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Flight tax citizens initiative crosses 50,000 threshold

A citizens initiative to impose a tax on airline passengers – a so-called ‘flight tax’ – has crossed the 50,000 signature threshold. Most of the...

Interior Minister voices her support for cannabis law changes

Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo (Green) has voiced her qualified support for changes in the laws on cannabis growth, possession and use. Writing on Facebook, Green...

Cannabis decriminalisation efforts can now move to parliament

A grassroots effort to decriminalise cannabis in Finland has taken a step forward this week, with a citizen's initiative exceeding the required 50,000 signatures...

Young people more keen to get involved with citizen’s initiatives

A new study by researchers at Åbo Akademi finds that young people in Finland are more likely to get involved in citizen's initiatives than...

Saimaa seals citizen’s initiative reaches signature goal

A citizen's initiative to ban net fishing in areas of Lake Saimaa that are home to endangered ring seals has reached the 50,000 signature threshold. The...

Parliament votes against truly free secondary education

A vote in parliament has ended the prospects of truly free secondary school education for all pupils. Members of parliament voted 111 to 72 to...

Espoo goes firework-free for New Year, as citizen’s initiative seeks ban

Finland's second largest city has decided not to celebrate the New Year with a bang - at least, when it comes to fireworks. Espoo will...

Social Democrats Back Fully-Free High School Education

The Social Democrats say that a proposal for fully-free secondary education - including high school and vocational school - should be added to parliament's...

Thousands Sign Initiative For Free Vocational Education Rights

Students in Finland already enjoy some world-leading free university education. But a new Citizens' Initiative aims to put the idea of genuinely cost-free vocational training...