FINLAND: AFTER YEARS OF PUMPING PUBLIC MONEY INTO FAILED COMPANY, MINISTERS NOW MULL OVER THEIR ”TOO BIG TO FAIL” DECISION

Only a statist (pre-enlightenment thinking) driven government would have to be ”mulling over” such a scenario.

The free market is a wonderful thing, it only rewards success, from those who freely engage in purchasing goods and services. The government is the only enterprise that rewards failure, by the forceful taking of other people’s money with nothing in return.

Ministers will decide “within weeks” whether to let Talvivaara fail

Terrafamen purkuputki laskee kaivokselle kertyneen ylimääräisen puhdistetun veden Nuasjärveen.

Economic affairs minister Olli Rehn said the time has come to decide whether the government should continue paying millions of euros in taxpayer funds to keep the embattled mine in operation, after a court decision makes finding new investors more difficult. Talvivaara went bankrupt in 2014 following a string of environmental disasters.

More here.

FINNISH JOURNALIST UNION GOES FULL ORWELLIAN: “TAKE OUR OATH FOR UPHOLDING CORRECT SPEECH ON SOCIAL MEDIA”……

Every single one of them should be forced to sit through Flemming Rose’s presentation in Helsinki, and multiple times.

1984 not an instruction manual

#sananvastuuvala  translates to #responsiblespeechoath

Union of Journalists # sananvastuuvala campaign brings together communicators who respect truth and human dignity. To participate you only need one posting in social media.

Freedom of speech is sometimes mistaken for the liberty to say anything without any consequences. However, freedom of expression involves responsibility for your own writings.

A responsible communicator respects truth and human dignity.

Now you can participate in responsible freedom of expression by emphasising the #responsiblespeechoath campaign on social media such as on Facebook or on Twitter.

The oath reads as follows:

I express myself by respecting human rights. Hate speech will not silence me. I take full responsibility for my words. #sananvastuuvala (#responsiblespeechoath)


Sharing the oath constitutes acceptance of responsibility in what you say, for example, in the media, on social networks or in discussion forums.

At the same time remind others of the importance of responsible communication.

You can challenge a colleague, friend or anyone you want to join. You do not have to work in the media industry to share the oath.

DO THIS:

There are several options:

  • You can share your oath as plain text as an update on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Alongside the oath publish a photo of yourself holding in your hand, a new copy of Journalist (6/2016, Published on Thursday 28.4.) In the centerfold will be a page, where it says #sananvastuuvala. If you do not have the magazine, you can print the hashtag # sananvastuuvala- website (attached to this text, different options), or write it on your own paper.

image update, #sananvastuuvala

  • You can also read the oath in the video at the same time, when you hold your hand for example. Sananvastuuvala # journalistic found on hashtag (The same oath reads on the second page).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Jaakko Kilpeläinen

Journalistiliitto.fi

FINLAND: FAMILY REUNIFICATION COSTS TO INCREASE……

From what I have been told, many of these frauds are coming with lots of cash, so spending a little to gain a lot in return is but a small investment.

What should be rejected are their applications, let alone the bringing in of their kin. We’re talking about 10 00-15 000 asylum seekers bring in their large families, so in a very short time that number balloons to 3 to 5 % of the original number (+ 50 000-75 000 people).

Family reunifications becoming costlier

Faced with a projected 20-fold increase in residence permit applications, Finland will begin charging fees for those seeking family reunifications.

Alaikäinen turvapaikanhakija.

Last year, some 32,500 people sought asylum in Finland, with the largest surge in early autumn.Image: Yle

Finland will begin charging fees for those seeking family reunifications, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. Applications filed by relatives of refugees granted international protection will be no longer be free as of mid-May. Until now, some such filings have been exempt from fees charged for other residence permit applications.

Under the new rules, applying for a residence permit will cost 455 euros per adult and 230 euros per child.

Tuuli Tuunanen, a senior officer at the ministry, told Yle that the charges cover the costs of handling the paperwork.

“Basically all residence permits are already subject to fees. Now this exception for family members is being removed as the number of filings and the associated costs are expected to rise,” she told Yle.

Finland has a relatively strict definition of family, including only spouses, registered or cohabiting partners, children and guardians of minors under age 18.

Asylum applications remain free

The Finnish Immigration Service predicts that some 17,000 family reunification applications will be lodged this year, compared to just 770 last year – an increase of more than 2000 percent. Last year the number of arriving asylum seekers rose more than tenfold to 32,500.

So far roughly a quarter of applications so far processed have been approved, meaning these refugees may apply to bring in family members. Authorities expect the biggest wave of these applications to hit this summer.

