The Centre Party has suggested it is willing to consider raising the alcohol limit in beers sold in grocery shops as an apparent concession to the other members of the three-party coalition, the Finns Party and the National Coalition Party.
Mikko Kärnä (Centre) revealed in an interview on YLE Radio 1 on Thursday that the party is willing to consider certain measures in an attempt to reduce the personal imports of alcoholic beverages. The ruling parties have thereby edged closer to an agreement on the reform of the Alcohol Act, he added.
The Centre Party has confirmed the candidacy of Matti Vanhanen, a former Prime Minister of Finland, in the next presidential elections after its party government received no other nominations by the deadline of 11 May, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
The party government has consequently decided that no primary elections will be necessary to select the candidate.
Finland has overtaken Sweden in an annual listing of the most gay-friendly countries in Europe published by the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe).
The country improved its ranking from 13th to 7th, while that of its western neighbour deteriorated from 4th to 12th.
Economic woes, education and migration were among the dominant themes in foreign media reports about Finland in 2015, finds an annual survey distributed to the consular and diplomatic missions of Finland.
The country was generally portrayed in a positive light in foreign media reports as its education system, in particular, was the focus of positive media attention despite the drastic cuts in education spending announced last year. Finland remains well known also for equality, good governance, lack of corruption and welfare system, according to the survey carried out by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Finnish troops could be deployed abroad to provide military assistance under extraordinary circumstances according to a proposal presented by the Government, confirms Jussi Niinistö (PS), the Minister of Defence.
A question about the possibility of introducing a statutory obligation to personnel of the Finnish Defence Forces to participate in the provision of military assistance abroad was posed by Paavo Arhinmäki (Left Alliance), Timo Heinonen (NCP), Emma Kari (Greens) and Jari Myllykoski (Left Alliance) during a parliamentary plenary session on Tuesday.
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Nokia has reported that its turnover fell sharply in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period one year earlier.
The turnover of the network equipment manufacturer decreased by 500 million euros to 5.6 billion euros over the first three months of the year, representing a year-on-year decline of 9 per cent and a quarter-on-quarter decline of 27 per cent.
Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), a vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), has confirmed that he will not seek election as chairperson of the National Coalition Party and will instead lend his support to Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, in the leadership race.
“I believe – and hope – Orpo will win the ongoing race. I also believe he is smart enough not to make too many promises. I hope the party faithful do not place unrealistic expectations on him,” he writes on his website.
Greece may need and receive further assistance to cope with its financial woes, admits Jyrki Katainen (NCP), a Vice-President of the European Commission.
“Greece has a programme that will take a couple of years to complete and will be subjected regularly to interim reviews – once every couple of months. A condition for every loan instalment is that Greece has done its homework […],” he said at a lunch event organised by the Finnish Association of Political Journalists on Monday.
Finland registered a year-on-year drop of ten per cent in the value of its exports in March, indicate preliminary data published by Finnish Customs.
Finnish Customs reminds in its press release that the 500 million euro decline in the monthly value of exports is partially attributable to the fact that the value of goods exported from the country peaked at 4.9 billion euros in March 2015.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, reveals that he has made it a priority to foster the relations between Finland and the United States.
Soini estimated in his speech to the Paasikivi Society on Monday that the United States has had no choice but to fortify its presence in Europe due to the recent actions of Russia and that the growing presence has contributed towards the objective of Finland to promote security and stability in the Baltic Sea Region.
More than a hundred Members of the Parliament have declare their support to a bill drafted to reduce the amount of food loss and waste, reveals Hanna Sarkkinen (Left Alliance).
Sarkkinen and the five other sponsors of the bill propose that all food that is not sold for human consumption despite being edible be handed over to non-profit organisations for distribution to disadvantaged households.
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