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The Finnish government has decided not to expand a limited trial in paying people a basic income, which has drawn much international interest. Currently 2,000 unemployed Finns are receiving a flat monthly payment of €560 (£490; $685) as basic income. "The eagerness of the government is evaporating. They rejected ...
From the beginning of April, Finnish authorities introduced a new kind of residence permit for start-up entrepreneurs. According to the government, the purpose of the scheme is to try and attract new entrepreneurial activity into the country and to put Finland on a steady footing to compete internationally for ...

But contrary to universal basic income, which advocates say should apply to all citizens regardless of background, Finland's trial is targeting people in long-term unemployment. The Finnish government argued that existing unemployment benefits were so high and the system so rigid that a person who was ...
Finland will face a series of political strikes if the government moves ahead with its proposal to make it easier for small businesses to lay off employees, warns Ann Selin, the chairperson of Service Union United (PAM). “We're campaigning to make sure these don't become bills. If that ends up happening, ...
The Finnish government has continued to come under fire for its recent decision to make it easier for small businesses to lay off staff. Service Union United (PAM) on Thursday warned that almost a half a million employees will be at risk of losing their jobs if the proposal to allow businesses with no more ...
Contrary to universal basic income, however, which advocates say should apply to all citizens regardless of background, Finland's trial is only targeting people in long-term unemployment. The existing unemployment benefits were so high, the Finnish government argued, and the system so rigid, an unemployed person ...

The Finnish government has decided not to earmark funds for its much-discussed incentive programme to promote the sales of electric bicycles. ... Juhana Brotherus, the chief economist at the Mortgage Society of Finland (Hypo), stated in March that the incentive is unusually high in light of the fact that it has ...
The Finnish government is now aiming to abolish it altogether in the coming years. I recently travelled to Finland to understand how it had done this. It turns out its solution is painfully simple and blindingly obvious: give homes to homeless people. As Juha Kaakinen, who has led much of the work on ...
The Finnish government wants it to examine AI's potential within a broad spectrum of applications. “The goal is to get the business end of the steering group's work functioning well,” said Kalle Kantola, vice-president of research at VTT (Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus), Finland's state-funded technical ...
The Government hopes a new taskforce and a £30m fund for those local authorities with high levels of rough sleeping, announced on Friday, will see them fulfil a promise to halve the number of rough sleepers by 2022 and eliminate the problem completely by 2027. Speaking to Sky News, Communities ...
In 2008, the Finnish government launched PAAVO I, a three-year plan developed using Housing First as its organizing principle with the goal of eliminating homelessness by 2015. Along with the national government, nine cities and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to the ...
The proposed legislation does not apply to the refusal of entry of foreign nationals, the government said. "Refusal of entry concerns foreign nationals who have not been granted a residence permit in Finland. With regard to removal of asylum seekers, Finland is bound by the EU Asylum Procedures ...
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, is proposing that the government trial a universal credit scheme not dissimilar to that adopted in the United Kingdom in 2013. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), he reminds, estimated in its latest country report that a universal ...
However although Finland will hold the presidency from July to December, all official summits involving heads of government and ministers will continue to be held in Brussels and Luxembourg according to established practice. Unofficial gatherings involving heads of government will also take place in ...
He has previously accused the government of ignoring cities entirely in drafting what will be the largest administrative reform ever in Finland, the social, health care and regional government reform. He has also predicted that the ... The Finnish government is swimming against the current,” says Ruoppila.
Finland's Finance Minister Petteri Orpo wants the government to schedule a new trial that would experiment with replacing the current sprawling system of Finnish state benefits with the UK's universal credit. The idea of universal credit was introduced in Britain in 2013 as a single benefit payment to replace ...
(TALLINN, Estonia) — Finland's government said Wednesday that delegates from North Korea, South Korea and the United States concluded “constructive” ... The Finnish foreign ministry said in a brief statement said that the tripartite talks were held in a positive atmosphere and were aimed at “building ...

