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Finland votes against gay marriage

Finland votes against gay marriage | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is the only Nordic country in Europe without same-sex marriage, which gay rights activists call 'frustrating' and 'disappointing'

 

Finland’s parliamentary legal committee has voted against same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday (27 February), a bill died on a vote with nine against and eight for, meaning it will not be proposed before the full parliament.

Under the bill, it would have widened marriage laws to include everyone regardless of gender.

At present, same-sex couples can register their partnerships but have limited rights and cannot adopt their partner’s children.

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Gay marriage proposed in Finland | Star Online

Gay marriage proposed in Finland | Star Online | Finland | Scoop.it
An amendment that would legalise same-sex marriage in Finland has been proposed by local MPs. Considered one of the most conservative Nordic nations, there is already a relationship register in the country for same-sex couples, which has been in place since 2002.
The new amendment would end the separation between heterosexual marriages and same-sex partnerships and allow all couples to share a surname and adopt children.
The amendment would have no bearing on religious groups, and would only redefine civil marriages...
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Finns lead world in broadband access

Finns lead world in broadband access | Finland | Scoop.it

While universal broadband access is a goal being sought by many developed countries, including Canada, it's the law in Finland.

"Citizens without access to broadband services cannot take advantage of information society services," said Suvi Linden, former minister of communications in Finland who authored the groundbreaking legislation which passed July 1, 2010.

"It is no longer a luxury product but a necessary tool for everyday life," said Linden, now a member of a United Nations broadband commission.

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New rental contracts ban smoking by new tenants in many Helsinki area ... - Helsingin Sanomat

New rental contracts ban smoking by new tenants in many Helsinki area ... - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it

Those wishing to rent an apartment in the Helsinki region, and to smoke inside the apartment, would do well to apply for municipal housing in buildings owned by the City of Helsinki.

In practice, all other large owners of rental property have forbidden new residents to smoke while indoors.

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Nordics set sights on gun control after Norway attacks - AFP

Nordics set sights on gun control after Norway attacks - AFP | Finland | Scoop.it

Up to June this year, Finns as young as 15 could own guns, but the law was changed after the country was rattled to the core by two school shootings within the space of a year.

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Finnish courts seen to downplay significance of psychological pain in rape cases - Helsingin Sanomat

Finnish courts seen to downplay significance of psychological pain in rape cases - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it
Under Finnish law, sexual assault that does not involve overt violence or the threat of violence, is referred to as “coercion into sexual contact”, and...
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Russia responds to Finnish note on land ownership

Russia responds to Finnish note on land ownership | Finland | Scoop.it
Russia has responded to a diplomatic note sent by Finland in January over the
question of land ownership in border regions. Although Russian citizens are
able freely to purchase land in Finland, the opposite is not possible.
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Justice Minister backs chemical castration of sex offenders

Justice Minister backs chemical castration of sex offenders | Finland | Scoop.it
Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson told YLE TV on Friday that she is in favour of chemical castration for sex offenders. Henriksson said that she intends to introduce a bill on the matter to Parliament this autumn.
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Finland Considering Marriage Equality - Care2.com (blog)

Finland Considering Marriage Equality - Care2.com (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it
Lawmakers in Finland have begun the process of gathering signatures to introduce a private members bill into parliament that would create gender-neutral marriage laws.
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UN Committee against Torture presented its concluding observations to Finland - Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN : Current Affairs : Ministry for Foreign Affairs News

With regard to asylum-seekers and aliens pending deportation, the Committee recommends that Finland guarantee a suspensive in-country right of appeal and respect for all legal safeguards pending the outcome of appeal.
In the opinion of the Committee, there are deficiencies in the legislation by virtue of which involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and treatment can be ordered in Finland. The Committee recommends that Finland revise its Mental Health Act and pass clear and specific legislation.
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Tougher gun laws in force

Tougher gun laws in force | Finland | Scoop.it
Changes in gun laws came into force on Monday. The new rules make handgun ownership more difficult and raise the minimum age for gun ownership. Applicants for gun permits now also have to go through tests to determine their suitability to own firearms.
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Ben Flinchbaugh's curator insight, March 25, 3:18 PM

This article is about new guns laws that have been put into place over the past couple years. I understand the government's concern about young people owning guns. However, I believe some of the gun laws are a bit ridiculous.

Siobhan Chantigian's comment, March 28, 9:44 AM
I think this is an interesting idea to use an aptitude test to see if you can get a gun. They also increased the age to buy a gun to 20 years of age. I think this may be a good idea, but I feel like you should be able to buy a gun at 18. I would like to know what country this applies to.
Annie Christofferson's comment, March 29, 7:09 PM
One question that they might think about is if they raise the age of owning guns, will that make illegal gun purchases more common? The same thing has happened/is happening with drugs, so it makes me wonder if this will do the same thing.
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BBC Sport - Zambians on on trial for match-fixing in Finland

BBC Sport - Zambians on on trial for match-fixing in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Seven Zambian players go on trial in Finland in a match-fixing investigation that has rocked the local football league.

Prosecutors say Perumal offered the players bribes of 470,000 Euros ($682,000) to fix games in a scam that targeted Rovaniemi Palloseura (RoPs).

