News in Brief

  • Police uncover black market bicycle trade in Southwest Finland

    The Southwest FinlandPolice Department is investigating multiple cases involving the illegal trade of bicycles. According to a press release, numerous operators have been selling hundreds of two-wheelers on the black market every year. 

    Some are suspected of selling 7,000–10,000 second-hand bicycles over a span of four years without declaring the mandatory sales tax on the transactions. The investigation has also revealed the existence of several small dealers that have made dozens of illegal transactions every year. 

  • Police: Drug use among Finnish youth on the rise

    A new report by the Finnish police has revealed a rapid increase in the number of drug offences reported by authorities over the past few years.

    Chief Inspector of the National Police BoardKari Siivo states that while substance use is reportedly up in all age groups, statistics indicate that it is especially high in children and young adults, particularly girls. 

  • Poll reveals that majority of Finns see racism as a significant problem in Finland

    Finnish Black Lives Matter protestors march toward Pasila Police Station in Helsinki last month (Image: Lehtikuva)

    A RECENT NATIONWIDE POLL OF OVER 1000 FINNS has revealed that more than half believe that racism is a "significant problem" in Finland. People's perceptions of racism in Finland differed strongly according to their political affiliations. 

  • Post vaccination infection and the Indian variant: Today’s news roundup

    According to a reportby Helsingin Sanomat, nearly 2,000 people in Finland have been infected with the COVID-19 virus after receiving either one or two doses of the vaccine. 

    The majority of those infected after being inoculated likely had an underlying disease that compromised their immunity or were exposed to the virus shortly after receiving the vaccine, before the immune response had fully developed. 

  • Protesters gather in Helsinki to protest forced deportations of Afghan asylum seekers

    Protesters in central Helsinki on Saturday (image: Lehtikuva)

    PROTESTERS GATHERED IN CENTRAL HELSINKI on Saturday to protest the deportations of Afghan asylum seekers, a practice that Amnesty International has repeatedly condemned and which is likely in breach of UN guidelines. 

  • Queues build as customers line up outside Migri’s new service point in Helsinki

    Long queueshave formed outside the Malmi service point of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) as customers are compelled to wait in line for over eight hours a day, reports Iltalehti. 

    Migri’s Helsinki service point was shifted from Käenkuja to Malmi last week. Customers were unable to make an appointment or use the queue number service for two weeks during the move.

  • Racist graffiti and coronavirus fears: Today’s news roundup

    According to localnews outlets, the Oulu office of the Left Alliance Party was vandalised with graffiti that included Swastika symbols and far-right stickers pasted on the windows on Tuesday.

    Research indicates that every third employee in the healthcare and social services sector in Finland fears for their health, with young workers in particular suffering the consequences of mental health issues stemming from uncertainties about the coronavirus.   

  • Record number of women in management roles in Finland

    Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVAhas revealed that the number of women in leadership and management roles in Finland is at an all-time high. 

    As per data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), women accounted for 36.8 per cent of all senior and middle management positions in companies, agencies and organisations in 2019, compared to 31.5 per cent in 2017. 

  • Regulatory authority reports 11 vaccine-related deaths due to underlying conditions

     According to the Finnish Medicines Agency (Fimea), the country's regulatory authority for pharmaceuticals, 11 people have died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Finland. All of the deceased had pre-existing medical conditions which likely contributed to their death. 

    MTVreports that one patient, who was of working age, was ill before being inoculated. The other ten deaths occurred among nursing home residents: one under the age of 80, four aged 80–90 and five over 90. 

  • Rental cars in Finland almost entirely sold out as domestic tourism booms

    A parking lot for rental cars outside Rovaniemi Airport (Image: Lehtikuva)

    AVAILABLE STOCKS OF RENTAL CARS IN FINLAND have almost entirely run out, largely due to the domestic tourism boom that has been prompted by COVID-19 related restrictions on international leisure travel. 

  • Report on Internal Security: Finland needs 800 more police officers by 2030

    The Finnish government has stated in its Report on Internal Security that the country will need to recruit at least 800 more police officers by the end of the decade. 

    Finland currently employs around 7,400 police officers. According to the report, it would need approximately 8,200 to maintain an adequate police presence and improve response times across the country.

  • Report: Harder for immigrant women to find jobs in Finland than other Nordic countries

    A new publicationby the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (Eva) has revealed that the employment rate for female immigrants in Finland is lower than that of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.  

    EconomistSanna Kurronen, who authored thereport, cites the provision of welfare services such as unemployment security and child home care allowance as a key cause of the problem.

  • Russian and Ukrainian families unite in landmark prisoner exchange between the two countries

    A former prisoner embraces relatives at Kyiv's Boryspil Airport (Image: Lehtikuva)

    RUSSIA AND UKRAINE have exchanged dozens of prisoners in a landmark deal which represents the most significant diplomatic gesture between the two countries since Russia's invasion of Crimea in 2014. 

  • Russian man who built fake 'border' with Finland to con would-be migrants arrested

    An image of an authentic border point between Finland and Russia (Image: Lehtikuva)

    A RUSSIAN CONMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED for constructing a fake 'border post' and charging thousands of euros to would-be migrants. The individual, who has not been named, promised at least for migrants of South Asian origin that he would smuggle them past the border into Europe for a €10,000 fee. 

  • Sales of psychiatric drugs increased in Finland this year

    Statistics fromthe Association of Finnish Pharmacies (AFP) and Kela indicate that there has been a significant increase in the sales of psychiatric medication this year. 

    As per Kela, there was an 8 per cent rise in the purchase of antipsychotic medicines during January–November this year compared to the same period last year. According to AFP, sales of antidepressants have also increased by 9 per cent over the past year.

  • Sanna Marin calls for immediate release of Navalny

     Prime Minister of FinlandSanna Marin has demanded the immediate release of Russian opposition leaderAlexei Navalny, who was detained upon arriving at a Moscow airport on Sunday.

    The 44-year-old Kremlin critic was returning from Germany, where he had spent five months receiving treatment for a suspected poisoning attack. Navalny chose to return to Russia despite widespread suspicions that he would be arrested.

  • Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for the first time in its history

    A Journalist at the tomb of Madain Saleh, a UNESCO site in Saudi Arabia (Image: Lehtikuva)

    THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA will begin offering tourist visas to non-religious travelers on Saturday for the first time in the country's history. The move is an attempt to diversify the economy of the heavily oil-reliant nation, which has become increasingly vulnerable as oil revenues become less secure. 

  • Scientists worried by new COVID variant found in several countries 

    Researchers have identifieda new variant of the COVID virus which shares similar traits with the South African mutation. The variant, known as B1525, has already been detected in 13 countries so far.

    Two mutated strains of the virus appeared in the UK and South Africa earlier this year, resulting in a spate of infections in multiple countries. According to Yle, the UK variant of the virus is currently responsible for 1 in 10 infections in Finland’s capital region.

  • SDP Minister Sirpa Paatero resigns over handling of Posti strike

    Sirpa Paatero at a Parliament Session on 27 November (Image: Lehtikuva)

    GOVERNMENT MINISTER SIRPA PAATERO handed in her resignation today, making her the latest casualty in the ongoing fallout over the Posti strike. Her resignation came after it emerged that she had failed to take sufficient action to prevent 700 Posti workers receiving a pay cut. 

  • Sexual offenses against minors and fake vaccines: Today’s news roundup

    Locals news outletsrevealed that an employee at a Southwestern Finland school is suspected of photographing underage girls in the shower without their knowledge.

    Police have also reported multiple instances of fraudsters selling fake COVID-19 vaccines across the country.