The Finnish social and health care sector has changed dramatically over the past couple of years as a result of corporate acquisitions.
Kauppalehti and Uusi Suomi on Monday reported that the sector witnessed 298 buyouts – an average of one every four days – between January 2015 and November 2018, with a total of 35,400 employees and 2.45 billion euros in revenue changing hands in the transactions.
As Finland redoubles its efforts to attract more international students, little attention has been paid to the far north of the country, where a small but rapidly-growing cohort of students from across the world are choosing to call this winter wonderland their home.
Lapland is home to the northernmost university of applied sciences in Europe, Lapin AMK, which teaches close to 6000 students at campuses in Rovaniemi, Tornio, and Kemi. Over 500 of those students now hail from outside of Finland, choosing Lapin AMK to study one of their English language degrees or as part of a study exchange program.
We spoke to students currently completing their degrees there to find out why they chose Lapland, and how the experience has shaped them.
The Finnish government has decided to withdraw its bill to relieve microbusinesses of the obligation to keep accounting records following crushing feedback from experts and stakeholders, including the National Police Board and Finnish Tax Administration.
The bill was criticised particularly for possibly undermining the credibility of financial information and increasing shadow economy activities.
The Finnish Police Federation (SPJL) has urged the next government to increase investments in internal security.
“It is an unfortunate fact that response times to calls to emergency call centres have increased. Police officers are unable to respond to 100,000 emergency calls a year and, when it comes to crime, are unable to investigate petty offences,” a spokesperson for the federation stated in a press release on Thursday.
The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) believes Finland should supplement its annual net migration gain of roughly 15,000 by attracting an additional 20,000–35,000 skilled workers from abroad by 2023.
“The skills shortage is an obstacle to growth. We need talent for all positions, in all sectors and in businesses of all sizes,” says Jyri Häkämies, the chief executive of EK.
A forum dedicated to the protection of nature has united manufacturers and ecologists
The 7th Ecological forum was held in one of the northern Russian cities - Murmansk on 15th and 16th of November. Nornickel, a Russian mining and metallurgical company, was the organiser of the event.
Bellona, being an independent non-profit organisation, which works towards attaining a better ecological understanding, was used to criticise the Murmansk region of Russia quite aggressively in the past. However, over the course of time, the situation in the region has changed. The initiatives taken by Kola GMK, a subsidiary company of Nornickel, were aimed at achieving a fast ecological recovery in the Murmansk region despite its challenging location in the north.
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.
Finnish parliamentary parties have agreed to establish a working group to outline new climate goals for Finland by 20 December.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) on Tuesday said the working group will be tasked with identifying more ambitious climate goals and concrete climate measures for the country, but not with drafting legislative proposals due to the proximity of the parliamentary elections.
Finnish economists have expressed their deep concerns about the latest population forecast for Finland.
Statistics Finland on Friday reported that the country’s population is expected to grow, driven by immigration, until it reaches 5.62 million in 2035, before starting to shrink and declining below the current level in the 2050s.
The shadow budgets unveiled over the past couple of weeks by opposition parties fail to acceptably answer the most pressing question in Finland: how to sustain the current economic and employment growth, views Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.
“The biggest mistake would be to put an end to the economic and employment growth by making notable tax cuts,” he stated in the Finnish Parliament on Wednesday.
Finland has the financial and technological capability to reduce its emissions by 60 per cent by 2030, indicates a study conducted by McKinsey and the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra).
Sitra on Monday reported that the country can reduce its emissions by almost 50 per cent with measures that generate no additional costs, or even savings, during their life cycle compared to current solutions, with wind power and electric transport especially presenting opportunities to reduce emissions cost-efficiently.
Finland Chamber of Commerce has called for the abolition of the so-called labour availability consideration for employees arriving in the country from outside the European Union and European Economic Area (EEA).
The process allows authorities to cite the availability of domestic labour as grounds for preventing employers in certain sectors from hiring from outside the EU and EEA.
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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