A gardening technician watering plants outside Library Oodi in Helsinki 22 July 2019. (Laura Ukkonen – Lehtikuva)

THE MINISTRY of Social Affairs and Health has reminded that working in high temperatures can pose a risk to health and safety at the workplace.

Finnish occupational safety regulations stipulate that employers are required to introduce technical temperature control measures to ensure the mercury does not rise above 28ºC at the workplace, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Finland.

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Researchers at Aalto University believe Twitter bots failed to have a significant impact on the social media debate surrounding the two most recent elections held in Finland. (Loic Venance – AFP/Lehtikuva)

TWITTER BOTS had only a minor impact on the results of the two most recent elections in Finland, concludes Elebot, a study of election bots conducted this spring at Aalto University.

Aalto University announced earlier this month that bots made up 5.5 per cent of accounts tweeting Finnish-language content on topics related to the parliamentary elections and 2.8 per cent of accounts tweeting content related to the elections to the European Parliament.

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Sanna Marin (SDP), the Minister of Transport and Communications, has brought a dose of realism to the debate surrounding the three major rail infrastructure projects that are afoot in Finland. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

SANNA MARIN (SDP), the Minister of Transport and Communications, has said she wants to bring a dose of realism to the debate about rail infrastructure projects in Finland.

“It’s not a question of political will, but a question of what’s possible and in what time frame. We’re working to promote the projects and I consider them important. We must first have a credible plan for carrying out the projects,” she wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

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A construction site in Kruununvuorenranta in Laajasalo, Helsinki, on 7 August 2018. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET in Finland ended the first half of the season on a familiar note before sinking into its customary summer slumber.

Tom Miller, the chief executive of Nordea Mortgage Bank, told Kauppalehti on Sunday that the market has continued – and will continue – to be driven primarily by Greater Helsinki, Turku and Tampere. “No boom is expected, but I believe the positive vibe will continue,” he commented to the commerce-oriented newspaper.

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Long-awaited warm weather brought scores of people to parks in Helsinki on Sunday, 21 July 2019. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

THIS WEEK is set to be the start of the hottest part of the summer in Finland and Northern Europe, according to Foreca, a Finnish privately owned weather forecasting company.

“The forecast models are in agreement on the weather being super hot next week: the high-pressure front will absolutely linger over Northern Europe, bringing with it the hottest temperatures of the summer,” Markus Mäntykannas, a meteorologist at Foreca, wroteon Saturday.

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Ministers Timo Harakka (left), Antti Rinne (centre) and Mika Lintilä (right) were photographed in a joint employment seminar of the government and labour market organisations in Helsinki on 19 June 2019. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

FORMER MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT Jari Lindström (BR) estimates that the much-berated activation model for unemployment security should be patched up rather than stripped of its key features: the activity requirements and cuts in unemployment benefits.

Lindström wrote on Puheenvuoro on Wednesday that he is puzzled by the debate surrounding the model, which imposes a set of activity-related criteria on unemployed job seekers.

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OL3, the third plant unit at Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland, was initially scheduled for completion in 2009. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

TEOLLISUUDEN VOIMA (TVO) has revealed it has received an updated schedule for the start-up of Olkiluoto 3, the third plant unit at Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland, from Areva-Siemens.

According to the new schedule, the unit is currently expected to commence regular electricity production six months behind the previous schedule, in July 2020.

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Certain products approaching their expiration dates have been sold at an additional discount late in the evening at Prisma hypermarkets since early 2018. (Kristiina Lehto – Lehtikuva)

S GROUP, a Finnish retail co-operative, has pledged to reduce the food loss arising from its operations by 15 per cent by 2020.

“Our happy-hour prices for the evening hours will be adopted on a nationwide scale. During these hours, customers will get a 60 per cent discount on products whose expiration dates are approaching,” the retail giant said in a press release on Thursday.

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A barley field in Espoo on 25 June 2019 (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

JARI LEPPÄ (Centre), the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, has reminded that the widespread adoption of vegan diet could also have a negative impact on the environment.

“The danger is that if we were to become purely vegan in this country, we’d end up with a monocultural agriculture. What does biodiversity say about monoculture? What kind of a source of biodiversity are our domesticated animals? Quite a big one,” he said at SuomiAreena in Pori on Wednesday.

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Prime Minister Antti Rinne (right) and ex-Minister of Justice Antti Häkkänen (left) talked about, among other things, the situation of Finnish women and children detained in camps in Syria at SuomiAreena in Pori on Wednesday. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

LEADING FINNISH POLITICIANS on Wednesday continued to debate the situation of the Finnish women and children detained in camps set up for families of the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

The Finnish government has stated that it is exploring ways to resolve the situation but not, at the moment, considering evacuating the women and children.

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Anne Berner (Centre), a former Minister of Transport and Communications, has voiced her dismay at suggestions that she had her own interests in mind when handling her ministerial duties. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

A COMPANY called Kiinteistö Oy Focus Gate Logistics engaged actively in land transactions in the vicinity of Helsinki Airport during the tenure of Anne Berner (Centre) as Minister of Transport and Communications, reports Kauppalehti.

The real estate company is owned by the family of Berner.

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