Shops will be able to set their opening hours freely on 1 January
Shops, hair salons and barber shops will be allowed to set their opening hours freely starting on 1 January 2016, as a proposal to annul the regulations concerning shop opening hours will be approved in a presidential session on Wednesday. Such establishments will henceforth be allowed to decide freely when to open their doors to customers.
Foreign-language speakers to account for almost 25% of Helsinki's population
Helsinki is expecting a massive influx of immigrants. A forecast drawn up by the municipalities of the capital region indicates that the foreign-language population of Helsinki will grow by 80,000–85,000 by 2030. Nearly one-fourth, or 23 per cent, of the population is consequently forecast to speak other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami as their mother tongue.
OAJ: Finland needs more teachers due to rise in asylum applications
Finland will have to recruit hundreds of new teachers due to the increase in the number of asylum seekers, the Trade Union of Education (OAJ) estimates. “The number of unaccompanied minors who have arrived in Finland this year is 2,000. A child is entitled to basic education immediately. Hundreds of new teachers are needed,” states Heljä Misukka, an education director at OAJ.
Forbes: Finland is world's 6th best country for business
Forbes has ranked Finland as the world's sixth best country for business in its annual list, the Best Countries for Business. Finland is the best country in the world in terms of individual and property rights, the second best in terms of the innovation landscape and the third best in terms of corruption, the American business magazine lists.
Competition takes a bite out of McDonald's sales in Finland
Ever-stiffer competition between hamburger chains has taken its toll on the result of McDonald's in Finland. The American fast food behemoth has shut down nine of its restaurants in the country since the beginning of the year, leaving itself with a network of 73 restaurants. Its sales in the country have similarly declined in comparison to the previous year, reveals Thomas Kelly, the managing director at McDonald's Finland.
Russian tourism to Finland is on the wane
The flow of Russian visitors to Finland is seemingly on the wane at the eve of what is traditionally the busiest tourism season of the year, says Pasi Nurkka, the chief executive of the Lappeenranta-based research and analysis company TAK Oy. He forecasts that both the number of Russian visitors and average spending per visitor will decline in comparison to the corresponding period one year earlier.