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.
Rents have continued to rise steadily despite the relatively stagnant consumer prices in Finland, according to Statistics Finland.
The statistical institution reported on Friday that rents crept up by 2.8 per cent year-on-year over the first three months of the year as the rents of non-subsidised dwellings increased by an average of 2.6 per cent and those of state-subsidised dwellings by an average of 3.0 per cent nationwide.
A proposal to grant Turkish citizens visa-free access to the European Union has come under criticism from both politicians and researchers in Finland.
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday that the visa requirements be lifted by the end of June due to the progress Turkey has made in meeting the benchmarks of the roadmap towards the visa-free regime, particularly over the past couple of weeks.
Vesa Vihriälä, the managing director at the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla), has dismissed claims made in the public debate that a new mood of frugality among consumers is to blame for the sluggish economic growth rate of Finland.
“Private consumption was more than five per cent higher last year than at the onset of the crisis in 2008,” he points out in a guest contribution to Helsingin Sanomat.
Timo Soini, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has expressed his disappointment with the results of a recent poll by YLE.
The national broadcasting company reported earlier this week that public support for the Finns Party has halved since the parliamentary elections of 2015, after falling by another one percentage point to 8.5 per cent between March and April.
The interrelation between the defence solutions of Finland and Sweden is the main conclusion to be drawn from a recent assessment of the effects of the possible Nato membership of Finland, gauges Jussi Niinistö (PS), the Minister of Defence.
“If Sweden decided to join Nato without Finland, we would end up in a difficult position. If, on the other hand, Finland joined and Sweden did not, the situation would be difficult for us. We would then become some sort of a strategic outpost,” Niinistö writes on his blog on Puheenvuoro.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has confirmed that he will challenge Alexander Stubb (NCP) in the race to take over the reins of the National Coalition Party.
“I can't be satisfied with the current state of the National Coalition, nor with the amount of support the National Coalition currently enjoys,” Orpo said after announcing his candidacy in a press conference at the Parliament House on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has unveiled a ten-point action plan to combat hate speech and racism and encourage social participation in Finland.
“Hate speech and racism are absolutely deplorable phenomena. No one should have to live in a climate where some openly challenge the position of others as equal members of the community. The climate in Finland has changed, and that calls for action,” Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education and Culture, states in a press release.
Finland would improve its immediate security environment but also risk becoming embroiled in an extended and serious crisis with Russia by joining Nato, a four-member task force concludes in its newly-published report to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
“Even if tensions did arise, they would not necessarily result in an open conflict because Russia would be aware of the fact that any infraction would drag the entire alliance [into the dispute],” the task force writes.
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