Support for Jussi Halla-aho’s Finns Party has spiked in the wake of the parliamentary elections held in Finland in mid-April, shows a poll by Alma Media. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

POPULAR SUPPORT for the Finns Party has spiked in the wake of the parliamentary elections held in Finland on 14 April.

Alma Media on Thursday reported that almost a fifth (19.2%) of respondents to its latest poll expressed their support for the opposition-bound, right-wing populist party, signalling a rise of 1.7 percentage points from the elections and 5.8 percentage points from its final poll before the elections.

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The Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) has published a report that is one of the first of its kind in terms of proposing targets for per-capita footprints and a number of consumption-related solutions for reaching them. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

FINNS will have to change their lifestyles and consumption habits dramatically in order to limit global warming to the threshold of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, states the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra).

“There is a huge gab between our current lifestyles and the lifestyles that are in line with the Paris Agreement,” tells Markus Terho, the director of a sustainable everyday life project at Sitra.

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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, commented on the coalition formation talks in the lobby of the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Wednesday, 15 May. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

ANTTI RINNE, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, has assured that the party has “its very own ambitions” in regards to tax policy.

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) on Tuesday presented its tax policy proposals to the five parties involved in the coalition formation negotiations, raising questions about its influence on the next government programme.

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Stefan Wallin (SFP) attended an ecumenical service as part of the closing ceremony of the parliamentary session at Helsinki Cathedral on 10 April 2019. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

LOBBYISTS have been lobbying for a register for lobby transparency for years in Finland.

Taru Tujunen, the chief executive at Ellun Kanat and former party secretary at the National Coalition, views that a statutory lobbyist register would be beneficial for both decision makers and all organisations engaged in advocacy.

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Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), was photographed at the House of Estates in Helsinki on 9 May 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE CENTRAL ORGANISATION of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has struck fears into the hearts of business owners with its proposal to collect almost a billion euros in additional tax revenue, reports Talouselämä.

The proposal was presented to the tax policy task force formed by the five parties involved in the coalition formation process on Tuesday by Ilkka Kaukoranta, the chief economist at SAK.

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Timo Harakka, the budget and finance spokesperson of the Social Democrats, has been at odds with employer organisations over a proposal to levy a tax on dividends paid abroad from Finland. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

A NUMBER OF EMPLOYER ORGANISATIONS have pleaded with the parties participating in the government formation negotiations not to introduce a new withholding tax on institutional investors.

The Social Democratic Party has floated the idea of levying a withholding tax of five per cent on dividends received by institutional investors, saying it would create revenues of 250–500 million euros.

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Immigrant-owned companies boast a noticeably higher job creation rate than companies owned by native-born Finns, shows a study by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla). (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

BUSINESSES owned by immigrants are creating relatively more jobs than businesses owned by native-born Finns, finds a study by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla).

Etla on Tuesday pointed out that the impact of immigrant-owned businesses on economic growth is nevertheless not as significant as one could hope for, as many of the jobs they create are low-paid and low-productivity jobs.

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The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has reminded that employment growth is starting to be limited by structural unemployment, labour market mismatch and changes in the population’s age structure. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH LABOUR MARKET is showing signs of slowing down after an exceptionally strong year, indicates a short-term labour market forecast published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The forecast shows that employment growth will halve from the previous year in both 2019 and 2020.

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Finnish wage earners have already done their part for competitiveness, states Trade Union Pro. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

THE OBJECTIVE of the next round of collective bargaining negotiations must be to agree on measures to secure the growth of purchasing power and offset the negative changes introduced as part of the competitiveness pact, says the representative body of Trade Union Pro.

The next government, it added, must also improve working life by revamping the act on co-operation within undertakings and carrying out the long-discussed family leave reform.

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Aki Kangasharju, the CEO of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla), says the next government will have to do about as much work as its predecessor to raise the employment rate to 75 per cent. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE of the Finnish Economy (Etla) estimates that the government will have to exceed the forecast for job creation by 40,000 in order to push up the national employment rate to 75 per cent.

Etla on Saturday stated that its latest economic forecast shows that, otherwise, the employment rate will only creep up to 73.8 per cent by the end of the current electoral term in 2023.

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Maria Ohisalo is set to take over the reins of the Green League in mid-June. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

MARIA OHISALO, a 34-year-old first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament from Helsinki, is set to become the next chairperson of the Green League.

The Green League on Sunday revealed that Ohisalo was the only party member to throw her hat into the ring by the filing deadline and that, as a result, no vote will be taken on the leadership at its party conference in Pori on 16 June.

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