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Finland: Parliament Passes New Postal Act to Reduce Service

(Aug. 14, 2017) On June 8 and June 21, 2017, the Finnish Parliament, in both a first round and second round of voting, approved amendments to the country’s Postal Act, allowing for distribution of letters and packages to be limited to three days a week in larger cities. (Innehållet i postlagen godkänt, RIKSDAGEN (June 8, […]

Finland: Gender Neutral Marriage Act Enters Into Force

(Mar. 2, 2017) On March 1, 2017, the Finnish Marriage Act became gender neutral as amendments to the Act entered into force.  (Äktenskapslag [Marriage Act] (Finsk författningssamling [FFS] 13.6.1929/234), FINLEX.)  The amending Act was adopted on February 20, 2015.  (Lag om ändring av äktenskapslagen [Act on Amendment of the Marriage Act] (FFS 20.2.2015/156249), FINLEX.) Registered […]

Finland: New Tobacco Law Adopted with Intent of Eliminating Tobacco Use

(Sept. 9, 2016) On August 15, 2016. new legislation on the sale and import of tobacco products entered into force in Finland. (Tobakslag [Tobacco Act] 549/2016, FINLEX; Press Release, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, New, Stricter Tobacco Act Enters into Force on 15 August 2016 (June 29, 2016).) The new Tobacco Act was adopted […]

Finland/Russian Federation: Agreements Concluded to Stem Migrant Flow

(Apr. 7, 2016) Finland and Russia have concluded two agreements on cross-border traffic designed to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the Eastern Lapland region of Finland. According to Päivi Nerg of Finland’s Ministry of the Interior, the two countries have been concerned about the number of migrants travelling in a westward direction into […]

Finland: Administrative Opinion on Tax Treatment of Uber Drivers

(Oct. 23, 2015) The Finnish Tax Administration (Verohallinto) issued an opinion on October 15, 2015, on the provision by individual drivers of personal transportation services to customers by means of a mobile phone application, such as the services offered by Uber. The Tax Administration stressed that it is not authorized to determine whether such services […]

Finland: Tax on Chocolate and Sweets to Be Eliminated 2017

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 29, 2015, a Finnish Financial Parliamentary Committee decided to end the tax on sweets that has been in force since 2011. The decision will take effect on January 1, 2017. (Press Release, Statsrådet [Finnish government], Punktskatten på sötsaker och glass slopas 2017 [Excise Duty on Sweets and Ice Cream Will […]

Finland: Foreign Pension Tax Rules Amended

(Dec. 11, 2014) On January 1, 2015, Finland’s amended Law on Taxation of Non-Residents will become effective. (Law No. 975/2014, FINLEX [scroll down to find the link to the legislation by number and select Finnish or Swedish text], amending Law No. 627 (Aug. 11, 1978), FINLEX; Laura Ambagsheer-Pakarinen, Finland; European Union: Taxation of Foreign Pension […]

Finland: Plan to Become a Smoke-Free Country

(Aug. 8, 2014) Finland’s government has adopted a Roadmap Towards a Smoke-Free Finland, designed to both help smokers quit and prevent people from starting to smoke in the first place. (Finland Wants to Be Smoke-Free by 2040, ICE NEWS (July 8, 2014).) Among the key features of the Roadmap, according to a statement from the […]

European Court of Human Rights; Finland: Court Rules on Change of Gender Issue

(Aug. 1, 2014) On July 16, 2014, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that a transgender Finnish woman had not been deprived of her right to private life and family life as guaranteed by article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms when […]

Finland: Universal Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants

(Mar. 25, 2014) On March 7, 2014, a new study by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) was presented to Social Affairs and Health Minister Susanna Huovinen. The study, which was commissioned by the government last year (THL utreder hur “papperslösas” hälsotjänster ska ordnas [THL Investigates How Health Services of “Undocumented Persons Should […]