The Finnish economy is expected to grow 3% in 2021, following a challenging period for the global economy. Economic growth in Finland is primarily driven by increased employment and personal consumption. This post will explore these factors in more detail and consider potential risk factors that could slow growth.
PRIME MINISTER Sanna Marin (SDP) stated to YLE on Thursday that the government may soon have no choice but to seriously discuss instituting a curfew in Finland.
“The likelihood that we’ll have to adopt measures as heavy as that has increased. I believe the government may be faced with this situation fairly quickly and discuss this very seriously,” she commented on YLE A-studio.
THE REGIONAL STATE Administrative Agency (AVI) for Southern Finland has expanded its restrictions to cover large parts of its administrative region, reports YLE.
AVI for Southern Finland on Thursday declared that its decision to shutter facilities such as gyms, sports facilities, amusement parks and indoor playgrounds, be it publicly or privately operated, across the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).
PENSIONERS are better off than wage earners in Finland, states Sanna Kurronen, an economist at the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA).
Kurronen on Tuesday highlighted in her blog that average pensions have increased noticeably faster than average earnings in the past 15 years. The share of low-income people, additionally, is lower among under 75-year-old pensioners than other population groups.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Committee of the Parliament on Wednesday approved a proposal to amend the legislation on restaurant and accommodation services in a way that enables the government to shutter restaurants to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus in Finland.
The committee also reproached the government for declaring a state of emergency to amend the law, pointing out that it was unnecessary to apply section 23 of the constitution per the proposal.
THE DISTRICT COURT of Helsinki on Wednesday heard the closing arguments of the defence and prosecution in the homicide of a 16-year-old boy in Koskela, a northern neighbourhood of the Finnish capital, in December 2020.
The prosecution demanded that each of three teenage defendants be found guilty of murder and sentenced to prison sentences ranging from nine years and six months to at least 12 years.
THE MINISTRY of Social Affairs and Health and the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) for Southern Finland have wrangled the past couple of days over whether privately operated gyms and other indoor leisure facilities can remain open by limiting the number of users to 10.
AVI for Southern Finland on Tuesday announced its interpretation of the communicable diseases act is right, saying such facilities can stay open as long as they take in no more than 10 people at once.
PRIME MINISTER Sanna Marin (SDP) has stated that the government intends to invoke several provisions in the emergency powers act.
“We’re now preparing the decrees we have to submit to the Parliament,” she revealed on YLE’s A-studio on Tuesday. “And we’ll be using several clauses of the emergency powers act because we think it’s warranted and necessary.”
THE NUMBER of restaurant bankruptcies rose sharply at the end of February in Finland, reports Asiakastieto.
The Finnish provider of business and consumer information reported yesterday that 14 restaurants were declared bankrupt between 22 and 28 February. Although the number is high in comparison to previous weeks, the number of bankruptcies in the first eight weeks of the year remains markedly lower than last year.
EU/EEA or Swiss nationals who are working in Finland may be eligible for the infectious disease allowance even if they do not have coverage under the Finnish National Health Insurance scheme The infectious disease allowance is available to persons who have been ordered to go into formal quarantine or isolation and cannot work.
FINNISH CUSTOMS will not be utilising dogs in its effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, despite training the dogs and making other preparations for months, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
The reason for this, the newspaper wrote, is that a clause on the use of dogs in such applications was left out of the newly amended act on communicable diseases at the last minute.