The Finnish political elite have tried to use the neo-nazi manslaughter case against the Finns party, Soini isn’t having any of it.

The SDP/Hard Left/Greens etc have links to violent social movements such as Antifa and the Anarchists, and animal rights movements and radical environmentalists. Like I’ve said before, it’s only by accident that the violence meted out by these groups haven’t led to a manslaughter case. They are not blameless.

Finns Party’s Soini: We don’t take orders from other parties

Foreign Minister and Finns Party chair Timo Soini has penned a testy response to his government coalition partner, National Coalition head Petteri Orpo, reminding him that his party is independent and does not take orders from others. Soini’s blog comments followed a call from Orpo to dig into some Finns Party politicians’ alleged ties with extreme right-wing organisations.

Timo Soini

Timo Soini Image: Yle

On Saturday, National Coalition Party chair Petteri Orpo threw down the gauntlet for Finns Party chair Timo Soini, calling on him to clarify the issue of alleged links between some Finns Party politicians to extreme-right groups.

Orpo and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä joined some 15,000 people who turned out for an anti-racism rally at Helsinki’s Citizen’s Square on Saturday. The demonstration followed the death of a young man after an attack by a member of the neo-Nazi Finnish Resistance Movement.

Orpo, who is also Finance Minister, noted that although the majority of Finns Party MPs and other politicians acted responsibly, the party should still look into its members’ backgrounds.

Soini: Angry messages from party members

Writing in his blog Saturday, Soini retorted that the Finns Party is an independent party and does not take direction or orders from any other party.

He advised Orpo to focus on his own party, the National Coalition Party, adding that the Finance Minister’s comments had generated dozens of acrimonious messages from party faithful.

Last week, Finns Party parliamentary group leader Sampo Terho described talk of connections to the extreme-right as old claims that had already been dealt with.

Terho added that the party leadership had no information to suggest that central figures in the party had any relationship with extremist groups. He concluded that the matter would not be revisited unless new information about possible links emerged.


Ok, genius (so not), lets investigate them…

While we’re at it, lets investigate the SDP/The Hard Left/The Greens for their connections to various ”anti-racism” hooligans like Antifa and various Anarichist groups that operate in the country with impunity. It’s only by accident that any of their blows haven’t lead to any manslaughter.

Minister Orpo to Finns Party: Extremist group connections must be investigated

The chair of Finland’s centre-right National Coalition Party, Petteri Orpo, joined over 15,000 people in Helsinki’s Citizen’s Square Saturday to take a stand against racism. He said the Finns Party’s stated opposition to violence and racism should be made apparent in their actions as well.

Petteri Orpo

Petteri Orpo Image: AOP

Petteri Orpo, chair of the government coalition member National Coalition Party and current Finance Minister, delayed his party’s statutory national council meeting on Saturday by a half-hour so his party’s leadership could put an appearance at the anti-racism demonstration Stop this Game (Peli poikki) in Helsinki.

Orpo admitted that it was the first protest that he had ever taken part in. He says he decided to join in because the issue was so important to him.

In his later speech to the party council, the NCP Chair reiterated his position that extremist groups’ operations should be outlawed in Finland. He said that while it won’t mean an end to the violence, it would send a clear opposing signal.

The Finance Minister also had some advice for his governmental partners, the populist Finns Party. He said the party needs to go through its ranks with a fine-toothed comb and get to the bottom of any links to far-right groups.

“I think they [the Finns’ Party] need to make it absolutely clear that they condemn violence and racism. This should also be reflected in their operations. Of course, it must start with the ministerial group, with whom we enjoy a good working relationship and there is nothing to comment on. The clear majority of their parliamentary group members and party adherents in the field also act responsibly. I expect that they will look into the matters with care,” Orpo said.

NOTE: They’re sanctimonious morons, seeking to take the Finns party down (when they’re not shooting themselves in their feet) by throwing their wagging finger in their face, all the while they’ve got problems in their own ranks.


Yeah, but what does that help when all their decision making is based on faulty premises and failed thinking?

Finland would literally be the very last country to leave the EU, and hesitating on whether to turn out the lights before nervously heading towards the door.

