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Finland: Parliament Revokes Law Exempting Jehovah’s Witnesses from Mandatory Military Service

(Apr. 18, 2019) On February 27, 2019, the Finnish Parliament voted to amend its mandatory military service law by revoking a more than thirty-year-old exemption for Jehovah’s Witnesses from basic military training. (Item in the Minutes PR 166/2018 rd, Government Bill for Parliament with Proposed Laws on Revoking the Act Exempting Jehovah’s Witnesses from Performing […]

Finnish Parliament Approves Law to Extend Legal Presence of UK Citizens

(Mar. 21, 2019) On March 5, 2019, the Finnish Parliament approved a government proposal to extend the right of citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) to remain in Finland until December 31, 2020. (Press Release, Eduskunta [Finnish Parliament], The Special Act to Secure British Citizens’ Right of Residence in Finland Approved (Mar. 6, 2019), Eduskunta […]

Finland: Finnish Parliament Revokes Underage Marriage Exception

(Mar. 12, 2019) On February 19, 2019, the Finnish Parliament adopted changes to its Marriage Act, revoking the exception that persons not yet 18 may marry with special prior approval from the Ministry of Justice. (Press Release, Eduskunta [Parliament], Marriage with Underage Individuals Prohibited (Feb. 20, 2019) (in Swedish), Parliament website.) The parliamentary press release […]

Finland: Finnish Transport Safety Agency to Introduce Digital Driver’s License

(Mar. 15, 2018) On January 30, 2018, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafiksäkerhetsverket, Trafi) announced it will introduce digital driver’s licenses as of summer 2018, reportedly making Finland the first country in the world to introduce a digital driver’s license. (Digitalt körkort, TRAFI (last updated Jan. 30, 2018); Simon Karlsson, Digitalt körkort redan i sommar […]

Finland: Supreme Court to Make English Summaries of Precedents Available Online and Begin Using ECLI Code in 2018

(Jan. 12, 2018) On January 2, 2018, the Finnish Supreme Court announced it will make some of its precedents available through summaries in English. (Press Release, Finnish Supreme Court, The Supreme Court of Finland Starts to Publish Summaries of Its Precedents in English (Jan. 2, 2018), SUPREME COURT.) The cases will be limited to those […]

Finland: Parliament Approves New Alcohol Law

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 15, 2017, the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta/Riksdagen) approved a new Alcohol Act to take effect on January 1, 2018. Under the new provisions, the limit on alcohol content in drinks that may be sold in grocery stores will be increased from 4.7% to 5.5%.  (Press Release, Eduskunta/Riksdagen, Alkohollagen godkänd [Alcohol Act […]

Finland: Parliament Passes New Postal Act to Reduce Service

(Aug. 14, 2017) On June 8 and June 21, 2017, the Finnish Parliament, in both a first round and second round of voting, approved amendments to the country’s Postal Act, allowing for distribution of letters and packages to be limited to three days a week in larger cities. (Innehållet i postlagen godkänt, RIKSDAGEN (June 8, […]

Finland: Gender Neutral Marriage Act Enters Into Force

(Mar. 2, 2017) On March 1, 2017, the Finnish Marriage Act became gender neutral as amendments to the Act entered into force.  (Äktenskapslag [Marriage Act] (Finsk författningssamling [FFS] 13.6.1929/234), FINLEX.)  The amending Act was adopted on February 20, 2015.  (Lag om ändring av äktenskapslagen [Act on Amendment of the Marriage Act] (FFS 20.2.2015/156249), FINLEX.) Registered […]

Finland: New Tobacco Law Adopted with Intent of Eliminating Tobacco Use

(Sept. 9, 2016) On August 15, 2016. new legislation on the sale and import of tobacco products entered into force in Finland. (Tobakslag [Tobacco Act] 549/2016, FINLEX; Press Release, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, New, Stricter Tobacco Act Enters into Force on 15 August 2016 (June 29, 2016).) The new Tobacco Act was adopted […]

Finland/Russian Federation: Agreements Concluded to Stem Migrant Flow

(Apr. 7, 2016) Finland and Russia have concluded two agreements on cross-border traffic designed to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the Eastern Lapland region of Finland. According to Päivi Nerg of Finland’s Ministry of the Interior, the two countries have been concerned about the number of migrants travelling in a westward direction into […]