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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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Norwegian to fly more Finnish officials

Norwegian to fly more Finnish officials

 via Yle

Finnish government officials will be travelling on budget airline Norwegian a lot more than they have been. As a result of a procurement process the company is now the preferred provider of flights to London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Prague, Madrid and Budapest. That is in addition to Oslo, Copenhagen and Rovaniemi, the destinations for which Norwegian was already the Finnish government’s number one airline.

 

Thick snowfall covers eastern Finland

Thick snowfall covers eastern Finland

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Heavy snow fell in parts of North Karelia during Monday night and Tuesday morning, along the border with Russia. Residents in the small town of Ilomantsi, the easternmost in Finland, woke up to find a blanket of over ten centimetres of snow.  Authorities warned that roads in the area are very slippery and said there have been reports of minor collisions.

 

Hidden unemployment up by a fifth as economy stalls

Hidden unemployment up by a fifth as economy stalls

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Hidden unemployment hit 149,000 in August, up by more than a quarter on the same time last year, according to Statistics Finland. People are classed as ‘hidden unemployed’ if they would be ready to start work within two weeks, and would like to work, but have not looked for work in the last two weeks.

 

Tuesday's papers: Strike slows capital, and Russian airspace violations

Tuesday's papers: Strike slows capital, and Russian airspace violations

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Tuesday's strike by municipal workers dominates the Helsinki papers. Workers are up in arms about a plan to turn Helsinki's Palmia service provider into different corporate entities. "It's been claimed that participating in the strike could lead to repercussions (for striking workers)," said union chair Merja Ruotsalainen. "One case like that is too many." Helsingin Sanomat reports the National Coalition party's opinion on the strike.

 

Tuesday's strike: HSL to refund customers, employers warn against absences

Tuesday's strike: HSL to refund customers, employers warn against absences

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Industrial action by 9,000 Helsinki city workers will shut down tram and metro traffic on Tuesday, limit bus and commuter train routes and close many public venues for the day. Helsinki Region Transport HSL has promised to reimburse those of its customers with season tickets, but Finland's leading employer federation says the strike does not provide a legitimate reason to miss work.

 

Better walk or bike Tuesday - strike spreads to commuter trains and replacement buses

Better walk or bike Tuesday - strike spreads to commuter trains and replacement buses

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The Transport Workers’ Union known as AKT in Finland has announced that it too will strike on Tuesday as a sign of support for its fellow union JHL. Mika Häyrynen, Group Manager at Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), is now certain that Helsinki will experience severe traffic congestion on Tuesday. Traffic in Helsinki’s city centre is expected to be backed up badly and the few buses that will be running are likely to be full.

 

Helsinki service workers to strike Tuesday - tram and metro routes cancelled

Helsinki service workers to strike Tuesday - tram and metro routes cancelled

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The Helsinki City Council has tabled on-going discussions to privatise the municipal service provider Palmia, meaning that the service employee union representing Palmia's employees will go ahead with its planned city-wide protest strike on Tuesday. Read on to learn which city services will be affected.

 

VR Track commences labour negotiations - 250 foremen and managers affected

VR Track commences labour negotiations - 250 foremen and managers affected

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State-owned rail services provider VR announced on Monday that its VR Track branch will begin co-determination talks with its staff in association with a re-organisation of the company. The railway construction and maintenance branch says talks will seek to avoid lay-offs in preference of other options.

 

Finland plans deployment of five new OSCE observers to Ukraine

Finland plans deployment of five new OSCE observers to Ukraine

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Finland is prepared to send more observers to the OSCE mission in Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, around five observers could be deployed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a request to send additional observers in early September, says Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

 

Four charged in Talvivaara toxic leak case

Four charged in Talvivaara toxic leak case

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Four persons representing the Talvivaara nickel mine were indicted on Monday by the Eastern Finland public prosecutor. The charges levied include criminal negligence in the design and research phase of the nickel mine, as well as negligence in the environmental and water management authorization application.