Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), has voiced his disapproval of the so-called activation model for unemployment security. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), has voiced his disapproval of the so-called activation model for unemployment security. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has announced its plans to organise a strike in protest of the adoption of the much-criticised activation model for unemployment security on Friday, 2 February.

“The government must backtrack on the activation model,” it demanded on Monday.

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Passengers lined up for a security check at Helsinki Airport on 3 March, 2017. Nearly 19 million passengers passed through the airport during the course of last year. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)
Passengers lined up for a security check at Helsinki Airport on 3 March, 2017. Nearly 19 million passengers passed through the airport during the course of last year. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Finnish airports recorded an increase of over nine per cent in passenger traffic to almost 23 million passengers in 2017.

Finavia, the state-owned operator of the national network of airports, estimates in a press release that the growth is a consequence of the successful year of Finnair, the growing appeal of Finland, and the popularity of Helsinki Airport as a transit point for air traffic between Asia and Europe.

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Restaurant Api is a new Nepalese restaurant located in Punavuori. Relocating to Helsinki in the summer of 2017, the restaurant was previously based in Kokkola. “We were known as the best Nepalese restaurant in town,” says owner Nirmal Gautam. “Because of our success in Kokkola we were able to come to Helsinki.”

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Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti was careful with his words in commenting on the situation of Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen to YLE on Saturday.
Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti was careful with his words in commenting on the situation of Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen to YLE on Saturday.

 

Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen finds himself in a very unusual situation after being found guilty of violation of official duty by the Supreme Court of Finland, says Tuomas Pöysti, the Chancellor of Justice.

Nissinen was issued a fine last month for having been involved, in his official capacity, in decisions to acquire management coaching services from a company affiliated with his brother.

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Patria’s armoured modular vehicle (AMV) photographed during a demonstration in Parola, Finland, on 23 November, 2012.
Patria’s armoured modular vehicle (AMV) photographed during a demonstration in Parola, Finland, on 23 November, 2012.

 

The Finnish government has agreed to grant a one-year extension to the permit of Patria, a majority state-owned defence technology provider, to export spare parts to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The decision to extend the permit was made in spite of a report by Verdens Gang, the largest newspaper by circulation in Norway, that an armoured vehicle manufactured by the state-owned company had been sighted in use by the UAE in the ongoing civil war in Yemen. The vehicle had been retroactively fitted with a machine gun.

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A bartender pouring draught beer in O’Learys Helsinki Bakers on 28 December, 2017. English has become the de facto main working language in a number of pubs and restaurants in the capital region.
A bartender pouring draught beer in O’Learys Helsinki Bakers on 28 December, 2017. English has become the de facto main working language in a number of pubs and restaurants in the capital region.

 

English should be designated as an official language of contact in Greater Helsinki, according to an assessment of the metropolitan area conducted by MDI, a consultancy for regional development.

“English should be designated as the third language of contact in the metropolitan area. If Helsinki intends to become the most functional city in the world, it should be that first and foremost for the people who need the city’s services and support the most,” the assessment reads.

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People boarding a metro at Lauttasaari, one of the eight new stations added to Helsinki Metro last November, on the morning of 9 January, 2018.
People boarding a metro at Lauttasaari, one of the eight new stations added to Helsinki Metro last November, on the morning of 9 January, 2018.

 

The City of Espoo and Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) have opened a dialogue to reduce the traffic congestions caused by the recent opening of the western extension of Helsinki Metro.

“The problems and congestions in the public transport system are a cause of grievance at the moment,” Olli Isotalo, the head of technical and environmental services at the City of Espoo, admitted to Uusi Suomi on Thursday.

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Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen was photographed leaving a courtroom at the Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) on 15 November, 2017.
Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen was photographed leaving a courtroom at the Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) on 15 November, 2017.

 

Prosecutor General Matti Nissinen has lost the confidence of his subordinates after being found guilty of violation of official duty, writes Helsingin Sanomat.

Almost four in five (79.6%) of prosecutors surveyed by the daily newspaper estimated that Nissinen is no longer capable of serving as the highest ranking prosecutor in Finland. Fewer than one in ten (6.3%), by contrast, voiced their confidence in his ability to continue in his present position.

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Antti Hartikainen, the director general of Finnish Customs, has been charged with violation of official duty.
Antti Hartikainen, the director general of Finnish Customs, has been charged with violation of official duty.

 

Antti Hartikainen, the director general of Finnish Customs, has been charged with violation of official duty, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

Prosecutor Anja-Riitta Rinkinen revealed to the newspaper yesterday that the charge stems from his failure to leave a meeting where the fixed-term employment contract of his partner was indirectly discussed in November, 2015.

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A technical failure caused severe congestions at a number of stations in Helsinki Metro, including Matinkylä, on Tuesday, 9 January, 2018.
A technical failure caused severe congestions at a number of stations in Helsinki Metro, including Matinkylä, on Tuesday, 9 January, 2018.

 

An estimated 75,000 people a day have boarded trains at the eight new stations added to Helsinki Metro in November, reveals Tero Anttila, the head of public transport planning at Helsinki Region Transport (HSL).

He predicts that the daily number of boardings on the western extension of the metro network will creep up to 80,000 later this week.

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A new shopping centre was under construction in Kalasatama, Helsinki, on 8 January, 2018.
A new shopping centre was under construction in Kalasatama, Helsinki, on 8 January, 2018.

 

Greater Helsinki must be afforded the same opportunity to develop its strengths as the more rural regions in Finland, demands Sauli Hievanen, an industry policy specialist at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).

“Finnish regional and competitiveness policy has always sworn by developing regional strengths. The Helsinki region, however, has not been allowed to do that,” he wrote in his blog on Tuesday.

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