PM Sipilä: Castigating and cathartic talk at EU Summit

Pääministeri Juha Sipilä Saksan liittokansleri Angela Merkelin vieressä Bratislavassa 16. syyskuuta.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says the first major post-Brexit EU Summit is a new start for the union, describing the talks between the remaining 27 EU Member States as both constructive and cordial. The opposition Greens believe Sipilä is irresponsible for insinuating that the crisis might be beneficial for Finland.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä is representing Finland this weekend at the EU Summit in Bratislava. Speaking from Slovakia on Friday, he described the meeting as new start for the union.

“It’s a springboard for instigating clearer decision-making and making sure that the guarantees and implementation of directives meet. People’s trust in the union will only return if we are able to scale back our expectations. This way we can deliver what we have promised,” the premier said.

Sipilä said he spoke at the summit about how the implementation of good EU decisions has been less than ideal, adding that other Member States acknowledged this same problem.

Divided on immigration and finance

The 27 EU countries are meeting to discuss the future direction of the beleaguered union, after Britain’s referendum vote to leave earlier this year.  The goal is to come up with a united front by March 2017, when the Treaty of Rome celebrates its 60-year anniversary.

EU countries remain sharply divided over the issues of immigration and fiscal discipline. Sipilä said a great deal of talk at the summit has been devoted to a better recognition of these differences.

He said that a general effort to streamline meetings was also on the agenda.

“It does an engineer and pragmatic Finn good to aim for more effective meetings,” Sipilä said.

Security high on the agenda

Upon his arrival in Bratislava Friday morning, Sipilä said that security issues would also be high on the agenda.

“If [the union] can’t meet people’s sense of a security requirement fully, [the security issue] will rise to number one on the list,” he said.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for closer EU defence cooperation in a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday.

“It is perhaps an exaggeration to speak of a common army, but there are many things we could do to deepen our cooperation,” Sipilä said.

Opposition outrage

Green Party Chair Ville Niinistö responded critically to Sipilä’s comments from Bratislava on Saturday, saying he is shocked that Sipilä is presenting the current precarious situation in a positive light, as if there would be a benefit to Finland.

“Our prime minister doesn’t seem to be taking his responsibility seriously, considering the grave challenges presented to European cooperation at present,” Niinistö said. “It is in Finland’s best interests to strengthen EU unity.”

He says plans to enhance defence cooperation in the EU are a step in the right direction.

“The EU is already a deep political alliance that binds our destinies,” Niinistö stated.


This offers no certainty whatsoever that unwanted elements will be gone from the country.

And all the money spent (wasted) on the entire enterprise will fall upon future generations to pay off…if it ever could be.

Finland to close most asylum seekers’ reception centres by late 2017

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) will decide by the end of September which centres are to be shuttered next year. The agency’s new reception director is wary of proposals to place rejected asylum seekers into designated deportation centres, though.

Pekka Nuutinen

Pekka Nuutinen takes over as reception director on October 1. Image: Mikko Koski / Yle

The Finnish Immigration Service is closing more asylum seekers’ reception centres. According to the plan, the capacity of the centres will drop to less than a third from its peak last winter.

This autumn, closures of reception centres will be sped up. By year’s end, there will be less than 17,000 bed spaces available, down from more than 30,000 a year earlier. If all goes to plan, by late next year there will be a capacity of less than 10,000 berths – barring any unforeseen new surge of applicants.

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) will decide by the end of September which centres are to be shuttered next year.

Costs, security and location

Pekka Nuutinen, the newly-appointed Director of Migri’s Reception Unit, says that officials will be taking a close look at costs and efficiency during the decision-making process.

“Certainly finances will continue to be a key factor and may even be further emphasised,” he told Yle. “But there are also functionality, security and regional location. Many different kinds of issues; it’s quite a mosaic that we have to consider in this situation as the reception network is adapted.”

The Interior Ministry expects about 10,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year, and about the same number next year. If that’s correct, it’ll be less than one third as many as showed up unexpectedly last year. At the same time, Migri is rushing to process that backlog of applications, aiming to complete last year’s by the end of 2016.

Deportation centres “risky”

Some 14,000 people are waiting to hear whether they’ll be allowed to stay, but the rate of approvals is declining. Most of those rejected leave voluntarily but some have to be deported with police escorts.

Nuutinen is sceptical about suggestions that rejected asylum seekers should be gathered together in deportation centres.

“If we take just this kind of people who are at this stage of the process and concentrate them together in the same place, then it might produce…major risk concentrations in functional terms,” he warns.

Nuutinen, the former director of the Metsälä reception centre in Helsinki, was named last week as the new Director of the Reception Unit. He takes over on October 1 from Jorma Kuuluvainen, who is retiring.