Meanwhile nearly 40 percent withdrawing their claims and/or voluntarily leaving the country, while 18 percent of applications have been rejected.

Applying for residence permits will remain free of charge for approved asylum seekers and refugees brought into the country under quota agreements.

The new fees for family members will apply to all applications received after May 16. Tuunanen confirms that any documents registered before that date will not be subject to the new costs.

Humanitarian residence permits phased out

Meanwhile President Sauli Niinistö is expected to sign a new law on Friday doing away with the old practice of issuing residence permits on humanitarian grounds. Instead those seeking international protection in the country can only be granted asylum or residence permits based on so-called subsidiary protection. This is intended to harmonise Finnish legislation with that of the EU and other member states.

Stricter rules will also apply to the collection of processing fees. From now on, officials will not begin processing any application before all applicable fees are paid up.

Sources
Yle

FINLAND: MINISTER OF FOREIGN TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT APOLOGIZES FOR LYING ABOUT ROLE IN FAMILY BUSINESS…….

Yeah, and Finland always features high up there in these international studies as being the least corrupt.

How in the world can Finnish politics allow for members of parliament, let alone a minister within the government, have a direct controlling interest in a business (actually a sitting board member) the same time they’re an elected official? This stinks.

Minister apologises, admits to misleading statements on Belgian tax planning company

Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lenita Toivakka has publicly apologised for misleading the Parliament by saying that she had nothing to do with establishing a Belgian holding company for a family business. Toivakka had previously accused SDP MP Timo Harakka of lying when he claimed that the family business had set up the holding company for tax planning purposes.

Lenita Toivakka.

Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lenita Toivakka. Image: Petteri Paalasmaa / AOP

On Thursday morning Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lenita Toivakka issued a public apology on MTV’s breakfast programme Good Morning Finland (Huomenta Suomi), saying that she had mislead the public by claiming that she was not involved in a family business when it set up a holding company in Belgium.

Toivakka’s climb-down followed statements by SDP MP Timo Harakka in Parliament Tuesday, when he accused Toivakka of involvement in setting up a holding company in Belgium for tax planning purposes. At the time Toivakka, who is a National Coalition MP, heatedly denied the claims and accused Harakka of lying to the Parliament. Toivakka insisted that she was not in any way personally involved in setting up the Belgian holding company.

However on Yle’s A-Studio current affairs discussion programme Wednesday night, Harakka repeated his claim that Toivakka had played a role in establishing the shadow company. He referenced Finnish corporate law to back up his allegations and produced a sheaf of documents, which he said proved “in black and white” that Toivakka did have a hand in the business.

More here.

FINLAND: OVER 350 000 OUT OF WORK AS UNEMPLOYMENT HITS OVER 10%…….

And the very same geniuses who promise us utopia through the EU, are the ones imposing tens of thousands of fraudster Muslim migrants upon us.
muslim surge

Not only that, they’re then focusing their efforts on placing the ones receiving asylum into the job market.

WHAT JOB MARKET, WHAT MONEY TO SCHOOL AND PLACE THEM? THE MAROONS!

Jobless rate climbs above 10 percent in March

The unemployment rate crept above the 10-percent mark to reach 10.1 percent in March, up from 9.4 percent in February, says Statistics Finland. The agency said the average jobless rate for the first quarter of the year came in at 9.6 percent. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy reported that long term unemployment has also increased.

Kuulosuojaimet roikkuvat

Image: Mikko Savolainen / Yle

At the end of March some 273,000 people were out of work, pushing the unemployment rate just above 10 percent, Statistics Finland reported Tuesday.

According to the agency’s labour force survey the jobless rate reached 10.1 percent, compared to 10.3 percent in March 2015. It reported the unemployment rate at 9.4 percent at the end of February.

On average the unemployment rate for the first three months of the year was 9.6 percent. One year earlier it was 9.7 percent.

The unemployment rate among young people aged 15 to 24 at the end of March was 23.8 percent – some 3.9 percentage points lower than in 2015.

Ministry reports over 350,000 out of work

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy, which draws its data directly from local employment offices, said that there were some 351,000 job seekers on the books. That represents an increase of 4,000 on last year.

The ministry further revealed that the number of people who’d been out of work for a year or more rose by nearly 20 percent from 103,000 to 123,000.

Statistics Finland bases its data on population samples. The agency said that different data sources as well as different definitions of unemployment account for the variation in the unemployment statistics reported by both bodies.

According to the data crunchers, between 2006 and 2011 its unemployment figures were between 31,000 and 44,000 lower than the ministry’s. It added that since 2012, the difference has increased, reaching 94,000 in 2014.

