Finns have never quite bought into reports that Finland is a model country in education, let alone in science. And they no longer have to, as the country has or is about to slip from the top of international rankings closer to the middle of the pack, more fittingly to the national character.
On the other hand, Finland remains a prisoner of both its past successes in PISA assessments and those of Nokia in mobile technology, as is evident from its apparent willingness to slash education funding by billions and cut back on research funding.
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News that Stockmann is set to shut down its department store in Oulu was greeted with dismay by shoppers at the department store on Friday. “I'm very annoyed because this is such a good store,” said Jonna Tauriainen, 19, while browsing for clothes in the women's section.
After slipping into the red last year, Stockmann on Friday revealed that it is planning on shutting down three loss-making department stores in Russia, in addition to the one in Oulu.
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Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko will take over the reins at Marimekko, the iconic design firm announced on Thursday. The 33-year-old Alahuhta-Kasko holds a master's degree in economics and has been employed with Marimekko since 2005, most recently as chief operating officer.
The board of directors of Marimekko resolved to appoint Alahuhta-Kasko as president on Wednesday.
The establishment of a metropolitan authority in Greater Helsinki appears unlikely after the National Coalition stated on Thursday that the project is no longer worth pursuing. The metropolitan authority was to include 14 municipalities from the capital region and also possibly Lohja and Porvoo.
The metropolitan authority, the National Coalition argued, would only create administrative overlap and redundancy. A number of municipalities have similarly expressed their doubts about the proposal.
Social workers considered recommending that the eight-year-old girl who was killed by her father and stepmother in Helsinki in May 2012 be taken immediately into custody and that a criminal complaint be filed with the police only a few days before her death.
A school counsellor had alarmed the officials by informing them that the girl was constantly late for school, that her textbooks had been torn and that she had bruising on her stomach.
A man who is believed to be the busiest online fraudster in Finland appeared before the District Court of Helsinki on Wednesday to deny the charges brought against him over a widespread phishing scam.
The 24-year-old man and his accomplice are suspected of masterminding a fraudulent scheme in which phishing e-mails were spammed from accounts that appeared to belong to the Finnish Customs, Posti and collection agencies.
A major overhaul is set to begin at Helsinki Airport as two complementary wings will be built to accommodate roughly a dozen new departure gates for long-haul aircraft. “As Finnair, among others, will increase its operations to Asia, we must provide them with new jet bridges,” explains Ville Haapasaari, the director at Helsinki Airport.
The majority state-owned airline announced in December that it is scheduled to add eight new Airbus aircraft to its fleet in 2018.
Have you recently found yourself puzzled by the cost of your insurance policy?
Many have, for insurance costs have gone up sharply. Health insurance costs have surged by 32 per cent over the past five years – meaning that if you paid 600 euros for the health insurance policies of your children in 2010, today they may cost you up to 800 euros.
The waiting staff bring out additional tables as more and more people turn out for a lunch meeting of the Finnish Society in Algarve, southern Portugal.
Raimo Luokomaa, the chairperson of the society and a long-time resident of Portugal, is surprised by the recent popularity of the monthly meetings. “One-third of them are people I don't know,” he estimates as roughly one hundred retirees sit side-by-side around the tables of a restaurant in the town of Quarteira.
People looking for a way out of a life of crime may soon request admission to a witness protection programme also in Finland. If admitted, they would be re-settled under a new identity in a new residence and, if necessary, provided other security measures.
The legislation on witness protection is set for implementation in early March.
The President of the Republic of Finland and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy are on Friday scheduled to mull over the participation of Finland in a military exercise hosted by the Ämari Air Base in Estonia.
Finnish Hornet jets are presently not expected to fly to the Ämari Air Base but instead take off for the exercise from airbases in Finland. Therefore, the exercise would see both American F-16 and Swedish JAS Gripen jets enter Finnish airspace.
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