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June Pelo
29-06-15, 21:04
Finland's government wants the country to turn away from fossil fuels and look toward horse manure to heat homes, instead. Annual waste created by three horses would be enough to heat a family home for a year. And with about 77,000 horses in Finland, there's the potential for more than 20,000 homes to be completely manure-warmed. Using horse dung for energy would also solve a problem for stables - how to dispose of animal waste. Its use as a fertilizer is already prohibited on fields that drain into waterways, and soon horse owners won't be allowed to take it to the dumps.

Finnish mail service company Posti announced that 319 of its employees would be laid off due to the closure of 77 Posti shops. There are about 800 Posti partner service points in operation now. The changes will take place over the next two and a half years. Posti Group employs about 26,000 workers and has operations in 11 countries.

Alcohol consumption continues to decline in Finland. On average, each person consumed the equivalent of 11 liters of pure alcohol in 2014, a drop of 4% compared to the previous year. Finn's drinking habits have been undergoing a long-term shift, with a move away from liqueurs and spirits and toward beer. Beer is now the clear favorite drink among Finns.

At the end of 2014 the world-renowned traditional Finnish textile company Helmi Vuorelma Oy declared bankruptcy. The company was known for its Finnish national costumes and employed nearly 300 people. The 1990s recession forced the company to make cutbacks. But in mid-May of this year, Helsinki businessman Karl Kuronen bought the company which now goes by the name of Suomen Perinnetekstiilit OY. National dresses will be their priority.

FAR July 2015