Economy & Business

Business organisations call on government to double jobs target

Four leading business organisations have come together to call for the government to double its target for job creation from 60,000 to 120,000 new jobs. The demand is being made by the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, the Central Chamber...

Textile manufacturer Finlayson wins face mask import order

Finnish textile manufacturer Finlayson has signed a deal to provide 60 million masks to the National Emergency Supply Agency NESTA. The deal involves the masks being made in China, with Finlayson responsible for their procurement and delivery to Finland. The...

Tallinn tunnel developers unveil new floating island plans

The developers behind plans to build a high speed rail link under the Baltic Sea, connecting Helsinki Airport with Tallinn Airport, have unveiled the latest plans for the project. The FinEst Bay Area Company is partnering with Japanese and Dutch...

UPM paper mill closure sparks political row

The closure of a UPM-Kymmene Corporation paper mill has sparked a heated online discussion between senior politicians about who is to blame. UPM announced on Wednesday that it would shutter the Kaipola plant in Jämsä as part of a wider...

Government promises to help Finnair as 1,000 jobs on the line

Government ministers have promised to help Finnair as the national airline says 1,000 jobs are on the line because of the coronavirus crisis. The airline had to slash 90% of its flights in spring as passenger numbers plummeted. Now the...

Viking Line plans job cuts, citing Finland-Sweden travel restrictions

Viking Line is starting co-determination talks to cut jobs, or shift some staff to part-time roles, and says the ongoing travel restrictions during the coronavirus crisis, in particular between Finland and Sweden, simply means fewer people are traveling. Hundreds of...

Survey: Businesses have low confidence in government’s employment strategies

A new survey carried out by the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK finds that 67% of businesses say they have low confidence in the government's ability to boost employment. However this is a significant improvement from just one year ago...

Immigrant worker exploitation: Minister lays out plans to tackle abuse

The Minister of Employment has set out a new action plan aimed at halting the exploitation of immigrant workers in Finland. A working group was set up earlier this year to look into the problem, after a media investigation highlighted...

VR sees “unprecedented drop” in train travel during coronavirus epidemic

Finland's railway operator VR says there's been an "unprecedented drop" in the number of passengers on board during the coronavirus epidemic. The loss of passengers, reduced timetables, and a fall in freight traffic have had a big impact on the...

Hundreds of Thai berry pickers flying to Finland 

Around 300 seasonal labourers from Thailand will arrive in Finland this weekend to start work picking berries for an Ostrobothnia company, just in time for peak harvesting season. Thousands of migrant workers usually come every year to Finland for short-term...

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First Covid-19 vaccines in Finland will likely be rolled out in early 2021

The first Covid-19 vaccines could get the green light from European authorities before the end of the year, according to Finnish public health officials. Speaking...

Morning headlines: Tuesday 1st December 2020

Finland's covid vaccine plan to be unveiled today Public health officials are set to announce Finland's strategy for rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations today. Finland has...

Finnair extends meals-to-go sales, adds in-flight juice and extra jobs

Finnair is expanding its cooperation with K-Group after sales of ready-meals inspired by on-board service have proved a hit with consumers. The meals-to-go range will...

New capital region covid restrictions come into force

New restrictive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are being introduced Monday  in the capital city region. Joint action by Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and...

Valtteri Bottas salutes medical crews after Grosjean’s Bahrain F1 crash

Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has praised the reactions of race officials and medical crews after a dramatic crash on the first lap of...

Morning headlines: Monday 30th November 2020

New capital area coronavirus restrictions in place today New restrictive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are being introduced today in the capital city...

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Agency: Finland one of the few European countries protecting citizens from air pollution

A new scientific study from the European Environment Agency finds that Finland is one of the few European countries protecting citizens from air pollution. In...