The 23-year-old defendant (left) and her defence counsel in a courtroom at the District Court of Ostrobothnia in Vaasa on Monday, 27 May 2024. The defendant is accused of preparing several aggravated offences over a plan to carry out a school shooting in Isokyrö, Ostrobothnia, in March, a plan she did not abandon until arriving armed at the school. (Elena Mikkilä – Str / Lehtikuva)

A 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN stands accused of planning a school shooting for two years in a trial that got underway at the District Court of Ostrobothnia in Vaasa on Monday, 27 May.

The woman has been charged with several counts of preparation of an aggravated offence against life or health over what the prosecution painted as a fully fledged-out plan to carry out a school shooting in Isokyrö, Ostrobothnia, in mid-March.

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President Alexander Stubb reacted at a news conference in Tallinn, Estonia, on Monday, 27 May 2024. Among other things, the president was asked why Finland has yet to recognise the statehood of Palestine. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

PRESIDENT Alexander Stubb indicated in Tallinn, Estonia, on Monday that Finland will ultimately recognise the statehood of Palestine, reports STT.

Stubb was asked at a press conference why the country has yet to align itself on the issue with other Nordics. Ireland, Norway and Spain recognised the Palestinian state yesterday, in accordance with coordinated announcements their heads of state issued on 22 May.

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The Supreme Administrative Court of Finland in Helsinki. LEHTIKUVA

This week, judges from the Association of Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA-Europe) have converged in Inari, Finland, for a pivotal seminar and annual meeting. From May 26 to 28, 2024, these legal minds are delving into the complex interplay of fundamental rights within the multilevel system of international human rights conventions, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and national constitutions.

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A man having a cup of coffee in his home in Espoo on 5 July 2023. OP Financial Group on Monday reported that investors have returned to Finland’s real estate market, revealing that it saw a year-on-year increase of 27 per cent in buy-to-let mortgage applications between January and March. (Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

INVESTORS have returned to the real estate market in Finland, according to OP Financial Group.

OP on Monday reported that it recorded a year-on-year increase of 27 per cent in applications for new buy-to-let mortgages in April. Well over two-thirds, or 71 per cent, of the applications came from people who are mulling over their first real estate investment, marking an increase of 21 percentage points from December.

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The ILME plan's measures focus particularly on reducing street dust and traffic noise, as well as combating emissions from small-scale wood burning. Photo: Roni Rekomaa

The city of Helsinki has unveiled a comprehensive plan to enhance both air quality and noise environment, marking a pioneering step in integrating these two critical urban concerns. The new Air Protection and Noise Abatement Plan (ILME) outlines a vision for 2040 where Helsinki’s air quality and soundscape are exemplary.

The ILME plan, targeting the period from 2024 to 2029, sets ten ambitious goals to be achieved through nearly 40 specific measures.

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On average, more than 2,000 patient injuries are compensated annually, of which approximately 85 are serious. Since 1987, over 700 million euros have been paid in compensation for patient injuries to patients and their families. Photo: Syda Productions Mostphotos

Each year in Finland, over 2,000 compensable patient injuries occur, with annual compensation payouts ranging between 20 and 30 million euros. While most of these injuries are minor, the compensation for severe cases can reach millions of euros over time.

Annually, an average of over 2,000 patient injury claims are settled, of which about 85 are classified as serious.

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Elderly women in a pharmacy in June 2011. The Finnish Pharmacists’ Association on Monday warned that over 40 per cent of pharmacies are at risk of bankruptcy due to the cost savings pursued by the government. (Jussi Helttunen – Lehtikuva)

OVER 40 PER CENT of Finnish pharmacies are at risk of going bankrupt due to the cost savings pursued by the government of Prime Minister Petteri Orpo (NCP), warns the Finnish Pharmacists’ Association.

The government is intent on shaking up the regulatory environment of pharmacies in order to generate 30 million euros in annual savings.

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A train and passengers at Pasila in Helsinki on 31 October 2023. The Finnish government has made an in-principle decision that would enable it to reduce its ownership stakes in a number of companies, including VR. (Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT on Thursday approved an in-principle decision on ownership steering policy, hinting that it is willing to explore cashing in on a number of corporate assets even at the expense of majority control.

