Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has admitted that it will be sad to see Great Britain leave the European Union.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has admitted that it will be sad to see the United Kingdom leave the European Union, after British Prime Minister Theresa May submitted a letter triggering the withdrawal process to the European Parliament on Wednesday.

“It’ll naturally be a sad day when [the withdrawal] takes place,” he commented to Uusi Suomi.

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Kai Mykkänen (left), the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, and Mika Lintilä, the Minister of Economic Affairs, shed light on the Government’s plans to overhaul its export promotion activities in a news conference on Tuesday.

The Finnish Government has confirmed that it will establish a new organisation to promote the internationalisation of domestic companies.

Mika Lintilä (Centre), the Minister of Economic Affairs, and Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, announced in a news conference yesterday that Finpro and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) will be consolidated into a hybrid organisation tentatively named Business Finland.

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Helsinki’s mayoral candidates are divided over a proposal to build a grand mosque in the city. Jan Vapaavuori (left) opposes, while Anni Sinnemäki (third from the right) is more supportive.

People should not get ahead of themselves in discussing the project to build a grand mosque in Helsinki, says Pia Jardi, the project manager of Helsinki Grand Mosque.

The City of Helsinki, she reminds, will oblige the project organisers to present detailed plans and calculations, also in regards to the funding of the construction project, before even considering granting a building permit for the mosque.

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Atte Jääskeläinen, the senior editor-in-chief at YLE, states that his editorial decisions have not been influenced by parties outside the editorial office.

Atte Jääskeläinen, the senior editor-in-chief at YLE, has told that he has no intention to resign despite the ruling issued by the Finnish Council for Mass Media (JSN) on Thursday.

“I’m not planning on resigning,” he stated in a live video interview with YLE on Thursday. “Promoting responsible journalism is for me a decision based on values. I’ve tried to make decisions carefully and responsibly.”

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Finns already consume more alcohol than their peers elsewhere in the Nordics, reminds Systembolaget, the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly.

Sweden’s state-owned alcohol retail monopoly, Systembolaget, has conveyed its concerns about the upcoming reform of alcohol legislation in Finland to the European Commission.

Its concerns are largely in line with those expressed by public health officials in Finland. The reform, it argues, is set to increase the availability of alcohol, a trend that has been shown to correlate with an increase in alcohol consumption, thus threatening both public health and child welfare.

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A tent used by unsuccessful asylum seekers to protest against deportations at Helsinki Railway Square was destroyed in a fire in the early hours of Friday, 24 March, 2017.

Police are looking for a man dressed in dark clothes in connection with a fire that broke out in a tent used by unsuccessful asylum seekers protesting against deportations at Helsinki Railway Square in the early hours of Friday, 24 March, 2017.

A total of twelve people are believed to have been inside the tent at the time of the fire. One of them required hospital treatment for injuries sustained while putting out the fire.

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YLE succumbed to political pressure by scaling down its coverage of a possible conflict of interest related to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Terrafame, according to the Finnish Council for Mass Media.

YLE has been reprimanded for succumbing to political pressure in its coverage of a possible conflict of interest related to Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Terrafame, a state-owned nickel and zinc miner based in Sotkamo.

The Finnish Council for Mass Media (JSN) ruled yesterday that scaling down its coverage of the issue, the national broadcaster infringed on two sections of the guidelines for journalists.

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The Finnish Government’s export promotion activities have come under criticism following the establishment of Team Finland in 2012, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

The Finnish Government is planning on consolidating Finpro and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), reports Kauppalehti.

The Government discussed the consolidation yesterday during its strategy session as a means to address the long-standing frustration of small and medium enterprises with the inefficiency and incoherence of the current innovation and internationalisation promoting network, Team Finland.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) signed the Rome Declaration during an informal summit in Rome on Saturday, 25 March, 2017.

The Rome Declaration, a joint statement signed by the leaders of 27 EU member states amid heavy security in Rome on Saturday, reflects the views of Finland on the future of the European Union, states Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“The key message is the unity of the union. Together, we can best respond to contemporary challenges, foster growth and stability, while promoting our common values and interests,” he said.

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A more entrepreneurship-friendly climate would benefit the entire country, according to the vast majority of Finns.
A more entrepreneurship-friendly climate would benefit the entire country, according to the vast majority of Finns.

The vast majority of the public are of the opinion that creating a more entrepreneurship-friendly climate would be in the best interests of Finland, indicates a survey commissioned by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA).

Nearly four-fifths (77%) of the 2,040 respondents to the survey estimated that adopting a more positive attitude towards entrepreneurship would benefit the entire country.

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