The basic rights of a prisoner prohibit handcuffing during transport. Amendment to the prisoner law, which would enable the chaining of prisoners or prisoners on remand by cable ties or handcuffs during transport, is currently being processed at the Parliament. At the moment, chaining is permitted during transports only if it is suspected that there is a risk of escape or violence.
Finland should develop energy self-sufficiency without nuclear power, says Professor of Global Politics Heikki Patomäki. He thinks that Finland should participate more eagerly in developing new innovations in energy production.
Publishing Muhammad pictures from the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, is allowed in Finland, says Doctor of Jurisprudence and former state prosecutor Mika Illman for Sunnuntaisuomalainen. According to him, distributing the pictures would not bear hallmarks of hate crimes. In contrast to other EU countries, Finnish law regarding breaking religious peace is in force. According to the law, shaming a religious community publicly can lead to a verdict for blasphemy.
According to a new study, the physical activity of children consists mainly of low-efficiency activities, such as sitting, standing or walking.
Anne Soini studied three year olds for her dissertation, and found that they spent only two per cent of their time in the nursery at moderately straining play. Her study showed that only a few of those who took part in her study actively exercise two hours a day, which is the quantitative recommendation of Varhaiskasvatus' (early childhood education's).
Twenty MPs seeking re-election are at risk of being voted out, says a new study predicting a large change in the distribution of the Parliament's seats.
Up to one third of the Parliament's members might be replaced as the citizens elect the new MPs in April. Until now, 30 MPs have made public their intentions of leaving their seats free-willingly. Based on a new report, approximately twenty are at risk of not being re-elected.
According to the chairman of the Finns Party Timo Soini, variation in support for a party is normal. In an interview for Lännen Media, Member of the European Parliament Jussi Halla-aho (Finns Party) recently critisised Soini and his party for avoiding immigration issues, which he claims has caused a decline in support of the party. Furthermore, Halla-aho claimed that the party betrays its voters if it doesn't alter its policy visibly.
According to a poll, a clear majority of Finns think the current amount of regulations is excessive.
A dominant 74 per cent of Finns estimate that Finland has too many restrictive rules, orders and instructions, reveals a poll by Kunnallisalan kehittämissäätiö (The Foundation for Municipal Development) KAKS. Furthermore, 78 per cent estimate that too many things are regulated too meticulously. With regards to the functioning of the society, the amount of regulations was seen as adequate by only 18 per cent of respondents.
The government has a poor grasp of Finland's economy, estimate citizens who responded to a poll by MTV News. An overriding 83 per cent of them see the economy as managed either poorly or extremely poorly.
Suomen Yrittäjänaiset (The Women Entrepreneurs of Finland) objects to the tax office's plans to discontinue the use of lunch vouchers.
"Discontinuing the use of lunch vouchers would reduce the amount of lunches bought in restaurants, increasing unemployment in the catering business and decreasing tax revenue," the chairperson for Suomen Yrittäjänaiset Seija Estlander states in the organisation's bulletin.
A guest at Yle's TV programme Ykkösaamu, the Minister of Development and Corporate Governance Sirpa Paatero (SDP) said additional cuts planned by the Committee of State Finance were unbelievable. The budget report on 12 December published by the Committee of State Finance proposed cuts from the development cooperation funds amounting to three million euros. The savings would be used for improving the representation network of the ministry for foreign affairs.
This year, new priests are inaugurated notably less than in previous years. There are no jobs for priests as people resign from church in growing numbers and the congregations become poorer. The inauguration can be performed only if the priest already has a position or a long term temporary post.