The rest are just throw-ins…..

There is no conservative party in Finland, just a wide range of statists. 41.5% of the public support leftist politics, the rest are just a jumbled confused mass of people who have no clear understanding of liberty and freedom. But like the Chinese, they like the rewards of capitalism, (actual stuff) but keep it under tight control, thereby limiting its full potential.

Popularity of SDP and Finns Party plunge – Left Alliance surges

The conservative NCP has moved past the opposition SDP into second place in a new Yle poll. The premier’s Centre remains steady as the most popular party, while the opposition Left Alliance has pushed the Finns Party down into an ignoble fifth place.


More here.


Why do we need a ”Labor Minister” in the first place?

The central government shouldn’t be involved in the private sector other than in determining legislation that keeps the playing field equal (in just law). It fails miserably at it due to big government cronyism, which in the end chooses winners and losers. If government wasn’t as ubiquitous as it is today, there wouldn’t be a labor ministry and the economy would be allowed to right itself, and there wouldn’t be a systemic +200 000 unemployed in a population of 5.3 million.

NOTE: Statist government creates economic dislocation from its absurd financial, physical and social policies, then stands there dictating how it will solve them. Get out of the way dammit and let the society itself right all your wrongs.

Labour minister: Unemployed can use benefits to start companies, create jobs

On Monday the Minister of Justice and Labour Jari Lindström presented a few of the government’s unemployment benefit reform proposals. The reforms involve both the tightening and loosening of the programmes’ rules. He said that if implemented, the measures could help 10,000 unemployed people find work.

Jari Lindström

Minister of Justice and Labour Jari Lindström. Image: Yle

Nearly a week ago the government officially announced some of the programmes it has in mind to achieve its target of getting 110,000 unemployed people back to work. Some of the details began to emerge on Monday at a press conference with a presentation by Minister of Justice and Labour Jari Lindström.

Among other things, the proposed reforms to unemployment benefits include changes to how those euros can be spent.

Currently, the average unemployed person in Finland receives some 700 euros per month in support, but that money can only be spent on general living expenses, not for example, towards starting a business.

More here.

NOTE: Those who think the Finns Party is the answer to government problems, will only disappoint themselves, they’re as statist as the SDP and The Left, with only nuance in differences.


These new unemployed………

tard settlers on the march

Gov’t trailing employment targets

Last summer the Finnish government targeted the creation of 110,000 new jobs in four years. After ten months in office they are well behind schedule, but officials say that they’re still confident of reaching their goal.

Image: Yle Uutisgrafiikka

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government has now been in office for ten months, but has not made much progress towards one of its key targets. The aim is to increase Finland’s employment rate to 72 percent, which would require the creation of 110,000 new jobs.

In reality, however, the employment rate has barely budged from the starting point last May, which was 67.9 percent. It is now 68.2 percent—both figures are seasonally adjusted. The 72 percent figure represents a return to the peak years of the 1980s and 1990s.

The Ministry for Employment and the Economy says that the trend is positive. Officials point to a slowdown in the growth in the number of unemployed jobseekers.

“The number of unemployed jobseekers is no longer growing at the same rate it was last summer,” said Heikki Räisänen, who leads the research unit at the ministry. “It seems clear that the trend has been so strong since last summer that it will continue.”

Räisänen expects that the turning point will come this summer, when he predicts that the number of unemployed will start to fall.

More at YLE

NOTE: Yeah, the numbers in normal times might begin to fall, but with the Spring comes even more numbers of Muslim settlers, and what are they going to do then when resources dry up? Borrow more money!


Statism kills jobs……..

More Finns being forced to compete for jobs with muslim settlers, whose demographics are growing to such levels, they say that they need a halal slaughter house.

Nokia plans 1,300 job cuts in Finland

Nokian pääkonttori Espoossa.

Nokia has announced it plans to cut some 1,300 jobs in Finland by 2018. The telecom networks equipment firm says that it is targeting nearly 1 billion euros in savings by 2018 following its acquisition of French rival Alcatel-Lucent.

More here.


I always greatly disliked sports trainers and coaches working for the teams of other countries than their own, it also includes former PM’s.

