The Finnish government has no intention to prohibit the use of private cars, assures Sanna Marin (SDP), the Minister of Transport and Communications. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

SANNA MARIN (SDP), the Minister of Transport and Communications, has assured that the government has no intention to prohibit the use of private cars given the long distances many have to travel regularly in Finland.

“Not a single party has proposed that private cars should be prohibited,” she underscored in an interview with Kauppalehti on Sunday.

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Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) was photographed arriving for a summit of the European Council in Brussels on Thursday, 20 June 2019. (Aris Oikonomou – AFP/Lehtikuva)

PRIME MINISTER Antti Rinne (SDP), Minister of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin (SDP), and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP) have supplemented their reports on financial commitments and holdings to the Finnish Parliament.

Rinne on Monday said he also owns a detached home worth roughly 300,000 euros in Mäntsälä, a motorboat worth 100,000 euros with his wife, and 25 per cent of a 20,000-euro time-share in Ylläs, Finnish Lapland.

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Jutta Urpilainen (SDP), Finland’s first ever female candidate for a position in the European Commission, has urged the EU to develop its relationship with Africa. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE RELATIONSHIP between Africa and Europe will become increasingly important going forward, predicts Jutta Urpilainen (SDP), the Finnish candidate for the European Commission.

Urpilainen on Monday told Kauppalehti that the European Union’s programme to promote investments in Africa is not enough, but the 28-country bloc should take more determined action to establish a genuine strategic partnership with the continent.

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Prime Minister Antti Rinne (left) and Minister of Education Li Andersson (right) found themselves in apparent disagreement over what it means to be unemployed last week. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

UNEMPLOYMENT is anything but chilling out, states Li Andersson (Left Alliance), the Minister of Education.

Her statement is directed particularly at Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP). Rinne on Wednesday warned in an employment seminar that working-age people who “chill” are endangering the future of the welfare state.

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Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s (SDP) government posed for a photograph in the House of the Estates in Helsinki on 6 June 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

MEMBERS of the Finnish government have filed a report about their loans and financial holdings to the Finnish Parliament.

The report indicates that most cabinet members have housing loans and hold much of their wealth in tangible assets. The only two cabinet members with no outstanding loans were Krista Kiuru (SDP), the Minister of Social Services and Family Affairs, and Sanna Marin (SDP), the Minister of Transport and Communications.

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The Finns Party’s Jussi Halla-aho (right) and Ville Tavio (left) leaving a meeting of the right-wing party’s parliamentary group meeting in Helsinki on 7 June 2019. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNS PARTY has raced ahead of other political parties in the wake of the parliamentary elections held in Finland in April, according to a poll commissioned by Alma Media.

The poll shows that popular support for the populist right-wing party increased by 0.9 percentage points to 20.1 per cent between May and June. The National Coalition and Social Democrats, meanwhile, saw their popularity decrease to 17.2 and 16.2 per cent, respectively.

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Asseri Kinnunen, the chairperson of the Finns Party Youth, states that the youth organisation will fight to keep its state aid. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE has suspended the disbursement of state aid granted to the Finns Party Youth, the official youth wing of the Finns Party.

The political youth organisation will, as a result, have to pay back the 57,500 euros in state aid it received earlier this year and not receive the second half of the 115,000 euros granted to it for this year, which was scheduled for payment later this year.

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Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen (Centre) on Tuesday became the first to announce his interest in becoming the next chairperson of the Centre Party. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

ANTTI KAIKKONEN (Centre), the Minister of Defence, has thrown his hat into the race to become the next chairperson of the Centre Party.

Kaikkonen announced his interest in taking over the reins of the party in a press conference on Tuesday, saying he is not yet prepared to comment on whether he would also take on the portfolio of the minister of finance if he was elected chairperson.

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Jyri Häkämies, the CEO of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), says overhauling the earnings-related unemployment allowance scheme would also create considerable public cost savings. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

ADJUSTING earnings-related unemployment benefits is a means to create 20,000 new jobs in Finland, views Jyri Häkämies, the CEO of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).

“EK is proposing that the unemployment allowance be staggered based on the duration of unemployment. The allowance would be higher at the start and would decrease by 10 per cent after three months and [again] after six months,” he wrote in a guest contribution to Kauppalehti on Monday.

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Maria Ohisalo, the newly elected chairperson of the Green League, held a press conference in Pori on Saturday, 15 June. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR Maria Ohisalo (Greens) has been elected as the new chairperson of the Green League.

Ohisalo, a 34-year-old first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament from Helsinki, was the only candidate in the leadership election held in conjunction with the party conference of the Green League in Pori on Saturday.

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President Sauli Niinistö holding a press conference before the opening of the seventh edition of the Kultaranta Talks, a foreign and security policy event he hosts annually in Naantali, south-west Finland. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

PRESIDENT Sauli Niinistö has expressed his puzzlement with the debate stirred up by a section of the foreign and security policy resolution set forth in the government programme of Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP).

“Finland,” the section reads, “will not allow its territory to be used for hostilities against other nations”.

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