Finland's 100th anniversary

Finland’s 100th anniversary

Does Finland really have democracy, equality, freedom of speech? Some points of the current problems of Finland Ageing population in Finland While young people have a hard time finding jobs, the government tries to extend working careers and keep older people longer in the working life. At the moment, the Finnish society is moving too fast. The political leaders cannot keep up with this pace, … Continue reading Finland’s 100th anniversary

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and his wife,

Finland’s permanent dilemma: Russia

The greatest achievement of Finland’s 100 years of independence? Survival. What has largely been a distant threat to many countries in the West has been a matter of life and death in the northeastern corner of the European Union. For Finland, which shares an 800-mile border with Russia, safeguarding its sovereignty remains its focus, a century after the then-Grand Duchy of Russia declared its independence. … Continue reading Finland’s permanent dilemma: Russia

Finnish tech firm wins contract from US Marine Corps

Sensofusion, a Vantaa-based developer of drone countermeasures, has been awarded a contract by the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) and the Defence Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) to further develop its proprietary technology, Airfence. The technology will be integrated into the core of the counter-drone system of the MCWL, according to a joint press release. “Given the proliferation of commercially-available (UAS) [unmanned aerial systems] and … Continue reading Finnish tech firm wins contract from US Marine Corps

Long-term unemployment continues to decrease in Finland

Picture: A total of 317,000 people were registered as unemployed job seekers at Finland’s Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices) in March. The ranks of the long-term unemployed continued to fall in Finland in March, reports the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The number of unemployed job seekers who had been without a job for an uninterrupted period of at least one year dropped … Continue reading Long-term unemployment continues to decrease in Finland

Austerity Nears End of the Line in Finland as Economy Surprises

April 23, 2017, 2:00 PM GMT+3 April 24, 2017, 1:01 AM GMT+3 Finland’s economic stewards, used to presenting bad news, are getting positively giddy. The self-described sick-man of Europe is now showing signs of real progress after years of tough budget cuts and tax increases. That may allow the country to avoid further austerity, its finance minister, Petteri Orpo, said in an interview Helsinki on … Continue reading Austerity Nears End of the Line in Finland as Economy Surprises

Finns used year’s worth of natural resources in three months

Finland Created: 14 April 2017 Picture: Finns exhausted their share of renewable natural resources for this year in roughly three months, according to WWF Finland. Finns have already drained their share of the planet’s natural resource budget for the year. WWF Finland reported yesterday, citing calculations made by the Global Footprint Network, that the country reached its overshoot day – the day when it exhausted … Continue reading Finns used year’s worth of natural resources in three months

Sipilä under renewed criticism for conduct in press freedom row

Finland   Created: 21 April 2017 Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has come under renewed criticism for his conduct in a recent row between himself and YLE. Finland’s Deputy Chancellor of Justice, Risto Hiekkataipale, estimates in a press release that Sipilä’s conduct was not entirely in line with the standards expected of him, despite the fact that he did act within the confines of freedom of … Continue reading Sipilä under renewed criticism for conduct in press freedom row

Freedom of information laws for Finland

In Finland, the Laki yleisten asiakirjain julkisuudesta 9.2.1951/83 (Act on the Openness of Public Documents of 1951) established the openness of all records and documents in the possession of officials of the state, municipalities, and registered religious communities. Exceptions to the basic principle could only be made by law, or by an executive order for specific enumerated reasons such as national security. The openness of … Continue reading Freedom of information laws for Finland

Draft bills on civilian and military intelligence rights unveiled

FINLAND CREATED: 20 APRIL 2017 Picture: The Ministry of the Interior’s working group would grant security authorities the right to sift through network traffic to detect serious threats to national security. The Finnish Government has unveiled its long-anticipated draft bills for expanding the rights of security authorities to conduct intelligence operations both inside and outside the borders of Finland. The draft bills were presented to the public … Continue reading Draft bills on civilian and military intelligence rights unveiled

Finland Facts and Figures

Location: Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Sweden and Russia Area: total: 338,145 sq km land: 303,815 sq km water: 34,330 sq km Natural resources: timber, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, nickel, gold, silver, limestone Geography – note: Long boundary with Russia; Helsinki is northernmost national capital on European continent; population concentrated on small southwestern coastal … Continue reading Finland Facts and Figures