Helsinki Travel Guide

by our Finland expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyInvented and reinvented, Helsinki is a city layered with contradiction. The neo-classical wedding cake cathedral may be emblematic of the city, but many will argue that the capital’s Art Nouveau gems are more representative of its architectural value. The Functionalist legacy of architect Alvar Aalto fuels the debate, but those with an open mind will recognise the merit of Helsinki’s most modern and controversial structures. Not to be missed are the Kiasma Museum, showcasing contemporary art, walks around Sibelius Park or along Esplanadi where designer shops line up. Add to that the buzz that summer brings, the experience of saunas as they should be and nightclubs that guarantee you’ll leave by daylight (thanks in part to the midnight sun).

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Helsinki News

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:58:50 +0300Featured, Domestic, Finland
Sum of Finnish wages grew by almost 5% between November and January

THE SUM of Finnish salaries and wages increased by 4.8 per cent year-on-year in the three months leading up to February 2019.

Statistics Finland on Thursday revealed that the increase was driven particularly by an up-tick of 6.5 per cent in the private social and health care sector, one of 5.2 per cent in the construction sector and one of five per cent in other service sectors.

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:44:28 +0300Featured, Business
Alko reports drop in long drink sales, up-tick in organic beverage sales

ALKO, the Finnish state-owned alcohol retailer, has reported that its sales decreased by 1.6 per cent year-on-year to 6.5 million litres in May and by 3.5 per cent year-on-year to 30.9 million litres between January and May.

One of the reasons for the drop were long drinks, whose sales have dipped sharply after their addition to the shelves of grocery shops, falling by 20.2 per cent in May.

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:00:55 +0300Featured, Business
Stockmann to shed 150 positions in Finland, mostly through lay-offs

STOCKMANN has announced it will shed around 150 positions after concluding consultative talks with its employees.

The Finnish department store operator revealed yesterday that most of the positions will be reduced by means of lay-offs, but it also assured that the number of salespeople at its department stores will remain unchanged.

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:16:33 +0300Featured, Domestic, Finland
C21: Government programme has both positive and alarming elements

THE MAYORS of the so-called C21 cities view that the social and health care reform pursued by the new government will fail to solve key social and health care problems and limit the ability of cities to function as national and regional drivers of growth and development.

C21 is a network of the 21 largest cities and towns in Finland.

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:04:13 +0300Featured, Politics, Finland
EK heavily disappointed in government's family leave reform plan

THE CONFEDERATION of Finnish Industries (EK) has expressed its disappointment with the family leave reform plans of the government of Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP).

“The government’s family leave reform will improve neither equality, nor the well-being of families,” declared Vesa Rantahalvari, the director in charge of social, health and labour force issues at EK.

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