VAUNTED FINNISH SCHOOLS FIELDING BELOW PAR MATH STUDENTS, 2/3 OF 9TH GRADERS UNABLE TO CALCULATE PERCENTAGES……

Oops……..

Study: Two-thirds of ninth graders unable to calculate percentages

A new study has found that two out of three ninth graders in Finland are unable to figure out percentages. Only half of the students were able to perform mental arithmetic at “acceptable levels.”

Oppilas matematiikan tunnilla.

File photo. Image: Yle

According to a study by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, two-thirds of ninth graders were unable to calculate everyday math problems like price reduction percentages.

The study involved quizzing students with math problems like: “If an item originally costs 50 euros and you get a 30 percent discount, how much will the item cost?” the education centre’s evaluation expert Sami Julin explained.

“They can’t figure out the discounted price,” he said, adding that problem solving and mental arithmetic were not problem-free areas for many students.

YLE

FINLAND: MORE GOVERNMENT STATISM BECAUSE THEY JUST CAN’T LET GO…….

You would think it’s the 1960’s the way these dunderheads are behaving.

Oh, but they’re Finns, they’ll be the ones to get big bloated government statism right. Complete jackassery, what might work on a micro level (doubtful but..) will not work on a macro level. It’s the main reason why ”alternative energy” source platforms fail time and again.

PM Sipilä floats new state firm to roll out health, social care reform

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has proposed the idea of establishing a of a new state firm to kick start the government’s social and health care reform programme. Speaking at a convention of Centre Party delegates in Jyväskylä Saturday, Sipilä also said he wanted to put a stop to overlapping IT development projects in the sector.Juha Sipilä

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. Image: Jarno Kuusinen / AOP

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has proposed the establishment of a new state organisation to drive the implementation of its social and health care reform programme.

Sipilä said he would like to see a unified IT system as the backbone of the national health care sector in the next few years. The PM noted that a single data system would be a prerequisite for the execution of the government’s radical social and health care reform programme.

“There’s no point now in creating any IT system that is not compatible with a patient data system. At least in the early stages this could be the role of a new state organisation,” Sipilä said Saturday during a meeting of party delegates in Jyväskylä.

The PM noted that digitalization offers the only route to ensuring that Finland is widely settled – a focus on rural development has long been one of the cornerstones of Centre Party policy.

“Modern technology offers amazing opportunities for working remotely. Finnish universities have an excellent foundation for building virtual universities and health centres,” he added.

Criticism for Infra Ltd.

According to Sipilä, government is already looking into setting up another state organ, Infra Ltd. It would be a completely state-owned body responsible for maintaining road networks, shipping lanes and rail lines.

That controversial reform proposal – first tabled by Transport and Communication Minister Anne Berner last week – has been the subject of harsh criticism from the opposition, as well as from coalition partner, the Finns Party.

“I don’t understand why incorporation is such a bogey man. For example the city of Helsinki has numerous corporations,” Sipilä pointed out.

The premier stressed that the proposal is still being reviewed and noted that government will adopt a formal position on the matter only after the conclusion of commenting rounds.

“The Centre Party is committed to safeguarding public transportation and taxi services throughout the country in the future as well,” Sipilä declared.

Yle

THREE MEN JAILED OVER GANG RAPE ON FERRY…….

They’re calling them ”Swedes”……..

The original story is here.

Three men jailed over gang rape on ferry

Three men jailed over gang rape on ferry

File images of the Cinderella ferry. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Published: 22 Apr 2016 11:56 GMT+02:00

Three men were sentenced on Friday to four years each in jail for the group rape of a young woman on board a ferry to the Finnish island of Åland last February.

The victim was heavily under the influence of alcohol when the three men lured her into a cabin on the Cinderella ferry.

They then took turns raping her, the woman told Södertörn district court. They also hit her, ripped her skin, and gripped her throat.

The three men denied committing an offence, claiming the woman was not coerced into full sexual intercourse and oral sex.

But the court found the woman’s testimony to be credible, and noted that it was supported by a medical certificate documenting her injuries shortly after the incident took place.

The woman’s lawyer, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, was pleased that the men had been found guilty of aggravated rape.

“The trial was difficult and complicated but the court decided that my client was credible,” she told The Local.

More here.

FINLAND: INTERIOR MINISTER WANTS TO INSTITUTIONALIZE ‘QUOTA SYSTEMS’ FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS ON EU MEMBER STATES……

Now they’re openly telling us that they want to force Muslim economic/tourist migrants on us, screw the rules, they’ll adopt new ones to push their agenda.

