A citizens’ initiative demanding that rape be re-defined as non-consensual sexual intercourse will be presented for parliamentary consideration after the elections held on 14 April 2019. (Credit: Jussi Helttunen – Lehtikuva)
A citizens’ initiative demanding that rape be re-defined as non-consensual sexual intercourse will be presented for parliamentary consideration after the elections held on 14 April 2019. (Credit: Jussi Helttunen – Lehtikuva)

 

A citizens’ initiative demanding that non-consensual sex be recognised as rape has received the 50,000 statements of support required for presenting it to the Finnish Parliament.

Hanna-Marilla Zidan, one of the two sponsors of the initiative, reveals that the initiative will not be submitted for parliamentary consideration until after the next elections, due to lack of support in the current Parliament.

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A pregnant woman in Helsinki on 31 July 2018. The total fertility rate is expected to continue to fall in Finland, with preliminary statistics showing that the number of births dropped by over 2,000 year-on-year between January and September. (Credit: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)
A pregnant woman in Helsinki on 31 July 2018. The total fertility rate is expected to continue to fall in Finland, with preliminary statistics showing that the number of births dropped by over 2,000 year-on-year between January and September. (Credit: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

 

The total fertility rate is set to continue its decline in Finland.

Statistics Finland has reported that the fertility rate fell to an all-time low of 1.49 children per woman last year as the number of births dropped to 50,321, its lowest level since the third and last year of the famine of 1866–1868, when the country had a population of no more than 1.75 million. 

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Helsinki’s casino and gambling scene has always been fairly limited compared to many other major European cities such as London, where casinos are an established part of the party scene. The first independent establishment, Casino Helsinki, did not appear until 1991. It is run under Veikkaus, a non-profit organisation with all the proceeds going to charity and social projects through RAY. Veikkaus also runs the national lottery and arranges a football league.

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The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla) unveiled its assessment of past and future economic growth in Finland in Helsinki on Monday, 12 November. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla) unveiled its assessment of past and future economic growth in Finland in Helsinki on Monday, 12 November. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government is on the verge of reaching its once-ambitious employment rate target of 72 per cent, with the latest employment statistics showing that the trend of the employment rate stood at 71.7 per cent in September.

Etla, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, believes the increases in employment and productivity are a consequence of several simultaneous developments.

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Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) was photographed arriving for an EU leaders’ summit on Brexit, migration and eurozone reforms at the EU headquarters in Brussels on 28 June 2018. (Credit: Ludovic Marin – AFP/Lehtikuva)
Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) was photographed arriving for an EU leaders’ summit on Brexit, migration and eurozone reforms at the EU headquarters in Brussels on 28 June 2018. (Credit: Ludovic Marin – AFP/Lehtikuva)

 

“Finland is a more ordinary member state than it is perhaps willing to concede,” concludes a report on the country’s reputation in the European Union by the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent not-for-profit think tank based in Brussels.

EPC on Tuesday pointed out that although the country has for years encouraged a narrative of itself as a constructive, unconditionally pro-integration member of the 28-country bloc, the narrative is not necessarily reflective of its domestic efforts to, for example, contribute to and benefit from the single market.

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A statutory order for lay-offs could work in the public sector but not in the construction industry given the physical nature of work, says Kyösti Suokas, the chairperson of the Finnish Construction Trade Union (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
A statutory order for lay-offs could work in the public sector but not in the construction industry given the physical nature of work, says Kyösti Suokas, the chairperson of the Finnish Construction Trade Union (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Kyösti Suokas, the chairperson of the Finnish Construction Trade Union, has shot down a proposal to oblige employers to make lay-offs in an order partly based on seniority.

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) last week floated the idea of prescribing in law that employers make redundancies in an order determined based on factors such as the professional skills, length of employment and number of dependants of employees.

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A study by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has found that the income and educational background of parents has a noticeable impact on the school performance of children. (Credit: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)
A study by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has confirmed that the income and educational background of parents has a noticeable impact on the school performance of children also in Finland. (Credit: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

 

Differences between the school performance of boys and girls have existed for at least a decade in Finland, according to a study that followed people born in 1997 for 12 years.

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) on Monday published the results of the massive cohort study, highlighting that over a half of girls but only a third of boys had a grade average grade of eight or higher at the end of basic education.

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Finns have rushed to express their support for a citizens’ initiative to abolish the diesel tax, with the price of diesel exceeding that of 95-octane petrol at some service stations in the country. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Finns have rushed to express their support for a citizens’ initiative to abolish the diesel tax, with the price of diesel exceeding that of 95-octane petrol at some service stations in the country. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

Timo Heinonen (NCP), a third-term Member of Parliament from Häme, told Uusi Suomi on Tuesday that he is supportive of the idea of abolishing the diesel tax.

Heinonen commented on the issue in the wake of overwhelming public support for a citizens’ initiative calling for the abolition of the tax, which received over 50,000 statements of support in no more than roughly 12 hours on Monday.

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Finland's first sex doll brothel in Helsinki on Friday, 9th Nov., 2018. Russian-owned Unique Dolls brothel opens next week Male clients pay 100 euros per one hour with a silicone doll.

THE DOORS of Helsinki’s very own sex doll brothel are due to open this week, the first of any such establishment to open in Finland. 

The “Unique Dolls” brothel will open in a basement behind the Kannelmäki Shopping Centre on 15 November, amid a global surge in the popularity of synthetic sexual companions. The news has already made headlines internationally, with the establishment being one of very few in Europe to currently operate publicly. 

Those looking for a silicone-based sex session to get them through the long winter nights will have to fork out €100 an hour for the pleasure, but should be comforted to know that they won’t be alone, with Iltalehti reporting that there have already been a number of advance bookings. 

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Antti Palola, the chairperson of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees, says STTK continues to categorically oppose any unfavourable revisions to employee protection against unilateral termination. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Antti Palola, the chairperson of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees, says STTK continues to categorically oppose any unfavourable revisions to employee protection against unilateral termination. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) on Monday announced it continues to oppose any unfavourable revisions to employee protection against unilateral termination but will forgo any further action against a government proposal to ease laying off for small businesses.

Its board explained yesterday that the much-discussed proposal is not expected to have a major impact on judicial and termination practices in Finland.

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