Finland’s president who fosters friendly ties with Russia wins re-election

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto


Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has scored a landslide first-round reelection victory, an apparent vote of confidence for his delicate balancing of ties with neighbor Russia and the West.

With all ballots counted on January 28, Niinisto had 62.7 percent of the vote, far more than his top rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, with 12.4 percent.

Euroskeptic politicians Laura Huhtasaari of the nationalist Finns Party and independent Paavo Vayrynen scored less than 7 percent each against the pro-EU Niinisto. Turnout was 69.9 percent.

“I am very surprised at this kind of support. I must think hard how to be worthy of it,” the 69-year-old Niinisto told reporters.

In his first six-year term, Niinisto was seen as playing a key role in maintaining relations with Moscow, even as Finland supported Western economic sanctions against Russia over its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Finland shares a 1,340-kilometer border with Russia and has fought wars against its much-larger neighbor over the centuries.

It has developed closer ties with NATO but has not joined the alliance as it attempts to avoid antagonizing Moscow.

“I think there is no reason to seek [NATO] membership as long as circumstances are as they are now,” Niinisto said. “But if there are crucial changes in the environment, then we might be in a different situation.”

In Finland, the president plays an important role in foreign and defense policy, although the position has become largely ceremonial over recent decades.

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Education Without Boundaries: This School In Finland Is Breaking Down Walls & Creating Open Spaces

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Imagine a class where there are no scripted lessons, children are allowed to have fun, giggle and even daydream from time to time.

Finland are known for their repeated success in national education rankings, their approach to schooling is radical and features a number of practices not widely used in the UK or US. Children start formal education at age 7, there are short school hours, light homework and no exams.

“There is a lot of variety in learning situations,” Reino, Tapaninen, chief architect at the National Agency for Education said. “Teachers can decide at the beginning of the month or week, or even at the beginning of the school day, how they want to work.”

Kastelli School and Community Centre located in Oulu, Finland, is one of 100 schools that have decided to take it one step further. They have adopted the flexible mindset that open learning spaces are better than walled-off classrooms. As a result, the school incorporates an open plan model, mixing students of different ages and cross-teaching subjects. The school’s interior features long hallways, soft chairs, big cushions, moveable walls and partitions for private discussions.

Reino Tapaninen, chief architect at the National Agency for Education said: “We’ve given up the old type of school desk and chair and have a real diversity now.” To make sure that there is minimal noise disruption, an acoustic designer works on the layout of the school. “We are using more acoustic materials on the ceilings, while textile flooring has become more popular — the materials are much better than they used to be, and now far easier to clean.” Tapaninen goes on to say that: “We now have what we call ‘shoe-less schools,’ where pupils either change into softer shoes or simply wear socks when they come indoors.”

Will the architecture lead to a better scholastic experience? We’ll just have to wait and see. What we do know is that there are certainly a few lessons to be learned from Finland’s radical approach to learning.

Read more: Finland Will Become The First Country In The World To Get Rid of All School Subjects

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‘Aesthetic’ intimate surgery on the rise in Finland



Finland has seen a rise among women seeking intimate cosmetic surgery for reasons that aren’t strictly medical. The Finnish Gynecologist Association is highly critical of the new trend, which involves operations such as labial rejuvenation, vagina tightening and hymen restoration.

Finnish gynecologists have sounded the alarm over a surge in operations on the lower abdomen carried out for aesthetic reasons, at women’s requests. According to the Finnish Gynecologist Association (FIGO), methods involving laser treatment, among others, are not scientifically proven and may result in serious damage.

There are no medical reasons for these operations. I believe it is ethically dubious to offer this type of surgery to women. There are risks with all operations such as infections, bleeding and, in this case, even pain during intercourse. One should weigh the matter carefully before considering such operations,” Professor Seija Grénman, Chief Physician at the women’s clinic at Turku University Hospital, who also chairs the Finnish Gynecology Association told national broadcaster Yle.

