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Would you pass the wallet test? World's most honest cities: Helsinki topped the survey.

Would you pass the wallet test? World's most honest cities: Helsinki topped the survey. | Finland | Scoop.it

 

Would you pass the wallet test? World's most honest cities revealed after researchers dropped purse containing £30 to see if it would be returned.

Test by Reader's Digest dropped wallets in 16 cities worldwide and counted how many were given backHelsinki in Finland topped the survey, handing back 11 of 12 wallets, while only one was returned in Lisbon, Portugal. New York was joint third while London came joint ninth in the test.

  

Lasse Luomakoski, a 27-year-old student who returned a wallet in Helsinki, thought that her people were naturally disposed to be honest.

He said: 'Finns are naturally honest, it’s typical for us. We are a small, quiet, closely-knit community. We have little corruption and we don’t even run red lights.'


  

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Finland among the ten most peaceful nations in the world

Finland among the ten most peaceful nations in the world | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is among the ten most peaceful nations in the world. Finland is ranked number 9 in the Institute for Economics and Peace annual Global Peace Index (GPI). The index is ranking 158 nations based on their levels of peacefulness.
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UAE, Finnish regulators to co-operate - gulfnews.com

UAE, Finnish regulators to co-operate - gulfnews.com | Finland | Scoop.it

 Abu Dhabi: The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) signed an agreement on Sunday in Abu Dhabi allowing the two regulators to cooperate in the areas of radiation safety, nuclear safety, security and safeguards. ...

 

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Finnish reactors pass stress tests - World Nuclear News

Finnish reactors pass stress tests - World Nuclear News | Finland | Scoop.it

Stress tests at Finland's nuclear power plants show that no major modifications are needed, utilities Fortum and Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) have told the Finnish nuclear regulator.

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Vision of Humanity: Global Peace Index

Vision of Humanity: Global Peace Index | Finland | Scoop.it
A ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. For the first time, an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.
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Interior Minister: No new security threats to Finland

Interior Minister: No new security threats to Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen, who carries responsibility for police
affairs, says that present information about shooting and bomb attacks
Friday in Norway have no direct ties to Finland or the Finns.
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EU food authorities: Heat up your sprouts!

EU food authorities: Heat up your sprouts! | Finland | Scoop.it
European food safety authorities are now urging consumers not to eat raw sprouts, if they want to avoid being infected by the intestinal bacteria EHEC, also known as E. coli.
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VR offers 10,000 euro reward in vandalism incident

VR offers 10,000 euro reward in vandalism incident | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland's State Railways VR is offering a reward of 10,000 euros for information to help identify the perpertrators of vandalism that slowed rail traffic in and out of the capital earlier this month.
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Thunderstorms keep rescue services busy - YLE News

Thunderstorms keep rescue services busy - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
Severe thunderstorms swept across Central Finland, Pirkanmaa and Häme Sunday afternoon and early evening sparking dozens of small forest and grass fires, downing trees and setting off automatic alarm...
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Police: Pasila bomb not linked to terrorism

Police: Pasila bomb not linked to terrorism | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki Police say that there is nothing to suggest that the bomb found – but not detonated – in the Helsinki suburb of Pasila last Friday had anything to do with terrorism. Police have found no connection between the bomb in Pasila and a petrol bomb thrown into a service yard in the Tapaninvaino area of the city.
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Shounam's curator insight, October 8, 2014 6:07 PM

False Terrorism acts 

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Police Tight-Lipped on Extremist Link to Helsinki Explosives Offences

Police Tight-Lipped on Extremist Link to Helsinki Explosives Offences | Finland | Scoop.it
A group describing itself as a supporter of worldwide Islamic jihad has praised on an internet discussion forum two bomb scares that occurred in Helsinki this past weekend.
On Friday morning, police cordoned off an area in the Pasila district after a home-made device was discovered. Early Saturday, a petrol bomb was thrown into the yard of an unmanned service station in the Tapaninvainio area of the city.
The group said online that it hoped fresh attacks would succeed.
The Finnish Security Police (SUPO) says it is taking the matter seriously but does not wish to speculate at this stage.
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Finland Seems Clear of EHEC Epidemic

Finland Seems Clear of EHEC Epidemic | Finland | Scoop.it
According to Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, there are no signs of an EHEC epidemic in Finland. No new infections have been found since Friday.
Tuula Honkanen-Buzalski, Director of the Research Department at Evira, says that there is now a cautious optimism in the air regarding the spread of the epidemic.
However, new cases may still emerge across the globe due to the publicity that the EHEC epidemic has got. Before hearing about the epidemic through the media, those fallen ill may not have realised that their symptoms were caused by EHEC bacteria.
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Supo: Al-Qaida Threat Not New

Supo: Al-Qaida Threat Not New | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) believes that there is no need for a reevaluation of the danger of terrorist attack in Finland or against Finns in Afghanistan. Supo does not consider the latest call by an al-Qaida leader for attacks on Finnish troops as a new development.
"We are taking this seriously and cooperating closely with the Defense Forces, but is not exceptional. Similar threats have been made before," Supo's chief of communications, Liina Lehto-Seljavaara, told YLE.
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7. Finland - The World's Happiest And Saddest Countries - Forbes

7. Finland - The World's Happiest And Saddest Countries - Forbes | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki. Finland ranked 7th overall and 3rd in both entrepreneurship and opportunity as well as safety and security. 
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Up close and personal with Mikko Hypponen

Up close and personal with Mikko Hypponen | Finland | Scoop.it
From a young boy who wrote computer games, he is now playing the role of a hero who fights against malware.