Finland calls for EU quota system for when migration hits crisis levels

Ahead of an EU summit on Thursday, interior minister Petteri Orpo comes out in support of member states being forced to accept a share of asylum seekers during times of mass migration.

Petteri Orpo
Interior minister Petteri Orpo Image: Markku Ojala / AOP

Finland’s interior minister, Petteri Orpo, has called for EU countries to be forced to accept quotas of asylum seekers during crisis situations, on the eve of a summit to discuss reform of the EU’s migration policy.

EU interior ministers will convene in Luxemburg on Thursday to try to reach agreement on how the union should deal with new arrivals, after the mass migration of last autumn is widely seen as having rendered the current system, based on the so-called “Dublin regulation”, unworkable.

Under the Dublin rules, a refugee’s first EU country of arrival becomes the one to deal with any potential asylum claim. The idea behind the system was to speed-up decision making and avoid asylum seekers becoming stuck in a bureaucratic battle between two member states. However, the protocol became widely ignored during the recent migration crisis, in part due to the sheer numbers of people arriving in individual EU border countries such as Greece.

Two new models

At Thursday’s meeting, interior ministers will discuss two new models for how the EU deals with migrants in future. Under the first proposal, an emergency mechanism of quotas, whereby asylum seekers are distributed to member states across the EU, would kick in during times of mass migration. Under the second option, the Dublin arrangement would be scrapped altogether and replaced with permanent quotas, forcing member countries to take in a share of asylum seekers arriving within the EU.

In a statement on Wednesday, interior minister Petteri Orpo said that Finland is firmly in favour of a temporary quota system.

”Finland’s position is in support of a system of interior relocations that could be implemented in times of crisis, when the number of people arriving puts a member state’s adherence to the Dublin regulation at risk and causes serious disruption to the whole EU. All member states would participate in the interior relocations,” the statement said.

The idea of forced quotas has so far been strongly opposed by a number of EU states, including the UK.

At the meeting the ministers will also try to reach agreement on ways to standardise the asylum process and asylum decisions across the EU’s 28 member states. The EU’s deal to return migrants to Turkey in exchange for accepting Syrian refugees from Turkish camps is also on the agenda.

FINLAND: BORDER POLICE TURN AWAY FIRST MUSLIM SETTLERS FROM RUSSIA…….

About time………….

hobbits-clapping

Lapland border officials turn away first would-be entrants at Finnish-Russian crossing

Raja-Jooseppi turvapaikanhakijoiden pyöriä joulukuussa 2015

A new border restriction has been in force for 10 days at Finland’s two Lapland border crossings on the Russian border in a bilateral agreement to clamp down on illegal migration. Border officials at the two stations say they have now turned away their first potential entrants to the country, advising them to try a different border crossing until the 180-day ban is lifted.

More here.

FINLAND: NGO (OPEN-BORDER FLAKES) UPSET IMMIGRANTS NEED TO EARN OVER 2600 A MONTH BEFORE IMPORTING FAMILY MEMBERS……

So the newcomers will not be a financial burden on the citizenry….

Why should we believe that a migrant is more virtuous and noble than the people expected to pay their upkeep? Non-citizens/outside governments have no right to determine the immigration policy of the host society. The purpose of immigration is to benefit the host society, not a “golden ticket” welfare program for the world’s ”masses”.

illegal muslim settlers

Human rights group: Planned family reunification demands virtually impossible

A refugee rights organisation says they don’t accept government’s plans to raise the income demands on people to bring non-EU family members to live in Finland, according to evening tabloid Iltalehti, calling current demands already nearly impossible to fulfill.

The government has proposed a significant hike in necessary income levels for people who want to bring family members from outside the EU to Finland. If the proposal goes through, a sponsor would need to earn 2,600 euros per month after taxes in order to be allowed to bring a non-EU family member to the country.

Income requirements are just one part of the hoops people who want to reunite with close family members, according to Kaisa Väkiparta, communications chief at the Finnish Refugee Council.

A major change to legislation in 2012 requires that each family member who wants to come to Finland has to personally visit a Finnish embassy nearest to their home country to apply. But Väkiparta says this just wouldn’t work in practice, the paper writes.

Väkiparta gave as an example a case of a family from Afghanistan living in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Each family member would have to travel back to the country they fled – Afghanistan – to fetch necessary documents like birth and marriage certificates.

Then, the applicants who are located in Kabul, Afghanistan, for example, have to travel to the nearest Finnish embassy – which is located about one thousand kilometres away in Delhi, India.

Väkiparta called the process dangerous and sometimes impossible, the paper writes.

More here.

FINLAND: NATIONAL COALITION MP (HACK) PERTTI SALOLAINEN SAYS UK SHOULD RESCHEDULE BREXIT VOTE…….