He is also accused of trying to bribe players at two other Finnish clubs.
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Olympic skiing medalist testifies about use of performance enhancing drug

Olympic skiing medalist testifies about use of performance enhancing drug | Finland | Scoop.it
Cross-country skier and Olympic gold medallist Mika Myllylä testified in court about his use of EPO hormone between the years of 1993 and 1998. Via video link Myllyllä testified at Helsinki District Court Tuesday, in the continuation of the reopened, so-called "STT doping case."
The case dates back to the late 1990s when an STT (Finnish News Agency) and an STT reporter were taken to court and were found guilty of libel after she wrote a story using unnamed sources about doping within the Finnish Ski Association. The testimony that the Finnish Ski Association gave back then is again under heavy scrutiny because of Myllyllä's recent statements that he personally used EPO during that period...
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The STT doping case is a very important one in skiing and the fact that many athletes, including one that has admitted to dopoing, are included in it shows how big of an issue doping is in this sport and we think that this is ridiculous.

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Criminals may lose social benefits

Criminals may lose social benefits | Finland | Scoop.it

In the future, criminals in Finland could find themselves without social benefits. Those involved in organized crime may lose their entitlement to housing and unemployment benefit, among other allowances.

It is still not clear how officials would implement the new system, which would require the exchange of information between different authorities.

The matter is being investigated by a government-appointed working group, which should come up with a proposal by the end of the year.

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Finnish legislation on the purchase of sexual services: potential revisions? | Nordic Prostitution Policy Reform

Finnish legislation on the purchase of sexual services: potential revisions? | Nordic Prostitution Policy Reform | Finland | Scoop.it
The purchase of sexual services from victims of human trafficking and pandering is, since October 2006, a criminal act in the Finnish Penal Code.
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Fines for Finnish cyclists without helmets | Baltic Review

Fines for Finnish cyclists without helmets | Baltic Review | Finland | Scoop.it

Fines for Finnish cyclists without helmets. Traffic police in the eastern Finnish city of Joensuu have taken down the names of numerous cyclists riding without helmets this week. 

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ScandAsia.Com - Changes to Finnish Immigration Law in September

Immigration authorities in Finland are planning changes to the foreigner integration law to come into effect at the beginning of September, bringing new responsibilities for local administrations. The new law forces municipalities to arrange integration services for immigrants receiving social assistance—a subsidy available to those who cannot afford even the most basic necessities—and have resided in Finland under three years.

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TIL that in Finland, speeding fines are calculated as a percentage of the offender's income : todayilearned

TIL that in Finland, speeding fines are calculated as a percentage of the offender's income : todayilearned | Finland | Scoop.it
in Finland, speeding fines are calculated as a percentage of the offender's income http://is.gd/djgyfF...
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Alcohol locks required for all public school transport

Alcohol locks required for all public school transport | Finland | Scoop.it
The use of alcohol locks became mandatory as of Monday for all authorized
vehicles taking children to school and daycare. An alcohol lock prevents a
car from starting if a breathalyzer test shows the driver is over the legal
limit.
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Amended law allows former Finns to reclaim citizenship - Helsinki Times

Amended law allows former Finns to reclaim citizenship - Helsinki Times | Finland | Scoop.it
New provisions in the Nationality Act are designed to encourage foreign students to settle in Finland.

THE FINNISH Immigration Service (Migri) is bracing itself for a flood of applications as a new Nationality Act takes effect at the beginning of September. In particular the Service is expecting applications from people who have held Finnish citizenship in the past, and who now want to reclaim it.
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EU court declares there's no such thing as Finnish 'cognac' - Telegraph

EU court declares there's no such thing as Finnish 'cognac' - Telegraph | Finland | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as Finnish cognac, the European Union's top court ruled on Thursday, barring spirit drink makers in Finland from using the French brandy's name on their bottles.
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Ex-Patria Execs Convicted of Bookkeeping Crimes - Defense News

Ex-Patria Execs Convicted of Bookkeeping Crimes - Defense News | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI - A Finnish court on June 23 said it found four former executives of defense contractor Patria guilty of bookkeeping crimes but cleared them of charges of bribing Egyptian officials.
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Soft loans and expensive cars in Nova trial

Soft loans and expensive cars in Nova trial | Finland | Scoop.it
An election funding scandal trial gets underway at Helsinki District Court on Monday. The prosecutor is demanding prison terms and a ban from business activities. The accused deny all charges.

The case relates to Nova Group, a property company that indirectly made large contributions to several politicians’ campaign budgets, even though the company was in bad financial shape.
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Finland takes steps against illegal immigration from India

Finland takes steps against illegal immigration from India | Finland | Scoop.it
Illegal immigration from India to Finland is on the rise, and sometimes Finland is used as an entry point to Europe as a whole. The Foreign Ministry, the Finnish Border Guard and the Finnish Immigration Service are planning to address the problem by sending a border guard to the Finnish mission in New Delhi.
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Family reunification policy expected to tighten

Family reunification policy expected to tighten | Finland | Scoop.it
”Immigration is quite young in Finland, so we wonder why the Finnish policy often follows those in Sweden and Denmark,” says the vice-chairman of the Finnish Somali League, Abdiaziz Godah.

Finnish policy is also expected to tighten yet further after additional restrictions were introduced in the last parliament. Travel expenses are now only be reimbursed for quota refugees accepted by Finland, and DNA testing to ensure family members are related will continue.
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