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Finnish Tax Office cracking down on overseas eCommerce VAT payments

Foreign eCommerce vendors will have a harder time avoiding paying the Value Added Tax (VAT) to finland. The Finnish tax authority has started an operation where it is searching for eCommerce shops in the European Union (EU) who have not paid VAT to Finland. For Finnish vendors this is good news as not paying VAT is a direct competitive advantage for foreign merchants.

Written by Janita on Tuesday June 21, 2016
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Report: Finland the foremost country embracing digitalization

According to a report, Finland is best positioned to take advantage of the digitalization trend taking the world by storm. The report based on a study by Etlatieto finds that Finland has has continued momentum, rising from second to first in 2016.

Written by Janita on Thursday June 16, 2016
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Finland .fi domains management to change in September

The managemenent of Finnish .fi top level domains (TLDs) will be available globally after September 2016 in a change to management of the domains. This is a radical change as private personns and companies can no longer reserve domains from FICORA, the body governing telecommunications in Finland.

Written by Janita on Monday June 13, 2016
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Opening of western extension to Helsinki Metro delayed by months

The extension of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Metro towards the west in Helsinki and Espoo is delayd. Originally the traffic was supposed to start on August 15th 2016, but due to technical reasons the opening is delayed. The exact length of the delay is not known, but is estimated to be several months.

Written by Janita on Saturday June 11, 2016
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A meme by a beer thirsty Helsinki subway driver escalates quickly

During some unusually warm weather in early May 2016 a Helsinki Subway driver put the text "OISPA KALJAA" to the display in the Metro train.

The term is a meme that refers loosely translates to "I wish I had beer" and was a common meme in Finland in 2015 and early 2016. The short version "OISPA" works just as well.

Written by Janita on Wednesday May 11, 2016
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Finland bans Kick Ass Torrents (KAT) file sharing site

The Finnish court has ordered teleoperators to block access to the KickAssTorrents (KAT) file sharing site in Finland. This is done by DNS and IP limitations on the network level. This is similar to the Piratebay block in place since 2012 - which as proved very ineffective.

Written by Janita on Wednesday May 4, 2016
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First three grid positions in Russian GP 2016 filled by Finnish citizens

For the first time in Formula 1 history the three first positions are filled by drivers of Finnish origin. The Russian Sochi Grand Prix in 2016 will be headed by Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen.

Out of the bunch Nico Rosberg holds both a German and a Finnish citizenship, but represents Germany. Bottas and Räikkönen represent Finland.

Written by Janita on Sunday May 1, 2016
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Airplane triggers lightning, burns down a house in Finland

Finnish Meteorological Institute experts claim that an aircraft approaching the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland triggered a lightning bolt that set a house on fire. Evidence points that a Norwegian Boeing 737 arriving from London on was indeed the reason for the freak accident.

Written by Janita on Monday April 25, 2016
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