Finnish President Alexander Stubb arrived for a meeting of the European Political Community (EPC) at the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, the UK, on Thursday, 18 July 2024. Stubb told Finnish reporters that European countries are widely supportive and understanding of the emergency legislation enacted in Finland to thwart instrumentalised immigration. (Ludovic Marin – AFP / Lehtikuva)

PRESIDENT Alexander Stubb on Thursday stated that Europe is widely supportive and understanding of the border security act adopted recently in Finland, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

“There’s an understanding that instrumentalised immigration is different from applying for asylum,” he commented to Finnish reporters following a meeting of the European Political Community (EPC) held at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, the UK.

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Employees chatting in an office in October 2021. Finland has lost much of its shine in the eyes of international talent, indicates an annual study of how expats feel about their country of residence. The country fell from 16th in 2023 to 51st in 2024 in the study conducted by Internations. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

THE IMAGE of Finland has taken a beating in the eyes of international talent over the last year, indicates Expat Insider, an annual study of how expats feel about their country of residence conducted by Internations.

The country saw its ranking collapse from 16th to 51st, ahead of only Turkey and Kuwait.

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Minister of Finance Riikka Purra (PS) attended the spring term’s last plenary session in the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki on Friday, 12 July 2024. Purra said this week that Finland has informed Hungary that it will forgo participation in upcoming EU meetings unless Hungary changes its stance on supporting Ukraine. (Aada Petäjä – Lehtikuva)

MINISTER of Finance Riikka Purra (PS) has aired her disappointment with the lack of emphasis placed by Hungary on supporting Ukraine after a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) in Brussels on Tuesday.

The council convened for the first time under the presidency of Hungary, which has already drawn condemnation across the EU.

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Finavia's airports have reported a steady increase in passenger numbers for the first half of 2024, with a total of 9.4 million passengers, marking a 4.2% rise from the previous year. Despite this growth, Finland's recovery in air traffic remains significantly behind the rest of Europe.

Helsinki Airport alone saw 7.7 million passengers, a 3.6% increase.

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Attendees looked at Nio ET7 at the Beijing Auto Show on 3 May 2024. The European Union has threatened to impose tariffs of up to 38 per cent on electric vehicles imported from China, accusing the country of unfairly subsidising its automotive makers. (Greg Baker – AFP / Lehtikuva)

THE ERA of globalisation has been superseded an era of geopolitics, where change is driven not by businesses but the policy measures of great powers and where the world is diving into blocs that compete against one another with geoeconomic measures, analyses Etla Economic Research.

Geopolitics refers to the role geography has in foreign policy making and geoeconomics to economic measures countries leverage to achieve their foreign policy objectives.

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Responding to a significant increase in demand, Helsinki Airport is set to double its lounge facilities, greatly enhancing passenger services. This expansion reflects a global trend where air travelers, especially those on leisure trips, seek more comfortable and enjoyable airport experiences.

Nora Immonen, Finavia’s Head of Commercial Business at Helsinki Airport, noted, “The growing popularity of lounges among air passengers is a global phenomenon.

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Musk ox and calf. Photo: Mari Lehmonen / Korkeasaari Zoo

Korkeasaari Zoo is celebrating a summer full of new arrivals, bringing joy to visitors and conservation program coordinators alike. This season has welcomed a variety of new animal offspring, including musk ox calves, Pallas's cat kittens, and many more.

Among the newest residents are two musk ox calves. These births are particularly exciting, as the last musk ox calf before last year's was born in the early 2000s.

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Timo Vornanen, a 54-year-old lawmaker from Joensuu, attended a plenary session in the Parliament House in Helsinki on 29 May 2024. Helsinki Police Department on Wednesday revealed that its officers discovered unlicensed magazines and gas firearms during a home search carried out as part of a shooting incident linked to Vornanen in Helsinki on 26 April. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

POLICE have wrapped up their pre-trial investigation into a shooting linked to Timo Vornanen, a 54-year-old first-term Member of Parliament from Joensuu.

Helsinki Police Department on Wednesday confirmed that a "54-year-old man" suspected of discharging a firearm at the ground and pointed it at two people outside Night Club Ihku in Helsinki on 26 April 2024. No one sustained injuries in the incident.

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Thai blueberry pickers in the forest in Juva, South Savo. LEHTIKUVA

For the first time, Thai wild-berry pickers traveling to Finland for the summer harvest are required to have a residence permit for an employed person. This change follows serious concerns about human trafficking during the 2023 harvest season and new legislative amendments in Thailand. All applications submitted by the pickers have now been processed.

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs suspended Schengen visa applications for wild-berry pickers at the Embassy of Finland in Bangkok earlier this year.

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A young person shopping at a Normal discount store in Helsinki on July 3, 2024. LEHTIKUVA

The struggle to balance income and expenses continues to intensify for Finns, according to Danske Bank's Financial Peace of Mind 2024 study. Despite a forecasted wage increase outpacing inflation this year, many find it harder to manage their finances.

The study, conducted in April, revealed that 32% of Finns find it difficult or very difficult to balance their income and expenses, a figure unchanged from last year.

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