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Yearbook 2018

Finland. The world's happiest people live in Finland, according to the UN annual World Happiness Report. And not only that - the happiest immigrants also live in Finland. In this year's survey, which was published in March, Finland climbed five placements and passed countries such as Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. First in ninth place comes Sweden.

2018 FinlandJanuary 28 was the presidential election. As expected, the big favorite, the leader of the bourgeois Socialist Party and the incumbent president, Sauli Niinistö won by as much as 62.7% of the vote. In addition, he was elected without the need for a second round of elections. His main rival, Pekka Haavisto from the Greens, received no more than 12.4%. At the same time, the left parties, with Social Democrats Tuula Haatainen and the Left Association's Merja Kyllönen, made a historically poor choice and ended up together at less than 10%. Voter turnout was relatively low, 69.9% compared to the previous presidential election, which was 72.8%. According to Countryaah.com, the election result now gave Niinistö an ever-increasing turnaround, primarily in foreign policy.

2018 Finland

In March, Nordea shareholders voted in favor of the relocation of the head office from Stockholm to Helsinki. A total of 95.8% voted in favor of the proposal. Finland's Finance Minister Petteri Orpo was delighted with the message and tweeted "Welcome to Finland". According to Orpo, Finland's membership of the EU's banking union is good for a major bank like Nordea. The official move took place on October 1st.

Former regional president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont visited Finland and the MP for the Center Mikko Kärnä in March. In connection with the visit, an international arrest warrant was issued against Puigdemont, who, however, had to leave the country and return to Belgium where he lives in exile.

In June, the verdict came against Abderrahman Bouanane, who killed two women and injured another eight people in a knife attack in Turku in August 2017. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder and attempted terrorism. The motive for the killings was according to Bouanane Finland's supposed involvement in the Syrian war.

On July 16, a summit was held in Helsinki between US President Donald Trump and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. President Sauli Niinistö hosted the meeting between the two world leaders. On the agenda were the Syrian war and the situation in Ukraine (Crimea) and, possibly, the alleged Russian involvement in the US presidential election 2016. Finland's largest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat conducted an advertising campaign with the message "Mr President, welcome to the country with free press" - a message perhaps addressed to both world leaders.

In September, a vote of no confidence was made in Parliament against Foreign Minister Timo Soini from the New Alternative. During a visit to Canada in May, Soini participated in a demonstration against abortions, something the Chancellor of Justice called "problematic". Of the 200 members of Parliament, Soini received support from 100 while 60 wanted him to step down.

In November, Finland was drawn into the debate over the serious fires in California. This was told by President Sauli Niinistö at a meeting in Paris to US President Donald Trump on how his country is doing to avoid forest fires. "I told him that Finland is a forest-covered nation, but that we have a good surveillance system." Trump, who has been criticized for blaming the California forest fires for poor forest management, now says that Finland “spends a lot of time raking and cleaning and doing things. And they have no problems. " Niinistö, however, denies that he would have said anything about raking leaves.

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