This is the maroon who was PM of Finland during the 90’s while it was still a sovereign nation, then he led it into the EU. The rest is history. Now he’s helping to develop the economy of the Russian fascist government.

muslim invasion of europe

Ex-PM: Job at state-owned Russian bank ‘wouldn’t be political’

Former Prime Minister of Finland Esko Aho says that his possible board position at the state-owned Russian bank Sberbank is not a political job. Aho also told Yle that western sanctions are only the third most significant problem facing the Russian economy.

Esko Aho.
Esko Aho. Image: Yle

Finland’s former Prime Minister Esko Aho has been nominated to join the board of Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank. Speaking to Yle on Monday, he said that he didn’t see anything political in the post.

“My job is to help the bank’s development and in that way help the Russian economy,” said former PM and Centre Party leader Aho. “I am not a political actor in any respect. If the bank begins to succeed, there could also be a positive effect on the Finnish economy.”

Sberbank has restricted access to US and EU capital markets after the EU and US imposed sanctions on the bank following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Aho says that most of the bank’s operations continue as normal, but it has difficulty finding capital on longer terms than 30 days.

Aho also chairs the board of EastOffice, a coalition of Finnish firms that works to advance their interests in the Russian market. He says that the issue of sanctions and trade with Russia has been painted too black and white.

More here.


I report on this to prove two points.


The first being, none of the status quo political parties are taking seriously the threat the EU holds to Finland’s future. The statist regime is corrupt through and through, and no party here seems willing to take it on, or at least state the case to the Finnish people.

Secondly, this underline my point that I’ve made for a very long time, trying to influence political change within a party is virtually impossible, you have to speak the party language, divergence from the party line is a road straight to the periphery, even for a career politician like Paavo Väyrynen.

There is no primary system in Finnish politics, you are stuck with whatever political candidate the party approves of, and they’re not going to approve of anyone that openly wants to buck the status quo in the party. The only way around it is to start your own party and promote it, which is amazingly difficult to do.

Paavo Väyrynen to set up a Civics Party.

MEP Paavo Väyrynen has set up a non-profit association, Citizens’ Party Association’s (Medborgarpartiet rf). “As the name implies, the association will be entered in the Party Register, once the conditions for this are met Citizens’ Party seeks to influence the political life of Finland through both direct democracy and the parliamentary system.”
Väyrynen says in a statement. “For my part, I am a member of Citizens’ Party but firstly a MEP. At sometime , I intend to return to parliament and be a candidate in the 2019 parliamentary elections.” Maaseudun tulevaisuus first reported on Väyrynen’s movement.


This policy mirrors the public funding of state TV/New broadcasting.

This is just another example of the system padding itself from the reality of societal contempt, mistrust and its wrath. Yes, most a just happy as ignorant clams on how they’re being scammed by the cultural elite, most couldn’t care less. For us that do however, this is pure, naked, tyranny.

Yes, the parties receive state funding in proportion to the number of seats they hold in the parliament, but the idea of the public being forced to fund political parties that they’re in complete disagreement with, is beyond the pale. That notion comes home even more to those who are completely removed from the political scene, having long since given up hope in the system entirely. It’s rigged.

So to with the state broadcaster YLE.

In the normal world of private enterprise, we reward business with exchanging our money for the service that they provide. In the fake world of public enterprise, we hand over money regardless of whether their services are worthy or completely a waste of time. How is a forced subscriber to vent his/her frustration with a public enterprise like YLE, effectively when withholding your money will bring the agency calling at your door demanding all of your tv sets?

Gov’t hands over nearly 30 million to political parties

The government has distributed close to 30 million euros in subsidies to political parties to fund their political and communications activities for 2016. The Centre Party took the lion’s share of the pot, as it secured the highest number of seats in last year’s parliamentary elections.


The government announced Tuesday that political parties received nearly 30 million euros to help finance their 2016 programmes. Image: Touko Yrttimaa / Yle

The government announced Tuesday that it had shared out 29.6 million euros in subsidies to political parties represented in the Parliament. The financial support is intended to help bankroll the parties’ political, information and communications programmes for 2016.

The parties are expected to use five percent of the funding to support women’s political activities and another five percent for the activities of local party groups.

The funds have been distributed to correspond with the number of seats each parliamentary party won in the 2015 general election. This meant that Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Centre Party came away with some 7.2 million euros, while Timo Soini’s Finns Party received 5.6 million euros and Alexander Stubb’s National Coalition Party got 5.4 million euros.

Funding for the Social Democratic party was just over five million euros, with the Greens, Left Alliance, Swedish People’s Party and the Christian Democratic Party pocketing 2.2 million, 1.8 million, 1.3 million and 740,000 euros respectively.

