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Finland’s education system is regarded as excellent by as many as 72 per cent of expatriates living in the country, finds a survey conducted by InterNations.
Finland’s education system is regarded as excellent by as many as 72 per cent of expatriates living in the country, finds a survey conducted by InterNations.

 

Finland has been ranked as the world’s best country for expatriate families for the second consecutive year by InterNations, a global community for people living abroad.

InterNations reports that expatriate families in the country are especially appreciative of the availability and low cost of child care and education, the high quality of education, and overall family well-being.

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A photograph dated 7 November, 2016, showing the construction site of Hanhikivi 1 in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia. Fennovoima has begun preparing the construction project despite not yet receiving a building permit from the central administration.
A photograph dated 7 November, 2016, showing the construction site of Hanhikivi 1 in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia. Fennovoima has begun preparing the construction project despite not yet receiving a building permit from the central administration.

 

Fennovoima has conceded that it will not receive a building permit for its nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia, in 2018.

“We have examined how our work has progressed and decided to push back the objective of receiving the permit to 2019. The plant supplier has needed more time than initially expected to take into account the standards and legislation in Finland,” Toni Hemminki, the managing director of Fennovoima, said in a press release on Monday.

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Over two thirds of women view that differences are not accepted at their workplace, finds a survey by the Association for Finnish Work.
Over two thirds of women view that differences are not accepted at their workplace, finds a survey by the Association for Finnish Work.

 

Only a third of Finns are of the opinion that diversity is accepted at their workplace, finds a survey commissioned by the Association for Finnish Work.

Such views are particularly common among female and over 65-year-old employees, 68 per cent and 65 per cent of whom, respectively, disagreed with the statement that work communities tolerate diversity.

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Cyclists and pedestrians on a cycleway in central Helsinki on 15 August, 2017. The Finnish capital has the fifth highest share of residents commuting by bicycle (11%) out of 20 large cities in Europe, according to an urban mobility index compiled by Politico.
Cyclists and pedestrians on a cycleway in central Helsinki on 15 August, 2017. The Finnish capital has the fifth highest share of residents commuting by bicycle (11%) out of 20 large cities in Europe, according to an urban mobility index compiled by Politico.

 

Helsinki has landed the top spot in a ranking of the convenience and pleasantness of getting around in 20 large cities in Europe published on 11 September by Politico.

Politico’s European Urban Mobility Index ranks the cities based on their performance in four equally weighted areas identified as critical contributors to the commuter experience: air pollution, cycling, public transport and traffic congestion.

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Laura Huhtasaari, the presumptive presidential nominee of the Finns Party, has shrugged off the results of an early poll by reminding that the presidential race has to truly even begin.
Laura Huhtasaari, the presumptive presidential nominee of the Finns Party, has shrugged off the results of an early poll by reminding that the presidential race has to truly even begin.

 

Laura Huhtasaari, the presumptive presidential nominee of the Finns Party, insists that she is not disappointed by her relatively modest popularity in a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

Huhtasaari was the choice of only three per cent of the voters interviewed for the poll between 9 and 14 September by Kantar TNS, falling well short of the support ratings of Pekka Haavisto (Greens) (13%) and President Sauli Niinistö (68%).

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President Sauli Niinistö would win re-election in the first round of voting if the presidential elections were held today, finds a poll by Helsingin Sanomat.
President Sauli Niinistö would win re-election in the first round of voting if the presidential elections were held today, finds a poll by Helsingin Sanomat.

 

President Sauli Niinistö would be a shoo-in for re-election if the presidential elections were held today, suggests an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The daily reports that the incumbent president is the most popular candidate among the supporters of the six largest political parties in Finland – the National Coalition, Green League, Centre, Social Democrats, Finns Party and Left Alliance – despite the fact that all of the parties have effectively nominated their own candidate for the elections scheduled for January, 2018.

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The Helsinki skyline as viewed across Teollisuuskatu on 8 September, 2017.
The Helsinki skyline as viewed across Teollisuuskatu on 8 September, 2017.

 

Finland’s largest cities are set to join forces to protect their interests in the face of the social, health care and regional government reform pursued by the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

The leaders of the six largest cities have previously expressed their reservations especially about the regional government reform, arguing that the reform fails to take into account the role of urban areas as drivers of growth and the global megatrend of urbanisation, Lauri Lyly (SDP), the Mayor of Tampere, reminds in an interview with Uusi Suomi.

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A can of long drink with an alcohol content of 5.5% per cent outside the Parliament House in Helsinki on 30 May, 2017. Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content exceeding 4.7% are currently retailed exclusively by the state-owned alcohol retail monopoly, Alko.
A can of long drink with an alcohol content of 5.5% per cent outside the Parliament House in Helsinki on 30 May, 2017. Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content exceeding 4.7% are currently retailed exclusively by the state-owned alcohol retail monopoly, Alko.

 

The Finnish government must implement the long-awaited reform of alcohol laws no later than at the beginning of next year, Outi Mäkelä and Sinuhe Wallinheimo of the National Coalition stated on Thursday, after the government agreed to present the reform bill to the Parliament.

“We’ve had to wait for this reform for way too long. Luckily we’ve finally put an end to the indecision and dilly-dallying,” commented Wallinheimo.

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Security guards inspected a westbound metro train at Ruoholahti Station as test runs on the long-awaited western extension of Helsinki Metro began on 14 September, 2017.
Security guards inspected a westbound metro train at Ruoholahti Station as test runs on the long-awaited western extension of Helsinki Metro began on 14 September, 2017.

 

An overload of the electricity supply system forced the premature suspension of test runs conducted on the western extension of Helsinki Metro by Helsinki City Transport (HKL) on Thursday.

The electric overload also disrupted services on the main metro line in Helsinki, with eastbound services from Kamppi being operated only intermittently and services between Kamppi and Ruoholahti being suspended completely.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) attended a press conference organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs via a video link from Washington DC, the United States, on Thursday, 14 September.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) attended a press conference organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs via a video link from Washington DC, the United States, on Thursday, 14 September.

 

Finland did not pay a ransom to secure the release of a Finnish woman who was kidnapped in Kabul, Afghanistan, in mid-May, Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, underscored in a news conference on Thursday.

Soini reminded that yielding to the demands of abductors would only encourage them to continue committing crimes.

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An Afghan man talks on the phone outside the guest house that was stormed by a group of gunmen in Kabul in mid-May, 2017.
An Afghan man talks on the phone outside the guest house that was stormed by a group of gunmen in Kabul in mid-May, 2017.

The Finnish woman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in May has been released after spending almost four months in captivity, according to a press release from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She is safe and remains in Afghanistan.

The release of the aid worker has also been confirmed by her employer, Operation Mercy.

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