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ANTTI RINNE, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, has come under criticism from the heads of employer organisations for calling for the re-instatement of the national incomes policy agreements, or so-called tupo agreements.

Rinne on Sunday urged the Confederation of Finnish Industries to re-incorporate centralised bargaining into its toolkit.

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JUHO ROMAKKANIEMI, the CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, says he is saddened by the level of the ongoing public debate on collective bargaining agreements.

Finland Chamber of Commerce on Saturday presented its proposal for amending the employment contracts act in a way that, it believes, would take into consideration the best aspects of general applicability and local bargaining.

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STANDARD & POOR’S has reaffirmed its AA+ credit rating and stable outlook for Finland.

The country’s ability to carry out structural reforms, however, has been thrown into question following the collapse of the social, health care and regional government reform, according to the credit rating agency based in New York City, the United States.

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The words “Fuck Islam” and “Rapers”, sprayed on the outer walls of a mosque in Mellunmäki on Wednesday and Thursday night last week coinciding with the mass shooting of muslims in New Zealand has caused sorrow, distress and fear among the muslim community in Helsinki.

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THE RESIGNATION OF THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT dominated international headlines about Finland this week, with editorials displaying a mixture of surprise, concern, and bafflement at the decision.

Juha Sipilä’s resignation over a failure to deliver promised wide-ranging reforms to health and social care has been described by the international press as cynical, justified, and unnecessary in equal measure. 

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THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS should be at the helm of power after the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to almost a half of Finns.

The Foundation for Municipal Development has reported that 45 per cent of respondents to its survey said they would like to see the opposition party be part of the ruling coalition formed after the elections held in Finland on 14 April 2019.

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THE CARETAKER GOVERNMENT of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) will be unable to move forward with a plan to set up Pohjolan Rautatiet, a special-purpose company founded recently to promote the development of railway infrastructure in Finland.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday revealed that decisions on founding two of the five subsidiaries of the special-purpose company will be made by the next government.

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A QUESTION about climate change, food production and taxation stirred up emotions during an election debate organised on Thursday by YLE.

Finnish party leaders were asked by the public broadcasting company whether they support the notion of raising the value-added tax on meat products, not dissimilarly to those on harmful products such as alcohol and tobacco.

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THE BOARD of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has delivered a setback to Finest Bay Area, a project to build an undersea railway tunnel between Helsinki, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia.

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council on Monday said its board has decided that only one of the three route options will be laid out in its new regional zoning plan: the route from Helsinki Central Station via Pasila, Helsinki, to Tallinn.

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PRIVATE INVESTORS in Finland will gain access to a new kind of equity savings account as of the beginning of 2020.

The Finnish Parliament on Wednesday approved a proposal to establish the new account, to which private investors will be able to deposit up to 50,000 euros for investing in the shares of domestic or foreign companies listed on a stock exchange or Nasdaq First North, an alternative stock exchange for smaller companies in Europe.

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