Lasarus Mitrofanoff, leading gynecologist at Cityklinikka, which offers operations such as hymenoplasty to its clientele and has offices in Helsinki and Turku, argued, however, that there are ample medical reasons for the intervention for the majority of customers. By his own admission, though, vaginal rejuvenation and labia reduction are the most desired operations.

“Some have problems with excessive labia minora and experience pain while cycling or riding. Another group of women is experiencing sexual life problems and get no sexual pleasure after childbirth and therefore seek vaginal rejuvenation,” Mitrofanoff said, questioning the cautious approach to aesthetic plastic vaginal surgery for women held by public healthcare officials in Finland.

Another trend previously not encountered is the demand for hymen restoration, also dubbed “virgin surgery,” as it is causes the bleeding associated with the first time a girl has intercourse.

“It’s really difficult to understand why such operations are offered to women in Finland,” Seija Grénman said.

Grénman warned against risks associated with cosmetic surgery in general, including infections, bleeding and scar tissue impeding intercourse.

“I believe that women seeking this type of operation are hoping that their life will become better, yet it may become quite the opposite,” Grénman argued.

At present, there is no exact data on how many aesthetic operations are conducted annually, as such interventions are not covered by the general medical insurance. Grénman ventured that the interest is as highest in the metropolitan area.

Previously, surgeons from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, have catered to mostly young Muslim women for years seeking hymen restoration.

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The McVegan burger is now for sale, but only in Finland

Veganism must be making serious inroads into society if McDonald’s, king of industrial meat, is jumping into soy patties.

For the first time ever, McDonald’s is offering a vegan burger, called (can you guess?) the ‘McVegan’. It is a soy burger patty served on bread and topped with the usual tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion, mustard, and ketchup, minus the cheese. There is a catch, however. The McVegan is being sold at only one location — a McDonald’s in Tampere, Finland, from October 4 till November 21.

Christoffer Rönnblad, marketing director of McDonald’s in Finland, told local news that the company needs to see how the McVegan is received. “We are going to find out if it is in demand in Finland, [if it is] the kind of product that we would like to sell later on.” After November, the company will evaluate the McVegan’s success and whether it makes sense to continue selling and expanding it to other locations. Presumably, if it does well in Finland, franchises in other countries will take note.

Reviews of the McVegan are mixed. Some people can’t cope with the fact that McDonald’s, of all places, is catering to the vegan crowd:

Others think that anything promoting the vegan cause, even if it comes from a company that sells more than 75 burgers per second worldwide, is worthwhile. Taste test reviews appear to be positive, and some tweeters say it could “bring them back” to the restaurant.

Regardless, this is big news. That McDonald’s, king of the fast food industry, is even considering adding a vegan burger to its menu is a sure sign of the times. It does offer a vegetarian burger in India and a few all-vegetarian locations there, too, but nothing like that in the U.S., where its website offers rather pathetic consolation to plant-based eaters:

“No, we don’t currently sell veggie burgers. Although, we are always looking to evolve our menu. We have many customizable menu items like our Salads that we’re happy to make for you without meat; although, these aren’t certified vegetarian.”

Veganism is growing tremendously in popularity, as people make the dietary shift for health, ethical, and environmental reasons, and fast food restaurants can’t help but pay attention to this. Food & Wine reports that the number of U.S. vegans has risen from 1 percent in 2014 to 6 percent of the population in 2017; and 22 percent of Americans say they are substituting greater amounts on non-meat protein into meals at least once a week.

It will be interesting to see what happens in Finland once the McVegan’s trial period is up — whether it stays or goes. (I expect it will be the former.)

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Finland removes Kindergarten prayers to avoid Offending other Cultures and Religions


After being a Lutheran nation for centuries, Finland seems to be taking strides towards secularism. According to recently-introduced early education guidelines, Christian prayers have been effectively banned from Finnish kindergartens. Instead, children will be taught about a variety of religions, as well as atheism and agnosticism.

Until now, many Finnish daycare centers and kindergartens have instructed children to say grace before meals — to ask for God’s blessing, as a traditional nod to the nation’s Lutheran heritage. Starting this year, however, children will no longer hear “amen” before meals, as Finnish early childhood education becomes more secular.

