Most Finns view that introducing canned cocktails and stronger beers and ciders to the shelves of grocery shops has not had a major impact on their behaviour, finds a recent survey.
Most Finns view that introducing canned cocktails and stronger beers and ciders to the shelves of grocery shops has not had a major impact on their behaviour, finds a recent survey.

 

Almost two-thirds (63%) of Finns are of the opinion that the long-debated alcohol act reform has hardly had any impact on their everyday life, finds a survey commissioned by Altia and Pernod Ricard Finland.

The Finnish government introduced a number of changes to the alcohol legislation between January and March 2018. Among the key changes were raising the maximum alcohol limit for beverages sold at grocery shops from 4.7 to 5.5 per cent and allowing restaurants to advertise happy hour specials.

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President Sauli Niinistö spoke to the press after a joint news conference between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July.
President Sauli Niinistö spoke to the press after a joint news conference between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July.

 

President Sauli Niinistö has yet to shed much light on the details and nature of his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday.

“I think I managed to call attention to the situation in the Arctic – particularly, the problem posed by black carbon. I’m confident we can move forward in that respect later at the Arctic Council,” he stated in a news conference held after the widely anticipated summit between Trump and Putin in Helsinki.

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Sunbathers at Hietaniemi beach in Helsinki on 12 July 2018.
Sunbathers at Hietaniemi beach in Helsinki on 12 July 2018.

 

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has warned that temperatures will rise further at the beginning of this week.

FMI on Sunday stated that daily highs are expected to be around 27–32ºC and lows around 15–20ºC at the beginning of the week, with temperatures exceeding 30ºC forecast for almost all of Finland for Tuesday.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (right) and his Nordic counterparts watched a demonstration of how 5G can facilitate the use of drones in rescue work in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 23 May 2018.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (right) and his Nordic counterparts watched a demonstration of how 5G can facilitate the use of drones in rescue work in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 23 May 2018.

 

The Finnish government has issued an invitation to apply for licences for the provision of telecommunications services within the frequency spectrum reserved for 5G in Finland – 3.4–3.8Ghz. The spectrum can be used for wireless broadband in mainland Finland as of January 2019.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications states in a press release that the frequency bands will be auctioned off at starting bids of 21 or 23 million euros, depending on the band in question and its properties.

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President Sauli Niinistö expects his colleagues, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Donald Trump of the United States, to mainly concentrate on laying the groundwork for future dialogue in their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July.
President Sauli Niinistö expects his colleagues, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Donald Trump of the United States, to mainly concentrate on laying the groundwork for future dialogue in their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July.

 

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has expressed his hope that a wider importance is attached to the highly anticipated summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July.

“I hope it has more importance than simply for Finland, meaning I hope we’ll receive a slight indication that the tensions are decreasing or at the very least that there won’t be any new tensions,” he stated in an interview with SVT, the public broadcaster of Sweden, on Friday.

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Machinery and equipment investments in the construction sector were one of the main drivers of aggregate demand in Finland in 2017, according to Statistics Finland.
Machinery and equipment investments in the construction sector were one of the main drivers of aggregate demand in Finland in 2017, according to Statistics Finland.

 

Statistics Finland on Thursday confirmed that the economy grew by 2.8 per cent year-on-year in 2017 – 0.2 percentage points more than it estimated in March.

Finland’s gross domestic product, or the value added in the production of goods and services, amounted to 224 billion euros as the output of virtually all main industries increased from the previous year.

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Helsinki ranks in the top-five in terms of its administration’s commitment to smart city development, according to Eden Strategy Institute.
Helsinki ranks in the top-five in terms of its administration’s commitment to smart city development, according to Eden Strategy Institute.

 

The City of Helsinki is an example to follow in terms of its commitment to the development of smart cities, indicates a study by Eden Strategy Institute.

The Singapore-based social innovation consultancy has published the inaugural edition of its ranking of the 50 city governments leading the way in smart city development, the Top 50 Smart City Governments. The Finnish capital ranked fifth behind London (1st), Singapore (2nd), Seoul (3rd) and New York (4th).

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The Air Force One touched down at Helsinki Airport shortly before 9pm on Sunday, 15 July 2018.
The Air Force One touched down at Helsinki Airport shortly before 9pm on Sunday, 15 July 2018.

 

Motorists and commuters in the capital region should prepare for traffic disruptions due to the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July.

Police have reminded that a number of motorcades will move around the capital region during the course of the day, causing notable traffic disruptions in central Helsinki and on roads connecting the city with Helsinki Airport.

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Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department, spoke to reporters in central Helsinki on 19 June after his release by the Helsinki Court of Appeal.
Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department, spoke to reporters in central Helsinki on 19 June after his release by the Helsinki Court of Appeal.

 

Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department, has been arrested in connection with a murder investigation, reports YLE.

Aarnio is suspected of having neglected his duties to expose and foil a conspiracy to kill a Swedish-Turkish man in Helsinki in 2003. He was interrogated in connection with the contract killing on Thursday, Jukka Haavisto, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, revealed to Helsingin Sanomat.

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People sunbathing in Helsinki on 7 July 2018.
People sunbathing in Helsinki on 7 July 2018.

 

Temperatures have climbed above seasonal averages in Finland.

Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday reported that the mercury is expected to remain above 25ºC in various parts of the country for the next ten days, with next week set to be the warmest week of the entire summer.

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