The Finnish education system is recognized around the world, and currently it teaches children to think differently from an early age than their parents and grandparents. Like Nani PajunenSitra’s sustainability expert says: “People think it’s just about recycling, but in reality it’s about rethinking everything – products, materials development and consumption.”
When looking at the economy itself, the Finnish startup ecosystem seems to be the perfect platform for cyclical development. Young companies have found new ways to exploit the remnants of the wood industry and create new products from them, for example. Better yet, not only are startups creating change, but some large companies are also moving to a round model.
There is still a long way to go, but the amount of waste going to landfill is still in progress decreased dramatically In Finland. Not because it produces less waste, but because it creates something new.
The original story was published on TIME 20.01.2022 and can be found here.
“We basically start from scratch”: Restoring Finland’s river ecosystems
Felling down trees is not the way most people expect a river restoration project to begin, however Janne Raassina – who is professionally using a chainsaw to remove four or five earmarked trunks around the Särkkäjoki in the most remote parts of eastern Finland – explains that decaying wood is of immense benefit to the ecosystem.
“This is a huge insect buffet that has been missing from our draft for 100 years,” he says. “We’re creating a food chain from scratch.”
Finland is the most forested country in Europe, where about 76% of the country’s land area is covered with trees. However, these impressive statistics mask the ecological damage caused by the forest industry around the last century.
The original story was published by The Guardian on January 22, 2022 and can be found here.
Finland increases funding for UNICEF
The Finnish government has renewed its commitment to improve access to education for Syrian children returning to school and to provide a gender-sensitive and inclusive learning environment for all children, with an additional grant of EUR 1 million to UNICEF. The new investment of one million euros will increase Finland’s funding for UNICEF to a total of 4 million euros.
Extensive transitions, lack of learning places, poverty and protection concerns are hampering children’s access to education in Syria. Nearly 2.5 million Syrian children are out of school, nearly 51 percent of whom are girls, and many others are at risk of dropping out of school. Children with disabilities are often the most marginalized and more likely to be left behind. As these children grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to enroll in school and adjust to formal schooling. This is detrimental not only to their development but also to their long-term prospects.
The original story was published by the UN on January 20, 2022 and can be found here.
The European Commission will pay Finland pre-financing of EUR 271 million
The European Commission has today paid Finland an advance of EUR 271 million, corresponding to 13% of the country’s Instrument for Recovery and Survival (RRF). The advance payment will start the implementation of the key investment and reform measures outlined in the Finnish Recovery and Sustainability Plan.
The Commission will approve additional payments based on the implementation of the investments and reforms outlined in the Finnish Recovery and Sustainability Plan. The country is expected to receive a total of € 2.1 billion, consisting entirely of grants, over the life of its plan.
Since June 2021, the Commission has raised € 71 billion in long-term EU bonds for NextGenerationEU, including € 12 billion in the issuance of the first NextGenerationEU green bonds. On 14 December, the Commission published its financing plan for the first half of 2022. The plan is to issue EUR 50 billion in long-term EU bonds in January-June 2022, supplemented by short-term EU banknotes. In addition, the Commission currently has around € 20.5 billion in unpaid EU bills.
The original story was published by the European Commission on 21.01.2022 and can be found here.
The security check reveals a 43.5 percent drop in arriving passengers compared to year-end volume
The reintroduction of internal border control has significantly reduced the amount of income at Finland’s borders, the country’s border guard Raja has revealed.
According to the latest bulletin, the number of border checks at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport fell by 13 per cent to 36,860 last week. .
The number of passengers at the Port of Helsinki also decreased significantly throughout this week, as only 23,930 passengers were registered, which is 43.5 per cent less than last week, when 42,378 passengers arrived at the port. In addition, the amount of foreign income has remained stable, accounting for 76% of all arrivals.
The original story was published in the Schengen Visa Info on 21.01.2022 and can be found here.
US social media users praise fictitious Finnish labor force reform
U.S. social media users share claims that Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin introduced a labor reform that would introduce a four-day work week and six-hour workdays. This is wrong; Marin mentioned the opportunity on Twitter before taking office, but her government says there is currently no plan to take the project forward.
“See what happens when your leadership is not geriatric,” says a tweet published on January 2, 2022, with a screenshot of the title: “Finland will introduce a four-day work week and SIX HOUR working days according to plans drawn by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin.”
