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357,400 unemployed jobseekers in December

NordenBladet — A total of 357,400 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of December. This was 99,700 more than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 42,800 from the

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EU Sports Ministers: Human rights must be ensured at all international sporting events

NordenBladet — The EU Ministers responsible for Sports submitted a letter to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel in order to secure human rights in sport and major sporting events, both within and outside of the European Union. The ministers wished to reiterate

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Finland and Russia enhance cooperation on game management – all game animal species included in the statement

NordenBladet — The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation have agreed to expand cooperation on game management. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä and Minister of

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Digitally advanced EU countries: EU must strive for technological competitiveness

NordenBladet — At their virtual meeting on 27 January, the group of ministers from digitally advanced EU countries (D9+) discussed Europe’s goals on digitalisation for the 2030 targets of the Digital Decade. According to the countries’ joint declaration published at

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Advance voting abroad in Finland’s municipal elections in 2021

NordenBladet — The municipal elections will be held on Sunday 18 April 2021. Advance voting will be possible abroad from 7 to 10 April 2021. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is responsible for the organisation of advance voting abroad.The advance

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Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment analysis: 333,000 new jobs created in 2019 – SMEs would benefit from help and advice during recruitment process

NordenBladet — In 2019, Finland’s economy was in the later stages of a cyclical upturn and demand for labour remained strong, with the number of those employed increasing by 26,000. However, this change in the level of employment was accompanied

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Finland: Prime Minister Marin talks with new Prime Minister of Estonia

NordenBladet — Prime Minister Sanna Marin has congratulated the new Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, who took office today. Prime Minister Marin sent a letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Kallas immediately after the inauguration and had a video call

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Finland: Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto to visit Ethiopia as the EU representative

NordenBladet — High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has mandated Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto to visit Ethiopia and its neighbouring regions as the EU representative. Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto will

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Finland: Ministry for Foreign Affairs to participate in the first ever Educa goes digital event

NordenBladet — The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is participating in the international programme and will be present among the virtual exhibitors at the Educa goes digital event on 29–30 January. At the event, on Friday, Minister for Development Cooperation and

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Finland: New strategy to strengthen Finland’s competitiveness in battery sector and to promote climate goals

NordenBladet — The electrification of society and the solutions offered by the battery industry will have a significant impact on how climate objectives can be achieved. The National Battery Strategy presents the means by which Finland will become a competitive,

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Finland: Finland not applying for EU SURE loan

NordenBladet — The European Union’s SURE instrument (temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency) offers financial assistance to Member States in the form of EU loans to address sudden increases in public expenditure for the preservation of employment.

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Finland: Finland strengthens investments in companies of the poorest countries

NordenBladet — The coronavirus crisis has hit companies in developing countries hard. Finland has increased its guarantees to development finance institution Finnfund, which will strengthen the targeting of its investments to the companies of the poorest countries as well as

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Finland: Government decides to supplement action plan for COVID-19 hybrid strategy

NordenBladet — In its meeting on 25 January, the Government decided to supplement the action plan implementing the hybrid strategy to combat COVID-19. The Government will adopt a resolution on the matter tomorrow. In line with the decision, the action

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Finland: Study: Tax credit for household expenses not effective in increasing employment or discouraging grey economy

NordenBladet — In its spring 2021 budget session, the Government will discuss possible plans to expand the tax credit for household expenses. However, a new study shows that the tax credit is not an effective means to increase employment or

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Finland: Government decides to tighten border traffic

NordenBladet — On 22 January, the Government decided at an extraordinary meeting to tighten border traffic and the recommendations on testing and quarantine.The aim is to prevent the re-escalation of the growth of the COVID-19 epidemic and the spread of

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Finland: Restrictions on entry into Finland to be tightened on 27 January

NordenBladet — On 22 December, the Government decided to tighten the restrictions on entry into Finland. The new restrictions will enter into force on 27 January and will remain in force until 25 February. The new restrictions aim to reduce

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