The Centre has emerged as the largest political party in Finland ahead of the National Coalition, according to a recent YLE poll.
The poll indicates that voter support for the opposition party has surged by 2 percentage points to 23.3 per cent in a month's time. Meanwhile, support for the National Coalition has slipped by 0.8 percentage points to 20.4 per cent.
- Category: Business
- Created on 29 September 2014
The days of hand-picking tomatoes at the supermarket are over, if you believe the thousands of customers who do their groceries online and have them delivered to their doorstep.
At present, estimates suggest that every two-hundredth bag of groceries bought in the capital region is bought on the Internet. “The growth is rather strong,” characterises Kari Luoto, the managing director at the Finnish Grocery Trade Association.
The interest of Finns in holding the reins of a city or municipality is waning.
The number of applicants for a vacant mayor or municipal manager position in Inland Finland has fallen from an average of 20 in 1999 to 13 in 2013, indicate statistics compiled by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. “The number of applicants has halved from the 1990s,” summarises Kaija Majoinen, the director of development at the association.
Jaakko Jonkka, the Chancellor of Justice, estimates that reports circulating in the media give no grounds to suspect Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Minister of Economic Affairs, of any unlawful conduct with respect to the case of Rosatom.
“My understanding is founded on information received from a couple of news outlets. I have no legal grounds, at least not at the time, to rule that the threshold for an investigation has been met,” Jonkka writes in an e-mail.
- Category: Business
- Created on 28 September 2014
Green wellies make a thumping noise against the floor as Mikko Mykkänen takes another step towards realising his dream. The man, who caught a home winemaking bug in the 1990s, has reached a high point in his career. He is on top of a ladder.
The far end of the lot is a burial site for old machines and equipment. A few dozen metres away, oil has leaked into the ground – right next to a groundwater observation well.
In the drawers of Finnish households, up to 10 million unused mobile phones are lying dormant. The organisation responsible for electronic devices' waste disposal, SER-tuottajayhteisö ry (The Association of Electric and Electronic Equipment Manufacturers and Importers) estimates that Finns recycle less than 15 per cent of their old mobile phones. Yearly, over 1.5 million mobile phones are bought in Finland – suggesting that only 200,000 of them end up being recycled via the official recycling channel.
A task force appointed to contemplate the role of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) has identified three alternative models for the organisation of Finnish security and intelligence operations in the future.
In a report presented to Päivi Räsänen (Christian Democrats), the Minister of the Interior, on Wednesday, the task force refrains from stating its preference among the alternatives.
A task force set up by the Ministry of the Interior is prepared to expand the information gathering powers of agents deployed abroad by the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo).
The necessity of incorporating cyber security training into the Finnish military service will be considered over the remainder of the year, reveals Lieutenant General Jarmo Lindberg, the Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces.
Helsingin Sanomat wrote on Thursday that Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, has encouraged the Defence Forces to step up measures to prepare for cyber threats. “I and the Minister of Defence have discussed the issue and share an understanding,” Lindberg says.
Markku Jalonen, the head of labour market affairs at Local Government Employers (KT), estimates that the decision of the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff (Akava) to drop out of an agreement on the reform of the national pension system poses a threat to the labour market.
“I don't want to dramatise, but Akava dropping out is a threat,” he says.
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