President Sauli Niinistö addressed the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States, on 20 September.
President Sauli Niinistö addressed the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States, on 20 September.

 

President Sauli Niinistö urged the international community to take action to put an end to the nuclear weapons programme of North Korea in his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States, on 20 September.

“The North Korean nuclear weapons programme is a threat to global peace, and it must be stopped,” stated Niinistö.

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Mikko Spolander of the Ministry of Finance reminds that population ageing will continue to hamstring the Finnish economy for the foreseeable future.
Mikko Spolander of the Ministry of Finance reminds that population ageing will continue to hamstring the Finnish economy for the foreseeable future.

 

The Finnish economy is expected to continue its solid growth in the near future.

The Ministry of Finance published its updated economic growth forecast for the next couple of years on Tuesday, raising its growth forecast for 2017 by 0.5 percentage points to 2.9 per cent and for 2018 by 0.5 percentage points to 2.1 per cent.

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Over two thirds of women view that differences are not accepted at their workplace, finds a survey by the Association for Finnish Work.
Over two thirds of women view that differences are not accepted at their workplace, finds a survey by the Association for Finnish Work.

 

Only a third of Finns are of the opinion that diversity is accepted at their workplace, finds a survey commissioned by the Association for Finnish Work.

Such views are particularly common among female and over 65-year-old employees, 68 per cent and 65 per cent of whom, respectively, disagreed with the statement that work communities tolerate diversity.

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Security guards inspected a westbound metro train at Ruoholahti Station as test runs on the long-awaited western extension of Helsinki Metro began on 14 September, 2017.
Security guards inspected a westbound metro train at Ruoholahti Station as test runs on the long-awaited western extension of Helsinki Metro began on 14 September, 2017.

 

An overload of the electricity supply system forced the premature suspension of test runs conducted on the western extension of Helsinki Metro by Helsinki City Transport (HKL) on Thursday.

The electric overload also disrupted services on the main metro line in Helsinki, with eastbound services from Kamppi being operated only intermittently and services between Kamppi and Ruoholahti being suspended completely.

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Finland’s education system is regarded as excellent by as many as 72 per cent of expatriates living in the country, finds a survey conducted by InterNations.
Finland’s education system is regarded as excellent by as many as 72 per cent of expatriates living in the country, finds a survey conducted by InterNations.

 

Finland has been ranked as the world’s best country for expatriate families for the second consecutive year by InterNations, a global community for people living abroad.

InterNations reports that expatriate families in the country are especially appreciative of the availability and low cost of child care and education, the high quality of education, and overall family well-being.

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Cyclists and pedestrians on a cycleway in central Helsinki on 15 August, 2017. The Finnish capital has the fifth highest share of residents commuting by bicycle (11%) out of 20 large cities in Europe, according to an urban mobility index compiled by Politico.
Cyclists and pedestrians on a cycleway in central Helsinki on 15 August, 2017. The Finnish capital has the fifth highest share of residents commuting by bicycle (11%) out of 20 large cities in Europe, according to an urban mobility index compiled by Politico.

 

Helsinki has landed the top spot in a ranking of the convenience and pleasantness of getting around in 20 large cities in Europe published on 11 September by Politico.

Politico’s European Urban Mobility Index ranks the cities based on their performance in four equally weighted areas identified as critical contributors to the commuter experience: air pollution, cycling, public transport and traffic congestion.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) attended a press conference organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs via a video link from Washington DC, the United States, on Thursday, 14 September.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) attended a press conference organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs via a video link from Washington DC, the United States, on Thursday, 14 September.

 

Finland did not pay a ransom to secure the release of a Finnish woman who was kidnapped in Kabul, Afghanistan, in mid-May, Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, underscored in a news conference on Thursday.

Soini reminded that yielding to the demands of abductors would only encourage them to continue committing crimes.

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A photograph dated 7 November, 2016, showing the construction site of Hanhikivi 1 in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia. Fennovoima has begun preparing the construction project despite not yet receiving a building permit from the central administration.
A photograph dated 7 November, 2016, showing the construction site of Hanhikivi 1 in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia. Fennovoima has begun preparing the construction project despite not yet receiving a building permit from the central administration.

 

Fennovoima has conceded that it will not receive a building permit for its nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, North Ostrobothnia, in 2018.

“We have examined how our work has progressed and decided to push back the objective of receiving the permit to 2019. The plant supplier has needed more time than initially expected to take into account the standards and legislation in Finland,” Toni Hemminki, the managing director of Fennovoima, said in a press release on Monday.

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The Helsinki skyline as viewed across Teollisuuskatu on 8 September, 2017.
The Helsinki skyline as viewed across Teollisuuskatu on 8 September, 2017.

 

Finland’s largest cities are set to join forces to protect their interests in the face of the social, health care and regional government reform pursued by the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

The leaders of the six largest cities have previously expressed their reservations especially about the regional government reform, arguing that the reform fails to take into account the role of urban areas as drivers of growth and the global megatrend of urbanisation, Lauri Lyly (SDP), the Mayor of Tampere, reminds in an interview with Uusi Suomi.

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An Afghan man talks on the phone outside the guest house that was stormed by a group of gunmen in Kabul in mid-May, 2017.
An Afghan man talks on the phone outside the guest house that was stormed by a group of gunmen in Kabul in mid-May, 2017.

The Finnish woman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in May has been released after spending almost four months in captivity, according to a press release from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She is safe and remains in Afghanistan.

The release of the aid worker has also been confirmed by her employer, Operation Mercy.

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