The government has provided funding for political parties since 1967 and the Justice Ministry is responsible for monitoring how parties use the funds.


NOTE: That the political system here, as it is in the rest of Europe, has no primary system in which to challenge the status quo. That’s how they like it here, playing it safe, predictable and in their pocket.


Personally, I couldn’t care less about the disparaging remarks I’ve heard about him in the past, he’s one of the lone politicians back in the 1990’s who openly warned about joining the EU, let alone the Euro, and consistently puts Finland first. That makes him far more likeable than the rest.

I personally met the man in Central Finland while he was stumping for one of the Center Party’s new candidates for the European Parliament, Riikka Manner (she made it in), where I forced the subject of the lack of real representative democracy within the EU, and the need to leave it.

It’s a rare day when you can get a couple of politicians to speak straight, going on the record as being against the Lisbon treaty/EU constitution. As a matter of fact, Väyrynen was very emphatic about the gross lack of accountability within the EU, and when he mentioned that he was one of few MP’s in the Finnish parliament to vote against the ratification of the EU treaty

I’m still glad that he’s keeping the issue alive, no matter how much he’s derided and laughed at, he’s got far more courage and sense of morality and ethics than any of his detractors combined. He puts Finland (the people) first.

Sponsor of euro exit citizen’s initiative backs down on referendum route

Veteran politico Paavo Väyrynen says he doesn’t support the idea of a referendum on leaving the eurozone. Väyrynen, who is the main man behind a citizen’s initiative calling for a referendum on Finland’s eurozone membership, now says that a direct vote would be too time-consuming. Instead, he’s advocating the same top-down method used when Finland joined the euro back in 1998.

Paavo Väyrynen
Paavo Väyrynen Image: Yle

Centre Party MEP Paavo Väyrynen wants a faster approach to exiting the eurozone than a national referendum. The seasoned politician says government should present a statement to MPs supporting leaving the common currency region, in much the same way it argued for joining back in 1998.

The citizen’s initiative aimed at organising a referendum on Finland’s euro membership closed on Saturday, but not before it had gathered more than the 50,000 signatures required to take it to the Parliament for consideration by MPs.

Senior Centre Party politician Paavo Väyrynen was the engine behind the motion, which charges that ordinary Finns were deprived of a chance to decide whether or not they wanted to adopt the single currency. Now, however, he says he doesn’t support the idea of a referendum.

“A referendum could take years. We don’t have any time to waste now that the economy is in such bad shape and the euro area is rapidly becoming a debt union and a federal union,” Väyrynen said.

Although the wording of the citizen’s initiative suggests that its purpose is to organise a referendum, Väyrynen said that in his view that is not the case.

“The main purpose of the initiative is for Finland to leave the euro area,” he declared.

Referendum after exit if Finland wants back in

According to Väyrynen, given the fact that a referendum would last too long, the process should work in the same way as it did back in 1998, when the government provided a statement to lawmakers on the matter.

This time, however the government’s statement would take the opposite position, and outline the case for exiting the single currency union.

“Now the statement should be based on leaving the euro area and if later on we wanted to join the euro again, then we should organise a referendum,” Väyrynen outlined.

Väyrynen: Measure probably won’t go through

According to the long-serving politician, introducing a referendum would also be burdensome because it would require legislative changes. However he acknowledged that the faster procedure, the government statement, is also an unlikely outcome.

His colleagues in the Centre Party, including Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, have not indicated any public support for the euro exit proposal and are hardly likely to table a euro exit statement. It is also improbable that other MPs would support such a motion even if it were brought to Parliament.

“There wouldn’t be the required majority in Parliament,” he admitted.

Väyrynen to take the stage in hearings

Väyrynen, who was elected to the Parliament during general elections last spring, is currently based in Brussels where he is a Member of the European Parliament. He still has the option of returning to take up his seat among other Finnish lawmakers. However he said he won’t do so.

He said that an initiative sponsored by an ordinary citizen generally fares far better than one set in motion by a parliamentarian. Initiatives that make it to the Parliament have to survive a tougher mechanism than the will of the people.

“Apparently there will be several committee hearings about the citizen’s initiative, in which I will have the opportunity to speak. I will have the chance to speak as an expert. After this, one or more committees will deal with the motion and of course at that stage experts will be heard,” Väyrynen remarked.