The decision would lower the minimum ownership requirement from 100 to 50.1 per cent for Finavia and VR and from 50.1 to 33.4 per cent for Gasum and Posti.

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Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, posed for a photo alongside his counterparts from the Finns Party and National Coalition, Riikka Purra and Petteri Orpo, ahead of a European election debate held by YLE in Helsinki on Wednesday, 22 May 2024. The Social Democratic Party has increased its popularity especially among female voters, reveals an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY has cemented its status as the most popular political party in Finland, reveals the latest opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday reported that popular support for the largest opposition party has risen by 1.1 percentage points to 22.7 per cent since mid-April, providing it an almost three-point cushion at the top of the poll ahead of the National Coalition.

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From 2018 to 2022, there were 271 traffic accidents caused by intoxicated motor vehicle drivers, resulting in 308 fatalities. Photo: Mostphotos

A recent report reveals a grim reality: over a third of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Finland from 2018 to 2022 involved drivers under the influence. The data, presented by the Finnish Crash Data Institute (OTI), highlights the urgent need for more effective measures to combat substance abuse on the roads.

During the five-year period, there were 271 accidents caused by intoxicated drivers, resulting in 308 fatalities.

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Prime Minister Petteri Orpo (NCP) and Minister of the Interior Mari Rantanen (PS) chatted during a plenary session in parliament in Helsinki on 22 May 2024. Rantanen on Saturday told YLE that the government’s controversial border security act could enter into force in summer. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

BORDER GUARDS will receive training and instructions to be able to assess the vulnerability of asylum seekers following the adoption of a new border security act, Minister of the Interior Mari Rantanen (PS) assured on YLE A-studio on Saturday.

The controversial act would enable the government to suspend the reception of asylum applications in order to combat instrumentalised migration at the border of Finland.

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The City of Helsinki’s logo outside the Helsinki Cathedral on 16 June 2023. The city communicated last week that hundreds of thousands may have been affected by the data breach it detected on 30 April. (Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

THE CITY of Helsinki has reported that the data breach it detected at the end of last month appears to be larger than initially expected, with the perpetrator possibly gaining access to all people of compulsory-school age in the city.

The Finnish capital announced last week that the breach possibly concerns roughly 150,000 pupils, their guardians and all of its roughly 38,000 employees.

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President Alexander Stubb was photographed in Helsinki on Wednesday, 22 May 2024. Stubb on Wednesday told Helsingin Sanomat that the Russian proposal to re-draw borders in the Baltic Sea was likely released by accident. “I don’t think there’s need for any kind of concern. Either it could be a hybrid operation, or it could be a pure accident. That’s why you shouldn’t react too strongly,” he said. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

EXPERTS AND POLITICIANS in Finland have called for calm following reports that Russia is intent on re-drawing its borders with Finland and Lithuania in the Baltic Sea.

The Russian Ministry of Defence on Tuesday published a proposal for re-drawing the sea borders on grounds that current nautical maps, which are founded on measurements dating back to 1985, do not fully correspond to modern cartographical coordinates.

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Over one million people have received their polling cards for the European elections electronically in Suomi.fi Messages. Photo: Digital and Population Data Services Agency

As the European Parliament elections approach, over one million Finnish voters have embraced digital convenience, receiving their polling cards electronically through the Suomi.fi Messages service. This significant shift towards digital notifications marks a milestone in the ongoing digital transformation of voter communication.

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV) has confirmed that all eligible voters who have activated Suomi.fi Messages received their polling cards digitally this May.

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A young boy at home playing on a gaming controller. One in ten pre-teen boys use adhd-medication. LEHTIKUVA

The Social Medicine Advisory Board of Kela, Finland's social security institution, has raised concerns over the rapid increase in ADHD diagnoses and the subsequent strain on the healthcare system. In their recent meeting, held on May 6, 2024, the board reviewed various aspects of ADHD, including its diagnosis, prevalence, treatment, and related social security benefits.

The meeting highlighted significant regional disparities in ADHD diagnoses across Finland.

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Kela, Finland's social security institution, has released its annual report and financial statement for 2023, revealing that it disbursed a total of €16.6 billion in benefits. The report underscores how societal challenges, such as inflation and the energy crisis, impacted its operations.

"Exceptional times highlight Kela's vital role in society as a pillar of trust, information, and security," said Kela’s Director General, Outi Antila.

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