Pertti Salolainen is the politician who stated a few years ago in a discussion on Finnish state TV (YLE) on the pro-Israel lobby that “Jews control money and media in the US“: 

pertti salolainen anti-semitic smear on US Jews 30.11.2012

Now Blovious Ignoramus Maximus weighs in on what the Brits should do concerning leaving the EU, (I’m surprised he hasn’t brought the Joooos into the subject).

Pertti Salolainen: Brexit would jeopardize the future of the EU – the referendum should be moved

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MP Pertti Salolainen believes that Britain should consider moving the EU referendum.LKS 20150428 The new parliament began its first session on the premises of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. ikäpresidentti of Parliament Pertti Salolainen served as the first President. Lehtikuva / Martti KainulainenPertti Salolainen. ( Lehtikuva / Martti Kainulainen )

Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament,  Pertti Salolainen, believes that with the approach of the British referendum there have accumulated a lot of new unpredictable burdens which form the basis for moving the referendum.

According to Salolainen, the ruling Conservative Party is a lot more seriously broken than was originally assessed and in addition to party membership’s support of Prime Minister David Cameron’s position having been weakened by the Panama-papers crisis.

– The question really is not just Britain, but that Brexit would jeopardize the future of the entire EU region and could lead to increasing demands from member countries at the expense of co-operation, says Salolainen.

Salolainen feels what is important is the question of the TTIP free trade agreement negotiations with the EU. the the position would be weakened. The United States has already seriously warned about the UK’s departure.

The departure would be in the dimension of foreign and security policy, as the UK is the EU’s strongest military power. Salolainen recalls that the EU has initially established a strong European peace system.

– It is strange that Britain, which has suffered the tragic loss of two world wars, is now forgetting the importance of European unity. Russia, in turn, would be very pleased of the deterioration and fragmentation of the EU.

More here in Finnish

NOTE: EU hacks like Salolainen are feverishly trying to push the meme that “the EU itself has been responsible for securing peace in Europe for the past +60 years, and for the Brits to go their own way, would come at the expense of that peace.”

What sell out maroons (pseudo conservatives) like Salolainen would like you to forget, is that European security has been traditionally secured by NATO (US taxpayers), and that they (EU states) have been given a free ride with their security financial responsibilities to experiment with their socialist welfare states.

All that aside, the UK has no intention of leaving NATO, just the legislative tyranny of the EU (democratic despotism), and hand back to the people some measure of voter accountability. That’s something which a statist like Salolainen finds detestable.

FINLAND: GOVERNMENT’S NEW CARROT AND STICK APPROACH TO GET UNEMPLOYED AND IMMIGRANTS TO START OWN BUSINESSES…….

How about ending the nanny state, degrow government, get the foot off the private sector, lower taxes, create a flat tax of 10-12% across the board, and stop flooding yourself with people who will not assimilate into the host society?

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Immigrants into entrepreneurs

Most papers also cover a big announcement by the government yesterday of its new carrot and stick approach to turning unemployed and immigrants into starting up own businesses. Under the package, unveiled by Finns Party employment minister Jari Lindström, there will be more support for small business owners and companies hiring unemployed people. On the other hand, the government will tighten up the terms of unemployment benefit.

Helsingin Sanomat leads with a detailed rundown of the measures, which economic affairs minister Olli Rehn hopes will create 110,000 new jobs. Unemployment benefit can be changed into start-up money for a jobless person who decides to set up on their own. There will be a 5k voucher available for a business to buy in outside expertise and innovation. The government will pay support to a self-employed person if they decide to hire someone else. And there will be a work-experience scheme for unemployed people to be able to show off their skills during a work placement, in the hope of it leading to a real contract.

A key part of the package is aimed towards getting immigrants into Finland’s job market. The government says it will begin fast-tracking residence permits for immigrants setting up small businesses, and allow them to also open a bank account at point of establishing a firm.

Foreign investors looking for a place to put some money will, the government hopes, be tempted by the promise of a ’golden visa’ – a residence permit for anyone investing half a million euros or more into the country.

The ’stick’ part of the government’s plan is to toughen up the conditions for unemployment benefit, upping the pressure on jobless people to accept work that is further away or outside their experience or training. Currently someone can turn down work that doesn’t match their experience or training for the first three months of unemployment benefit. The measures suggest cutting this allowance entirely or shortening it by half. More details will be announced next Monday.

