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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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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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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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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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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Finland must develop its understanding of threats in the digital world, also in terms of policy-making, underlines Jarno Limnéll, a professor of cybersecurity at Aalto University. (Handout – Nato Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence)

JARNO LIMNÉLL, a professor of cybersecurity at Aalto University, has urged the government to invest in developing its understanding of cybersecurity issues.

Limnéll on Saturday wrote in a blog for Iltalehti that, in the coming years, there will be a growing emphasis on the importance of understanding the political dimension of cybersecurity and making bold political decisions in Finland.

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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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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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The District Court of Oulu has sentenced all eight suspects in a widespread child sexual abuse case to prison sentences ranging from two to more than four years. (Timo Heikkala – Lehtikuva)

THE DISTRICT COURT of Oulu has delivered a verdict for all eight defendants in the child sexual abuse case that stirred up widespread outrage in Finland in December 2018.

The eight defendants were tried and sentenced separately on charges including assault, aggravated child sexual abuse and aggravated rape between May and July 2019, with the last two rulings coming in on Friday, 12 July.

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