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Government likely to reject tuition fees

The Finnish government is considering backtracking on its proposal to introduce tuition fees for non-EU students, Helsingin Sanomat, a national newspaper, has reported.

The government produced a draft document on 30 October proposing to charge tuition fees of at least €4,000 per year for students coming from outside the EU or the European Economic Area. The government was expected to present the proposal to parliament this month for it to be passed before elections next year, but this now seems unlikely, according to ministers quoted in the article.

Carl Haglund, Finland’s defence minister, told Helsingin Sanomat on 3 December that it would be “unlikely that the issue would be taken forward, because there is no consensus on it”.

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