One ex-worker at games company Rovio, now unemployed, says she’s sceptical of how the government’s measures might work in practice. “Supporting entrepreneurs is a good thing but not if it cuts the money people are living on” she says. She’s wary that work experience placements will just be used by companies for free labour.  But the owner of a startup whose workforce is already very international says he’s grateful the government wants to reward businesses for employing people from overseas.

Recommend a refugee

Meanwhile Hufvudstadsbladet carries a glowing front-page report on its own project – in conjunction with the Red Cross and other media agencies – to find voluntary work for asylum seekers through the ”Recommend a Refugee” website. Refugees can create their own profile and be matched up with people looking for some help. So far, 70 refugees have signed up, and 50 people given placements, the paper says, claiming that the project is gathering speed.

Ahmed Ali, for instance, has been working clearing a golf course in Evitskog. ”This does us good,” he tells the paper. ”Just sitting around waiting for our asylum decision is killing us,” he says.

YLE

FINLAND: MALE ASYLUM SEEKERS WHO INVADED WOMEN’S WASHROOM AT SWIMHALL TO BE GIVEN MAXIMUM ‘FIVE MONTH BAN’……

If that’s it, expect more attempts…..

Asylum seekers who invaded women’s washroom identified by safety cameras

Men who had invaded women’s washrooms at the Lieksanjoki swimming hall  have been found. Their identity became known as the reception center employee recognized them in surveillance camera images.

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The identity of men who penetrated the women’s dressing room is known.

The two men had gone, despite the swimming pool prohibitions, to the side of the women’s washrooms in mid-March in Lieksa. They also sought to get into the women’s locker room.

The City and Märäjälahti reception center investigated the identity of the men over a period of several weeks. In the end, a reception center employee identified the men in swimming pool camera images.

Reception Centre’s Director Tomi Martikainen says that the matter shall be reviewed in conjunction with a representative of the city, a reception center for asylum seekers and employees.

Education Director Arto Sihvonen says that men can be banned from the blatant violation of the rules of the swimming pool until September.

YLE H/T: Vasarahammer

NOTE: It’s the same swimhall where muslims were upset over film from security cameras being seen by the male staff in the swim hall area.

 

FINLAND: MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT STILL AS 250 000 FINNS OUT OF WORK

Official verification of unemployment stat I’ve been reporting on for well over a year.

The numbers are even worse, when taking into account those who have stopped looking for work. The unemployment situation in Finland has always been a systemic one, the nanny state sucks up way too much capital in wealth redistribution, plus the myriad of regulations and now, hammered by the influx of unemployable/unassimilable people who do no to know the language, with next to little skills for a modern society and with an end not in sight.

Statistics Finland: More than a quarter of a million jobless in 2015

Fresh data from Statistics Finland indicate that the average unemployment rate in 2015 was 9.4 percent, representing more than a quarter of a million people out of work during the year. A former senior finance ministry official says that government has its work cut out for it to create 110,000 jobs to boost employment.

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Image: Andy Rain / EPA

Statistics Finland reported Tuesday that the average number of unemployed people last year was 252,000, some 20,000 more than in 2014.

Those numbers pushed the average jobless rate to 9.4 percent in 2015, up from an average of 8.7 percent in 2014.

Last year the employment rate fell slightly to 68.1 percent, from 68.3 percent one year earlier – a point noted by Juha Sipilä’s government, which says it wants to increase the employment rate to 72 percent by creating 110,000 new jobs.

Last year the number of working age people who had fallen through the cracks and dropped out of the job market was 144,000, some 5,000 more than in 2014.

The number crunchers said that this group had grown steadily since 2008.

Ex-ministry official: Gov’t unlikely to achieve job creation goal

On Tuesday former Finance Ministry director general Jukka Pekkarinen expressed skepticism about the government’s ability to reach its goal of creating over 100,000 new jobs.

“People can believe what they will. In order to reach that goal the pull from both the international and Finnish economies would have to be very different from what it is now,” Pekkarinen told Yle’s Aamu-tv breakfast programme.

Pekkarinen said that any measures the government takes to advance employment would have limited effect against the backdrop of the big picture. He noted that economic growth is the alpha and omega of job stimulation and government’s prescriptions should focus on generating growth.

“We would need new measures from the government and other policies to get anywhere near that goal,” he added.

He said such policies could include providing supplementary training as well as ensuring a functional social benefits system that would support people entering the job market.

Economy Minister Olli Rehn, Labour Minister Jari Lindström and Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lenita Toivakka hosted a press conference at noon Tuesday to fill in the gaps in government’s job creation plan.

Yle

NOTE: Add to the mix, the government’s plan in focusing on muslim settlers first, getting them into the jobs market, ahead of its own citizens, will only breed more contempt and dísgust. Also the taking on of more debt to fund buffoonish asylum policies is going to piss off an ever increasing amount of Finns.

