Climate change protesters on the steps of the Parliament House in Helsinki on Friday, 20 September 2019. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

YOUNG PEOPLE in Helsinki will be allowed to participate in the climate strike scheduled for Friday, 27 September, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

Osmo Kivekäs (Greens), a councillor for the City of Helsinki, revealed last week that the city will send instructions to its schools to allow pupils to participate in the strike, which is to be the culmination of the global climate change week in Finland.

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Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s (SDP) “careless” comments have raised questions about Finland’s position on Brexit, according to seven members of the National Coalition. (Ludovic Marin – AFP/Lehtikuva)

MEMBERS of the National Coalition have asked Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) to clarify whether or not the government has changed its position on Brexit.

Rinne stated on Wednesday that the United Kingdom has until the end of the month to submit written proposals on the conditions and implementation of the so-called Irish backstop, a draft agreement to prevent a hard border between Ireland and the UK after Brexit.

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Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, was interviewed by Pirjo Auvinen on YLE TV1 on Saturday, 21 September. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

JUSSI HALLA-AHO, the chairperson of the Finns Party, views that the current legislation on hate speech is so broad and ambiguous in terms of its scope of application that it is undermining legal certainty in Finland.

“People must be able to know clearly what’s illegal and what isn’t after reading the section of the law,” he stressed in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

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Damaged buildings and cars in Tirana on Saturday (Image: Lehtikuva)

A 5.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE hit the Albanian capital of Tirana on Saturday, causing dozens of injuries and destroying buildings and infrastructure in the downtown area. The quake is thought to be the most powerful to hit the country in close to 30 years. 

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Finnish soliders simulate a mustard gas attack on Friday (Image: Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH ARMY is currently simulating chemical weapon attacks as part of a training exercise in Säkylä. The Pori Brigade conscripts are learning how to handle mustard and sarin gas, among other weapons currently prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention. 

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A protester on the steps of Parliament on Friday (Image: Lehtikuva)

THE LARGEST CLIMATE STRIKE IN HISTORY took place today, with over 3600 actions taking place across the globe. A large number of protestors gathered in central Helsinki on Friday to protest government inaction in the face of mounting ecological catastrophe. 

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Petteri Orpo, the chairperson of the National Coalition, voiced his alarm with the economic and employment policy decisions of the government in the Parliament House on Thursday, 19 September. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

PETTERI ORPO, the chairperson of the National Coalition Party, has criticised the government for raising the tax burden of low- and middle-income earners.

“A middle-income couple is losing 320 euros, paying [320 euros] more [a year]. Fuel taxes and housing costs are rising, and they’ll also hit pensioners. Why are you making ordinary Finns pay for your spending, your promises?” he asked Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) in the Parliament House on Thursday.

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Increasing employment among the over 50-year-old population will be key to meeting the employment target of 75 per cent, says Martti Hetemäki, the most senior official at the Ministry of Finance. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

THE PREREQUISITES for meeting the government’s employment rate target of 75 per cent are still in place, insists Martti Hetemäki, the permanent state secretary at the Ministry of Finance.

A number of economists have reiterated their reservations about the attainability of the employment target in the aftermath of the first budget session of the government of Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP).

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Prime Minister Antti Rinne (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greeted reporters at Élysée Palace in Paris on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. (Ludovic Marin – AFP/Lehtikuva)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has clarified that no deadline has been set for the withdrawal proposals of the United Kingdom.

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) stated in Paris, France, on Wednesday that the country will have to present written proposals for the conditions and implementation of the so-called Irish backstop by the end of the month, drawing attention all across the European Union.

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Veikkaus had to reduce the number of its slot machines in public places by 3000 after being criticised for its marketing. Lehtikuva

It’s often said that close neighbours mimic each other, and this is certainly the case for Sweden and Finland.

The two countries may be fierce rivals on the hockey rink or Eurovision stage, but they do have a similar approach to governance. After all, both Finland and Sweden have economies based on the Nordic Model, mixing capitalism with social welfare.

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An artist's rendering of the Pohjanmaa-class vessels (Image: Lehtkiuva)

THE FINNISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE has ordered the construction of four new Pohjanmaa-class naval vessels, for the total cost of €1.3 billion. The Finnish shipbuilder Rauma won the contract, whilst the Swedish company Saab will be supplying the battle systems for the ships. 

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