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The Finnish Government is circulating a proposal to end the payment of national pensions to recipients living outside Finland by the beginning of 2025. If adopted, this change will affect old-age and disability pensions paid to individuals residing in EU or EEA countries, Switzerland, and Great Britain. This proposal, however, will not impact survivors’ pensions, child increases, front-veterans’ supplements, or earnings-related pensions.

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The first-ever Young Dance Artist Award has been bestowed upon Biret and Gáddjá Haarla Pieski, two talented Sámi dancers from Dalvaks, Utsjoki. This new award, valued at €8,000, aims to bolster the careers of young artists, particularly those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, by encouraging them to create unique art and advance in their professional journeys.

Funded by the Keele Foundation, which promotes active lifestyles and supports arts, science, and culture, the award is part of a broader initiative to assist young and domestic artists across various fields.

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Conceptual image of the winning proposal 'Cabriolet' from the Autotalo block architecture competition. Photo: ARCO Architecture Company

Helsinki's Autotalo block, located in the bustling Kamppi district, is set for a significant expansion following an architectural design contest. The winning entry, named "Cabriolet," was submitted by ARCO Architecture Company and stood out among diverse proposals from top design firms.

The competition aimed to enhance the functionality, efficiency, and vitality of the entire block.

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An analysis of Intrum's debt collection data reveals that the number of severely indebted individuals has increased across all age groups in Finland in 2023, with young adults experiencing the most significant rise in both the number and the volume of debts referred for collection.

Following a temporary surge in payment difficulties and over-indebtedness triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a decrease in severe debt issues in 2021.

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Today marks the commencement of parliamentary deliberations on amendments affecting the tiered structure of earnings-related unemployment benefits in Finland. These adjustments could slash benefits by hundreds of euros, with some members of unemployment funds potentially losing up to half of their entitlement when considering additional cuts implemented at the beginning of the year.

The Finnish government has proposed a tiered system for earnings-related unemployment benefits.

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Finnish Customs check a car at the Vaalimaa border check point between Finland and Russia in Virolahti, Finland on September 28, 2022 as traffic from Russia enters to Finland and Europe's open-borders Schengen area. LEHTIKUVA

As the Ukraine war marks its two-year anniversary on February 24, 2024, Finnish Customs reports significant strides in enforcing EU sanctions against Russia, highlighting its active role in international compliance efforts. Over the past two years, Finnish Customs has detected approximately 29,000 discrepancies in goods traffic, conducted 2,800 targeted controls, and initiated over 740 preliminary investigations into breaches against sanctions.

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The guidebook "Monikielisen työyhteisön opas" was written by Salla Kurhila, Eveliina Korpela, Inkeri Lehtimaja, Johanna Komppa, and Lari Kotilainen. Photo by: Meeri Utti

A recent publication titled "Multilingual Workplace Guide" delves into the challenges faced by foreign experts in Finland, challenging the myth that the Finnish language's complexity is the primary barrier. The book, based on extensive research and interviews with both Finnish and foreign workers in Finland, provides insights into the real reasons behind the difficulties in learning Finnish and assimilating into Finnish society.

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The Consumer Association investigated how common it is for products to gradually shrink without a corresponding decrease in the selling price. "Shrinkflation" is the term often used when the content of a product decreases without a similar reduction in its price. Over 700 consumers reported their observations of reduced product sizes through a survey on the Consumer Association's website. Certain products and product categories were repeatedly mentioned in the responses.

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urbine and generator at the Teollisuuden Voima Olkiluoto 3 power plant. LEHTIKUVA

The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK) has joined forces with the nuclear safety authorities of France and the Czech Republic (SÚJB and ASN) to evaluate the safety solutions designed for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). This assessment was conducted in anticipation of future licensing procedures and was not related to any specific reactor's licensing in Finland or elsewhere.

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The Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) Joint Authority Board has discussed the preparation of the 2024 budget and outlined the next steps in the process. The guiding principle for next year's budget will be a break-even outcome, implying a need to balance approximately 52 million euros. Despite the challenging financial situation, staff benefits will be maintained at the 2023 level. Similarly, HUS's own research funding will remain at the same level as 2023.

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