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June Pelo
07-05-16, 22:02
Finland received its first group of refugees who are being resettled from Turkey. A group of three Syrian families (11) arrived April 4. Finland has agreed to accept 600 Syrians from Turkey. Finland has also agreed to accommodate 3,200 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy, but so far has received only a small number.

Finland's postal service is offering a weekly grass cutting service, with customers who choose either 30 minutes or 60 minutes of lawn-mowing time. It will be available only on Tuesdays and customers have to provide their own lawnmower. They'll have to be willing to pay 65 Euros ($73) a month for half-hour sessions.

China will send a pair of giant pandas to Finland next year as a gesture when Finland celebrates its 100th anniversary of independence. The Ähtäri zoo will build a new facility for the pandas, and plans to import most of the bamboo needed to feed them. They could arrive at the end of 2017.

In the 1960s and '70s many Finnish immigrants moved to Sweden, but now they are dying out and their children rarely speak the language. In 2012 there were 200,000 people in Sweden who spoke Finnish as their native language, while 150,000 people spoke Arabic. The influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East has shifted the balance in favor of Arabic over the past few years. It's hard to say when Arabic will take over Finnish, but they estimate it'll be very soon that Arabic will be the second most popular language in Sweden. In Denmark Arabic is the second most spoken language; and it is the third most spoken language in France and the Netherlands.

Finnish Parliament approved a bill which will see tuition fees charged to students from outside the European Union.. it will become effective in August 2017. The payment threshold is 1,500 euros ($1,641) per academic year--applied to Bachelor's and Master's degree programs taught in languages other than Finnish and Swedish, which are the official languages of Finland. Currently, higher education in Finland is free to almost everyone admitted at undergraduate level.