According to the new curriculum from the Finnish National Institute for Education (NIE), saying grace is a religious practice that is no longer welcome in early childhood education, Finnish national broadcaster Yle reported.

Incidentally, this is the first nationwide decision on early childhood education in Finland. Previously, daycare staff would choose for themselves whether to say grace or not. Also, no records of this practice were kept.

Instead of religious teaching, early childhood education in Finland will now provide children with information on ethics and world religions, as well as agnosticism and atheism, with reflects Finland’s state policy of embracing multiculturalism.

“The goal is to support every child in their personal growth and identity formation,” NIE specialist Kirsi Tarkka told Yle. “Ethics teaching is also all about helping children identify with people from different cultures and religious backgrounds. Different beliefs are discussed.

Although the NIE has yet to produce any official literature on ethics in early childhood education, it has pledged to distribute verbal guidelines by the end of this year. As Tarkka put it, the guide will be made “as clear and concrete as possible.”

This decision received mixed reactions across Finland, where some 72 percent of the population still identifies as Lutheran, despite a marked drop from nearly 90 percent in the early 1990s.

Veteli daycare center in the region of Ostrobothnia is among those that decided to comply and drop grace immediately. Instead, they penned a non-religious food-related nursery rhyme as a substitute. While the children gladly accepted the change, some staffers were far less enthusiastic, manager Auli Honkaniemi said, admitting this was a “big, yet somewhat sad change.”

Despite the wind of change blowing within early childhood education, Finnish Lutheran churches will still offer child care and will be allowed to maintain their tradition of working with daycare centers in the form of numerous devotional ceremonies.

Given the fact than many religious songs and hymns are part and parcel of Finnish culture and history, they will be not banned altogether. Therefore, Christmas church service will still be organized, with the option of alternative festivities for the non-religious or proponents of other faiths.

In Finland’s neighboring country Sweden, the Social Democratic Party has been pushing for a ban on all religious elements at school, including saying grace. Earlier this year, Krubban (“Crib”), a Christian daycare center in the city of Umeå, run by the Salvation Army, was ordered by the municipality to remove all religious elements, such as saying “Amen.”

A total of 5 percent of Swedes pray every day, according to a 2016 survey by pollster Sifo.



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Spain, Finland and Russia all under Jihad terror attacks: Cursed Saturday


Breaking News! Saturday has just started in Europe, yet 3 countries have already been hit by Islamic jihadist attacks. And on top of this, 2 people died and 120 injured in Austria at firefighter festival after being hit by powerful storm. This day is cursed for Europe!

Spain car ramming

4 vehicle ramming Muslims plowed a van through a crowd in the Catalan capital Barcelona Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring over 100 others. Shortly after that other Muslims attacked neighboring Catalonian city Cambrils in which 1 person was killed and 5 others injured.

The Muslims are seen taunting the police in videos, shouting: “Allahu Akbar!” and ignoring commands to surrender and lay down. After the first shots were fired at him, the suspect falls to the ground, but quickly stands up and continues running until more bullets hit him.

All five of the terrorists are Moroccans. The list of dead suspects includes Omar Hychami, 21, born in Morocco; 19-year-old Moroccans Houssaine Abouyaaqoub and Said Aallaa; Mohamed Hychami, 24, born in Morocco and Moussa Oukabir, 17, according to Europa Press.

Police are still searching for Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, who has not been ruled out as possibly being the van driver in Barcelona.

Earlier, Spanish media outlets, citing police sources, reported that the alleged van driver of the Barcelona attack, named as Moussa Oukabir, was among those shot and killed in Cambrils later.

Russia stabbing spree

A Muslim man from Russia named Bobichel Abdurakhmanov, dressed all in black with a hoodie on his head, a bandana on his face and wearing a fake suicide belt, just like your average ISIS terrorist, wounded at least 8 people in a frenzied stabbing attack in a Russia this morning.

The Russian authorities are trying to HIDE the fact that the attacker was a Muslim, they are trying to protect the attacker saying that the investigators are currently trying to verify a claim that the attacker suffered from a mental illness, the police told TASS.

