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

EU public consultation to address fears over AI

A series of surveys will appear over the coming weeks to help direct policy making A groundbreaking consultation is being launched to address the fears many Europeans are facing over the future of the internet and the societal impact of emerging technology. A series of questionnaires released by REIsearch, a non-profit group partly funded by the European Commission, will appear over the next few weeks, … Continue reading EU public consultation to address fears over AI

Finland’s Green Party says humanity must embrace nuclear power

Monday, Apr 17 Read more: Inhabitat Nuclear energy must be an option as humanity shifts away from fossil fuels, according to a recent article penned by four candidates of Finland’s Green Party, or Green League. The party strictly opposed the controversial fuel source in the past, but these four candidates said to say we’re running out of time to fight climate change and no longer … Continue reading Finland’s Green Party says humanity must embrace nuclear power

Finland has a nascent ‘jihadist underworld’

Picture: The Finnish Security Intelligence Service’s (Supo) headquarters on Ratakatu, Helsinki, on 26 January, 2017. Radical Islamic networks have an increasingly strong presence in Finland, Jyri Rantala, the head of communications at the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo), estimated in an interview with Talouselämä on Thursday. “We could even say that a ‘jihadist underworld’ is emerging in Finland. These networks have ties to all key … Continue reading Finland has a nascent ‘jihadist underworld’

Risikko: Finland should raise refugee quota by 40%

Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, argues that raising the refugee quota would also a means to combat human trafficking. Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has proposed that Finland raise its refugee quota for next year by 40 per cent, from 750 to 1,050. Risikko argues that by receiving refugees directly from the refugee camps operated by the United Nations, … Continue reading Risikko: Finland should raise refugee quota by 40%

Finland – Taxes and tax-like payments

Which taxes are to pay in Finland? Shortly, there are – State income tax, which is progressive. – Communal income tax, which is not progressive, but since there is limit under which you don’t have to pay anything, it has slight progressive component – Other tax-like payments that follow the way communal taxes are determined. These include social security payment, membership taxes of the biggest … Continue reading Finland – Taxes and tax-like payments

Statistics Finland March 2017

Appendix table 1. General government EDP deficit 2007–2016 1) Year Million EUR Ratio to GDP, % Central government Local government Social security funds Total Central government Local government Social security funds Total 2007 1 736 -332 8 173 9 577 0.9 -0.2 4.4 5.1 2008 997 -750 7 851 8 098 0.5 -0.4 4.1 4.2 2009 -8 256 -1 130 4 809 -4 577 -4.6 -0.6 2.7 -2.5 2010 -9 951 -407 5 475 -4 883 -5.3 … Continue reading Statistics Finland March 2017

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers. Jourová said she will announce “three or four options” including binding legislation and voluntary agreements with companies to allow law enforcement authorities to demand information from … Continue reading EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June