Most Finns feel happy at least relatively often, indicates a survey by Alma Media.
The survey found that the happiest regions in Finland are Uusimaa and Lapland, with 90 per cent of respondents from Uusimaa and 89 per cent of respondents from Lapland indicating they feel happy at least relatively often.
Anna-Maja Henriksson, the chairperson of the Swedish People’s Party, has expressed her bewilderment with the political quarrel that broke out yesterday over the timetable of the social, health care and regional government reform.
“It has been saddening to follow the latest twists in the row,” she stated. “We should calm down and re-establish a constructive debate culture.”
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, have discussed measures to bring migration under control in preparation for the EU summit to be held in Brussels on 28–29 June.
Disagreements over asylum seekers have recently escalated into a political feud in Germany and created tensions between member states of the EU.
Kyösti Suokas, the vice chairperson of the Finnish Construction Union, has expressed his strong opposition to the proposal to supplement the much-criticised activation model for unemployment security.
The Finnish government revealed earlier this month it is intent on supplementing the activation model by, for example, obliging unemployed job seekers to apply for a minimum of four jobs a month under the threat of a temporary suspension of unemployment benefits.
The European Central Bank’s (ECB) recent announcement about its key interest rates has been widely interpreted as an indication that the interest rates will not rise until December 2019.
Reijo Heiskanen, the chief economist at OP Financial Group, reminds that it is also possible that the interest rates will be raised before the final few months of next year. “The ECB can’t rule out the possibility that it raises the interest rates sooner if the data indicates that’s what it should do,” he tweeted on Friday.
Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has called for a thorough overhaul of the migrant and refugee policy of the European Union.
Mykkänen on Wednesday announced his readiness to effectively abolish the current system of cross-border asylum applications and only allow the submission of applications at borders in special circumstances, while simultaneously substantially raising the refugee quotas of both Finland and the European Union.
The Finnish economy is poised to continue its robust growth in the years to come, forecasts the Bank of Finland.
The Bank of Finland on Tuesday revealed it has revised up its growth forecast for 2018 to 2.9 per cent, for 2019 to 2.2 per cent and for 2020 to 1.7 per cent as a consequence of favourable productivity developments, financing conditions and strong demand for exports.
The Ministry of Finance has upgraded its growth forecast for Finland for 2018.
Its latest economic survey indicates that the national economy will grow at a clip of 2.9 per cent this year but also that the growth will slow down considerably in the following years – to 1.8 per cent in 2019 and to 1.7 per cent in 2020.
Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS), a second-term Member of Parliament from Central Finland, has been found guilty of assaulting and sexually harassing one of his female colleagues, Veera Ruoho (NCP), in the Parliament House in December 2017.
Hakkarainen was issued a fine equivalent to 45 days’ pay on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki, according to YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.
Wärtsilä believes the Finnish energy system should be developed by increasing wind power generation substantially and discontinuing the nuclear power plant projects in Loviisa and Pyhäjoki, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
The Finnish provider of technology and life-cycle solutions for the marine and energy industries has calculated that an energy system with an emphasis on wind power would reduce the costs of electricity generation by 27 per cent when compared to a system with an emphasis on nuclear power.
Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, has revealed the government has decided to postpone the official and mandatory adoption of the so-called freedom of choice laws by one year until 2022.
The Finnish government announced yesterday that the counties to be created in the social, health care and regional government reform will be able to establish social and health care centres as early as 2020 as long as the centres meet the necessary criteria and have obtained the necessary permits.