NOTE: To those Finns who may disagree with me, let me remind you that without a functioning national parliament dedicated solely to Finnish aspirations and sovereignty, everything else is pure window dressing.


And the country is importing tens of thousands of muslim settlers (2/3 officially noted as frauds)  and the Finnish taxpayer is funding it all through the government’s incurring of debt.

This is very much like what the US government is doing, with over 220 trillion in debt, the central bank is keeping interest rates artificially low in order for the federal government to keep paying the interest on its loans. It will all come crashing down on our heads as it must, if nothing is done to reverse course.

NOTE: The law of economics observes no party line, nor rich or poor, it will come crashing down like a hammer. Fraud Keynesian economics are not even being applied properly, there was supposed to be surplus of cash from abundant years to be used during times of lean. These jokers can’t keep their hands off of public money,  the statist’s appetite for spending is insatiable.

According to professor the Greek scenario threatens Finland : “Then both schools and hospitals will be closed”

Professor at Aalto University funding Vesa Puttonen a lecture on Wednesday, high school students Brando co-educational school in Helsinki Finland's economic plight and state indebtedness.
Finance professor Vesa Puttonen at Aalto University in  a lecture on Wednesday, high school students Brando co-educational school in Helsinki Finland’s economic plight and state indebtedness. (PHOTO: Seppo Solmela)


 Aalto University’s finance Professor, Vesa Puttonen, raised a frightening scenario related to the state’s debt in a lecture for high school students on Wednesday at Kulosaari co-educational school in Helsinki.

– If Finland has a debt of 100 billion euros and the interest rate is one per cent, the interest on the debt is 1 billion euros. If interest rates are ten per cent, then the interest on the debt is ten billion euros, Puttonen said.

The situation can suddenly change to be extremely serious.

– If trust is gone, the interest rates bounce. It does not bounce between one and two percent, but to five or even higher. Then there will be a crisis, which cannot be prepared for in advance.

The European Central Bank has pushed interest rates down, which is why in Finland it’s believed that there is room for more debt, Puttonen evaluated.

This thinking can have harsh consequences.

– If we go over the abyss, the servicing of the debt will rise to ten billion, not the kind found in the state budget.Then schools and hospitals will have to be closed. Then someone else will come to arrange our affairs, such as in Greece, Puttonen said.

Puttonen gave his assessment on Wednesday, when he gave a lecture for high school students at Kulosaaren school on Finland’s economic plight and state indebtedness.


Forget about primaries, they want closed lists as well.

One the one hand, the importance of limiting a politician to serving in only one elected position at a time, should be obvious to even the least interested, but it would need to be coupled with term limits as well in order to stop politicians developing a career out of public service (self aggrandizement is a powerful lure).

What’s most troublesome in the ”electoral system shake up” is the suggestion that parties will have more control over the candidates people will be able to vote for. Already they exact an amazing amount of control over their parties. They pick who can run for election, exert a top down ”play by the rules or you’re out” mentality in parliamentary votes, and there is no primary system as in the American model by which the people can seek to exert control of (or at least challenge) the party.

This closed list system further removes the people from decision making processes. Not only are they be able to field candidates of their choosing, but the people’s vote only goes towards the party itself, they themselves choose who makes it into parliament. It’s a monopoly of the electoral system. Tyranny. I have a feeling that that is exactly the reason why it’s being proffered.

NOTE: Statism is a powerful elixir.

The closed list system allows parties to determine the order of their candidates in advance, asking voters to select a party slate to vote for without having any input into which candidates within the list might make it through.

Government looks to shake up electoral system

Finland could be set to change the electoral system, moving from a candidate-based election to a closed list system where parties have more power to decide who gets elected. The debate was prompted by a new tier of regional government to be introduced—and elected—as part of a reform of health and social care.

Henkilö äänestykopissa.
Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle

Elections to a new regional body set to be introduced as part of a health and social care reform could force a shake-up in Finland’s electoral system. The Justice Ministry has produced a background document on electoral systems that has been sent to parties for comments.

At present municipal and parliamentary elections are candidate-based, where people cast their votes for a candidate first and foremost. The candidates are ranked within their party list based on the number of votes they receive, and seats are distributed based on the total support received by the party or list.

The closed list system allows parties to determine the order of their candidates in advance, asking voters to select a party slate to vote for without having any input into which candidates within the list might make it through.

