Category Archives: Finland

Finland | Ombudsman: Urgent action needed to tackle child poverty in Finland

Children’s Ombudsman Tuomas Kurttila is calling on the government to take urgent action to eliminate child poverty in the country.

“Decision-makers cannot wait for the next legislative term. Government must outline concrete measures to reduce poverty. Poverty is costly for society. Children’s poverty is especially so. We cannot afford it,” Kurttila said in a statement released Friday.

Finland | Political strike in Finland

Finland, a number of trade unions have joined to a political strike on Friday 2 February called in protest at the government’s new measures to sanction unemployed benefit claimants who fail to perform 18 hours of paid work over a three-month period, or enter job-related training. The government’s “active model” threatens unemployed people with cuts in benefits unless they can prove they are actively seeking work. The law took effect at the beginning of the year, and the government is now planning follow-on legislation. Unions representing workers in the transport, media and printing trades, communications staff and newspaper delivery employees, construction and public sectors have already announced they will join the strike.

Finland | Civil War still divides Finland after 100 years, poll suggests

An Yle survey suggests that mistrust sown in the Finnish Civil War of 1918 has trickled down through the generations and is still present in subtle ways. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say the bitter conflict still divides Finns 100 years later, at least to some extent.

NATO War Games Coming to Sweden

by Bruce K. Gagnon

Dave Webb and I arrived in Gothenbourg, Sweden (along the North Sea) after flying here yesterday from Helsinki which sits on the Baltic Sea.  Both these bodies of water are currently being militarized by the US-NATO war alliance.

We where met at the airport by one of our local hosts and taken to a high point overlooking the port city.  Gothenbourg as it turns out is an industrial city where Volvo is headquartered (inside the airport we saw many Volvo displays).  But for an industrial city it is quite clean and remarkably attractive.

Finland | FINNISH SOCIALISTS AND ANTI-FASCISTS COMMEMORATED THE ODESSA MASSACRE VICTIMS

finnish-socialists-and-anti-fascists-commemorated-the-odessa-massacre-victimsFinnish socialists and anti-fascists commemorated the Odessa massacre victims and expressed their solidarity with Ukranian comrades on May 1st. at 15 o’clock in Oulu Finland.