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Finnish alcohol monopoly Alko to deploy booze trucks

In Finland alcohol sales is strongly regulated. Beer and other less potent drinks are available from supermarkets, but strong spirits and wine are only available for purchase from government owned Alko outlets. In the turn of 2017 there will be some changes in legislation which weakens the position of the monopoly by opening up new product categories to other stores.

Written by Janita on Saturday November 12, 2016
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DDoS attack halts heating in Finland amidst winter

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack halted heating distribution at least in two properties in the city of Lappeenranta, located in eastern Finland. In both of the events the attacks disabled the computers that were controlling heating in the buildings.

Written by Janita on Monday November 7, 2016
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Finland preparing a radical car taxation reform to lower emissions

The Finnish government is said to be preparing a massive overhaul of the country's private car taxation system. The planned changes would remove the dreaded car tax and make significant changes to terms when companies are providing car benefits to employees.

Written by Janita on Saturday October 15, 2016
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Finland in mid-tier when it comes to European software developer salaries

In 2016 O'Reilly media conducted an online salary survey for software developers. The survey contained 72 questions about the developer's roles, tools and compensation. More than 1300 european software developers answered. According to the results Finland is in the mid-tier when it comes to salaries for software developers in Finland.

Written by Janita on Monday October 3, 2016
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"Finland could employ some 2000-3000 developers immediately"

In an interview of Tekniikka & Talous magazine, a start up investor says that Finland could employ 2000-3000 foreign developers right away. It is currently hard, if not impossible for a startup to employ a skilled software developers and the process for employing foreigners is simply too heavy.

Written by Janita on Monday September 26, 2016
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Estonia the first country in Europe to legalize Uber

Many countries around Europe and elsewhere have struggled with Uber, a ride sharing service from the US. In the continent where Taxi unions and other bodies have strong positions, there have been absurd side effects for Uber in Finland and elsewhere. Now the Estonian state has solved this by legalizing Uber in the country.

Written by Janita on Sunday September 25, 2016
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Finnish graffiti artist Egs specializes on maps

A finnish graffiti artist known as "Egs" is known for working around the world. Not only has he done painting all over the world in over fourty countries, but he also specialises on maps.

Written by Janita on Thursday September 22, 2016
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