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Nazarbayev meets with Finnish, business leaders in Helsinki

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The two leaders witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on strategic partnership in energy and green economy between the Kazakh Ministry of Energy and the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry Environment. They also oversaw the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan and the Ministry ... Read More »

Indonesia, Finland seeks further partnership in renewable energy

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Indonesia is seeking assistance from Finland to develop renewable energy, which is currently in its early stages. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said Indonesia had recently begun turning to renewable energy, adding that it would be a long-term project that Finland could help develop. “Finland has among the cheapest electricity in the Europe, so this gives us hope ... Read More »

Smuggler caught at Helsinki Airport with 1,400 Subutex tablets

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Finnish Customs officials seized about 1,400 Subutex opioid tablets being smuggled through Helsinki Airport last month, the agency reported Monday. Finnish Customs said they suspect the smuggler behind the 1,400 Subutex tablets seized at Helsinki Airport in September had also imported another batch of 2,800 pills, seized earlier in Southwestern Finland. Subutex is a brand name of the opioid buprenorphine, ... Read More »

Finnish customs: Snus smuggling ring evaded €4.6m in taxes

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Customs officials said Monday that they suspect a group of eight people are behind an organised smuggling operation that illegally brought a total of 12,700 kilograms of snus, a powdered tobacco product, into Finland from Sweden between 2016 and 2018. Sales of the substance are banned in all EU countries except Sweden. Although commercial imports of snus are banned in ... Read More »

Finland’s OP bank restructuring plans could affect 6,000 workers

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On Tuesday Finnish banking concern OP Financial Group said it will conduct retrenchment talks in October amid a full corporate restructuring in an aim to cut costs amounting to some 100 million euros. OP employs some 6,000 workers in its central cooperative. The bank’s release states the coming restructure is meant to cut costs, but also to improve employee and ... Read More »

Finland to invest €16 million in small firms abroad

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Finland will invest EUR 16 million in small businesses that create jobs through Finn Church Aid’s (FCA) Investments Ltd, a new company established by FCA, said a government press release. The investment will be made in the form of loan, and according to the terms and conditions, the loans will be paid back with interest to the State of Finland ... Read More »

Border guards find drone with smuggled smokes on Finland-Russia frontier

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Finnish Customs officials and border guards are investigating an unusual case in which a drone was found in a forested area of the eastern town of Lappeenranta with a cargo of 15 cartons of cigarettes. Two similar packages were found nearby, bringing the total to 45 cartons. The authorities were notified by a private individual who reported seeing the drone ... Read More »

Family of three suspected of smuggling over 70 people to Finland

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A Russian family of three is suspected of smuggling dozens of people to Finland through the Saimaa Canal, reports Helsingin Sanomat. The father and his two children – a grown-up daughter and an underage son – were taken into custody after 17 people were found hiding inside their 12-metre motorboat without proper travel documents during a routine border inspection in ... Read More »

Russian gas pipeline construction starts in Finland

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The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to the European Union kicked off in the Gulf of Finland Wednesday, the project operator Nord Stream 2 AG said. Nord Stream 2 will expand the existing Nord Stream main gas pipeline by linking Russia and Germany via the Baltic seabed, bypassing Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other ... Read More »

Craft Vodka Distiller in Finland Says M&A Is Back on His Agenda

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Bloomberg: The chief executive officer of Altia Oyj says he’s now ready to consider spending money on mergers again after a half-decade hiatus. The Finnish alcohol maker and distributor spent the past five years absorbing the companies it bought from 2000 to 2013. Its CEO, Pekka Tennila, says “a natural next step” now is expanding in northern Europe, and M&A ... Read More »

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 »