 

WHILE most Malaysians were still in bed at 4.42am, June 14 last year, Mikko Hypponen sent out this little tweet that became the week's most-talked about event: “Anonymous plans an attack against Malaysian Government website.”

The pony-tailed Hypponen, who is the chief research officer (CRO) at Helsinki, Finland-based computer security firm F-Secure, was the first to sound the alarm that “hacktivist” group Anonymous will launch “Operation Malaysia” the next evening...

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Medindia Blogs» Blog Archive » Fake Doctors Scandal: Finland Runs Checks on 750 Doctors

Medindia Blogs» Blog Archive » Fake Doctors Scandal: Finland Runs Checks on 750 Doctors | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland authorities will review the credentials of up to 750 doctors trained outside the EU after a recent scandal over bogus medics, the health watchdog said Wednesday.
“We will check the credentials of every physician who qualified outside the EU and EEA (European Economic Area) and who has been licensed to practise in Finland over the past 20 years,” Valvira medical advisor Liisa Toppila told AFP.

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Woman dies from toxic olives

Woman dies from toxic olives | Finland | Scoop.it
An elderly woman in Helsinki has died of botulism, a serious form of food
poisoning. Another family member who also ate almond-stuffed olives is
recovering from the illness.
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A More Typical Day for the Nordic Police… « Helsinki According to PPusa

A More Typical Day for the Nordic Police… « Helsinki According to PPusa | Finland | Scoop.it
…”Will you put that phone away?” in front of the presidential palace yesterday. You are supposed to use hands-free when driving.
I have seen all living Finnish presidents walking on the streets of Helsinki and I’m proud that this is still possible in Nordic countries. What happened in Oslo won’t change this.
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Mistranslated recipe suggests using poisonous mushrooms

Mistranslated recipe suggests using poisonous mushrooms | Finland | Scoop.it
A crucial translation mistake in the book of Italian recipes 'Ruokasuosikit Italia', which has been on the market for years, effectively makes the text recommend poisonous false morels for use in a risotto.
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Children's rights group warns parents: Don't put beach pictures on the Internet

Children's rights group warns parents: Don't put beach pictures on the Internet | Finland | Scoop.it
More and more, people share their holiday photos online. However children's rights group Save the Children Finland said they want parents to think carefully before posting beach and swimming pool photos of their scantily clad children.
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Nuclear Safety Authority to examine report on Russian reactors

Nuclear Safety Authority to examine report on Russian reactors | Finland | Scoop.it
The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) is to examine a report which shows nuclear reactors in Russia close to the Finnish border have serious safety deficiencies.
The report by the Russian nuclear power company Rossatom reveals the country is ill prepared to deal with a catastrophe of the kind that crippled the Japanese nuclear power plant at Fukushima.
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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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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, 2014 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, 2014 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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Al-Qaida blogger praises Helsinki petrol bombs

Al-Qaida blogger praises Helsinki petrol bombs | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish regional daily Keskisuomalainen on Saturday quoted Abu Suleiman al-Nasser, an al-Qaida blogger, as saying that the terrorist group hailed two petrol bombings in Helsinki over the weekend.

The Finnish police had said on Friday that what was believed to be an explosive device had been found in Pasila Friday morning.

And in the early hours of the following day, a petrol bomb was thrown into a filling station forecourt in Tapaninvainio.

No one was hurt in either incident.

The Helsinki police force and the Security Police (Supo) said they were investigating the two bombings..

Earlier last week al-Nasser called for attacks against Finnish troops serving in Afghanistan.
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Graduation Day Passes Off Peacefully

Graduation Day Passes Off Peacefully | Finland | Scoop.it
Rescue officials and police had a busy Saturday night as thousands of young people celebrated their graduation or the end of the school term. Officials say the revelry passed off peacefully in the main.
Thousands gathered on the Hietaniemi Beach in Helsinki while, for example, in Oulu and Joensuu cooler weather dampened spirits.
Police kept a watchful eye over events and confiscated alcoholic beverages from under aged youths.
Voluntary groups also lend a helping hand in dealing with inebriated revelers.
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Evira: No EHEC Tainted Vegetables in Finland

Evira: No EHEC Tainted Vegetables in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira says that there are no indications that any vegetables tainted with dangerous strains of EHEC bacteria have been imported to Finland. However, Evira's Director General Jaana Husu-Kallio notes that cases of infection may be brought home by travellers.
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