“I will refer to an old saying that has not lost its topicality: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Immigration can never mean that our core values – democracy, equality and human rights – are questioned,” President Sauli Niinistö stated in his New Year's Speech.
The migrant crisis was one of the underlying themes of the speech, as Niinistö contemplated its repercussions for Finland and urged the public to restrain from extreme acts.
Fewer than one-quarter, or 24 per cent, of consumers in Finland have confidence in the recovery of the national economy, according to the latest consumer survey of Statistics Finland. More than one-third, or 38 per cent, of the consumers surveyed during the first half of December contrastively expected the economic conditions to deteriorate further.
In November, 30 per cent of consumers were optimistic and 29 per cent pessimistic about the economic outlook.
The new year will bring a cold front to Finland.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) forecasts that temperatures will tumble to as low as -30 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country early next week, after dropping into negative numbers on New Year's Day.
The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) has announced that it arrested six Iraqi men as part of an operation carried out in Kirkkonummi early on New Year's Eve.
The men were brought into custody on suspicion of public incitement to an offence “in order to maintain public order and safety”. KRP refrained from elaborating on the nature of the offence in question but underlined in a tweet that no suspected terrorist offences have been linked to the case.
Shops, hair salons and barber shops will be allowed to set their opening hours freely starting on 1 January 2016, as a proposal to annul the regulations concerning shop opening hours will be approved in a presidential session on Wednesday.
Such establishments will henceforth be allowed to decide freely when to open their doors to customers.
Helsinki is expecting a massive influx of immigrants.
A forecast drawn up by the municipalities of the capital region indicates that the foreign-language population of Helsinki will grow by 80,000–85,000 by 2030. Nearly one-fourth, or 23 per cent, of the population is consequently forecast to speak other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami as their mother tongue.
Finland will have to recruit hundreds of new teachers due to the increase in the number of asylum seekers, the Trade Union of Education (OAJ) estimates.
“The number of unaccompanied minors who have arrived in Finland this year is 2,000. A child is entitled to basic education immediately. Hundreds of new teachers are needed,” states Heljä Misukka, an education director at OAJ.
Forbes has ranked Finland as the world's sixth best country for business in its annual list, the Best Countries for Business.
Finland is the best country in the world in terms of individual and property rights, the second best in terms of the innovation landscape and the third best in terms of corruption, the American business magazine lists.
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Ever-stiffer competition between hamburger chains has taken its toll on the result of McDonald's in Finland.
The American fast food behemoth has shut down nine of its restaurants in the country since the beginning of the year, leaving itself with a network of 73 restaurants. Its sales in the country have similarly declined in comparison to the previous year, reveals Thomas Kelly, the managing director at McDonald's Finland.
The flow of Russian visitors to Finland is seemingly on the wane at the eve of what is traditionally the busiest tourism season of the year, says Pasi Nurkka, the chief executive of the Lappeenranta-based research and analysis company TAK Oy.
He forecasts that both the number of Russian visitors and average spending per visitor will decline in comparison to the corresponding period one year earlier.
Arguments that the proposed amendments to the EU Firearms Directive pose a threat to the defence capabilities of Finland are calculated and erroneous, Erkki Tuomioja (SDP) states in a recent blog post.
The explicit premise of the legislation, he points out, is that the country is defended with firearms provided by authorities, not with those of quasi-official volunteer military units. The majority of the firearms affected by the amendments are currently in the possession of elderly reservists and are, consequently, of no significance for national defence capabilities, the ex-Minister for Foreign Affairs adds.
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