Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) addressed the media to tell how the government intends to overturn the funding cuts necessitated by a drop in the proceeds of Veikkaus, the Finnish state-owned gambling monopoly. (Seppo Samuli – Lehtikuva)

THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Friday agreed to fully reimburse organisations in the fields of arts, culture, science, sports, youth work and social and health care for the almost 410-million-euro dent in funding caused by a drop in the proceeds of Veikkaus, the Finnish state-owned gambling monopoly.

The government had already agreed to reimburse for 80 per cent of the decline in the funding of the gambling-revenue beneficiaries.

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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Thursday voiced her support for calling off the cuts in funding for culture and arts. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

PRIME MINISTER Sanna Marin (SDP) and Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) on Thursday announced their readiness to call off the much-discussed cuts in funding for arts and culture, echoing the earlier demands of Minister of Education Li Andersson (LA).

The government decided on the cuts in response to a drop in the proceeds of Veikkaus, the state-owned gambling monopoly that is a significant source of funding for arts, culture and sports.

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Markus Lohi, the chairperson of the Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee, spoke to reporters in the Parliament House on Tuesday, 12 October 2021. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH PARLIAMENT on Tuesday approved the contents of a bill for implementing the co-called coronavirus pass, after an hours-long debate about both the pass and entry restrictions consisting of more than a hundred statements from lawmakers.

A final vote on the bill is scheduled for Friday.

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The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) believes the Ministry of the Interior has underestimated the effects of the legislative proposal on the number of family reunification applications. (Handout / Migri)

THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is drafting an amendment to the aliens act to remove income as a requirement for granting a residence permit to the family member of a minor receiving international protection in Finland.

The income requirement would continue to apply to families formed after the asylum applicant has arrived in Finland, Helsingin Sanomat wrote on Thursday.

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Minister of Science and Education Antti Kurvinen (Centre) attended a plenary session in the Parliament House on 6 October 2021. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

A PROPOSAL by Minister of Science and Culture Antti Kurvinen (Centre) to forgive student loans for borrowers moving to sparsely populated areas has been met with scepticism by other ruling parties, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

The Green League and Left Alliance both questioned last week whether the measure is the most effective way to solve the labour shortage pestering sparsely populated parts of Finland.

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Petteri Orpo of the National Coalition (left) and Sanna Marin of the Social Democrats were photographed during the municipal election show of YLE in Helsinki on 13 June 2021. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE CHANGING of seasons has brought no dramatic changes to the approval ratings of political parties in Finland, reveals an opinion poll commissioned by YLE.

The National Coalition held on to its status as the most well supported party in the country despite seeing its popularity slip by 0.4 percentage points to 20.9 per cent in September. Support for the Social Democrats contrastively increased by 0.6 points to 19.3 per cent.

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Petteri Orpo’s National Coalition continues to poll ahead of other political parties in Finland, reports Helsingin Sanomat. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE NATIONAL COALITION has cemented its standing as the most popular political party in Finland, indicates an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The poll shows that the right-wing opposition party would win 20.8 per cent of the votes if the parliamentary elections were held today, a haul that would clinch it a 2.4-percentage-point win over the Social Democratic Party (18.4%).

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Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) spoke at the party conference of the Green League in Helsinki on Saturday, 11 September. She secured her second, two-year term at the helm of the ruling party after running unopposed. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE GREEN LEAGUE has lost more than 50 members but added almost 20 new ones in the aftermath of its widely discussed decision to support the legalisation of cannabis use, reports Uutissuomalainen.

Both of the numbers are higher than usual, Veli Liikanen, the party secretary of the Greens, stated to Uutissuomalainen on Wednesday.

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A man smoking a joint during a protest calling for the legalisation of cannabis use in Paris on 29 May 2021. (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt – AFP/Lehtikuva)

A MOTION by the Green League to legalise the use of cannabis has provoked a reaction especially from the ranks of the opposition parties, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

“It’s alarming that the party carrying the minister of the interior’s portfolio is proposing that the use, possession and even sales of cannabis be legalised,” tweeted Päivi Räsänen (CD). “Hasn’t Minister [of the Interior Maria] Ohisalo heard warnings about the consequences from the police administration she oversees?”

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Ministers Annika Saarikko (left), Maria Ohisalo and Sanna Marin talked to the media in conjunction with the government’s midterm session in April 2021. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) failed to conclude its budget negotiations on schedule as differences of opinion over climate actions persisted between the ruling parties – namely, the Centre and Green League – on Wednesday.

Marin on Wednesday announced the two parties have been granted until this morning to reach an agreement on the measures.

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Ministers Anna-Maja Henriksson (left), Maria Ohisalo and Sanna Marin commented on the budget negotiations to the media outside the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Tuesday, 7 September 2021. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

THE GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) failed to make significant progress on either climate actions or employment measures at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Tuesday, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

Both issues are on the agenda of the two-day budget session that began yesterday, but the ruling quintet, as expected, struggled to make progress especially on the climate actions.

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