Alcohol consumption statistics indicate that the sales of long drinks rose by 48 per cent year-on-year between January and March.
Alcohol consumption statistics indicate that the sales of long drinks rose by 48 per cent year-on-year between January and March.

 

Pia Mäkelä, a research professor at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), reminds that it is still premature to draw any conclusions on the effects of the newly adopted alcohol laws based on consumption statistics from the first three months of the year.

“The taxes were raised at the turn of the year, and so there may have been some stocking up in December, which in turn may have decreased early-year sales in the statistics,” she says to Uusi Suomi.

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The Finnish Tax Administration was reprimanded for its lenient punishments and prolonged investigation already in 2014 by Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman Maija Sakslin.
The Finnish Tax Administration was reprimanded for its lenient punishments and prolonged investigation already in 2014 by Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman Maija Sakslin.

 

Sixteen Finns stashed tens of millions of euros in the tax haven of Liechtenstein, indicate tax documents made public under an order by the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland (KHO).

Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday reported that the tax evaders include wealthy private citizens, high-level executives from multinational companies and ex-business owners who have sold their business for a profit.

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Lasse Aapio, the Chief of Helsinki Police, is one of three former and current high-ranking police officers who have been charged with violation of official duty over the use and registration of informants at Helsinki Police Department.
Lasse Aapio, the Chief of Helsinki Police, is one of three former and current high-ranking police officers who have been charged with violation of official duty over the use and registration of informants at Helsinki Police Department.

 

Lasse Aapio has been suspended from his duties as the Chief of Police at Helsinki Police Department.

The Ministry of the Interior stated in a press release last week that he will be suspended until the criminal charges brought against him have been resolved. Aapio is believed to have violated his official duty by failing to address problems in the use and registration of police informants at Helsinki Police Department.

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Finnish households should make sure they are able to repay debt also in the inevitable event that interest rates creep up, stresses Erkki Liikanen, the Governor of the Bank of Finland.
Finnish households should make sure they are able to repay debt also in the inevitable event that interest rates creep up, stresses Erkki Liikanen, the Governor of the Bank of Finland.

 

Erkki Liikanen, the Governor of the Bank of Finland, has issued yet another warning about the growing debt burden of households in Finland.

“If everyone is racking up debt, everyone will also have to tighten the belt. People are currently taking out housing loans on both their own behalf and on their housing companies’ behalf,” Liikanen stated in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

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Finland trails its Nordic neighbours Denmark, Sweden and Norway in competitiveness, indicates the latest IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.
Finland trails its Nordic neighbours Denmark, Sweden and Norway in competitiveness, indicates the latest IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.

 

Finland is the 16th most competitive country in the world, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2018.

The country slipped one place after climbing from 20th to 15th in last year’s edition of the annual ranking published by the Lausanne, Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development (IMD).

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Source: Colorado Avalanche, via Twitter

Over the many decades of the NHL, Finnish ice hockey players have always been able to stake a claim among the very best players in the league. The likes of Teemu Selanne, Jari Kurri, Saku Koivu, Olli Jokinen, and Mikko Koivu are often the first names to come to mind.

Now, there is a new batch of very young, very talented players who have evolved into star players of the NHL this season.

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“Women are doing a great job at the Defence Forces,” says Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence. “But we have to find the savings somewhere.”
“Women are doing a great job at the Defence Forces,” says Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence. “But we have to find the savings somewhere.”

 

Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence, is looking for alternatives to cutting back on military refresher courses to generate savings for the Finnish Defence Forces.

Niinistö revealed to Lännen Media on Thursday that one of the possibilities would be to temporarily suspend the voluntary military service for women in Finland. “Women are going a great job at the Defence Forces, but we have to find the savings somewhere,” he stated according to Aamulehti.

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A sign outside the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä.
A sign outside the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä.

 

Roughly 50 per cent of foreign degree students in Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences are planning on staying in Finland after graduation, finds the latest International Student Barometer (ISB).

The biennial survey tracks the satisfaction of foreign exchange and degree students with the studies, services and life in their place of study.

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The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland will next convene in Turku on 6–9 November, 2018.
The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland will next convene in Turku on 6–9 November, 2018.

 

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has decided not to start performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.

The General Synod, the highest decision-making body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, instead decided last week to ask the bishops’ conference to explore options for resolving the internal disagreement over the notion of marriage.

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Finland is set to introduce amendments to its annual holidays act to ensure compliance with EU legislation.
Finland is set to introduce amendments to its annual holidays act to ensure compliance with EU legislation.

 

The possibility of abolishing the fifth statutory holiday week was explored recently by a tripartite task force assigned to mull over measures to reform the annual holidays act, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

The proposal was made by the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).

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