FINLAND: DEATH PANELS FOR CANCER PATIENTS DUE TO RISING COSTS IN TREATMENT…….

Socialized medicine…..

If not for big government/statism, just think of all the innovations, advancements in medicine and reduced costs due to free market principles that could have been achieved. I look at what could have been when I see how much statism is involved on all levels of society. Our modern societies are a result of what we have been able to achieve in spite of socialism, not because of it.

“We might have to start thinking about what we can afford, and maybe even soon prioritize some cases for treatment above others. We have to enter into a dialogue with the regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical companies about how we can best offer treatment to patients who will benefit from it.”

Rising cost of cancer medication threatens treatment

As Finland’s population grows older, more and more of its residents are falling ill with rare forms of cancer. Cancer treatment and drugs may be developing at an unprecedented rate, but they are also growing more expensive – a drain on public health service resources. Helsinki’s lead cancer doctor fears that Finland may soon be forced to start prioritising certain kinds of cancer patients as a result.

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The Docrates Cancer Center in Helsinki is the first private hospital in the Nordics to specialise in cancer treatment. Image: Docrates Syöpäsairaala

Kimmo Porkka, head of clinical haematology at the Helsinki University Central Hospital, is concerned that the rising cost of specialized cancer treatments will eventually lead public health services to rank cancer patients in need of treatment.

Finland’s Cancer Register estimates that 250,000 people in Finland have been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. The clear majority, 78 percent, are struck with common forms of the disease, like breast, prostate, lung or intestinal cancer.

The remaining 22 percent, some 21,000 Finnish residents, have a cancer that is classified as rare. Among these, cancers of the blood are most common. There are 140 different known blood cancers, whose onset have not been linked to lifestyle choices like smoking or excess weight, and therefore are apparently random.

Easy to research, but increasingly piecemeal

Haematology specialist Porkka says blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are easy to research, as samples of a patient’s blood and bone marrow are relatively easy to examine.

“It is very difficult to obtain samples of stomach cancer, for example, and so cancers of the blood have been the subject of more research even though they are rare. Many new cancer drugs can actually trace their origin back to haematological research,” he says.

Most cancers work in the same way and can be attributed to the same abnormal genes. Antibodies used in immunotherapies to increase the strength of immune responses were developed to cure cancers of the blood, for example, but have also proved effective against solid tumours.

A more case-by-case approach in future

Porkka says the entire field of cancer research is in for a monumental change now that renegade genes in cancer cells can be examined more easily.

“Common cancers, like breast or colon cancer, will also be distributed among very small groups in future, so people with cancer will become increasingly unique and will require a wider variety of treatments,” he says.

This increasing fragmentation will be a challenge for pharmaceutical development, as patient groups will become smaller and smaller. Despite new drugs appearing at a rapid pace, this could mean that it may take ten years before they can be released to the market.

Clinical tests must be held in three phases before new drugs can be authorised for use. In order for a medication to be eligible for reimbursement from Finland’s state benefits provider Kela, yet another study comparing the new drug to standard medication already in use must also be carried out.

Porkka says the entire process is too slow, and partly outdated.

“It is very difficult, almost impossible, to gather enough instances to meet these requirements for rare cancers, a road that even common cancers are set to go down as numbers fall. This is a challenge for the authorities because they have to weigh what should be considered sufficient evidence of a drug’s efficacy for a very small patient group.”

Rigid reimbursement scheme needs an update

Porkka is convinced that cancer treatment will become increasingly personalised in the near future, as health care professionals work to come up with more precise solutions. He is concerned that the rules regarding Kela reimbursements will become even stricter.

“Almost all cancer treatment medication is so expensive that it is unimaginable that patients could pay from it themselves. Drugs to fight cancer should be free, but for many medications this isn’t the case.”

Helsinki’s Department of Oncology has seen yearly expense increases of five percent, a development Porkka feels is unsustainable. Every patient is still receiving treatment, but Porkka is concerned about the future.

“We might have to start thinking about what we can afford, and maybe even soon prioritize some cases for treatment above others. We have to enter into a dialogue with the regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical companies about how we can best offer treatment to patients who will benefit from it.”

Yle

FINLAND: STATE PUNISHES UBER TAXI DRIVER WITH HEFTY FINES FOR FREE MARKET ENTREPRENEURSHIP……

Statists and their business cronies……

Why in the world does a citizen need approval from the state to operate a taxi service? The only reason as to why they do, is direct lobbying from big taxi services that have used government to reward themselves with an almost complete monopoly of the market. There is no reason as to why individuals shouldn’t be able to compete is the sector freely.