With new bodies set to be created and elected to implement the social and health care reform, the current government is taking the opportunity to look at all Finnish elections with fresh eyes.

Open discussion

“I hope that in the coming weeks we’ll have an open discussion and not just assume that candidate elections are best,” said Municipalities and Reform Minister Anu Vehviläinen. “If we make such a radical change to our electoral system, it would be good to consider every election at the same time. To consider which if any of our current elections might suit a list-based system.”

In the coming months the government is set to decide how the new bodies will be elected, including whether or not individuals should face limits on running for election to different bodies. At present people are able to sit as local councillors, MPs and MEPs all at the same time.

“There’s quite a big threshold in Finland for limiting a person’s rights to participate,” says Vehviläinen. “At least up to now it’s been a sacred principle that people can run in every election and the voters will decide who is elected. We should consider whether we want to limit that right.”

The new provincial elections will either be held in autumn 2017 or early 2018, in conjunction with the first round of that year’s presidential election.



Yeah, somebody has to pay for those incredible future jobs applicants’ (muslim settlers) upkeep until they become a dynamic force for the economy.

Oh wait, most of them are Iraqis and Afghanis coming from a region that hates Jews, their co-countrymen elsewhere in Europe are unemployable (or insist being on the dole) and we have gone in debt to pay for it all.

NOTE: My prediction, the economy won’t run around and the Finns will resort to real stupid next time around and vote in the SDP & Leftist alliance (full throated marxists).

PM Sipilä: Prepare for additional cuts in 2017, if competitiveness doesn’t improve

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says Finland is still lacking the spirit of renewal that is necessary if it plans to turn its dismal economy around. His traditional New Year’s Eve message says the country should prepare for a new round of savings and tax increases in 2017, if the economy doesn’t start improving.

Juha Sipilä
Juha Sipilä Image: Stephanie Lecocq / EPA

Finland’s Prime Minister has released his traditional New Year’s address on December 31. He begins by praising the authorities and volunteers who have participated in handling the refugee crisis to date, saying Finland has survived the influx of 30,000 refugees reasonably well.

He has no praise, however, for nation’s ability to renew itself.

“For years now, we have been unable to make the necessary decisions and reforms. Our labour market is inflexible and has not been able to redeem the assurance of its ability to adjust as we promised when joining the euro. An increase in the number of unemployed has been the only way to adapt. This cannot continue,” his office’s translation of his message reads.

Unpleasant chore

He says his coalition is tasked with the “unpleasant chore” of closing a 10 billion-euro sustainability gap.

Prime Minister Sipilä outlines that austerity decisions are set to strengthen public finances by approximately 4 billion euros, and structural reforms such as the health and social services reform will cut public finances by another 4 billion. Pension reform has already been approved by Parliament and decisions to downsize local government are planned for early 2016, he says.

“The Government aims to cover the final 2 billion of the sustainability gap with other measures to promote competitiveness and employment. If this is not achieved, then in spring 2017 the Government will have to make additional savings and tax increases,” the premiere said.

After his last-ditch efforts to secure what he called a ’social contract’ with the country’s labour unions and employer associations fell flat for the umpteenth time earlier this month, Sipilä has moved forward with government plans to impose labour reform – cuts and savings to salaries and benefits that he threatened his social contract negotiators with, if the talks failed.

The labour reforms are intended to reduce unit labour costs by five percent. They would begin to take effect in 2017, if parliament votes them into law this coming spring.



It’s going to cost the Finnish taxpayer far more in the long run for this tomfoolery, 8 mill is a pittance to sell your birthright for…..the morons.

EU grants Finland 8 million euros of emergency funds for migrant crisis

Sweden received 35 million euros and Belgium got 5 million. The EU has granted a total of 222 million euros of emergency funding to its member states.

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Emergency funding is intended to help with the costs of housing and feeding migrants. Image: Tommi Parkkinen / Yle

The European Commission has granted Finland 8 million euros of additional funding to help the country deal with the costs of the migrant situation.

The money must be used to cover the cost of asylum-seekers’ everyday needs such as housing and food, the Commission announces on its site. It also decided in favour of granting Sweden 35 million and Belgium 5 million euros in additional funding.

This year the European Commission has granted a total of 222 million euros in emergency funds to help its member states deal with the effects of the refugee crisis.

The emergency asylum-seeker-directed money is an additional measure that comes on top of a basic appropriation from the EU’s joint trust. Finland has received a total of 53 million euros to deal with asylum-seekers and improve its border security.

