Higher education students must pay the student healthcare fee on their own initiative using the OmaKela e-service. Kela does not bill students for the fee. The due date for the spring term is 31 January 2022.
The Finnish Immigration Service has conducted an extensive investigation into returning the funds remaining in asylum seekers’ Moni card accounts. So far, no satisfactory solution has been found.
“I would like to express my heartfelt concerns about the situation in Kazakhstan, a country closely familiar to me, a country that has been heralded as a beacon of stability and the most affluent country in the region. I deeply regret the tragic loss of human lives during the past weeks and call upon all sides to refrain from any violence or provocations. It is imperative that social peace and trust be reinstated”, says Mr Kimmo Kiljunen.
A CHILD has died of the coronavirus disease presumably for the first time in Finland. Ilkka-Pohjalainen on Wednesday reported that a school-aged child died of the disease last weekend in Laihia, a roughly 8,000-resident municipality in Ostrobothnia.
The death was confirmed to Helsingin Sanomat by Markku Laukkonen, the acting director of education services in Laihia.
DECEMBER was unusually busy for the sales of old houses in spite of the number of houses on the market being exceptionally low, tells Kiinteistömaailma.
The Finnish real estate agency reported at the beginning of the month that it brokered a total of 940 sales of old houses last month, signalling its highest ever total for December. The sales of new houses, by contrast, were roughly 50 per cent lower than in December 2020.
TRADE UNION PRO and Technology Industry Employers of Finland on Thursday settled their differences over the terms and conditions of employment of salaried employees in the technology industry, reports STT.
The industry has thereby averted the strikes and overtime bans that were to begin on Friday, 14 January.
THE FINNISH INSTITUTE for Health and Welfare (THL) is proposing that bars, pubs, nightclubs and other restaurants serving primarily alcohol be shut down completely as soon as possible for at least three weeks to reduce social contact and protect public health, reports YLE.
The nationwide shutdown, it acknowledged, may have to be extended beyond the initial duration.
MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS in Finland should be careful due to the snowfall, strong winds and slippery road conditions forecast for this week, states the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).
On Monday, road conditions are expected to be particularly difficult in northern parts of Lapland and Åland.
THE MINISTRY of Social Affairs and Health on Wednesday unveiled a proposal drawn up by an expert task force for voluntary at-home testing.
At-home test kits, it stated, are recommended especially for people who are experiencing mild symptoms associated with a coronavirus infection and symptomatic under 12-year-olds together with their parents and siblings.
THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has begun preparatory work to declare a state of emergency and invoke powers set forth in the emergency powers act, several independent sources revealed to Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday.
The objective of the move is initially to safeguard the functioning of the social and health care system amid a surge in coronavirus infections, rather than to impose additional restrictions.
THE NUMBER of Covid-19 patients in intensive care has surged to its highest level since the first wave of epidemic in spring 2020.
YLE on Monday reported that a total of 72 coronavirus patients were in intensive care in Finland on Sunday, representing a drop of one from Saturday. The number of patients simultaneously in intensive care peaked at more than 80 in April 2020.
THE FINNISH INSTITUTE for Health and Welfare (THL) has revised its quarantine guidelines to allow physicians of infectious diseases to order quarantines with a duration ranging from five to ten days, instead of strictly ten days.
“The quarantine instruction is now for a duration of 5–10 days,” Otto Helve, a chief physician at THL, stated in Helsinki on Thursday.
KIRSI VARHILA, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, has rejected demands to update the national strategy to manage the coronavirus pandemic to better reflect with the prevalent epidemiological situation.
Varhila on Tuesday told STT that updating the strategy is useless in circumstances governed by law.
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The Government has issued a decree on temporary exemptions to driving times and rest periods. The exemptions were in force in spring 2020 and will be taken into use again for 30 days due to the worsening COVID-19 situation. The decree will be in force from 17 January to 15 February.
MUNICIPAL TAX RATES were decreased at the start of the year in a dozen municipalities in Finland, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
According to the Association of Finnish Municipalities, the cuts affect around 140,000 Finns. Only 16 municipalities, meanwhile, increased their tax rates for this year, signalling the lowest number since the start of the 2000s. The tax hikes are estimated to affect over 115,000 Finns.