Economy & Business

September Job Seekers Down; But Government Employment Goals Still Not Met

The number of people in Finland registered as unemployed and looking for work in September was 275,600. That's a fall of almost 54,000 from one year before; and down 13,200 from August. That's according to the latest figures released by...

EU Millions for Former Stockmann & Antilla Workers

The European Union has proposed a €2.5m fund for former Stockmann and Anttila employees in Finland. The aid will be paid from the European Globalization Adjustment Fund and will help to retrain 1500 workers at the companies who were made...

Posti Hires Thousands for Christmas Rush

The post office will hire 3,500 seasonal workers this Christmas, to cope with the annual increase in Christmas mail. Half of the temporary staff Posti will be set to work sorting Christmas cards and parcels in depots. The other half of...

Illegal Worker Numbers on the Rise

The number of people working in Finland illegally has increased over the last few years, according to southern Finland's Regional Administration Agency. The problem affects mostly the construction industry, but also restaurant and cleaning industries too, often through subcontractors. Illegal work...

More Used Cars Imported From Abroad

Finnish car dealerships are increasingly bringing used cars from abroad. Kamux, a Finnish company which specialises in used car sales, even has its own car shops in Sweden and Germany, where vehicles are brought to Finland if necessary. "It means that...

Trade War A “Threat” To Finnish Economy: Mykkänen

Finland's Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen (NCP) says the biggest threat to Finland's continued economic recovery would be a trade war between America and China. "We cannot afford to be bogged down in protectionism" Mykkänen says, noting...

Huge Brexit Costs For Finnish Businesses Predicted

Additional annual costs for Finnish companies doing business with the UK after Brexit could rise to more than €100 million, according to Customs Tulli. After Brexit, trade with Britain could be subject to similar customs clearance procedures as non-EU countries....

Medicines Agency Assessment Day For Helsinki

Helsinki will find out today what the European Commission thinks of its bid to be the new home of the European Medicines Agency EMA. The agency is moving out of London due to Brexit, and looking for a new home....

New Visa For Entrepreneurs; Business Aid Reform

There are new ideas in the pipeline that could help reform the way Finnish business get support from the government; and to encourage entrepreneurs to come to Finland Reform Working Group The government has set up a new working group to...

Mixed Fortunes: Unemployment Down & Also Up

There's good news and bad news about Finland's employment situation, but it all depends on who you ask. Today, the latest set of figured released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment TEM shows that the number of unemployed job...

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Flags are flying to celebrate Finnish trailblazer Miina Sillanpää

Flags are flying across Finland today to celebrate the life and work of Miina Sillanpää, a trailblazer in politics, social mobility and rights. Sillanpää was...

Morning headlines: Thursday 1st October 2020

Two Covid-19 tests open up travel restrictions from high risk countries A new system of coronavirus tests opens up travel to passengers from high risk...

New Finnish robot drives to clean up the dirty business of street sweeping

A company from Kuopio has invented a new type of autonomous street sweeper that's as powerful as a traditional truck, but has zero carbon...

“Unreasonable” – Reaction as journalist loses appeal in case with right-wing politician

The Court of Appeal in Rovaniemi today upheld the decision of a lower court to convict and fine journalist Johanna Vehkoo for insulting a...

Parliament committee approves citizen’s initiative on FGM

The cross-party Parliamentary Legal Committee has voted unanimously to approve a citizen's initiative to ban female genital mutilation. Although FGM is already considered a crime...

Brexit Brits: Finnish permanent residence applications will cost €48

British nationals living in Finland who want to apply for permanent residence will be charged €48, according to the Immigration Service Migri. Anyone who has...

Double duty: PM to represent Finland and Sweden at EU meeting

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is attending a special European Council meeting in Brussels on 1st and 2nd October - and rather unusually she'll be...

WATCH: How coronavirus changed Finland’s population

Did you know that the coronavirus pandemic is already having an impact on Finland's population? According to Statistics Finland the number of people in Finland...