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Revoke their passports/citizenship or residency permits.

There is still much, much more to do, like stop importing these people in the first place thank you very much. Also, create a devils island along the French former model and let them live out their days there.

Centre supports criminalising foreign fighters

The Centre party would like to see people who travel abroad to fight for extremist groups face prosecution when they return. The party adopted a position paper on the matter at a meeting of the party board in Mikkeli on Sunday.

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Some 70 Finns are believed to have left to fight with ISIS. Image: Mohammed Al-Mosuli / EPA

People who leave Finland to fight for ISIS or other extremist groups may face prosecution on their return, if a new proposal from the Centre party gains support. The party’s position on the recent attacks in Paris states that “leaving to fight abroad should be criminalized and recruitment to extremist groups should be stopped”.

The paper also expresses support for the victims of the Paris attacks and their relatives. The party board emphasised that refugees fleeing the Middle East are leaving to escape extremist violence, and that most of them have the best intentions in coming to Europe.

As a percentage of the Muslim population, more Finnish Muslims have left to fight in Syria than Muslims from 25 other countries—although the absolute numbers remain small. Some 70 Finns are believed to have left to fight with ISIS.

The Centre party’s board was gathered over the weekend in the eastern town of Mikkeli, with ministers grilled by party officials from across the country.

In his speech to the meeting on Saturday, Prime Minister and Centre leader Juha Sipilä defended his plan for reform of health and social care as a realisation of long-standing Centre party policy. The 18 regions he has proposed correspond to a 1962 proposal from the party, he told delegates.

The proposal has been criticised apparently for ignoring advice from ministerial advisers to limit the number of regions to 12 in pursuit of greater efficiency. The reform is expected to produce savings of around 3 billion euros from the social and health care budget.



A party in need of implosion.

Just as a party’s politics and policies require reformation, the party leadership should also be refreshed regularly,” Arhinmäki said in his speech. “For the Left Alliance’s development to continue we need new ideas and new faces. That is why I will not be available when the next chair is chosen, and next summer’s party meeting will choose a new chairperson.”

Here’s some advice, just disband and stop screwing with society, we’ve had enough of you regressive throwbacks. As well as those within the Greens Party and the SDP. The pseudo conservatives in the National Coalition (Kokoomus) and Center Party (Keskusta) should re-acquaint themselves with the Enlightenment philosophers and stop what they’re doing as well.

NOTE: Arhinmäki is another lefty anti-Israel puke

Arhinmäki drops out of Left Alliance leadership race

Vasemmistoliiton puheenjohtaja Paavo Arhinmäki.

Seven-year Left leader Paavo Arhinmäki announced on Saturday that he will not be applying for a continuation of his chair position in the Left Alliance next summer.

Left Alliance chair Paavo Arhinmäki will not be applying to continue as the party’s leader in next summer’s party meeting. Arhinmäki announced his dropout in the Left Alliance’s delegation meeting in Helsinki on Saturday.

Arhinmäki justified his decision by his seven-year run as party chair and his leadership of the Left Youth prior to his long chair stint.

He added that the party needs a change from being tied to a single figurehead.



Here’s the line Finns Party Timo Soini should have used in the asylum/refugee crisis (that’s still going on in spite of the media’s failure to report on it) debate:

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä is ready to collapse his own government if he does not get his way over proposed reforms to health and social care.

Pulling out of the government, even the veiled threat of it, would have rattled the political establishment and the Sipilä government, and rallied the people even more to the ranks of the Finns. It was a gross failure in both strategy and principle of Timo Soini and his top ranking party apparatchiks.

PM Sipilä: Gov’t “very likely” to fall

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said on Thursday evening that his government is “very likely” to fall on Friday in a dispute over proposed reforms to health and social care. His centre party and the National Coalition party are at loggerheads over the number of regions in a proposed new health and social care system.

Juha Sipilä

Pääministeri Juha Sipilä tiedotustilaisuudessaan Helsingissä 5. marraskuuta. Image: Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä is ready to collapse his own government if he does not get his way over proposed reforms to health and social care. Sipilä’s Centre Party, which is strong in rural areas, wants 18 new regions to manage and commission services.

Alexander Stubb’s National Coalition, meanwhile, wants a maximum of 12 new authorities. At present these services are managed by more than 150 municipal-level organs, so the changes are expected to bring substantial savings to the public finances.

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