The Surgut police says that his motives remain unknown and that they are still are trying to establish the motive for his stabbing spree. Sure… it has nothing to do with Islam!

The Siberian knifeman, named locally as 23-year-old Bobichel Abdurakhmanov, was shot dead by police in a busy main street in the city of Surgut, central Russia, at about 11.20am local time.

Abdurakhmanov was described as a ‘local resident’ but is believed to have originated from a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic in Central Asian, according to reports in Russia.

At least two people are fighting for their lives, while another five were hospitalized in the stabbing spree, authorities said.

Finland stabbing spree

At least 2 were killed and 6 injured after a 18 year old Moroccan refugee went into a stabbing spree in the Finnish city of Turku. The man was specifically targeting women. Yes, women… despite the fact that most feminist women support Islam. Do you still support them now feminists?

As with Russia, Finland is behaving the same way, trying to hide the fact that the attacker is a Muslim jihadi terrorist with the authorities saying that “It’s yet unclear if the incident is related to terrorism.

Interior minister Paula Risikko said Friday afternoon that investigators are in contact with immigration authorities to help identify the suspect, noting that the man was “foreign-looking.”

A video posted online appears to show the moments after the incident. People are seen running down the street with shouting heard in the background. The tweet claims there were shouts of “Allahu Akbar” and that it is a terrorist attack.

Police “have not confirmed” media reports that the attacker was shouting “Allahu Akbar” at the time of the assault, Cser told RT.

The Morocan was screaming Allahu Akbar yet the authorities still wonder if its terror or not… ohh well I guess they know better and we have to trust them because they are the AUTHORITY and they would NEVER lie to us, would they? Why would they? They have our best interests at heart when they open our borders, its for our own good!

It was a sad day today and what’s sadder is that the day is far from over, we’re only at its middle and God knows what’s next…

In closing, we would like to rhetorically ask all those authorities, what is the difference between being killed by a “terrorist Muslim” vs a “non-terrorist Muslim”? What kind of BS excuse is this anyway? Is one worse than the other? Isn’t it the same thing?


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Finland Builds Massive Underground City To Prepare For Russia Invasion

Finland is currently building a massive underground CITY to fit all 600,000 residents of the capital should there be a Russia invasion.

Hundreds of miles of tunnels underneath Helsinki, Finland, have been constructed in the case of an emergency. Putin pushing military drills around eastern Europe adds to unease in Finland.

The Underground Master Plan contains 40 new areas reserved as rock resources and 100 new space allocations for future rock construction. Approximately 9 million cubic meters, consisting of about 400 separate facilities or tunnels, have already been built under the city. The more important facilities are listed and classified by theme in connection with the Helsinki Underground Master Plan.

Russia is currently preparing to conduct its Zapad 2017 military exercise, the largest since the end of the cold war during which Russian troops will carry out drills close to the Finnish borders. Unease is spreading across the European country.

It has now been revealed Finnish soldiers are carrying out training to deal with a mass evacuation. In March, soldiers carried out an exercise which was designed to prepare for a siege on the city.

Neighboring Estonia has already voiced major concerns over Putin’s practice close to their country. Kristjan Prikk, undersecretary for defense policy at Estonia’s Ministry of Defense, said earlier this week: “We don’t consider this year’s Zapad exercise in itself to be a direct threat to us [NATO] or a cover for an attack, but we have to keep in mind that the Russians have the nasty habit of hiding their actual military endeavors behind exercises.


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Filmmaker Reveals Finland’s Secret For Topping The World In Education

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

The secret… no homework!

This clip taken from the film Where To Invade Next shows why Finland are topping education year after year all over the globe.


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‘Free wage’ recipients in Finland report less stress & greater incentive to work

Under the pilot program aimed at tackling unemployment, 2,000 people have been given €560 every month for two years. The participants are not obliged to start looking for a job or prove they need the money; they can spend it however they want.

A participant who finds work continues to receive the payment. This differs from the current system, where individuals stop receiving welfare once employed.

