The number of complaints filed regarding social services is on the increase, with Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI) and the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) receiving 60 per cent more complaints last year than in 2010.
The growth was the fastest in the matters dealt by Valvira, with the number of complaints going up from 17 in 2010 to 123 last year. Valvira handles national matters and transfers other complaints to regional agencies.
“The noise at night is the worst thing. As soon as you have fallen asleep, this low rumbling sound starts on the other side of the wall. This has now continued for nine months, ever since the heat pump was installed,” explains Katri Biss.
A bouquet of flowers decorates the kitchen table of the flat in Kiuruvesi to celebrate the family’s first child born just over a week ago.
Finnbay’s activities have similarities to information operations, which aim to stir and confuse public debate, says Mika Aaltola, a researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.
Last Saturday, the English-language news service Finnbay published an article claiming that Finland would continue collaboration with Russia, regardless of the stance of the United States and the EU. The Finnish ambassador in Russia, who dubbed the website a “fake news site”, was threatened with a court case by Finnbay.
Speculating and making predictions on Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s future plans has been the favourite pastime of political aficionados during the last twelve months. This crystal-ball gazing is made all the more difficult by so few outsiders being privy to Katainen’s thoughts – and there are not many within his own party who know what is going through his mind either. Katainen’s inner circle has always been small.
The daughter of Laura and Tero Mäkelä died in the womb a month before the due date. Back then no one would have thought that the family would have to experience the same thing again.
"Listen, madam. This child is dead."
The current Crimean crisis in Ukraine has resulted in Finns having second thoughts about the construction of a nuclear power plant with Russian technology.
Almost half of Finns are opposed to granting a nuclear power plant permit to Fennovoima, which is planning to order the reactor unit from the Russian energy giant Rosatom.
Area to be transformed into housing for up to 30,000 people.
Malmi Airport, used by light aircrafts , will be closed down in 2016 to make way for new houses. According to information received by Helsingin Sanomat, the decision was made in the framework budget talks last week. The City of Helsinki designs for the area have ballooned, with the latest plans containing new housing for 20,000 to 30,000 people. The earlier plans of building a new residential area with 10,000 residents are not adequate in view of the need for new houses, according to city planners.
Jyrki Katainen (NCP) has announced that he will not seek re-election as the Prime Minister of Finland or as the chairperson of the National Coalition (NCP). A successor to Katainen will be appointed when the NCP convenes for its party conference in Lahti on 13—15 June.
- Category: Business
- Created on 05 April 2014
The dividend payouts of companies listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange have reverted to their normal levels after growing for five consecutive years since the inception of the financial crisis. The payouts fell sharply – by several billion euros – in 2008 due to economic turbulence and companies' plunging profits.
- Category: Business
- Created on 05 April 2014
The insurance company If is the leading Finnish brand abroad with its revenue of over 3.7 billion euros from foreign insurance premiums, indicates a survey conducted by Helsingin Sanomat. In addition to If, Finnair, Nokian Tyres, Neste Oil and Fortum generated over one billion euros in foreign revenue in 2013.
Jaakko Aspara, a professor of marketing at the Aalto University, estimates that the survey conducted by the daily is the first of its kind in Finland.
“Leftover food today, welcome,” says a sign attached to the front door of the Kalevala School in Linnanpelto, Kuopio. As the last pupils were finishing what was left of their meals on Wednesday, roughly a dozen patrons had already gathered at the main lobby to wait for their turn.
The school has offered leftover food to patrons for a price of 1.5 euros per meal for three weeks now.
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