Archive for January, 2009

Finland: Changed attitudes towards homosexuals

January 22, 2009

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Sweden is on the verge of legalizing gay marriage. In Finland, the situation is somewhat different.  (more…)

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Sweden to allow gay marriage?

January 22, 2009
Sweden is on the brink of allowing same-sex marriage

From the first of May this year, homosexual couples in Sweden may be able to get married. This is what the new motion from three of the Swedish governing parties proposes. Moderata samlingspartiet, Centerpartiet and Folkpartiet liberalerna put forward a motion on Wednesday. The motion, if passed, will give same-sex couples the right to marry.

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Death penalties were inflicted for the Chinese milk scandal

January 22, 2009

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Two persons were sentenced to death for producing and selling the Chinese milk powder containing melamine. Several other persons were sentenced to prison and three of them for life. (more…)

Bank predicts: recession leaves 100,000 unemployed in Finland

January 22, 2009

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The Nordea Bank predicts that the recession can lead to about 100,000 positions being cut down in Finland in the upcoming years. However, Nordea Bank’s economist Reijo Heiskanen says  the unemployment rate will rise relatively slowly, due to a lot of work force retiring.
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The end for Guantanamo: Obama signs closure order

January 22, 2009


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Today, Thursday, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order that says that the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba will be closed within a year.

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ICELAND PART 2 Crisis struck hard because of poor handling of the banks

January 22, 2009
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Geir Haarde, Prime minister of Iceland

“Iceland’s IMF-supported programme is advancing well,” said Poul Thomsen, heading the International Monetary Fund mission to the country, in December. Still, people are regularly protesting in the streets against the Parliament and the Prime minister. (more…)

ICELAND PART 1 Two policemen hurt in riots – were hit by rocks

January 22, 2009

polisThe riots have been going on almost continuously since Tuesday in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. On Wednesday night two policemen got injured and transported to the hospital the protesters threw rocks at them.

–    There were riots and the police had to use tear gas,” police spokesman Gunnar Sigurdsson said according to Reuters. “It went on for two hours or so”.

Also: Critical videos posted on YouTube

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MOT found guilty of spreading hurtful information

January 22, 2009

The Supreme Court has sentenced the MOT-program’s journalist and its program manager to fines for spreading information that injures the private life.

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The new vintage phenomenon gets its own fair

January 22, 2009

Vintage clothing, or second hand clothing as it’s also called, is rising as fashion-phenomena around the world. The interest in and demand for vintage clothing has increased dramatically since the early 1990s, due to celebrities and environmental awareness. Now, the vintage – fever has struck also Finland for real. Helsinki Vintage arranges a big vintage fair in the centre of Helsinki which gathers vintage-oriented retailers and second hand re-sellers from all of Finland under one roof.

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January 22, 2009