Martti Hetemäki, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance, is concerned that the proposed basic income schemes could discourage recipients from finding employment.
Martti Hetemäki, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance, is concerned that the proposed basic income schemes could discourage recipients from finding employment.

 

The introduction of a basic income system would inevitably reduce the rate of employment in Finland, warns Martti Hetemäki, the permanent state secretary at the Ministry of Finance.

A lower employment rate, in turn, would erode the tax base and consequently compromise the funding of public services and social security benefits, he argues in a column published on the website of the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.

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Border and police officers took part in a joint exercise outside the Olympia Terminal in Helsinki on 5 September, 2016.
Border and police officers took part in a joint exercise outside the Olympia Terminal in Helsinki on 5 September, 2016.

 

The Finnish Border Guard is set to receive expanded powers to combat hybrid threats both independently and in collaboration with other security authorities.

The Ministry of the Interior has drafted a bill that would grant border officers the same powers as police officers under normal circumstances to uphold order and security at border-crossing points, their immediate vicinity, and other areas and facilities controlled by the Finnish Border Guard.

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Swimmers at Hietaniemi Beach attempt to break the skinny-dipping world record in Helsinki on 5 September, 2015. Last weekend’s effort at Ilosaarirock proved to be more successful.

 

Wearing nothing but green swimming caps, hundreds of Finns plunged into Linnunlahti Bay in an attempt to break the skinny-dipping world record on Saturday, July 15.

The mass naked swim took place during Ilosaarirock festival, with an estimated 789 participants helping to break the world record that was set in Perth, Australia in 2015. Confirmation from Guinness World Records is still needed, but it is thought that the previous record was beaten by a total of three swimmers.

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Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, spoke to members of the media after a plenary session in the Parliament on 30 June, 2017.
Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, spoke to members of the media after a plenary session in the Parliament on 30 June, 2017.

 

Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has expressed her confidence that the number of asylum seekers arriving annually in Finland will regress to the levels preceding the migrant crisis in Europe in 2015.

“We’ve moved steadily closer to what it was before 2015, which is roughly 5,000–8,000 [per year]. And it may even drop below that,” she said in an interview on YLE Radio Suomi on Thursday.

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The Finnish Meteorological Institute’s (FMI) medium-range forecasts indicate that temperatures are likely to remain below seasonal averages for the remainder of the week. Rain, however, is not expected to be quite as big of a factor as usual in southern and south-western Finland.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute’s (FMI) medium-range forecasts indicate that temperatures are likely to remain below seasonal averages for the remainder of the week. Rain, however, is not expected to be quite as big of a factor as usual in southern and south-western Finland.

 

This week is unlikely to live up to its reputation as statistically one of the warmest weeks of the year in Finland, estimates the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

FMI forecasts that for the rest of the week the mercury will stay one to three degrees below seasonal averages in most parts of the country and up to one degree below seasonal averages in Lapland. Rainfall, on the other hand, is expected to fall slightly short of seasonal averages in southern and western parts of Finland.

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A knife-wielding man behaving erratically was shot in the leg by a police officer in Herttoniemi, Eastern Helsinki, on 15 July, 2017.
A knife-wielding man behaving erratically was shot in the leg by a police officer in Herttoniemi, Eastern Helsinki, on 15 July, 2017.

 

Finnish police officers discharged their firearms on two occasions last weekend.

The Helsinki Police Department received a report of a knife-wielding man behaving erratically in Herttoniemi, Eastern Helsinki, at roughly 10am on Saturday. The responding police officers had to use a firearm to apprehend the man after he began to approach them and refused to comply with orders to drop the knife.

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Construction investments continued to pick up in Finland in 2016, according to Statistics Finland.
Construction investments continued to pick up in Finland in 2016, according to Statistics Finland.

 

The Finnish economy expanded considerably more than estimated last year.

Statistics Finland on Thursday released a new set of preliminary data indicating that the country’s gross domestic product grew by 1.9 per cent – 0.5 percentage points more than estimated in March – to 216 billion euros in 2016.

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A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of Tripoli, on 27 June, 2017.
A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of Tripoli, on 27 June, 2017.

 

Génération Identitaire (GI), a far-right movement with active chapters across Europe, has leased a vessel to intercept migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean before their arrival in Europe.

YLE reports that the vessel used in the operation was previously used for research purposes by the Finnish Maritime Administration, a now defunct government agency that was responsible for overseeing maritime safety in Finland.

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The Supreme Administrative Court (KHO) has upheld a decision to deport a young Iraqi man found guilty of assaulting his sister.
The Supreme Administrative Court (KHO) has upheld a decision to deport a young Iraqi man found guilty of assaulting his sister.

 

An Iraqi man who assaulted his sister for “dishonouring” the family will be deported from Finland.

The Supreme Administrative Court (KHO) on Friday turned down an appeal submitted by the young man on grounds that his actions demonstrate disregard to values protected under international treaties and the constitution of Finland.

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President Sauli Niinistö gave an interview at the Pori Marketplace on 12 July, 2017.
President Sauli Niinistö gave an interview at the Pori Marketplace on 12 July, 2017.

 

Finland would not be able to manage if the inflow of asylum seekers rebounded to the levels of 2015 for an extended period of time, President Sauli Niinistö admitted at Suomi Areena, a public debate event held annually in Pori, on Thursday.

The number of asylum applications filed in the country surged by 890 per cent year-on-year to 32,500 in 2015, according to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

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