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Finland: Where second-hand comes first

Finland: Where second-hand comes first

Science
With her daughter and baby son, Kati Rossi is prowling a suburb of Helsinki in the hunt for a second-hand bookshelf.Across the road looms a Swedish furniture giant, but Kati is scouring a huge municipal re-use centre instead. “I don’t want to go to IKEA,” she tells me. "I will find something much more interesting here, and much more original. “I don’t want to have the same furniture as everyone else. What I buy here will be a fraction of the price and better for the planet.”As concern grows about the resources we’re using and the CO2 that is producing our goods, does this place hold lessons for the world?It is one of a network of giant non-profit re-use stores in Finland. Not the regular...
3 dead in stabbing attacks in Finland, Germany

3 dead in stabbing attacks in Finland, Germany

World
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- At least three people died Friday and several others were hurt in separate stabbing attacks in Finland and Germany, authorities said.In Finland, police confirmed two deaths and six people injured at two marketplaces near each other in the city center -- the Central Market and Puutori-Market Squares -- on Friday afternoon.Police shot the suspected assailant in the leg and arrested him, state broadcaster YLE reported.South-West Finland police said via Twitter: "Several people stabbed in central Turku. People are requested to avoid the city centre."Eyewitnesses reported one or more gunshots, and saw one person was lying on the ground."It was really horrible. We were sitting on a terrace just next to the square and this woman just screamed like hell and this guy was standing i...
Finland tests an unconditional basic income

Finland tests an unconditional basic income

Finance
JUHA JARVINEN, an unemployed young father in a village near Jurva, western Finland, brims with ideas for earning a living. “I’m an artist and entrepreneur. Sometimes I’m too active, I don’t have time to stop,” he says. He just agreed to paint the roofs of two neighbours’ houses. His old business, making decorative window frames, went bust a few years ago. Having paid off debts, he recently registered another, to produce videos for clients.Mr Jarvinen says that for six years he had wanted to start a new business but it had proved impossible. The family got by on his wife’s wages as a nurse, plus unemployment and child benefits. Mr Jarvinen had a few job offers in the main local industries—forestry, furniture-making and metalwork. But taking on anything short of a permanent, well-paid post m