Finland's government said Wednesday that delegates from North Korea, South Korea and the United States concluded "constructive" unofficial diplomatic talks ... The Finnish foreign ministry said in a brief statement said that the tripartite talks were held in a positive atmosphere and were aimed at "building ...
The main reasons for the positive development are the ongoing global economic upswing and the improved competitiveness of Finland. Etla estimated that wage increases will bolster the purchasing power of households and boost private consumption by roughly two per cent in 2018. The growth in private ...
With 201,124 residents, Oulu is the most populated city in northern Finland. Located 127 miles (205km) south of the Arctic Circle, The Finnish government recognised that to position Oulu as a leading tech city, efficient transport and communications would be fundamental to any strategic development plan.
The Federation of Finnish Enterprises, for example, has estimated that shortages of skilled labour are undermining the growth of more than a half of small and medium enterprises in Finland. The problem serious particularly in Greater Helsinki, Varsinais-Suomi and Ostrobothnia. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen ...
They cherish these remnants of the distant war as their own history, disliking the dismissive attitude that the Finnish government exhibits towards them. To them, these traces are a symbol of the differences between north and south Finland, as well as the marginalization of the north. They are the relics of ...
Ainur Elmgren, a project worker, told Finnish media that it was "education that raised Finland to independence," and "now it is being thrown away." Meanwhile, employers said government financing of universities has been cut back by 400 million euros (488 million U.S. dollars) since 2015, and the level of ...
The current financial compensation for taking care of children at home should be terminated as well, the report suggested. The remarks from OECD came just weeks after the current Finnish coalition government gave up a plan to reduce the compensation for taking care of under-three-year-olds at home.
The Finnish government launched its much-discussed, two-year basic income experiment at the beginning of last year. A total of 2,000 participants were selected randomly from among basic allowance, social assistance and labour market subsidy recipients to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros ...
After 2014, the Finnish government began to launch new initiatives in cooperation with the private sector to construct a technology-partnership bridge between Finland and Asia. At its most fundamental level, the plan leveraged on Finland's international reputation as a tech-savvy and innovative force in the ...
Matti Huutola, the director of union support at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), has claimed that the government's focus on punitive ... Finland's unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points to 8.8 per cent between January, 2017, and January, 2018, according to Statistics Finland.
According to a Bloomberg report, the Finnish government has seized (and is currently in possession of) approximately 2000 bitcoins, most of which have been collected since 2016. The 2000 coins were worth just south of $40 million during the peak of the Bitcoin boom in December of 2017, and are now ...
In a report from the Finnish government, they noted that across they had around 2000 Bitcoin, in which was confiscated by authorities within the country, during raids, most of which in 2016. Their latest report covers guidelines on how they will be storing these seized cryptocurrencies, in which they ...
Finland's government released new guidelines on Tuesday that set out how law enforcement officials must handle cryptocurrencies they confiscate. The official agencies in charge of storing the cryptocurrencies will now be prohibited from placing the funds on exchanges, and must instead keep them offline ...
A day before she attacked her computer, Halminen had co-authored a big investigative piece in Finland's largest and oldest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. The story was based on highly classified documents about the Finnish Intelligence Research Center — a branch of the military so secret that before ...
Antti Palola, the chairperson of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK), has expressed its disapproval with a government decision to allow employers to hire under ... The proposal is not only unfair for young people, it is also unlikely to promote employment in Finland, views Palola.
The Finnish government is planning to conclude its much-touted universal basic income experiment at the end of a two-year study period instead of extending it. Since early 2017, the Finnish government gave 2,000 unemployed Finns between the ages of 25 and 58 an unconditional monthly payment of ...
Briefing reporters between meetings with her North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the "security situation (on) the Korean Peninsula is of interest to the whole world" and that the Swedish government "values this opportunity to arrange a meeting" between the ...
