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Finland supports female and young entrepreneurs in developing countries

NordenBladet — Finland will grant EUR 5 million to the International Trade Centre (ITC) in 2021–2022 to support women’s and young people’s business activities in developing countries. The agreement was signed on 18 January 2021 in Geneva. The agreement was

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Finland: European affairs ministers discuss improving efficiency of EU measures to combat COVID-19

NordenBladet — The ministers for European Affairs held an informal video meeting on 18 January 2021. The main topics on the agenda were EU coordination in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and preparations for the video meeting of European

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Finland: Panel discussion on climate change and biodiversity loss based on Sir David Attenborough’s documentary

NordenBladet — Experts preparing for the 2021 UN summits will meet youth to discuss the protection of biodiversity and climate action. The event is organised by the British Embassy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and WWF Finland. Sustainable food production

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Study: Finnish companies are committed to respecting human rights, but few report on practical measures

NordenBladet — The majority of Finnish companies are generally committed to respecting human rights. However, only a quarter of companies systematically and publicly assess the impact of their business activities on the realisation of human rights. The result is in

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Finland: Government and central labour market organisations commit to promoting equality in pay

NordenBladet — Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist, Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen, Minister of Education Jussi Saramo and the heads of central labour market organisations will meet on Tuesday 19 January to discuss equal pay. The meeting

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Finland: Priorities of the Kanta Services in 2021 have been confirmed

NordenBladet — Kanta is being developed in order to address the needs of healthcare and social welfare and the citizens even better than before. The priorities in 2021 include coronavirus vaccines, the Client Data Act, and the development of My

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Finland: Afghan hopes painted on blast walls

NordenBladet — At the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in November Afghanistan and the international community committed to joint development objectives for 2021-2024 and the international partners announced pledges worth US$ 3.3 billion for this year alone. Hard work now lies ahead,

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Finland: Henrik Haapajärvi to continue as State Secretary to the Prime Minister

NordenBladet — On Thursday 14 January, the Government appointed Henrik Haapajärvi to serve as State Secretary to Prime Minister Sanna Marin from 18 January 2021 onwards. The State Secretary’s term ends with that of the minister. Haapajärvi has been deputising

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Finland: Government appoints new ministerial working group on sustainable growth in Finland

NordenBladet — At its plenary session on Thursday 14 January, the Government appointed a new ministerial working group on sustainable growth in Finland. Its task is to oversee the preparation of the Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland and the related

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Finland: Act on the Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors to enter into force on 1 February 2021

NordenBladet — The new Act on the Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors will place further restrictions on consumer access to certain explosives precursors. The Government submitted the bill for approval on Thursday 14 January. The President of the Republic

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Finland: Government discusses measures to prevent spread of new virus variant

NordenBladet — In its meeting on Wednesday 13 January, the Government discussed measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variant and the renewed acceleration of the epidemic. The Government decided that the Ministry of the Interior would prepare

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Finland: Publication of recommendations for developing education and training provision and programmes in early childhood education and care

NordenBladet — The recommendations of the Forum for Developing Education and Training Provision and Programmes in Early Childhood Education and Care indicate the way for developing education and training provision and programmes in early childhood education and care (ECEC). The

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Finland: Volume of legal copying has decreased

NordenBladet — The 2020 study shows that the volume of annual private copying among people aged between 15 and 79 is approximately 258-276 million music and video files. This total number (258 million files) includes only the legal private copying

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Finland: EU health ministers to discuss rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in EU Member States at videoconference on 13 January

NordenBladet — The EU health ministers will hold an informal videoconference on Wednesday 13 January. The theme of the conference will be the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in the EU Member States. Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista

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Finland: Architecture must react to changes in society

NordenBladet — The working group that prepared the Architectural Policy Programme has considered how the Finnish architecture and built environment will be able to respond to the great societal challenges. Climate change, population ageing, urbanisation, new technologies and internationalisation are

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Finland: Prime Minister Marin urges EU to speed up COVID-19 vaccine distribution

NordenBladet — On Monday 11 January, Prime Minister Sanna Marin sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in which she thanked the Commission for organising the joint EU procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and urged the EU

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