Unemployed young father Juha Jarvinen was randomly picked for the program, said he is now looking for a job without fear of losing benefits.

In the past, he had a few job offers from local businesses in forestry, furniture, and metalwork, The Economist reports. However, they were part-time positions, and there was no sense in taking them since it would jeopardize his welfare payments.

Jarvinen says he is now less stressed and is not obliged to fill out forms that he is attending job interviews.

Not everyone in Finland is happy about the program. In February, the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), which has nearly one million members, said the initiative is uneconomical and encourages people to work less.

“We think it takes social policy in the wrong direction,” said Ilkka Kaukoranta, the labor group’s chief economist.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which deals with high-income economies, has reported that universal basic income might increase poverty and inequality.

Unemployment in Finland currently stands at more than 10 percent.

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Scotland Just Rolled Out Finland’s Tradition Of Gifting New Parents A Baby Box

The financial burden of having a newborn baby weighs heavily on many families. The average Canadian family spends at least $8,000 within the first year of having a child, and this average is even higher in other countries.

In some countries, there are some programs that supplement these costs, but at the end of the day, children are still expensive to raise in modern society!

Finland’s Innovative Boxes for Babies

For the past 80 years, Finland has been gifting care packages to all newborn babies. These aren’t your average gift baskets for new mothers featuring flowers and shower products; they’re much larger and designed with new parents in mind, typically including 80 items such as gender neutral baby clothes for all seasons, outdoor sleeping bags, breast pads, condoms, and nappies.

Some families will even use the cardboard box it comes in as a bed for their newborn. Though it was originally launched as a program for low income families, all families now receive a baby box, regardless of their total income. It’s essentially just a gift from the government, welcoming new babies into society.

Finnish parents have the option to receive cash instead of the baby box, but this is an unpopular choice. The cash given to parents would be €140, whereas the box is valued at around €400.

Since implementing the distribution of the baby boxes, infant mortality rates have drastically decreased in Finland. Finland represents exactly the type of change we wish to see in the world. Once a nation that suffered from poverty and poor health, Finland is now well-known for their advanced maternity care systems.

Scotland Just Implemented the Same Tradition  

A similar program was launched in Scotland in January, which is expected to be fully rolled out by summer 2017. Just like Finland, all newborn babies in Scotland will receive their own little baby box.

“We promised a baby box of all essential items for all newborns. It’s a policy borrowed from Finland where it’s contributed to the lowest rates of child mortality in the world,” the Scottish First Minister explained.

Childcare Minister Mark McDonald said, “I’m delighted to announce that all babies due in Scotland on or after 15 August 2017 will receive a baby box as part of the national roll-out.

“Scotland’s baby box will help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents, and we’re proud to introduce it in Scotland.”

“It will include materials to promote the best possible outcomes for children and the box itself will also provide a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment.”

“As the scheme formally begins our delivery partners will work hard to deliver as many boxes as quickly as possible to ensure new parents can start to use them straight away.”

“And from January 2018, all baby boxes will be delivered at least four weeks before the baby’s due date.”

Some of the items included in the Scottish baby boxes include a changing mat, thermometer, winter jacket, towels, nappies, baby books, and organic sponges. In addition, the Scottish boxes featured sleeping materials such as a mattress, sheets, and blankets.

Final Thoughts

These countries have really set an example when it comes to supporting families with newborn babies. At the end of the day, child care is a full-time job, and one that is extremely costly in today’s societies.

These boxes are offered to everyone in a gesture of support and equality. All mothers, fathers, and babies could use a little extra love and care, regardless of their current income status.

My only concern with these boxes would be any potential chemicals hidden in the baby products. Though the press never mentioned any skincare or personal products, who knows if they will eventually be put in these boxes (or if they are/were).

Whatever we put on our skin ends up being absorbed into our bodies. So many of us apply toxic creams, makeup, and other personal care products to our bodies without even reading the ingredients. Newborn babies have particularly sensitive skin, and so it’s crucial that parents educate themselves on which products should be avoided when it comes to their children!

To learn more about this, check out the following CE articles:

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