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The United Nations Human Rights Committee has voiced its concerns over gender equality and wage gap in Finland as it presented its conclusions on the realisation of civil and political rights in the country on Thursday. In addition, the independent UN body calls attention to the violence experienced by Finnish women and urges the country to enhance the services provided to victims of violence, such as safe houses. Elsewhere, the report highlights the insufficient capacity of the Metsälä reception centre in Helsinki and reproaches Finland for holding asylum-seekers in the adjacent detention unit. Therefore, the committee urges Finland to develop alternative holding facilities and to improve the conditions at Metsälä.

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According to the Western Uusimaa police, a 60-year-old man was found killed in a detached house in Raasepori on Sunday. The police received an emergency call on Sunday morning and have apprehended several people in relation to the investigation into the suspected homicide, believed to have taken place late on Saturday evening. The police refuse to reveal the method of killing whilst the reasons and motives for it remain unknown.

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In comparison with the winter months, the number of road accidents involving drunk drivers quadruples between June and August, a Finnish Motor Insurers’ centre report reveals. The report analyses road accident deaths between 2006 and 2010. Overall, accidents involving drunk drivers claimed the lives of nearly 360 people during the five years. In 70 per cent of these accidents, the drunk driver was among the fatalities. Young age and speeding are often associated with drunk driving. Two thirds of these accidents occur in sparsely populated areas, with one fifth in larger population centres.

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Some 200,000 new private-sector jobs are needed by 2019 in order to encourage the growth of Finland’s gross domestic product, a report by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy underlines. “Private-sector jobs are a prerequisite,” states the Minister of Economic Affairs, Jan Vapaavuori. “They are key because they also facilitate the creation of public-sector jobs.” In particular, the ministry’s report calls for the diversification of industrial structures, with the technology industry identified as one of the key sectors of the future. “Improving work productivity across economic sectors is vital. Meanwhile, a number of companies must look to the overseas market,” Lauri Ihalainen, the Minister of Labour, views.

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Grammar teaching methods in schools are outdated, states professor Anna Mauranen from the University of Helsinki. Instead of the most recent research results, study materials rest on the most popular teaching methods, and the function of language is thereby ignored in teaching. Language teaching is currently based on standards, not on practical skills – and fails to fulfil the needs of the labour market, Mauranen cautions. “Employers need oral presentation skills and the command of various languages.” In language studies, skills are compared to native speakers’ skills, when communicative capacities should be the focal point. “People understand one another remarkably well, and the mixing of languages is a good thing,” says Mauranen.

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The Helsinki metropolitan area has significantly fewer firearms per capita than the rest of Finland. Pistols and revolvers are more common in the greater Helsinki area than elsewhere in the country, with handguns accounting for roughly 27 per cent of the weapons owned in the capital region. The national average of 29 guns per 200 people drops considerably in the Helsinki region, where the figure is only 13 guns per 100 people.

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Violent crime by extremist movements remains relatively rare in Finland, the Ministry of the Interior states. The extreme right and violent radical Islam, however, may pose threats locally, the ministry recognises. Although racist violence remains arbitrary, the small groups committing such acts may threaten members of certain minorities. Typically, crimes committed by extremist movements are spontaneous assaults or acts of vandalism, which lack a degree of premeditation. According to the ministry, the internet may contribute to the radicalisation of an individual by enabling communication with the like-minded and offering approval for even the most radical views.

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According to the Family Federation of Finland, financial insecurity and the lack of a suitable partner deter people from having children.Limited career prospects and relationship troubles deter Finns from starting a family.

PROSPECTIVE parents are putting off having children because of relationship problems and economic hardship. According to a study conducted by the Family Federation of Finland, it is usually women who decide when the time is right for a couple to have their first child. Couples who have finished their studies and entered full-time employment are the most likely to have children.

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A beautiful little cottage and allotment is in Ruskeasuo in Helsinki.The prices of the allotment garden cottages have soared everywhere in the country. In Lahti, for instance, the cheapest cottage is around 25,000 to 30,000 euros, but prices can reach as high as 50,000 euros or more. In Tampere, prices hover around 60,000 euros. In Oulu, prices have just about doubled in a decade and are now at 20,000 to 45,000 euros.

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