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"Searching for a blonde": Personal ad baffles readers and media

"Searching for a blonde": Personal ad baffles readers and mediaHelsinki  - Readers and Finnish media continued Wednesday to speculate over who placed a full-page personal ad in leading Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat over the weekend.

The ad published Sunday was estimated to have cost 20,000 euros (26,000 dollars).

The most recent traces indicated that the ad was placed by a 42- year-old Russian man.

Finnish premier announces engagement

Finnish premier announces engagementHelsinki  - Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen has become engaged to Sirkka Mertala, the prime minister's office said Friday.

The couple have been dating for a year.

The statement was issued after tabloid Ilta-Sanomat in its Friday edition reported that the couple on Thursday bought engagement rings.

Vanhanen divorced his first wife in 2005, and has since been dated several women.

Finnair to lay-off staff in technical services to save costs

Finnair to lay-off staff in technical services to save costs Helsinki - Citing lower demand for air travel, Finnish flag carrier Finnair on Friday said it planned to lay-off staff in its on the technical services division to save costs.

The lay-offs were to last from two weeks to three months, the carrier said, adding it hoped to make savings of 7 million euros (9.4 million dollars) on the move.

The division has some 1,600 employees, and statutory consultative negotiations with unions have begun.

Nokia to shed 1,700 jobs worldwide

Nokia to shed 1,700 jobs worldwideHelsinki - Nokia, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, said Tuesday it planned to shed 1,700 jobs worldwide to "adapt to the market situation."

The moves were part of Nokia's plans to adjust sales, marketing and technology management. Negotiations with unions were to commence, the group said.

In January, Nokia reported a 19-per-cent drop in sales and a sharp drop in operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Finnish archbishop calls for "calm" on blessing same-sex unions

Finnish archbishop calls for "calm" on blessing same-sex unions Helsinki - Archbishop Jukka Parma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland Monday called for "calm discussion" between supporters and opponents of same-sex unions and its consequences for the church.

Parma's remarks were made after he accepted a 200-page report on the charged subject that has been drafted by a working group appointed by the bishops' conference.

Finland in 2002 made same-sex unions legal. However, the church has yet to decide on guidelines concerning requests for blessings of same-sex unions.

Finnish computer expert fits finger prosthesis with USB

Finnish computer expert fits finger prosthesis with USB Helsinki  - Finnish computer expert Jerry Javala has generated interest around the internet after word spread of how he had his finger prosthesis fitted with a USB flash drive.

Javala lost part of his left ring finger in a motorcycle accident in 2008 and his doctor, hearing what Javala did for a living, helped him fit a USB "finger drive," according to Javala's web site www. protoblogr. net.

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