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Finland: New Ambassador to Iraq, Permanent Representative to the OSCE and non-resident Ambassador to the Vatican

NordenBladet — At the presidential session on Friday 9 April, the President of the Republic appointed a new Ambassador to Iraq, granted an authorisation to represent Finland in the OSCE and appointed a non-resident Ambassador to the Vatican. The President

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Finland: Application rounds for business cost support and closure compensation to open in April–May

NordenBladet — The support for business costs is intended for companies whose turnover has decreased by at least 30% due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, closure compensation is meant for small and micro-sized companies where customer premises have been closed

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Finland: President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Ukraine, Strategy for Arctic Policy, Report on Development Policy Across Parliamentary Terms and comprehensive security 

NordenBladet — In their meeting on Wednesday 9 April, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the Government’s new Strategy for Arctic Policy. They also discussed the Report on Development Policy Across

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Finland: List of advance polling stations for municipal elections available at Electionsfinland.fi

NordenBladet — Information on the advance polling stations for the 2021 municipal elections to be held in June is now available on the Electionsfinland.fi website of the Ministry of Justice. The website contains the addresses and opening hours of all

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Finland: Ministry of Justice project strengthens the participation of children and young people in policy-making

NordenBladet — The Ministry of Justice has launched a two-year project, Voice of Children and Young People in Europe, to support the participation of children and young people in policy-making at the national level. The project will develop methods, gather

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Finland: New guidelines for reducing harms caused by substance abuse and addictions

NordenBladet — A new Substance Abuse and Addiction Strategy was published on 9 April. It outlines joint development work, objectives and priority areas until 2030. The aim is to prevent and reduce the risks, harms and problems caused by the

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Finland: Government publishes plan and timetable for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, consultation round begins

NordenBladet — The Government has published a plan to lift the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, along with a target timetable. The plan is available at the Institutional Repository for the Government. The Government is requesting comments and

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Finland: Restaurants to remain closed to customers in most parts of Finland until 18 April – Closure to end in Kittilä and North Ostrobothnia

NordenBladet — Restaurants and other food and beverage service businesses must remain closed to customers until 18 April 2021 in regions where it is necessary to stop the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. Restaurants will be able to open to

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Finland: Government proposal on safety at football matches and other sports events submitted to Parliament

NordenBladet — On 8 April, the Government submitted to Parliament a government proposal concerning safety, security and service measures at football matches and other sports events. The purpose of the proposal is to bring into force the Council of Europe

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Finland: Improvements to seasonal workers’ right to change employers and to employers’ amount of administrative work

NordenBladet — It will become easier for seasonal workers arriving in Finland from third countries to change employers as the amendments to the Seasonal Workers Act enter into force. Meanwhile, employers will be able to notify the Finnish Immigration Service

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Finland: Government proposes to reform regional development laws to correspond with national and EU objectives

NordenBladet — The Government has proposed to enact a law on regional development and implementation of the European Union’s regional and structural policy (the implementation act) and a law on the funding of regional development and the European Union’s regional

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Finland: Government submits to Parliament its proposal to add biogas and electrofuels to distribution obligation

NordenBladet — On 8 April 2021, the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal, which would extend the national distribution obligation of transport fuels to biogas and to other renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin. The purpose of the

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Finland: Amendments to Government Decree on Radio Spectrum Usage and Frequency Allocation Plan

NordenBladet — On 8 April 2021, the Finnish Government issued a decree amending the radio spectrum usage and frequency allocation plan (Spectrum Decree). The decree will enter into force on 9 April 2021. Under the Spectrum Decree, the frequency bands

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Finland: Amendments to taxi legislation to come into force mainly on 1 May

NordenBladet — The legislative amendments included in a series of corrections introduced to the taxi regulation will enter into force mainly on 1 May 2021. The amendments on pricing and equipment, including taximeters, will come into force on 1 September

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Finland’s Circular Economy Programme sets targets to curb overconsumption of natural resources

NordenBladet — By the resolution on promoting a circular economy adopted today, on 7 April, the Finnish Government committed to reducing the consumption of unrenewable natural resources. The resolution also restricts the use of renewable natural resources in Finland: the

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Finland: Education Policy Report: Equitable education of high quality essential for growing skills requirements and shrinking age cohorts in Finland

NordenBladet — On Thursday 8 April, the Government submitted to Parliament a report on education policy. The Education Policy Report paves the way for equitable and high-quality education in the 2040s in Finland, where skills requirements are growing and age

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