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Ollaan ihmisiksi (‘Lets behave ourselves’) campaign launched to combat inappropriate behaviour

Many professionals in the commercial sector are frequently faced with inappropriate behaviour in their daily work. Launched today on 4 December, the Ollaan ihmisiksi (‘Lets behave ourselves’) campaign seeks to awaken consumers to think about their own role in enhancing the occupational wellbeing of salespersons and other customer service professionals.

Russians spend money in Finland again, but the golden days are over

After a period of decline, the number of Russian visitors to Finland is now on the rise. In the January–July period 2017, the number of Russian visitors increased by 15 per cent and the number of visa applications by over 60 per cent from the previous year. However, Finland’s biggest competitors for Russian purchasing power are Estonia and e-commerce.

Taavi Heikkilä, the Chair of the Finnish Commerce Federation: Commerce wants to create jobs

The largest business sector in Finland, commerce, is looking for ways to create more jobs. The tasks in the sector are undergoing rapid change, and so are the skills needed. The future programme for t...

Consumer services are not regarded as highly as the industry–for the time being

According to the new reputation index for the service sector, the appreciation of different sectors varies significantly depending on gender and age. The gender differences are largest for young peopl...

The transformation of commerce already affecting employment

The real impact of the transformation in commerce is becoming evident. International and domestic competition, streamlined operations, automation and digitalisation are changing business structures. With this transformation, increased turnovers do not necessary translate into new jobs. In fact, the approximately 2 per cent growth in turnover, as estimated by the Finnish Commerce Federation, will not be sufficient to sustain the current employment in wholesale and retail businesses.

More and more Finnish tourists are bringing their alcohol back from Estonia by car

The trend of carrying alcohol from Estonia is facing a downturn among Finns. However, those still partaking in the trend are carrying more alcohol than before. To control these 'booze trips', Finnish alcohol legislation should be reformed as soon as possible. All in all, the consumption of Finnish tourists in Estonia seems to remain unchanged. However, the international competition of e-commerce appears to be challenging Estonia as well, especially regarding shopping for clothes and footwear.

A digital consumer is eager to buy online – even from abroad

Even though the Finnish consumer usually carries out their online shopping in online shops that are available in Finnish, country borders are not considered an obstacle. More than 40% of transactions by Finnish online consumers go to foreign online shops. Taxation policy can also be used to influence the competitive prerequisites of Finnish commerce.

Commerce has picked up – tax wedge strains services

Finnish Christmas consumption showing signs of perking up