THE WORLD AIR GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIPS kicked off in Oulu this week, drawing thousands of enthusiasts who demonstrated that you don't need to learn an instrument to become a rock god.
A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR ON FRIDAY that resulted in close to an entire month's worth of rain hitting the Greater Helsinki region has paralysed public transport and caused significant disruption across the city.
JUSSI HALLA-AHO, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has offered his thoughts on the message directed at him by his fellow opposition leader, Petteri Orpo of the National Coalition.
Orpo urged Halla-aho in a speech given earlier this week to bear in mind that the popularity of the right-wing party comes with the responsibility to defend democracy and rules-based society in Finland.
LI ANDERSSON (Left Alliance), the Minister of Education, has expressed her puzzlement with the amendments made to the education section of the draft budget by the Ministry of Finance.
The Ministry of Finance has reportedly significantly slashed the increase in funding for higher education institutions proposed – in accordance with the government programme – by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
JYRKI KATAINEN (NCP), the European Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, says he has begun looking into the options at the EU’s disposal to tackle the wildfires raging in Brazil.
“I’m looking into all that’s available to the EU,” he said to Helsingin Sanomat on Friday morning.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin arrived in Helsinki on Wednesday for what has become a regular working visit to the Finnish capital.
Putin and President Sauli Niinistö revealed in a news conference that they talked for roughly an hour in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, touching on a wide variety of international issues such as the situation in Ukraine and efforts to combat black carbon in the Arctic.
FINLAND Chamber of Commerce (FCC) is urging the government to make bold decisions or risk letting its employment target slip out of reach.
Statistics Finland on Tuesday revealed that the trend of the employment rate stood at 72.4 per cent and that of the unemployment rate at 6.6 per cent in July. The ranks of the employed and the unemployed both decreased from the previous year, the former by 3,000 to 2,628,000 and the latter by 14,000 to 169,000.
THE EUROPEAN UNION must take action to fight the wildfires raging in the Amazon, Brazil, demand both Ville Niinistö (Greens), a Member of the European Parliament, and Petteri Orpo, the chairperson of the National Coalition.
Almost 73,000 wildfires have been detected in what is the largest rainforest in the world between January and August, representing an 84 per cent increase from the corresponding period in 2018.
FINLAND has agreed to exercise the United Kingdom’s vote in EU meetings not attended by British representatives, several news outlets reported on Wednesday.
Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP), the Finnish Minister for European Affairs, told Demokraatti that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended the request during a phone conversation with Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP).
MINISTER of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin (SDP) has elaborated on her proposal to switch to a four-day, 24-hour work week in Finland to Aamulehti.
Marin stated yesterday in a guest contribution to the newspaper that she is pleased by the debate prompted by her proposal and reminded that working time has decreased over the past century as a consequence of increasing labour productivity.
KIM GRAN, a former chief executive at Nokian Tyres, has denied the claim that a trial of shorter working hours considerably increased productivity at the factories of the tyre manufacturer in the late 1990s.
The claim was made earlier this week by Sanna Marin (SDP), the Minister of Transport and Communications.
Our biggest rainforest, Amazon, is on fire right now for the 19th day. The wildfires - roaring in an area of around 2254 sq. kilometres - are so big that columns of smoke can be seen from space. The Sky in São Paulo went dark on Monday at around 3 pm as the smoke from the fires reached the city. Residents have not experienced a similar phenomenon before; not even in the darkest days of the rainy season.
UNPRECEDENTED WILDFIRES HAVE BROKEN OUT in the popular resort island of Gran Canaria, causing as many as 9000 holidaymakers to evacuate.
THE VISIT OF RUSSIAN LEADER VLADIMIR PUTIN to Helsinki yesterday brought the city to a virtual standstill in some areas, with a security presence unseen since the visit of Donald Trump in 2018.
A LARGE HERD OF CATTLE, including several fully-grown bulls, have escaped from a farm in Laukaa in Central Finland. Authorities believe the best way to remove the danger is to neutralise the entire herd, and have appealed to local hunting associations to assist.
FINLAND should turn its attention to immigration to alleviate the problems caused by its shrinking working-age population, views Sami Pakarinen, the chief economist at the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).
“The topical employment debate has focused more on the labour force than on increasing the working-age population,” he wrote in his blog on Sunday.