The tweet was renewed more than 57,000 times, and a screenshot of the title also spread on Facebook and Instagram.
However, such labor force reforms are not currently being considered in Finland.
The original story was published by AFP Fact Check on 21.01.2022 and can be found here.
Reindeer meat is used as a filling in this Finnish pizza
After a visit to Finland in 2005, he was a former Italian prime minister and a critic of surprisingly salty food Silvio Berlusconi insulted the country’s culinary offerings, mocking their diet consisting mostly of “marinated reindeer” and complaining about how he “endured” Finnish food during his trip (via Atlas Obscura). His sharp comments were not left to the Finns, who did not waste time sharing sweet and savory justice.
Kotipizza, a restaurant called Kotipizza, developed a unique ‘Pizza Berlusconi’ specialty pie that playfully despised the Prime Minister while he fell in love with one of Italy’s prestigious culinary traditions. On top of the novelty pie was – you guessed it – smoked reindeer, cheese, red onion and chanterelle mushrooms on top of the syringe shell.
There’s a lot of creative pizza toppings, and not everyone succeeds. In 2008, Berlusconi learned that Revenge is the dish best served in a 500-degree oven when Kotipizza participated in the “Pizza Berlusconi” decorated with reindeer at the Plate International Pizza Contest in New York and won first place, winning Italian American pizza entry per FinnStyle.
The original story was published by mashed on 19.01.2022 and can be found here.
The door to Ukrainian diplomacy is open, Haavisto Finland says
According to the Foreign Minister, there is still time to resolve tensions between Russia and Ukraine with the support of the West. Pekka Haavisto.
“The European Union will react strongly if there are violent attacks on Ukraine, but I think the door to diplomacy is still open and it is very important to use it,” Haavisto said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. “In such circumstances, we must be ready for anything.”
Haavisto emphasized that Russia’s neighbor Finland is not currently applying for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but is cooperating closely with the military alliance.
“We don’t accept thinking about spheres of influence in Europe, where countries are divided,” he said. “Every country has the right to choose whether it is an alliance or not, and this also applies to Finland.”
The original story was published by mashed on 19.01.2022 and can be found here.
Finland participates voluntarily
The Finnish government has voluntarily supported the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2022 with EUR 500,000.
The purpose of this Action Plan is to continue to support Ukraine in its efforts to bring its legislation, institutions and practices more in line with European standards in the areas of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, thereby supporting Ukraine in fulfilling its obligations. Member of the Council of Europe.
Ambassador Nina NordströmFinland’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe met Mr Bjørn BergeDeputy Secretary-General, in this connection.
The original story was published by the Council of Europe on 18.01.2022 and can be found here.
Finnish researchers are developing a mushroom-based egg white alternative
As inventors and researchers compete to develop animal-free alternatives to eggs, a Finnish research team has created a new egg-protein alternative made from mushrooms; development could be the first of its kind. Like The Every Company, precision fermentation was used to create sustainable, animal-free albumin. The product requires up to 90 percent less land than traditional egg farming. Vegan eggs also produce 55 percent less greenhouse gases.
The Future Sustainable Food Systems research team identified egg white powder as a key ingredient in the food industry, and its large environmental footprint underscores the need for sustainable alternatives. The team behind the mushroom-based egg whites strives to meet protein needs without planetary impact.
The original story was published by the Green Queen on January 23, 2022 and can be found here.
Finnish design: Aesthetics rooted in nature
The Japanese are interested in Finnish design. This is not surprising, as there are striking similarities in the design aesthetics of the two cultures. The quiet simplicity of shapes and lines and the instinctive attention to natural materials and textures belong to them.
Visitors can experience Finland’s influence on design, furniture, arts and crafts Finnish design for everyday life – patterns and shapes inspired by nature At the Bukamura Art Museum until January 30th. The exhibition, directed by the Helsinki Art Museum, is a happy journey into Finnish history and nature. It examines the effects of Finnish creativity in 250 works by the country’s leading architects, designers, artists and craftsmen. Its stars are architect Alvar Aalto, industrial designer Kaj Franck from Arabia (Iittala), cartoonist Tove Jansson, ceramic artist Rut Bryk and textile designers Aini Vaari from Finlayson and Maija Isola from Marimekko.
The original story was published by Tokyo Art Beat on January 17, 2022 and can be found here.
Source: The Nordic Page