The Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce has released an analysis based on early-year figures from Statistics Finland, indicating that a record number of businesses ceased operations in the capital region in 2023. The data shows that 9,450 businesses closed down, marking a 17% increase compared to the previous year. These figures exclude the primary production and real estate sectors.
AN INTERPELLATION from the Green League, Left Alliance and Social Democrats kindled a long and heated debate in parliament on Tuesday.
The three opposition parties accuse the government of sowing division in labour markets and abandoning the culture of bargaining and collaboration by insisting on moving forward with a serious of bills concerning the strike rights, lay-off justifications and unemployment security.
January saw consumer price inflation in the Nordic countries fall to 3.3%, down from 3.6% in December, signaling a steady return to moderate levels after the sharp increases experienced since the beginning of 2021. The highest point of inflation was recorded in December 2022, reaching 9.1%, following the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, inflation has been on a consistent decline month over month.
In an unprecedented surge of musical creativity, Finnish producers reported a record-breaking number of songs in 2023, according to statistics from Gramex, the Finnish copyright management organization. The number of tracks reported last year saw a significant increase of over 30% compared to 2022, with a total of 21,785 new songs registered.
An in-depth analysis by GramexPress, an online media outlet affiliated with Gramex, revealed a steady growth in the number of reported tracks from 2020 to 2023.
This season, Helsinki's snowy landscape will captivate millions of viewers across China as it becomes the backdrop for a unique TV series. The show, which has brought Chinese celebrities to Finnish shores, has also attracted the attention of paparazzi from China.
For the past few weeks, a remarkably large Chinese film crew has been sighted navigating through Helsinki's city center, drawing the attention of many with their extensive equipment and personnel transported by numerous vehicles.
A recent study from the University of Helsinki has unveiled that neurological disorders significantly elevate the risk of divorce among couples in the Nordic countries, with the highest risk observed in couples where both partners are diagnosed with such conditions. The research, which tracked over 2.8 million married individuals aged 30 to 64 from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, found that 12% of these couples divorced within a ten-year follow-up period.
A coalition of Finnish Members of Parliament has issued a strong appeal to the government, urging the immediate continuation of financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This call comes in response to the cessation of funding amidst the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where UNRWA stands as a critical lifeline for millions.
VALMET on Thursday revealed that it is considering terminating around 130 jobs in Finland and Sweden.
The Finnish supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industry said it is also weighing up temporary lay-offs in some of its corporate functions, paper and services business lines, and regional organisation for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The International Court of Justice commenced hearings today, February 19th, to deliberate on the legal ramifications of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories. Amnesty International has called for an immediate cessation of Israel's "brutal occupation" of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, which has persisted since 1967.
The process, initiated by a UN General Assembly resolution in December 2022, seeks an advisory opinion from the court on the legality of Israel's policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories and their effects on other states and the UN itself.
In a move aligning with European Union Commission guidelines, Finland has imposed a ban on the import of passenger cars registered in Russia since September 16, 2023. The Finnish authorities have now set a deadline of March 16, 2024, for the export of such vehicles that were brought into the country before the ban took effect. This regulation, however, exempts cars owned by EU citizens residing permanently in Russia and diplomatic vehicles. Additionally, buses with a capacity of more than 10 passengers are still permitted entry into Finland.
THE DIFFICULTIES of Lehto Group are continuing.
Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday reported that the construction group has submitted an application for corporate re-structuring with the District Court of Oulu, a week after the court had declared bankrupt three of its key subsidiaries, Lehto Asunnot, Lehto Tilat and Lehto Korjausrakentaminen.
ANNIKA SAARIKKO on Thursday announced she will not seek another term as chairperson of the Centre Party.
“My time as chairperson has been unique and challenging,” she was quoted saying at a news conference by Helsingin Sanomat. “I’ve got so much from the Centre. Everything I’ve known how to give back, I’ve given back.”
Minister of Employment Arto Satonen (NCP) has justified the proposal by arguing that the duration of political strikes has been limited to two to three hours in Sweden.
THE MINISTRY of the Interior is considering enacting an emergency act to tackle weaponised migration across the border between Finland and Russia, reports YLE.
Border-crossing points along the border began reporting unusually high numbers of asylum applicants last autumn. The Finnish government soon concluded that the migrants are likely receiving assistance getting to the border from border and security officials in Russia.
THE POPULATION of Helsinki grew last year close to the record-pace witnessed during the suburban expansion of the 1960s.
Statistics Finland has released preliminary data revealing that the city's population stood at 674,963 at the end of 2023, marking an increase of 10,935 from the previous year and the first increase of over 10,000 since the 1960s.