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Danish politicians react to government’s ‘ghetto plan’

NordenBladet – Lawmakers from parties across Denmark’s political spectrum have reacted to the government’s announcement on Thursday of a wide-ranging plan to tackle what it calls ‘parallel societies’ in the country’s underprivileged areas. MPs from non-government parties from both sides

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New strategy aims to lift Denmark to the top of European life science

NordenBladet – The government has unveiled a new plan that promises to propel Denmark to the very top of the European life science sector. The strategy includes 36 initiatives that aim to provide more opportunity for Danish life science across

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The Danish toy giant Lego has revealed that it has started production on a new line of sustainable bricks made from plant-based plastic – more specifically from sugar cane

NordenBladet – Initially, they will be incorporated into Lego’s softest brick pieces, such as small trees, bushes and leaves – which will no longer be produced from the oils usually used in Lego brick production. “At the LEGO Group we

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Property prices in Copenhagen and Aarhus will fall, bank predicts

NordenBladet – Rising interest rates, a tightening up of the laws regarding credit, and falling prices in Oslo and Stockhom are among the factors contributing to falling apartment prices in Denmark’s two largest cities in the first quarter of 2018.

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Estonian defense chief Riho Terras: Women can serve in all defense force roles

NordenBladet – Women can serve in all roles in the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Gen. Riho Terras said on Thursday (01.March). “Estonia is too small to leave half of our population out of national

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Time left until March 31 to update Estonian ID cards’ digital certificates

NordenBladet – If you haven’t updated your ID card’s digital certificates yet, you have until Mar. 31 to do so. After that, the certificates will be deleted, and the your card can’t be used for digital identification anymore. So far

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Ice road between Estonian islands Saaremaa and Hiiumaa may open next week

NordenBladet – While the ice road between the mainland and the smaller island of Vormsi was opened on Thursday, the islanders on Hiiumaa and Saaremaa still have to wait, as the ice between the two largest islands isn’t thick enough

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Police to probe CEO statements on possible interference in RB Rail activity

NordenBladet – The Economic Crime Department of the Latvian State Police has launched a probe into recent statements made by Baiba Rubesa, CEO of the Baltic countries’ joint venture RB Rail, regarding interference in the company’s activity and shareholders’ conflict

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Estonia expecting €15 million in extra tax income from immigration growth

NordenBladet – According to the calculations of the Ministry of the Interior, approximately €15 million per year in tax income could be expected due to alleviation measures on immigration restrictions approved by the government at the beginning of February. The

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Rain Rosimannus doesn’t have to pay Autorollo damages, court rules

NordenBladet – Tallinn Circuit Court on Friday made a decision in a civil dispute related to the Autorollo bankruptcy case for a second time, finding that there are no grounds to claim damages related to the road haulage firm’s bankruptcy

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Kadri Simson: Free public transport on county lines is expected to enter into force on July 1, 2018

NordenBladet – According to Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson (Center), free public transport on county bus lines in Estonia will enter into effect as of July 1, daily Eesti Päevaleht reports. The minister told the newspaper that

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EU’s interest in development of Eastern Partnership countries affirmed

NordenBladet – It was confirmed during the fifth annual Tallinn Conference on the Eastern Partnership held on Friday that the development of the countries of Eastern Partnership and their integration with the European Union continue to be important in Europe’s

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Historical archives of Finnish missions abroad to be published online

NordenBladet — The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland will launch an online service containing all the reports of Finnish missions abroad from 1918 to 1926. The online service will be launched on International Open Data Day, 3 March 2018.

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Visa applications by Russians up nearly 60 per cent

NordenBladet — A total of 827,475 Schengen visa applications to visit Finland were submitted in 2017, resulting in 816,796 issued visas. In 2017, Russians submitted 60% more visa applications to Finland than in 2016. The number of visa applications made

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Anne-Mari Virolainen: Finland grants EUR 32 million to improving food security in crises

NordenBladet — Finland supports the World Food Programme (WFP) by EUR 32 million as core support for 2018–2021. “Because of the prolonged conflicts and climate change, the number of hungry people in the world has unfortunately started to rise again.

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Evaluation: The focus of Finnfund’s investment activities successfully shifted to the poorest countries

NordenBladet —  An increasing share of the investment portfolio of the State’s development financing company Finnfund is now invested in the poorest countries and in high-risk projects that have significant development impacts, reveals a recent evaluation. The evaluation of the

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