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For the second year in a row, the world's happiest country is... Finland!
Guest posted a topic in TopicsFinland topped the list of 156 countries, which were ranked in the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2019 World Happiness Report. The report ranks countries on several well-being variables including income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy and more. Two other Nordic countries came in second and third place, Denmark and Norway, respectively. On the other hand, South Sudan ranked the least happy on the list. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/03/20/finland-worlds-happiest-country-2019/3221328002/
A rejected asylum seeker who targetted women in a stabbing attack said he was at “war against womenÂ” and committed the attack to Â“strengthen the Islamic kingdomÂ”. Moroccan Abderrahman Bouanane, 23, told the district court on Wednesday that he had justified his attack because of Western nationsÂ’ military action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq,Â Helsingin SanomatÂ reports. The court heard that the defendantÂ was inspired to attack the eight women and two men with a knife in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku onÂ August 18th, 2017, byÂ a 23-year-old Uzbek-basedÂ Turkish man he met at the mosque. The Turk, who is currently the subject of an international search, allegedly toldÂ Bouanane that Finland was guilty of causing the instability in Syria and sent 100 soldiers to fight there. Finland has sent 100 trainers to Iraq since 2015. Â“It gave me the position that I have the right to kill Finns,Â” he told the court in the ongoing trial. The court also heard that during police interrogation, Bouanane said his purpose for the attack was Â“to strengthen the Islamic kingdomÂ… I wanted the Islamic kingdom is strong.Â” The Moroccan is on trial on charges of murder and attempted murder Â“with terrorist intentÂ” in the first terror-related attack in the countryÂ’s history. The day prior, on Tuesday, Bouanane admitted that he had specifically targetted women. The accused, who arrived in Finland in 2016, hadÂ toldÂ police that originally his intention was to attack a soldier. But he changed his plans, believing that it was equally justified to attack civilian women. Â“My target was to hit women, not men Â… I was in war against women,Â” he said. Eight of the ten victims were women, and two died of their wounds. The two men were not targetted directly by the defendant, but he stabbed them as they tried to save the women, includingÂ Hassan Zubier whoÂ arrivedÂ in court in a wheelchairÂ when the trial began last week. Bouanane said that his initial goal was to kill the two women JehovahÂ’s Witnesses who were proselytising in the town centre.Â One of them was the first victim of the stabbing attack. The defendant said she was selected due to her behaviour and Christian activity, saying that her smiling irritated him. Â“They annoyed me sexually.Â The way they smiled at me provoked some kind of emotions inside me that are embarrassing,Â” he said. Â“I honestly felt like I was controlled remotelyÂ… The idea was to keep attacking as long as a head falls,Â” the failed asylum seeker said. He only stopped stabbing random people after police shot him in the leg. Ylen Turku PrisonÂ toldÂ theÂ Finnish Broadcasting Company that Bouanane had rioted in his cell Monday and Tuesday night, breaking his television and other furniture. During the trial he has repeatedly laughed, denounced his victims, and refused to obey the orders of the judge, including on Wednesday afternoon refusing to sit down in his chair, claiming thatÂ Â“Every new thing I use brings me to hell.Â” Psychiatrist Gustav SchulmanÂ assessedÂ that his Â“psychological violence against the victims and the entire Finnish peopleÂ” during the trial act as a continuation of his attack. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/04/20/finland-terror-trial-attacker-war-women-stengthen-islamic-kingdom/ Â
More than 3,000 farmers in Finland on Friday descended on Helsinki to protest against the government's agriculture and food policy. The farmers, along with 600 tractors, came from across the country and parked on Senate Square in the heart of the capital to call on the government to support the country's agricultural sector, which has been suffering as a result of falling food prices and European Union sanctions on Russia, a key export market for the sector.
What Finland's plan to be tobacco-free can teach the world
Guest posted a topic in Topics(CNN)The Finnish government has set an ambitious goal for residents in a bid to benefit their health -- and their bank balances. Officials plan to make the country tobacco-free by 2040, meaning they want less than 2% of their adults to consume tobacco -- in any form -- by that deadline. So that's more than 98% of the Finnish population saying no to cigarettes, snuff and other forms of smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes and even e-cigarettes. As per the trend in industralized countries, smoking rates in Finland have been on the decline in recent decades due to measures such as bans on advertising and shop displays, and the creation of smoke-free public spaces. In 2013, 16% of 15- to 64-year-olds in Finland smoked on a daily basis, while nearby in the UK, 19% of adults were smokers in 2014. But at the start of this year, a new level of control measures came into force. Continue reading