Presidential elections in Finland:
Campaign paraphernalia are mostly made in Far East
Helsinki (05.01.2012 - Heikki
Jokinen) Almost all of the eight candidates in the Finnish presidential
elections, which will take place on January 22nd 2012, have ordered their
campaign gift products from abroad, reports the Industrial Union TEAM.
The campaign pins, mugs,
t-shirts, scarves, chocolate and other products are mainly made in the Far
East or in some cases in the other European countries, TEAM discovered.
Print work is more often than not done in Finland.
The chairman of TEAM Timo
Vallittu reminds us that employment in Finland is to a large extent
determined by the purchasing decisions of individuals and organisations.
"Small decisions have a major impact on employment. Business gifts employ
especially small companies and are labour-intensive."
If all citizens would use
an extra EUR 10 per annum in domestic products, it would create no less than
10.000 new jobs, promoters of domestic products stress.
"The President leads by
example…. by virtue of the values he or she purports to hold dear…. so it
would be expected that he or she would show an example and choose domestic
products", Vallittu says. "An uncomfortable question for those aiming to be
our leaders when it comes to values is: can we be sure that the campaign
products -especially those made in Asia- are produced under decent