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In 2023, the Finnish Customs Authority reported a collection of approximately €308 million in taxes, with €162 million remitted to the European Union as part of the EU Customs Union obligations. The remaining €146 million was collected for the Finnish state. This financial performance reflects the critical role of customs operations in national and European fiscal landscapes.

The largest portion of the tax revenue came from customs duties, totaling about €216 million last year.

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Aleksanteri Kivimäki attended a hearing in the District Court of Western Uusimaa on Tuesday, 27 February. Kivimäki faces up to eight years in prison for the obtaining and ultimately releasing sensitive information on tens of thousands of patients of Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

ALEKSANTERI KIVIMÄKI should be sentenced to the maximum penalty of eight years in prison for what prosecutors describe as an exceptional crime, the hacking of Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo.

“A crime such as this had never even been thought of when the penalties were decreed. It’s hard for us to think of a more serious collection of acts,” prosecutor Bo-Niklas Lundqvist was quoted saying in his closing argument at the District Court of Western Uusimaa on Wednesday by YLE.

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The main entrance of the Salo hospital, a part of Turku University Hospital (TYKS), in Salo, Southwest Finland, on 31 January 2024. Faced with substantial budget deficits and state-imposed adjustment requirements, Finland’s well-being services counties are widely rationalising their service networks. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

SUBSTANTIAL budget deficit and austerity measures have created tensions in many well-being services counties in Finland, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

In Central Ostrobothnia, Minna Korkiakoski-Västi stepped down last week as the managing director of the well-being services county, citing lack of confidence in the elected leadership, namely the county council. Sari Innanen (Centre), the chairperson of the county council, was forced to step aside shortly thereafter after losing the confidence of her party, according to YLE.

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The Finnish Environment Institute monitors international waste transfers in cooperation with, among others, Customs and the police. In addition to inspections carried out at ports and border crossings, the Finnish Environment Institute conducts corporate inspections in collaboration with environmental authorities that oversee companies. - Okko Saastamoinen, Finnish Environment Institute

In a significant environmental and industrial shift, Finland has witnessed a dramatic increase in the import of waste requiring waste transfer permits, reaching a record high of approximately 310,000 tonnes in 2023. This growth not only underscores the country's evolving waste management strategies but also reflects broader changes in the international waste market.

The Finnish Environment Institute (Syke), the authority responsible for international waste transfers, highlighted this unprecedented rise in its preliminary data for 2023.

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Last year, Finland recorded a total of 2,260 fires originating from electrical devices and installations, according to data from the rescue services' PRONTO database. This marks a decrease from the previous year's figure of over 2,400 incidents. Among these, stoves and ovens were identified as the starting point for 860 fires, down from more than 900 in the preceding year. Notably, these stove-related fires are rarely due to appliance faults, with human carelessness frequently identified as the cause. Tragically, these electrical fires resulted in 13 fatalities across eight separate incidents.

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The logo of VR at Helsinki Central Station on 12 February 2024. VR has submitted its report of the widespread long-distance service cancellations it made in response to the detection of track damage, calling for a thorough third-party probe into the incident. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

VR, the state-owned railway company of Finland, has presented its account of the disruption witnessed in long-distance rail services on 13 February to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The report may contain more questions than answers, as well as an unusual mystery concerning the fate of a report made by locomotive drivers, according to YLE.

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The publication "Streamlining Work-Based Immigration - The One-Stop-Shop Principle and Two-Week Service Promise" offers tools for decision-makers to enhance Finland's competitiveness and attract international workforce. Photo: N2 Albino, Marek Sabogal

In a bold move to enhance Finland's appeal to international talent and boost its economy, the Finnish startup community, in collaboration with Neogames Finland ry, Teknologiateollisuus ry, Suomen Ekonomit ry, and the City of Helsinki, has put forward a series of initiatives aimed at simplifying the work-based immigration process. The proposals, detailed in the newly released report "Streamlining Work-Based Immigration: The One-Stop-Shop Principle and Two-Week Service Promise," seek to make Finland a more attractive destination for skilled workers by reducing bureaucratic hurdles and accelerating the immigration process.

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Photo: Sami Kelhä, Ilmarinen

In January, businesses within the Ilmarinen Economic Index experienced a 2.6% decrease in workforce numbers compared to the previous year, continuing a trend of employment challenges across Finland. The most significant declines were observed in the staffing services, construction, and hospitality sectors. Regionally, the largest drops in workforce numbers were seen in Eastern and Northern Finland.

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In a notable shift in the Finnish real estate market, prices for old condominiums across the country saw a significant decrease of 5.6% in January compared to the same month last year, with a 2.9% drop from December alone.

Statistics Finland's Senior Statistician, Anu Rämö, highlighted a slight stabilization in the rate of decline.

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Spruce logs and stump at a final felling site owned by UPM in Janakkala, Southern Finland. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has published an estimate indicating that recent and expected felling volumes have pushed the much-trumpeted national carbon neutrality target further out of reach. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

THE MUCH-TOUTED Finnish goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2035 is slipping well out of reach, according to Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Luke stated in its latest assessment of the climate plan for the land use sector that the goal is becoming increasingly elusive mainly because the recent and expected levels of logging are impeding the ability of forests to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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