A nurse drew a dose of a coronavirus vaccine into a syringe at a vaccination site in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki, in February 2022. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

FINNISH SOCIETY should move “toward the normal” in regards to the coronavirus pandemic, Asko Järvinen, the chief physician at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), stated on YLE TV1 on Wednesday.

“We’re not getting rid of this. The coronavirus is here to stay. We can’t eradicate it with vaccines or restrictions,” he said.

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The European Parliament on Wednesday gave its backing to a proposal to temporarily define natural gas and nuclear power as green investments by a vote of 328 for and 278 against. (Patrick Hertzog – AFP/Lehtikuva)

MEMBERS of the European Parliament on Wednesday voted 328 for and 278 against a proposal to temporarily classify natural gas and nuclear power as environmentally sustainable.

The European Commission proposed at the turn of the year that the power sources be included in a taxonomy of environmentally sustainable economic activities, a classification system intended to encourage green investment, as “transitional solutions” as the 27-country bloc moves toward renewable energy.

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An office of the Finnish Tax Administration on Hämeentie in Helsinki in November 2021. Tax officials are preparing to carry out tax audits and other inspections in hundreds of restaurants across Finland as of January 2023. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH TAX ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday revealed it has found 19.5 million euros worth of unpaid taxes, including eight million euros in unpaid income taxes, during a five-year campaign to monitor activity in the restaurant industry.

The monitoring uncovered a total of 40 million euros in concealed income in 2017–2021.

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A plenary session was underway at the Finnish Parliament on Monday, 4 July. Most MPs are prepared to join Nato regardless of what happens with Sweden, indicates a survey conducted by YLE. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

MOST MEMBERS of the Finnish Parliament view that Finland should join Nato even if Sweden could not do so at the same time, indicates a survey carried out by YLE.

The Finnish public broadcasting company reported yesterday that 72 of the 111 lawmakers surveyed viewed that the government should move forward with the accession regardless of the situation in Sweden.

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Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde reacted at a press conference following the signing of the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden at the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, 5 July 2022. (Juha Roininen – Lehtikuva)

AMBASSADORS from Nato member states signed the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden on Tuesday, granting the two aspiring member states the status of invitees and the right to attend – but not vote in – all meetings of the ambassadors.

The Nordic countries had completed their accession talks with the defence alliance one day earlier.

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Train schedule monitors showing delayed and cancelled trains. LEHTIKUVA

VR, the Finnish state-owned railway company, is facing a bill of hundreds of thousands of euros over the chaos caused by a nearly one-day delay in replacing a railway bridge between Tampere and Toijala at Midsummer.

While trains between the two localities were replaced with coaches, several trains were stuck in Hämeenlinna, Parkano, Tampere and Toijala between Sunday and Monday.

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Veronika Honkasalo (LA) spoke during a plenary session in the Parliament House in Helsinki on Monday, 4 July 2022. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

A LAST-MINUTE disagreement broke out between lawmakers over reforming the border guard act in the Finnish Parliament, report YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.

The Parliament’s Administration Committee concluded last week that in extraordinary circumstances the eastern border can be shuttered and the receipt of asylum applications centralised to a single border-crossing point, such as Helsinki Airport.

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The first passenger terminal was built in 1952. Valokuvaamo Salminen Maunula / Finnish Aviation Museum.

Tomorrow, 5 July, it will be exactly 70 years since the first passenger aircraft landed at Helsinki Airport. It carried athletes and guests to the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

"In 70 years, Helsinki Airport has developed into a major European airport, known for its smooth operations and high level of service. There are now about 130 direct and fast flight connections to destinations all over the world," says Ulla Lettijeff, Senior Vice President, Helsinki Airport Executive Director at Finavia.

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Customers in Sello Shopping Centre in Espoo in July 2021. (Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

THE VIEWS of Finns on the economy took a marked turn for the worse in June, reveals the latest consumer confidence indicator published by Statistics Finland.

The indicator fell by 2.7 points from the previous month and by 9.7 points from the previous year to -14.3, the lowest reading in the entire 27-year history of the indicator. The long-term average for the indicator is -1.8.

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Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) had the floor during a plenary session in the Parliament House in Helsinki on 22 June 2022. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE KURDISH COMMUNITY in Finland can rest assured that the country will continue to make decisions based on its existing legislation and the European Convention on Extradition, states Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP).

Henriksson on Friday stated to Helsingin Sanomat that Finland is not considering amending its laws in response to the demands made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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A dog scampered in the sea to cool down in Rajasaari, Helsinki, on Sunday, 3 July 2022. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

THE CAPITAL REGION of Finland will bask in the last day of what has been a 10-day heatwave on Monday.

Eveliina Tuovinen, a meteorologist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), on Sunday told Helsingin Sanomat that the hot weather will give way to lower temperatures and scattered showers later this week.

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