A female resident of Finland is suspected of arranging the illegal entry of three people into the country as part of an operation by a criminal organisation based in Athens, Greece, the Finnish Border Guard believes.
The case began to unravel after a person was caught entering Finland with forged personal documents at Helsinki Airport on 31 August. Border officials then determined that the woman accompanying the person had previously arranged the illegal entries of two other people into Finland.
The number of households mulling over buying a car has decreased considerably over the past decade.
The share of households who are dreaming of a new car has declined from roughly 20 per cent in 2004 to no more than 15 per cent, according to consumer surveys conducted by Statistics Finland.
Police are preparing for the worst as both far-left and far-right activists are intent on organising a protest rally in Helsinki on Independence Day.
Police reveal that they are aware of a couple of protests under preparation but refrain from commenting on the nature of the protests. At least two protests have been called for 6 December on online forums.
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The smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through the aisles of grocery shops has created a craze that is sweeping across the Finnish bakery industry.
Fazer and Vaasan have in recent months announced the closures of three bakeries and the consequent lay-offs of an estimated 64 employees: Fazer will shut down its bakeries in Hyvinkää and Ulvila next autumn, whereas Vaasan will shut down its bakery in Rovaniemi at the end of the year.
A mass exodus from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland continued on Sunday, with the number of people leaving the church surpassing the previous records from Friday and Saturday.
Eroakirkosta.fi, an online resignation portal, reported that 5,100 people had resigned from the church by 10.20pm on Sunday, equivalent to the number of resignations registered on Saturday and nearly double that registered on Friday.
The unrest in Ukraine has along with several other factors encouraged closer co-operation between Finland and Sweden, President Sauli Niinistö said in an interview on YLE Radio 1 on Saturday.
“Debate over whether scrapping conscription was wise after all arose in Sweden before the events in Ukraine. We, in turn, recognised the economic challenge of maintaining our system already before Ukraine. These two factors are in the background,” Niinistö told.
Six to eight people who have left Finland to take part in hostilities in Syria have died, Antti Pelttari, the director of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo), revealed in a televised interview with YLE on Saturday.
He also revealed that an increasing number of those who leave Finland join the ranks of militant groups in Syria.
A steering group assigned to the reform of social welfare and health care services announced on Tuesday that Finland will, as expected, be divided into five social welfare and health care regions.
The only major surprise in the announcement was the incorporation of the Päijät-Häme region into the southern care region. The northern care region, in turn, will geographically encompass roughly half the country.
Kari Mäkinen, the Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, has expressed his hearty congratulations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Finland.
“I know how much this means to them,” Mäkinen commented while on an official visit to South Africa on Friday, following news that the Parliament has decided to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
The Finnish Parliament today voted 105—92 in favour of a citizens' initiative to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. Two Members of the Parliament were absent from the vote.
The decision will be presented to the Grand Committee of the Parliament for consideration, probably as early as next week, and then again to the Parliament for final approval. If all the necessary legislative changes are implemented before the end of 2015, the first same-sex couple could marry in Finland at the earliest on 1 March 2017.
The Left Alliance has expressed its confidence that the economic fortunes of Finland can be turned around.
In its parliamentary election manifesto, the opposition party urges the Government to borrow more to grease the wheels of the national economy. “The latitude for productive economic policy should not be restricted with debt or spending limits,” the 17-page manifesto reads.
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