Nokia’s Reputation Improves
Finland’s most well-known companies are elevator and escalator manufacturer Kone; gaming company Supercell; and forestry machinery maker Ponsse, according to a new survey today. But it’s Nokia that made the biggest comeback, improving its reputation more than any company in the study. Nokia continues to be a casualty of bad bad business in the past, but its reputation has risen moderately. The new research explored the reputation of Finnish companies since 2013. More than 6000 people took part.
More Länsimetro Tests Today
Helsinki’s western metro extension – Länsimetro – will run another full scale test today. Last week, tests exposed ongoing problems with the line which extends beyond the existing final station in the west at Ruoholahti, with two more stations in Helsinki and into Espoo. Länsimetro can only be fully operational, and open to the public, when enough test runs are completey, so the exact launch date is still not known. It’s already running several years behind schedule.
New Social Security Experiment
Authorities in Finland will begin to experiment with a new type of ‘participatory’ social security at the beginning of 2018, according to Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper this morning. People who are long term unemployed and those on income support would be among the participants. Participatory social security means that people would only get state money if they participate in activities that are beneficial to themselves, their community and to society. If someone is not willing to participate, it would mean their benefits are reduced.
Merkel & Macron & Sipilä in Tallinn
Newly re-elected German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will be in Tallinn today for talks. The pair will meet in the afternoon, before a dinner for EU leaders where they will discuss the future of the European Union. Finland’s Prime Minister Juha SIpilä (Centre) will also be attending the dinner and talks in Tallinn which continue on Friday.
It’s a relatively mild start to Thursday across the whole of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. However, the persistent fog that’s been hanging around in many inland areas this week will continue today – although the sun might break through in the east first thing. Temperatures range from +11°C in the capital city region, to +4°C in the north of Lapland. But watch out for driving conditions again this morning in the fog.