Nearly 6,500 Kurdish refugees were forcibly deported from Finland to Iraq between 2005 and 2011, Jalal added. The deportation, however, was stopped between 2011 and 2017 after talks with the Iraqi parliament to halt the process. The Finnish government has resumed forced deportation since ...
The Finnish Foreign Ministry has decided to dismiss Finland's Honorary Consul in Barcelona Albert Ginjaume Egidon, local media reported Sunday, Sputnik reports. The Spanish government demanded the dismissal due to the lack of trust and inappropriate behavior of the diplomat, Helsingin Sanomat ...
Finland is celebrating the centennial of Estonia's independence by flying flags from dawn till dusk on Saturday. The Interior Ministry instructs all government offices and institutions across the country to observe the special day by flying the Finnish flag, and encourages individual Finns everywhere to fly the ...
Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says she's “open” to amending the government's tobacco reform bill so that it clamps down harder on advertising for e-cigarettes and vape products, banning any kind of “lifestyle” advertisement. “I share some of the concerns expressed by the Quebec ...
There are also regional experiments going on in Lapland, North Savo and south-western Finland. Since most of these pilots began, the Finnish economy has begun to recover from a long period of stagnation. Some sectors, such as IT, already report labour shortages. Meanwhile unemployment figures ...
“The German, Swedish, and Finnish military commanders expressed their support for the initiative,” the Peshmerga official said, adding that Germany had initially agreed to sponsor the project. Omar explained that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), including the acting Minister of Peshmerga Affairs, Karim Sinjari, ...
Her actions set off a chain of events that lead to one of the biggest debates about security and press freedom in Finnish history. A day before she attacked her computer, Halminen had co-authored a big investigative piece in Finland's largest and oldest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. The story was based ...
Of all the Finnish words that are hard to translate into English, the one Finns cite most is sisu: a kind of dogged, courageous persistence regardless of ... Since independence, nearly 30% of Finland's heads of state and government have been university professors, including half its early prime ministers.
Janne Hokkanen, director of tution affairs at the Lappeenranta Technical University said that in Finland the impact of the introduction of fees will remain ... The minimum tuition fee per academic year mandated by the Finnish government is 1,500 euros, but universities are allowed to decide on their own.
The X-Road is an important fixture of Estonia's e-government, the proper and sustainable operation of which ensures the functioning of the national information system. Approximately 1,000 institutions in Estonia exchange data via the X-Road; one of the visible outputs of these exchanges is the data that ...
A day before she attacked her computer, Halminen had co-authored a big investigative piece in Finland's largest and oldest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. The story was based on highly classified documents about the Finnish Intelligence Research Center — a branch of the military so secret that before ...
This suggests that the new legislation governing dual citizenship currently being prepared in Finland is significantly stricter than existing laws in Germany and other nearby countries. Finnish officials have not yet determined whether Russian law prohibits dual citizens from holding government posts.
Finland faces setback in push to abolish Daylight Saving Time. Finnish MEPs in particular had thrown their weight behind the proposal to pull the plug on Daylight Saving Time. ... In January, the Finnish government indicated that it would lobby the EU to give up Daylight Savings Time. So far, Poland and ...
Workers from different labor unions and unemployed people demonstrate against government's unemployment policies in downtown Helsinki, Finland, on Feb. 2, 2018. Public transportation was largely halted and many industrial branches were at standstill in Finland on Friday, as the trade unions staged ...
But while Huhtasaari and the Finns Party face a steep uphill climb, they've managed to have an effect on the election and Finnish politics at large. Years in government have allowed the party to pursue a stricter immigration policy, which in addition to Huhtasaari's tough stance, has shifted the debate during ...
The Finnish Allergy Programme 2008-2018 was initiated to reduce the burden of allergy in both patients and society. The set-up of the programme was unique. The programme was developed in co-operation with the scientific community, the Finnish government and non-governmental organisations (NGO).


 

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