President Tarja Halonen in New Year Speech: Economic challenges highlight the importance of social responsibility
According to President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen, the importance of social responsibility is highlighted by the challenges of the international economic crisis. "Sufficient attention must be paid in time to employment. We must take action to prevent the consequences of the slowdown in economic development coming down most heavily on people who are in the weakest position", President Halonen said in her New Year Speech on Thursday, 1 January 2009.
The Government expresses its condolences on the Kauhajoki murder
At the government press conference on Tuesday 23 September, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen extended the Government’s deep condolences on the traumatic shooting incidence in Kauhajoki. The Ministry of the Interior has made a decision that flags are to be flown at half-mast on all public buildings on Wednesday, 24 September, and urges the whole country to follow the example.
The Government offered its sincere condolences to the families of victims of the shooting incident in Jokela
The Government of Finland discussed in its evening session on 7 November the shooting incident that had taken place in the Jokela School Centre. After the meeting, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen extended the Government’s heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of victims of the incident. During the evening session, the Government observed a short period of silence to commemorate the victims.
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