The Counties’ Service Centre for Facilities and Real Estate Management will launch consultative negotiations with its entire staff following the recent collapse of the social, health care and regional government reform. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE COUNTIES’ SERVICE CENTRE for Facilities and Real Estate Management, a service provider established in preparation of the recently scrapped social, health care and regional government reform, has announced it will begin to wind down its operations.

The service centre was established to manage the real estate needs of counties, ranging from hospitals and health care centres to offices and rescue stations.

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Neither taxi companies, nor consumers appear to have benefited from the de-regulation of the taxi industry carried out in Finland in mid-2018, shows survey by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom). (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

THE BENEFITS of the recent taxi industry liberalisation have been at best modest for both consumers and taxi companies, indicates a survey by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).

Traficom on Thursday reported that almost 90 per cent of consumers indicated that they are satisfied and only four per cent that they are dissatisfied with the overall quality of taxi services in Finland.

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Almost a fifth of Finnish car owners have indicated they intend to give up their car over the five coming years and shift to using more sustainable transport services, shows a survey by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE READINESS of Finnish car owners to give up their cars has come as a surprise to Johanna Särkijärvi, the head of climate and environmental research at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Särkijärvi on Monday highlighted that the most recent climate barometer indicates that almost a fifth of car owners intend to give up their car and transition to using sustainable mobility services over the coming five years.

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Finland has retained its AA+ credit rating from Standard & Poor’s, despite the American credit rating agency’s concerns about the country’s ability to carry out important structural reforms. (Timo Jaakonaho – Lehtikuva)

STANDARD & POOR’S has reaffirmed its AA+ credit rating and stable outlook for Finland.

The country’s ability to carry out structural reforms, however, has been thrown into question following the collapse of the social, health care and regional government reform, according to the credit rating agency based in New York City, the United States.

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A 22-man of foreign background stood accused of aggravated child sexual abuse and aggravated rape at the District Court of Oulu on 26 February 2019. (Timo Heikkala – Lehtikuva)

ROUGHLY A THIRD of requests to deport a foreign citizen on grounds of a sex crime conviction were rejected in Finland in 2018, according to MOT, a team of investigative journalists at YLE.

MOT on Monday reported that 84 of the 152 foreign citizens who were the subject of a criminal deportation request were ordered to be removed from the country by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri). The remaining 64 foreign citizens, on the other hand, were allowed to stay in the country on a temporary basis.

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Estonian flags were hung in Tallinn’s Old Town on 21 February 2018 to commemorate the 100-year history of the Republic of Estonia. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

AN EMERGENCY MEETING on Finns was held recently in Tallinn, Estonia, according to Kauppalehti.

The Finnish business-oriented newspaper reports that the meeting was attended by practically all key organisations involved in tourism marketing in Estonia, including the Estonian Tourism Board, Estonian Association of Travel Agencies, Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association, and the Port of Tallinn.

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The words “Fuck Islam” and “Rapers”, sprayed on the outer walls of a mosque in Mellunmäki on Wednesday and Thursday night last week coinciding with the mass shooting of muslims in New Zealand has caused sorrow, distress and fear among the muslim community in Helsinki.

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Finns in their mid-30s today will be the first age group to pay the price if the government fails to take action to influence demographic development. (Trond H. Trosdahl – Lehtikuva)

THE YOUNG ADULTS who have entered working life over the past couple of decades may have to deal with a hefty increase in earnings-related pension contributions and small pensions if the population continues to age and birth rate plummet in Finland.

This is the main takeaway from a new projection on the development of statutory pensions in 2019–2085 by the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK).

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Juho Romakkaniemi, the CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, has expressed his frustration with the quality of debate around collective bargaining in Finland. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

JUHO ROMAKKANIEMI, the CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, says he is saddened by the level of the ongoing public debate on collective bargaining agreements.

Finland Chamber of Commerce on Saturday presented its proposal for amending the employment contracts act in a way that, it believes, would take into consideration the best aspects of general applicability and local bargaining.

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An illustration of what the undersea railway tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn could look like. (Handout – Finest Bay Area Development)

THE BOARD of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has delivered a setback to Finest Bay Area, a project to build an undersea railway tunnel between Helsinki, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia.

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council on Monday said its board has decided that only one of the three route options will be laid out in its new regional zoning plan: the route from Helsinki Central Station via Pasila, Helsinki, to Tallinn.

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