Helsinki Uber driver ordered to pay state 12,000 euros

The Helsinki District Court has found a 23 year-old man guilty of illegally operating as a taxi driver in Helsinki. The man, who worked for three and a half months as a driver with the ride-sharing service Uber, received a 25-day fine amounting to 150 euros and was also ordered to surrender his ill-gotten gains – estimated at 12,000 euros – to the state.

Uber-taksi tilataan älypuhelimen sovelluksen avulla. Yhtiön Tukholmassa käyttämät autot ovat tavallisia rekisteröityjä takseja.
Taxis used by Uber in Stockholm are regular registered taxis. Image: Yle

A 23 year-old man who worked as a taxi driver for the ride-sharing service Uber was found guilty by the Helsinki District Court Tuesday of illegally plying the trade.

The court sentenced the man, who had worked as a taxi driver for three and a half months, to pay fines amounting to 150 euros. He was also ordered to hand over 12,250 euros to the state, which the court estimated as his gross earnings during the period.

The court found that the man had operated the taxi service without the required authorization between May and August last month.

More here.

FINLAND POST-PANAMA PAPERS: POLITICOS WANT TO ”REIGN IN TAX DODGERS”…….

I’m all for paying tax to support government within narrowly defined parameters, how about a quid pro quo?

You can ferret out tax dodgers and we force you to end your redistribution of our wealth to people over which we have no control?

Panama Papers: MPs call on govt to rein in tax dodgers

Alexander Stubb, Timo Soini Ja Juha Sipilä

MPs attending Tuesday’s parliamentary session were full of praise for the so called Panama Papers, which involved the largest ever data leak implicating hundreds of high-ranking individuals and financial institutions in apparent widespread tax evasion. Lawmakers issued a unanimous call for closer scrutiny of tax planning and tighter regulations to combat tax evasion.

More here.

 

FINLAND TAKES IN SYRIAN FRAUDS FROM TURKEY IN ”RESETTLEMENT” BOONDOGGLE……

Disgusting……….vetted by the Turks.

How reassuring. ”Do you hate Israel and Americans? Yes. Ok, here’s your ticket. Next!”

First Syrian refugees resettled from Turkey to Finland

The first group of Syrian refugees to be resettled across Europe as part of a deal between Turkey and the EU arrived in Finland on Monday. The group of 11 comprises three families and authorities say they aim to place the newcomers in municipalities as quickly as possible.

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On Monday Greece began returning to Turkey asylum seekers heading onward to Europe as part of a plan agreed with the EU in March. Image: Yannis Kolesidis / EPA

Finland received its first group of refugees who are being resettled from Turkey to EU member states as part of a deal struck last month to try and slow the arrival of asylum seekers into the region.

According to Jorma Vuorio, director-general of the Interior Ministry’s immigration unit, the Syrians – a group of three families – arrived at the Helsinki international airport on Monday.

The 11 individuals were flown to Finland from Turkey and will initially be accommodated at a reception centre before they are relocated to municipalities – as soon as possible, authorities said.

“Finland has tried to take entire families”

On Monday, Greece began returning to Turkey asylum seekers seeking to travel on to Europe. A deal brokered between the EU and Turkey last month will see the EU resettle as many refugees in member states as Greece sends back to Turkey.

Finland will select refugees based on a pre-selection of Syrians by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

“Finland has always tried to take entire families, because that way we will get the entire family unit and there won’t be separate applications later on for other family members,” Vuorio explained.

Finland has agreed to accept a total of 600 Syrians from Turkey as part of the deal it worked out with the EU.

Germany also received its first set of arrivals under the agreement on Monday.

Many European politicians and human rights groups have condemned the refugee returns agreement, saying that it violates human rights conventions. Amnesty International has also pointed out that Turkey is not safe for asylum seekers.

More asylum seekers bound for Finland under EU internal resettlement plan

In addition to the Syrians to be taken in from Turkish refugee camps, Finland has also previously committed to accommodating 3,200 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy as part of an internal EU resettlement plan. However the country has so far only received a small number.

“We have had a problem in that no one has come that way… People don’t want to register for internal relocation,” Vuorio said.

The official said that EU member countries were still to redistribute some 54,000 asylum seekers as part of the resettlement plan, with Finland’s share of that outstanding number amounting to 1,100.

“Now there is no decision on whether or not we will focus on relocating people from Turkey or just some while the rest will be internal resettlements,” Vuorio added.

He pointed out that there has been no EU-level decision on the numbers still awaiting internal resettlement.

“But that’s the number floating around in the background,” he remarked.