Lenita Toivakka (NCP), the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, has urged Finland to ensure it remains an attractive destination for Russian visitors and immigrants.
Toivakka “as a business owner from Mikkeli” is concerned about a recent survey by Helsingin Sanomat, according to which as many as 40 per cent of Finns would stem the flow of Russian immigrants into Finland.
Green councillors on the Helsinki City Council have called for a trial to convert downtown Helsinki into a pedestrian zone, arguing on Monday that the conversion would improve operational preconditions for brick-and-mortar shops.
“It has been shown that pedestrian zones improve safety, convenience and operational preconditions for businesses,” argued Emma Kari, the chairperson of the council group.
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.
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