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Pirita Näkkäläjärvi column: Sámi homeland, a scarce resource

Watching one industrial project after another trying to enter the Sámi homeland in Finland, I’ve started wondering whether companies and authorities understand that the Sámi homeland is a scarce resource for the indigenous people Sámi. The Sámi languages, culture...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi column: Stereotypes keep minorities “in their place”

Finnish Member of Parliament and a former comedian Pirkka-Pekka Petelius (Green) apologised this week to the Sámi people for his offensive 'drunken Sámi' TV sketches. Petelius and fellow comedian Aake Kalliala mocked Sámi in the 1980s and 1990s in a TV...

Janne Strang column: Deliverance day for Finland’s left

As the party line-up of the new Finnish government and its policy program was formally announced on Monday, the fiscally conservative right, who for the last decade have been managing the country through austerity and cutbacks, were forced to...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi column: We need a Sámi go-to person in the Finnish Parliament

There are two versions of autonomy within Finland: the region of the Åland Islands between Finland and Sweden is autonomous; and the indigenous people Sámi have more limited linguistic and cultural self-government in the Sámi native region in Northern...

Mikko Kiesiläinen column: Lestijärvi is distributing your tax money to their residents

The tiny municipality of Lestijärvi gives out a baby bonus of €10,000 to the families of babies born within the municipality. The sum is paid over ten years of installments of €1000, if the family keeps living in Lestijärvi. Therefore,...

Mikko Kiesiläinen column: Agricultural subsidies are too damn high

Generally in economics, the price of factors of production is determined by their productivity. With this logic, it makes sense that more productive workers are paid more than less productive workers, and more capital is needed to buy more...

Mikko Kiesiläinen column: Passengers should pay more to fly

Last year Sweden implemented a flight tax, which is meant to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the airline industry. The tax is around €6 for domestic, and €41 euros for intercontinental flights. At the other end of the spectrum, Finland...

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi column: Landmark decisions bring new hope for the Sámi

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Just a couple of days before the Sámi National Day 2019 and in the run-up to Sámi Parliament elections in the autumn, the United Nations gave us a perfect present: new hope for Sámi politics in Finland. First the facts. Last week the...

Mikko Kiesiläinen Column: Finland subsidises fine wines for the rich

Mikko Kiesiläinen is the head of Libera think tank, and a parliamentary election candidate for the Green Alliance. Follow him on Twitter at @MKiesilainen. Finland is one of the few countries in the world where the government operates an alcohol monopoly....

Editorial: Finland Could Do More For European Press Freedom

There's hardly any daylight between the countries at the top of the recently-published World Press Freedom Index. Norway ranks in first place with Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland rounding out the top five. While the list can be a good overview...

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Morning headlines: Wednesday 21st October 2020

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