National Politics

The Famous FINNBAY Press Release

We decided to name this article as “the Famous FINNBAY Press Release” as we thought that there are good points made here and we could mention this article over and over again in the future. Unfortunately, from today onwards, we have increased our security measures on our website which prevent the public to read our […]

China Agrees to Cooperate with Finland on Transportation

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 17 June 2014. Finland and China signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of transportation during  the visit of the Chinese Vice Minister of Transport He Jianzhong in Helsinki on Monday. While the governments did not release the details of the agreement, they announced that the agreement covered cooperation on traffic, intelligent […]

City Council Signals: Tampere Will Get Its Own Trams

(FINNBAY) – Tampere, 17 June 2014. Tampere city council voted 48-18 in favour to give Tampere its own trams. The council’s decision is a preliminary approval, the final decision will be made by 2016. The board will be researching the conditions of building trams in Tampere to get a sense of its financial sustainability. The […]

Finland’s Government Expenditure Rises by 1.5 Percent Further

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 17 June 2014. Finland’s government expenditure price index rose by 1.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to a year earlier. One of the implications of this value is that Finland will have further problems with the EU’s Central Bank and the Commission related to exceeding government debt and expenditure. Also […]

Finland Pledged €2 Million for UN’s Stop Rape Now Initiative

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 15 June 2014. Stop Rape Now is a UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict uniting the work of 13 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict. Finland pledged €2 million euros for the cause. Though, Finland’s contribution is too small compared to other nations. UN Special Representative Zainab Bangura leads […]

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov: Finland Wouldn’t Dare for NATO Membership

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 15 June 2014. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Finland would not “move closer to NATO,” during his visit in Helsinki. Some claimed a subtextual signal behind Lavrov’s statements to connote the idea that Lavrov knows that Finland would not dare to make a move to become a NATO member. […]

Finland to Affix New Callow Prime Minister: Alexander Stubb

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 14 June 2014. The National Coalition Party’s (NCP) 46-year-old new chairperson soon to become the new Prime Minister of Finland after some 10 years of experience in politics including 2,247 days of acting as a Minister. Stubb is currently the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade and after a detailed negotiation and […]

Finland in Support of Preventing Sexual Violence in War

(FINNBAY) – London, 13 June 2014. The UK organised a high-profile gathering to combat the increasing prevalence of sexual violence in war zones. Angelina Jolie was the highlight person of the guests. The Finnish Development Minister Pekka Haavisto attended the event as well. Also Read: Children Account Up to 80% of Victims of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones The […]

Crisis: Turku City to Fire Up to 350 Workers

(FINNBAY) – Turku, 12 June 2014. The city of Turku is preparing to start co-determination negotiations with its labours in August 2014. The plan is to make up to 350 people redundant. Also Read: Turku Introduces a New Feedback Service for the Welfare Division This year’s planned redundancies were announced earlier this year and at that time […]

EU Social Security Legislation Threatens Finland’s Social Welfare System

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 12 June 2014. EU’s new legislation on the harmonisation of social security threatens the stability of Finland’s national social welfare system. Unless Finnish lobbyists manage to make concrete changes in the EU’s new legislation, Finland may end up paying out benefits to a large number of people in the EU who have not […]

Finnish Economy Looking for Savior

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 11 June 2014. The world broadcasted on Tuesday that Finland would breach public debt limits set by the European Union for the first time since joining the bloc in 1995, as the country’s recession deepened. The Bank of Finland’s director, Erkki Liikanen, said in a report, “Finland’s GDP has now been declining for two […]

Finland Applies for EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund for STX Redundancy

(FINNBAY) – Turku, 10 June 2014. Finland has applied to receive a funding from the EU’s Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to cover the layoffs of STX Finland’s Rauma shipyard. The application is worth 2.4 million euros, of which the EU’s contribution is 60 percent. Also Read: Vapaavuori to Speed Up Finland and Meyer Werft Bid to Buy […]

Putin’s Man Warns Finland About NATO Membership and Russophobia

(FINNBAY) – Turku, 9 June 2014. Sergei Markov, Vladimir Putin’s personal envoy, warned Finland for joining NATO and the increased amount of Russophobia in the country in an interview to a Swedish speaking local paper on Sunday. Markov’s preference to give an interview to only Swedish-speaking newspaper as opposed to Finnish speaking ones raised further questions on […]

Finnish Army: Asthma and Diabetes Are Not Barriers to Compulsory Military Service

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 8 June 2014. Due to seasonal changes, chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes are becoming more common in Finland. Accordingly, the Finnish army announced that such diseases would not pose any problems for taking a role in the Finnish army. Soldiers are more prone to catch chronic diseases than civilians due to […]

Fire Up Airbus: Where President of Finland Has Traveled in the Past 2 Years

(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 8 June 2014. Since the Finnish President, Sauli Niinistö, started his work on 1 March 2012, he has made more than 25 official trips abroad. As he will be doing more travels due to the Russia crisis, we thought we would take a look at where he traveled. In the past two […]