The price level in Finland was 23 percentage points above the EU average in 2010, according Statistics Finland. The highest consumer prices in Europe were found in Switzerland and the lowest in Macedonia.
The 2010 statistics reveal Finland as one of the most expensive countries in Europe, along with the other Nordic countries. However, the prices of Finnish telecommunications services fell below the EU average.
Sweden, Luxemburg and Ireland are nearly as expensive as Finland.
Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Serbia were the cheapest European countries in terms of consumer prices. These countries' price levels were only about half of the EU average.
Out of the 17 eurozone countries, Finland emerged as the most expensive.
This midsummer two people drowned, one was stabbed to death, traffic accidents
claimed two lives, and one died in a fire.
The first drowning victim was reported on Friday afternoon when a middle-aged man
fell from a boat near Anttola in the southern Savo area. The other drowning occurred in
Central Finland's Karstula, after another man fell from a boat. The divers found the man's
body after a three-hour search.
In Helsinki’s Tapanila, an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at a home party on
midsummer night’s eve. The victim was stabbed in the chest by a 22-year-old man,
following an argument between the two. According to the police, the party was crashed
by uninvited guests. The police have begun an investigation into the crime, and have taken the
stabber into custody.
A fire broke out in a house in Pietarsaari on Friday evening around 7 pm. The house was
in full blaze by the time the fire department arrived on the scene. A female resident was found
dead in the house.
A man died in Kruununpyy, Ostrobothnia, after his car drove off the road around 9 pm on
midsummer night’s eve. Another man lost his life the same night, as the car he was driving
swerved off the road in Jaala, Kouvola. A male passenger in the car was injured seriously.
Helsinki city centre fell silent during Juhannus eve. The police were instead kept busy in the
suburbs, where they were occupied by assaults, among other disruptions.
God gave a gift to the world when you were born—
a person who loves, who cares,
who sees a person’s need and fills it,
who encourages and lifts people up,
who spends energy on others
rather than herself,
someone who touches each life she enters,
and makes a difference in the world,
because ripples of kindness flow outward
as each person you have touched, touches others.
Your birthday deserves to be a national holiday,
because you are a special treasure
for all that you’ve done.
May the love you have shown to others
return to you, multiplied.
I wish you the happiest of birthdays,
and many, many more,
so that others have time to appreciate you
as much as I do. Love u n Happy birthday Again n Again!!
Road traffic in the capital region will get quite busy about 1pm on Thursday as scores of holidaymakers leave town for Midsummer, warns the Traffic Management Centre. Traffic will peak between 3pm and 7pm.
In addition to Midsummer traffic, there will still be a large number of commuters on the roads. Some 2,000-3,000 cars are expected to be on the roads every hour, which is a significantly higher number than normally.
Traffic Management Centre forecasts congestions for all the main roads and recommends setting off on the holiday weekend in the morning or else delaying departure until late in the evening.
HAVE A LOVELY MIDSUMMER PARTY FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO THE COTTAGES!!