Increasing employment and wages are among the main drivers of economic growth in Finland, views Jukka Appelqvist, an economist at Danske Bank. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH ECONOMY continued to grow at a surprisingly brisk pace towards the end of last year.

Statistics Finland on Thursday reported that the national output increased by 2.7 per cent year-on-year and 0.5 per cent month-on-month in December 2018. The statistical institution also revised up its growth estimate for the previous month, saying working-day adjusted output grew by 2.6 per cent, rather than 1.8 per cent, year-on-year in November.

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Finnish Facebook users are now able to find out how ads on the social media platform try to affect their voting behaviour. (Credit: Loic Venance – AFP/Lehtikuva)

FINNISH FACEBOOK USERS now have an opportunity to find out how ads on the social media platform try to affect their voting behaviour.

Open Knowledge Finland, an advocacy group promoting the creation of a fair and open digital society, on Monday announced it has launched a tool called Vaalivahti, allowing Facebook users to find out who is trying to influence them and why certain, possibly tailor-made, ads are shown to them.

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Pirkko Mattila (BR), the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, and Olli Kangas, a professor of practice at the University of Turku, were in attendance as the first preliminary results of Finland’s widely discussed basic income trial were released in Helsinki on Friday, 8 February. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

FINLAND’S much-discussed basic income trial appears to have had neither a positive nor a negative impact on the employment of the participants, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela).

Preliminary results from the first year of the two-year trial that seized the attention of governments, social scientists and media outlets around the world were published in Helsinki on Friday.

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The head office of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) in Helsinki on 5 February 2019. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

A HARD BREXIT would not have a major impact on the social security benefits of Britons who have lived and worked in Finland for years, reports the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela).

Kela on Tuesday said if the European Union and United Kingdom failed to agree on the terms of the impending withdrawal, it could nevertheless have an impact on the payment of social security benefits in circumstances not covered by special arrangements or the Finnish legislation.

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“You can say goodbye to the low-pressure weather systems and long-lasting rains,” says Markus Mäntykannas, a meteorologist at Foreca. (Credit: Teemu Salonen – Lehtikuva)

MARKUS MÄNTYKANNAS, a meteorologist at Foreca, says Finns should expect a noticeable change in the weather type in the coming weeks.

“You can say goodbye to the low-pressure weather systems and long-lasting rains; they will be replaced with fairer and sunnier days,” he wrote in a blog for the private weather forecasting company on Saturday.

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As many as 15 residents of nursing homes are believed to have died as a result of malpractice or negligence in Finland, reports YLE. (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

THE NATIONAL Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) is investigating 13–15 cases in which the resident of a nursing home is believed to have died as a result of malpractice or negligence, Elina Uusitalo, a senior officer at Valvira, confirmed to YLE on Wednesday.

The public broadcasting company said such suspicions have arisen all over Finland, in both public and private nursing homes.

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The European Commission has presented a proposal to end the biannual changing of the clocks across the European Union. (Credit: Timo Jaakonaho – Lehtikuva)

FINLAND has reiterated its support for doing away with summertime arrangements in the European Union.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications on Friday stated that the government has tentatively decided to advocate the adoption of winter time after hearing the views of citizens, businesses and other stakeholders.

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Pelimanni, a nursing home operated in Alavus by Attendo, was shut down temporarily due to insufficient staffing levels on Friday by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western Finland. (Credit: Timo Aalto – Lehtikuva)

THE REGIONAL State Administrative Agency (AVI) for Western Finland has temporarily shut down a nursing home operated in Alavus, Western Finland, by Attendo, a leading provider of outsourced care services in the Nordics.

Attendo on Friday said the facility was shut down on grounds of insufficient staffing levels.

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The state of elderly care has been the subject of rife public debate in recent weeks in Finland. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

EXACTLY one full-time equivalent has been assigned to supervise elderly care in all of Finland, says Elina Uusitalo, a senior officer at the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

“It’s clear that the activity has been under-resourced for a long time, given that I’m the only one who’s specifically responsible for supervising and steering elderly care in the whole country,” she revealed to Uusi Suomi on Tuesday.

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Finns had almost 98 billion euros in outstanding housing loans at the end of last November, according to Finance Finland. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

FINNS made almost 17 billion euros worth of housing loan repayments in 2018, according to Finance Finland.

Elina Erkkilä, a senior expert at the representative of the Finnish financial sector, on Friday stated that although the amount of housing loan repayments was higher than ever before in history, it is not an indication of a sudden eagerness to pay back housing loans.

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