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“The latest survey by the Finnish Audit Bureau of Circulations (FABC) indicates that readership of newspapers and magazines on mobile phones has more than tripled within two years. Since early 2011, readership on tablets and e-readers has shot up by nearly 1000 percent. It had by far the biggest …”

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Wednesday's papers: Finnish schools abroad under threat, new union confederation in the spotlight, and ski ban possibly extended

Wednesday's papers: Finnish schools abroad under threat, new union confederation in the spotlight, and ski ban possibly extended

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Helsingin Sanomat reports on Wednesday that, as spending cuts bite, Finnish funding for schools in foreign cities has come under the spotlight. They've asked for clarification from the home municipalities of all children at these schools, and expect to cut funding when they find out which pupils are abroad on a permanent basis.

 

Rail competitor chugs forward

Rail competitor chugs forward

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Fennia Rail Oy, previously known as Proxion Train Ltd, is owned by a group of Finnish companies and private persons. The company was originally set up with the business strategy of offering rail transport services to corporate clients such as the wood processing industry at a lower cost than those provided by the state railways VR.

 

Government wants to sell on-order icebreaker

Government wants to sell on-order icebreaker

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The name of a possible buyer has not been released, but in practice is unlikely to be any other than Arctia Shipping, for use by its Arctia Icebreaking subsidiary. Under policy guidelines established by the government's economic policy committee on Tuesday, Arctia Shipping can continue to engage in operations in Arctic areas.

 

Archbishop: Same-sex marriage not a threat

Archbishop: Same-sex marriage not a threat

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On Friday this week, Parliament will vote on its Legal Affairs Committee's rejection of a bill on gender neutral marriage.  In a Facebook posting on Tuesday, Archbishop Kari Mäkinen noted that in some of the public debate on the issue, same-sex marriage has been portrayed as posing some sort of threat, a claim he dismissed.

 

More people joined the ranks of the unemployed in October

More people joined the ranks of the unemployed in October

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According to Statistics Finland the unemployment rate came in at 7.4 percent one year ago and registered 8.2 percent at the end of September. Many of those out of a job were young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 – among this group the unemployment rate was a stubborn 18.8 percent, corresponding to 53,000 individuals.

 

Legal advisor: Entrepreneurship could preclude access to unemployment benefits

Legal advisor: Entrepreneurship could preclude access to unemployment benefits

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Freshly-minted entrepreneurs may be aware of the major risks they take going into business. What many may not know is that when their business activities begin to go downhill they won’t necessarily be entitled to jobless benefits. “If the individual has a daily earnings allowance, then the benefit losses can be quite large,” said Harri Hellstén, a solicitor with theumbrella private sector business federation.

 

Polar night begins in Nuorgam

Polar night begins in Nuorgam

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Lapland’s polar night is starting this week, with Nuorgam the first town in Finland to experience the darkness. The sun went down on the town on Tuesday, and will not rise again until 17 January. The town is located on the Norwegian border, and is the northernmost point of Finland, and therefore also the northernmost part of the European Union.

 

EU-wide reforms threaten Finnish vehicle tax regime

EU-wide reforms threaten Finnish vehicle tax regime

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A European Union programme to introduce harmonisation and cross-border recognition of vehicle registrations could spell trouble for the collection of vehicle taxes from motorists in Finland. If the reform is pushed through it could become easier for motorists -- and car rental and leasing companies - to shop around for more favourable vehicle tax rates in different countries.

 

Tuesday's papers: Family support in the spotlight, Helsinki top job up for grabs, and the economics of immigration

Tuesday's papers: Family support in the spotlight, Helsinki top job up for grabs, and the economics of immigration

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Tuesday's papers are full of reaction to Saturday's family killing in Kuopio. The tabloids led with details of the mother suspected of killing her two young children, before going on to detail efforts to support families who need it. HBL (€) also carries a candidate questionnaire on the soon-to-be-open post of deputy mayor in Finland's largest city, Helsinki.

 

Government plans "cash for clunkers" pilot

Government plans "cash for clunkers" pilot

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Motorists in Finland drive the oldest cars in western Europe. The government wants to offer a financial incentive to trade in veteran vehicles for newer, lower-emission models. A six-month pilot scrappage programme would begin next July. If Parliament approves the government’s “cash for clunkers” bill, those who scrap cars that are over 10 years old will get a rebate of 1500 euros when buying a new car.