Matti Vanhanen (Centre) has been appointed as the head of a housing task force to be established as part of the coalition negotiations.
The former Prime Minister revealed to Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday that a proposal to establish the task force was presented during the coalition negotiations on Friday and that the task force will concentrate on “major housing issues”. In particular, the task force will contemplate housing-related issues in the capital and other population centres.
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- Created on 18 May 2015
The new wave of Finnish game studios now have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Rovio and Supercell.
The example shown by the mobile game behemoths has encouraged many seasoned game developers to establish their own game studios, with the number of game studios in the country doubling to more than 260 over the past few years.
A proposal to be presented by the European Commission at the end of this month for a mandatory refugee re-settlement system within the European Union is unlikely to receive the backing of the next Government of Finland.
“It has to be based on the voluntariness of member states,” Alexander Stubb (NCP) stated after taking part in the ongoing coalition negotiations on Wednesday.
Tenants in city-owned rental units can host couch surfers as long as they create no disturbance to other residents, states Anni Sinnemäki (Greens), a Deputy Mayor of Helsinki.
The City of Helsinki, she said, does not monitor whether or not tenants in city-owned rental units offer their couch to tourists and requires no advance notice of such activity. “The city hasn't prohibited couch surfing and isn't actively looking into whether it's taking place. It hasn't been prohibited,” Sinnemäki announced.
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- Created on 14 May 2015
The board of directors of Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) decided on Wednesday not to file a license application for the construction of a fourth reactor at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant.
The board of directors is to propose to the extraordinary general that it waive its right to apply for a construction license, essentially guaranteeing that no license application will be presented before the Parliament.
Finland has slipped back into recession after its economic growth slowed down for the second consecutive quarter between January and March, according to preliminary data released by Statistics Finland on Wednesday.
A recession is generally defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.
The European Commission is prepared to reprimand Finland for its non-compliance with the fiscal rules of the European Union.
Sources within the European Union revealed to Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday that Finland will be reprimanded for its failure to comply with the three per cent fiscal deficit threshold prescribed by the European Union for the second year in succession.
Several key issues were on the agenda as negotiations over the formation of the next Government of Finland began formally at the Government Banquet Hall on Monday.
The first task force was assigned to discuss the policy of Finland toward immigration and the European Union – areas that are widely regarded as particularly difficult due to the stark contrast between the hard-line approach pursued by the Finns Party and those pursued by the Centre and especially the National Coalition.
Prime Minister-elect Juha Sipilä (Centre) did not summon the Christian Democrats for the ongoing coalition negotiations despite the fact that the party was, according to its chairperson Päivi Räsänen, a viable coalition partner in terms of its political objectives.
The election loss and minuscule stature of the Christian Democrats, she believes, had an effect on the decision of Sipilä.
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- Created on 11 May 2015
Nokia appears to have succeeded in its attempts to drum up interest in HERE, with news reports suggesting that Uber, Facebook, three German automotive makers and a group of venture capitalists are prepared to or have already submitted a bid for the location and mapping unit.
The New York Times wrote last week that Uber, a ride-sharing service based in San Francisco, has tabled an offer of 2.7 billion euros for HERE.
The National Coalition and the Social Democrats faced an anxious wait on Thursday before Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) announced that he will ask the former to join the Centre and the Finns Party in negotiations over the formation of a right-wing coalition.
Anticipation at the Finnish Parliament Annex was tangible on Thursday evening as reporters gathered to find out which party leaders would storm out of the auditorium first.
- Sipilä breaks off talks over social contract
- S Group announces further food price cuts
- Sipilä demands an answer from labour market organisations by tomorrow
- Finland no longer the best country for mothers
- Sipilä to decide on fate of Finns Party
- Finland looks for new boost for cleantech
- Herkku a bright spot for loss-making Stockmann
- Sipilä dissatisfied with Finns Party
- Niinistö calls for continuity in foreign policy making
- House prices up by nearly 4% in Greater Helsinki