Jeopardizing state security and Finland's international relations given as chief reasons.
FOLLOWING on from protests on 12 June in front of the Embassy of Norway in Helsinki that saw the Iranian student community and supporters of SEDAI (Stop Educational Discrimination Against Iranians) protest against the rejection of residence permits that their fellow countrymen have received after commencing their PhD research in Norway, similar incidents have emerged in Finland.
Reijo Aarnio, the Data Protection Ombudsman of Finland, has voiced his bafflement at a study conducted by Facebook in which the news feed of nearly 700,000 people was tampered with in order to determine its effect on mood.
“It's indeed outrageous, if people's personal communications have been altered without their consent,” Aarnio says.
Two foreign powers are believed to be responsible for two separate cyber-espionage campaigns against the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) revealed on Wednesday, after determining “the outlines” of the attacks.
Supo declined to identify the foreign powers in question, but reports in the media suggest that the attacks may have originated in Russia or China.
Finland expects to generate proceeds of 300—350 million euros by unloading its excess emergency supplies of grains and fuel oil over the next two years. Although the proceeds are hardly enough to balance the government books, they will nevertheless add considerably to the proceeds from the sales of state assets.
The sales are a consequence of a recent decision by the Government on the objectives of security supply.
As many as 49 people lost their lives in fires in the first half of the year, representing a year-on-year increase of 20 in the number of fire fatalities, the Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK) reports.
In all of last year, only 51 people died in fires.
Olli Rehn, a former European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, was on Tuesday elected as one of 14 vice-presidents of the European Parliament, becoming the first Finn ever to land the job.
Rehn was elected in the third round of voting.
“I'm grateful for the confidence shown by my colleagues and will do my utmost to develop democracy in Europe,” Rehn commented after his appointment.
Finland will be unable to reach its objective of extending high-speed broadband access to virtually every rural household due to the insufficiency of the funds allocated for the Broadband 2015 project.
“Internet service providers have filed more applications for aid than we can afford to disburse,” says Päivi Peltola-Ojala, a communications market specialist at the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA).
The European Union has invested millions of euros in projects to alleviate the troubles of Finnish industries – thus far with modest results.
The projects, orchestrated by local and regional development companies, include business trips to Cannes and reports in officialese, abound with terms such as benchmarking, service concepts and pilot investments.
Telecommunications operators have today slashed their roaming charges roughly in half in a bid to comply with a resolution by the European Commission to reduce the costs of browsing the Internet and checking e-mails on mobile devices within the European Union.
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The Finnish Government and Meyer Werft, a traditional German shipbuilder, have reached a preliminary understanding with South Korea's STX on the acquisition of Turku shipyard, Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Minister of Economic Affairs, has revealed.
“We've reached a preliminary understanding with the seller on the key terms of the transaction,” Vapaavuori told Helsingin Sanomat on Monday evening.
Taavi Rõivas, the Prime Minister of Estonia, is ready to toughen sanctions against Russia unless the country takes action to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine by Monday evening, as demanded by the European Council on Friday.
“Then we have no choice but to apply further sanctions,” Rõivas said while meeting his Finnish counterpart, Alexander Stubb (NCP), in Tallinn on Monday.
- Pastor to avoid repercussions for blessing lesbian couple
- Flat prices fall across Finland
- Shortage of jobs exacerbates in capital region
- Also NCP is widely behind gender-neutral marriage law, Stubb reminds
- Duo jailed for plotting killing spree at University of Helsinki
- Rinne urges Social Democrats to vote for gender-neutral marriage law
- Furniture retailers welcome Habitat to Finland
- Consumer confidence improves from 2013
- Nearly half of pastors advocate gender-neutral marriage laws
- I decided to sell my flat myself