Baltic Sea scenery, photo Eija Putkuri

Ban on the discharge of sewage from cruise ships into the Baltic Sea

Press release of the Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Transport and Communications 04/22/2016
The International Maritime Organization IMO decided on 22 April 2016 on the entry into force of the regulations concerning the special area of the Baltic Sea. By these regulations the discharge of raw sewage from passenger ships and ferries directly into the sea is banned. All the Baltic Sea states are unanimous in support of the decision. Read more

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Age limit relating to the bonus for home savers falls to 15 years from July 2016

The President of Finland has signed a new act amending the Act on Bonus for Home Savers. Instead of the earlier age limit of 18 years, now persons aged 15 years but not 40 may become home savers. For minors it must be specified in the home saving agreement that the deposits made consist of the personal earnings of the minor.
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New report on the development of Myanmar’s environmental administration completed with Finnish support

Myanmar is undergoing industrialisation and urbanisation at a rapid pace. According to an assessment conducted by the Finnish Environment Institute, it is important to develop basic functions of Myanmar’s environmental administration, such as information systems for compiling data about the state of the environment and actions creating pressure on the environment.


Second home tourism in Finland
Perceptions of citizens and municipalities on state and development of second home tourism

Second homes are an important part of Finnish leisure, mobility and rural policy. There are 499,000 second homes in Finland according to the official statistics, but this number is probably underestimated and over half of the Finns actually use the leisure opportunities offered by second homes.  Read more