Baltic Sea scenery, photo Eija Putkuri

Ban on the discharge of sewage from cruise ships into the Baltic Sea

Press release of the Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Transport and Communications 04/22/2016
The International Maritime Organization IMO decided on 22 April 2016 on the entry into force of the regulations concerning the special area of the Baltic Sea. By these regulations the discharge of raw sewage from passenger ships and ferries directly into the sea is banned. All the Baltic Sea states are unanimous in support of the decision. Read more

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Ban on the discharge of sewage from cruise ships into the Baltic Sea

2016-04-22
The International Maritime Organization IMO decided today on 22 April 2016 on the entry into force of the regulations concerning the special area of the Baltic Sea. By these regulations the discharge of raw sewage from passenger ships and ferries directly into the sea is banned. All the Baltic Sea states are unanimous in support of the decision.
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The climate challenge requires significant new innovations for Finnish wood use

2016-04-27
An international agreement was made in Paris to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. However, a recent study shows that the current Finnish wood bioeconomy fails to meet this challenge.
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Second home tourism in Finland
Perceptions of citizens and municipalities on state and development of second home tourism

Second homes are an important part of Finnish leisure, mobility and rural policy. There are 499,000 second homes in Finland according to the official statistics, but this number is probably underestimated and over half of the Finns actually use the leisure opportunities offered by second homes.  Read more