Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education and Culture, has responded to the onslaught of criticism she has received from the academia over drastic cuts in education spending.
“The professors are right,” she admitted on her blog on Sunday, referring to a report by Helsingin Sanomat that hundreds of professors estimate that the Government has failed in its higher education policy.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, revealed in an interview on YLE TV1 on Monday that a proportionally large number of people have left Finland to fight for the Islamic State (Isis).
Soini gauged in an earlier interview with Ilta-Sanomat that the number of people who have left the country to join the ranks of the extremist group currently stands at approximately 100 and that roughly 20 of them have died.
Finland was hit by a double whammy last week.
Fitch Ratings announced that it has downgraded its credit rating for the country from AAA to AA+, while the European Commission warned that it will have no choice but to place the national economy under closer scrutiny if the bleak preliminary estimates for last year prove accurate.
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Last year was yet another excellent year for Supercell.
The Helsinki-headquartered mobile game developer announced on Wednesday that it generated net sales of a total of 2.1 billion euros in 2015, representing an increase of roughly 600 million euros from the previous year. Its operating profits, in turn, rose by over 300 million euros year-on-year to 838 million euros.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has announced that the response of labour market confederations to a request to clarify their position on the round of union-specific collective negotiations scheduled for the latter half of 2017 is satisfactory.
“The organisations' proposal to shift to the Finnish model is enough for the Government. It represents a major structural change, if realised – an important step,” he said on Twitter.
Tarja K. Ikäheimonen, the director of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK), reveals in an interview with Uusi Suomi that STUK has continued to monitor caesium-137 concentrations in Roihupelto, Helsinki, after reporting that its rooftop particle sampler collected an exceptionally high amount of the radioactive isotope on 3 and 4 March.
“It's likely that [the radiation] originated from the same building [in which STUK operates],” she says.
On our front yard we have an ecosystem on the verge of collapse. The state of the poor Baltic Sea has long been critical but there is some reason for optimism. The Gulf of Finland has benefitted from the improved wastewater treatment in Russia and the sea was recently granted two big saline pulses bringing oxygenated water from the Atlantic.
The Baltic Sea is the world second largest brackish water area in the world. It is also especially vulnerable by nature. The sea is shallow, almost entirely enclosed and on this account the water changes slowly, which affects to the oxygen conditions in the Baltic Sea. The average depth of the Baltic Sea is 54 meters, whereas the average depth of Mediterranean Sea is 1500 meters.
January brought no turnaround for the export industry of Finland, indicate the latest preliminary statistics on the foreign trade of goods.
Finnish Customs reported on Wednesday that the value of goods exported from Finland fell by ten per cent year-on-year to 3.6 billion euros and that of imports by nine per cent to 3.9 billion euros in January. The balance of trade consequently showed a deficit comparable to that observed a year earlier, of roughly 320 million euros.
The South-eastern Finland Police Department is investigating an incident in which three men wearing jackets emblazoned with the insignia of the Soldiers of Odin, an anti-immigrant street patrol, assaulted a man in Imatra in the early hours of Sunday.
Police were alarmed to the scene of the assault at approximately 5.30am on 6 March.
Five men have been arrested on suspicion of the unsuccessful robbery of a security van that occurred in Salo on 25 February, states the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP).
KRP reveals in a press release that the arrests were made on 8 March – roughly two weeks after the brazen robbery attempt in Suomusjärvi, Salo. “The officers also searched a number of premises and vehicles controlled by the suspects in conjunction with the arrests,” a spokesperson for KRP says.
The majority of Finns consider social inequality a key factor of insecurity, according a survey commissioned by the Finnish Government.
Nearly two-thirds, or 62 per cent, of the people surveyed by the Finnish National Rescue Association agreed with the statement that social inequality is a key factor contributing to their sense of insecurity. No more than one-tenth of the respondents disagreed with the statement, while approximately one-third neither agreed nor disagreed with it.
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- Alko to open an online shop by year-end
- Outlook for social contract goes from bright to uncertain
- EK pours cold water on social contract hopes
- SAK votes 14–5 in favour of social contract
- Niinistö questions education cuts
- National Conciliator: Failure to agree on social contract could lead to a crisis
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- Bank of Finland casts doubts on Government's €1bn savings target
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