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Russian Family Jailed For People Smuggling Operation

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A court in eastern Finland has jailed a Russian family for up to five years for trafficking people through the Saimaa Canal to Finland. At least 67 people were smuggled on that route in a motor boat by the family. Many of them, from Yemen, Lebanon and Turkey, had paid large sums of money to human traffickers already to get ... Read More »

Border Guard: Crime gang smuggled Africans into Finland from Russia

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Finnish authorities believe that a Russian crime syndicate took advantage of a wave of asylum seekers entering Finland in late 2015 and early smuggle in Africans who paid more than 2,500 euros each for the service. The Southeast Finland Border Guard’s crime prevention unit suspects that a criminal organisation has been arranging illegal immigration from Africa through Russia into Finland ... Read More »

Finnish Border Guards detain four in suspected international people smuggling ring

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Finnish Border Guards said Thursday that they had collaborated with officials from the United States and Europol to crack down on a suspected international people smuggling ring. The suspects were detained following a series of house searches in Helsinki, Vantaa and Tampere. All four individuals are suspected of aggravated facilitation of illegal entry. They are believed to have illegally smuggled ... Read More »

Drone with smuggled cigarettes found on Finland-Russia frontier

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The authorities were notified by a private individual who reported seeing the drone flying over the border from Russia, where cigarettes are considerably cheaper than they are in Finland. Officials impounded the tobacco and are investigating the case as airspace violation and illegal entry. They have not yet found any individuals they suspect of involvement in the case. This is ... Read More »

Border Guard: Crime gang smuggled Africans into Finland from Russia

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The Southeast Finland Border Guard’s crime prevention unit suspects that a criminal organisation has been arranging illegal immigration from Africa through Russia into Finland and other parts of the Schengen area. It says that the group has brought at least 15 individuals into Finland, and more than 150 people into other Schengen countries in recent years. Authorities say that people ... Read More »

Govt to float tender for renewable energy in autumn

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Renewable electricity generation will be opened up to competition in autumn 2018, said an official press release. The Finnish Energy Authority will launch a call for tenders in November/December that will determine which renewable electricity investments will be approved for the new premium scheme. Tenders will be invited for an annual renewable energy production of 1.4 TWh. Tenders may be ... Read More »

Bank of Finland upgrades growth forecast to 2.9% for 2018, 2.2% for 2019

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The Finnish economy is poised to continue its robust growth in the years to come, forecasts the Bank of Finland. The Bank of Finland on Tuesday revealed it has revised up its growth forecast for 2018 to 2.9 per cent, for 2019 to 2.2 per cent and for 2020 to 1.7 per cent as a consequence of favourable productivity developments, ... Read More »

Finland to Host an International Meeting Against Nuclear Terrorism

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the Foreign Ministry will host the executive meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) network that will take place in Helsinki. Based on the initiative of the presidents of the United States and Russia in 2006, the network brings together states and international organizations to carry out concrete cooperation against nuclear threats. The Finnish Foreign Minister Timo ... Read More »

HMD Global raises $100M in funding to ramp up operations

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HMD Global, the Espoo-based developer and marketer of Nokia-branded handsets, has raised over 100 million US dollars in funding to ramp up its business in its second full year of operation, lifting its market valuation to over one billion dollars. The start-up says in a press release it will use the funding to aggressively expand its range of smartphones and ... Read More »

Finland signs tax pact with China’s Hong Kong

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The government of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) signed a comprehensive avoidance of double taxation agreement (CDTA) with Finland, further expanding the HKSAR’s tax treaty network. The HKSAR government’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury James Lau and Consul-General of Finland in Hong Kong Jari Sinkari signed the CDTA on behalf of the governments of the two ... Read More »

No reduction in corporate tax recommended

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An expert group appointed by the government did not find any reason to reduce the corporate tax at this moment terming the country´s business taxation system competitive internationally. The expert group on business taxation set up by the Ministry of Finance submitted its report, which, however, propose changes to the taxation of dividends and earned income, with the intention of ... Read More »

Finland moves to ease restrictions on non-EU workers

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Last year, officials in southern Finland’s Uusimaa region loosened rules on hiring non-EU and -EEA workers to ease a labour shortage in the construction sector. Now, they are looking at expanding the measure to other industries. With a few exceptions, it is standard hiring practice in Finland to prioritise hiring job applicants who are citizens of an EU member state ... Read More »

Finland, Sweden and the US Deepen Their Defense Cooperation

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Defense ministries of Finland, Sweden and the US, are deepening their defense cooperation. These bilateral defense relationships are promoting security in the Baltic Sea region by strengthening stability in northern Europe and building interoperability between the US and “two of its most capable and likeminded partners,” says the Statement of Intent (SOI) signed by the Finnish defense minister, Jussi Niinistö, ... Read More »

Finland disputes Scotland’s baby box claims after expert warning

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The Finnish welfare and benefits agency that pioneered the use of baby boxes has challenged claims in Scotland that the temporary cribs can reduce infant mortality. The agency, Kela, supported warnings by a leading expert on infant health, Dr Peter Blair, that it was wrong to say that Finland’s scheme had been proven to prevent or reduce infant mortality. Blair ... Read More »

Import of new private car increases by 17.5%

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A total of 18,329 new motor vehicles were registered in April 2018, of which 12,840 were automobiles. First registrations increased by 12.5 per cent from the corresponding month of the previous year, according to Statistics Finland. In April the number of new private cars registered was 11,044, which was 17.5 per cent up from the year before. The share of ... Read More »

Finland’s experiment with giving away money shines a light on idea of universal basic income

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HELSINKI: There might be no free lunch, as the saying goes, but a bold experiment in Finland has renewed interest in the idea of money for nothing. In January 2017, the country embarked on a two-year pilot program that gave 2,000 unemployed citizens the equivalent of nearly $700 a month, with no strings attached. The program will run through the ... Read More »

Finland paid unemployed people a basic income of $685 every month

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HELSINKI: Finland’s basic income program that drew international attention is coming to an end, the Finnish government announced Tuesday. The pilot program that paid about 2,000 randomly-chosen unemployed Finnish people a monthly check of €560 ($685) will stop by the end of the year, the BBC reports. As welfare programs mourned the end of the experiment, the Finnish government denied claims the program was unsuccessful, ... Read More »

Finland denies claims universal basic income experiment has fallen flat

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HELSINKI: Finland has denied widespread claims its basic income experiment has fallen flat. A series of media reports said the Finnish government had decided not to expand its trial – a version of events which has been repudiated by officials. Miska Simanainen, a social affairs official, said the trial, where about 2,000 unemployed people aged 25-58 are being paid a tax-free €560 (£490) monthly income with no questions ... Read More »

Finland’s basic income trial falls flat

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HELSINKI: Finns are receiving a flat monthly payment of €560 (£490; $685) as basic income. The eagerness of the government is evaporating. Some see basic income as a way to get unemployed people into temporary jobs. The argument is that, if paid universally, basic income would provide a guaranteed safety net. That would help to address insecurities associated with the ... Read More »

Finland pulls plug on guaranteed basic income experiment

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HELSINKI: Finland tried and quickly discovered that the latest hot idea among the techno-lords of Silicon Valley (and their lackeys in the California Democratic Party) is a dud. The failed idea for the way the rest of us should live is so-called Universal Basic Income.  Universal Basic Income is a policy that’s been lauded by tech leaders from Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk as a proposed ... Read More »