation into the use of informants at the Helsinki Police Department has been launched following a request for inquiry filed in November by Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats), the Minister of the Interior.
Räsänen filed the request after Helsingin Sanomat reported that the Helsinki Police Department has no registered informants.
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Finnish online retailers lag notably behind their Nordic rivals in terms of their ability to attract visitors beyond the borders of their domicile. Whereas their foreign rivals continue to foray into Finland, Finnish retailers have struggled to generate revenue through online exports, especially in comparison to Sweden and Denmark, show studies published on Thursday by Google and OC&C, a consulting firm based in the United Kingdom.
VR will backtrack on its controversial decision to reduce turnaround times on some of its commuter train routes due to a marked increase in delays and, consequently, penalties. Despite more benign weather conditions, more delays have occurred on the main commuter line than last year.
As a result, the delay penalties imposed on the rail operator have jumped sharply.
Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, has revealed that Finland's foreign affairs administration and armed forces are keeping a close watch on the situation in Ukraine. The recent seizure of government buildings in Crimea, the minister views, is an indication of the gravity of the situation.
“The situation is undoubtedly tense,” he commented to Helsingin Sanomat.
Olli Rehn, the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, has expressed his cautious support for the distribution of the belt-tightening measures to be adopted in Finland over a several-year period.
“Textbooks on economic policy indicate that you should avoid abrupt adjustments and strive to balance costs gradually in order to minimise any short-term negative effects on growth,” Rehn explained to Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday.
The mini-coach that collided into a wood lorry near the Finnish border in mid-February with fatal consequences was travelling well over the speed limit, reports in the Russian media indicate.
Finnish data security firms are anxious about the ramifications of the planned online surveillance law, with SSH Communications Security warning that it is prepared to re-locate its headquarters out of Finland and F-Secure stating that it will not build backdoors to its software to facilitate surveillance activities.
A backdoor is a security weakness that can be exploited to gain remote access to a system.
Ismo Silvo, the director of media at YLE, has said that the national broadcasting company will air the documentary Presidentintekijät regardless of the recent attempts by members of the National Coalition to prevent its publication.
“If there's no proof that journalistic or ethical rules have been violated, we will absolutely show [the documentary],” states Silvo.
More Finnish citizens died overseas last year than ever before, statistics compiled by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs indicate.
In 2013, the most deadly destinations for Finns according to the statistics were Spain, Thailand, Estonia, Sweden and Australia. The statistics, the ministry reminds, are somewhat distorted by the fact that a number of the deaths occurring in the Nordic countries are never reported to the ministry or Finnish embassies.
- Ministry clarifies: Customer bonuses will not be taxed
- Finnish invention detects early stages of skin cancer in seconds
- Helsinki to re-write instructions for outdoor terraces
- Nokia unveils three Android-powered devices
- Campaign documentary sets off row
- Capital flows into start-ups
- Alcohol and drug related costs creep up to 2bn
- Arhinmäki apologises for his conduct: “Party got out of hand”
- Parliament majority backs equal marriage rights, campaign activists gauge
- Police Board to look into prying claims