News in Brief

  • MTV: Helsinki police launch investigation after human body parts wash up on Kyläsaari shoreline

    A view of the Kyläsaari shore near where the body parts were discovered (Image: Lehtikuva)

    HELSINKI POLICE HAVE LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION AFTER HUMAN REMAINS were discovered on the shores of Kyläsaari, in the east of the city. According to MTV, two human feet were discovered yesterday.

  • MTV: New proposal could decrease social security benefits, make language training compulsory for immigrants

    According to areport by MTV, the National Coalition Party is proposing several changes to Finland’s current immigration policy. The party has a list of nine items that it will present to the parliament in a bid to reform the country’s integration programme. 

    These include making language training mandatory and reducing social security benefits for immigrants. The changes are reportedly modelled on immigration policies followed by other European countries. 

  • Mysterious monoliths make multiple appearances in Finland

    The series of mysterious metal columns known as “monoliths,” which have been popping up without warning in various locations across the globe since last year, has been baffling Finns.

    There have been numerous monoliths sighted in the country, with the latest one appearing at an intersection in the rural municipality of Nurmijärvi this week. 

  • NASA photos reveal 'unparalleled' scale of forest fires across South America

    Image from the NASA Earth Observatory (Image: Lehtikuva)

    PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY NASA'S EARTH OBSERVATORY have revealed the devastating scale of fires that have been raging across South America, in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, in recent weeks. 

  • Nearly 3,000 reports of online child sexual abuse last year

    Save the Children Finland(Pelastakaa Lapset), a non-profit organisation that specialises in foster care, adoption and child protection services, has revealed that they received 2,750 tips related to online sexual exploitation of children last year.

    The organisation provides aserviceon their website which allows anyone to report illegal activities pertaining to sexual solicitation or abuse of minors. This information is then handed over to the authorities.

  • Nearly all British Airways flights worldwide cancelled due to strike

    A British Airways flight at London City Airport on Monday (Image: Lehtikuva)

    BRITISH AIRWAYS has been forced to cancel "almost 100%" of its flights on Monday and Tuesday, as the result of an ongoing pay dispute which has resulted in a widespread staff strike among pilots. 

  • Nearly half of all young Finns believe humanity is doomed, says global study on climate change anxiety

    An extensive international study has found that a large majority of people aged 16–25 are suffering from severe anxiety caused by the climate crisis and lack of government action regarding the same. 

    Around 75 percent of respondents said they believed the future was “frightening,” and 45 percent felt that distress and anxiety related to climate change areaffecting their daily life. The study surveyed 10,000 people from 10 different countries, including Finland. 

  • Nearly one in three Finns suffering from loneliness 

    A recent press releaseby the Finnish Red Cross suggests that current restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus have heightened feelings of loneliness among Finns.

    The organisation conducted a survey in which almost every third respondent reported feeling lonely, compared to one in every five before the pandemic began.  

  • New €125 million leisure complex in Tampere to be named 'UROS Live' attracts online mockery and criticism

    An artist's rendering of the UROS Live sports and leisure complex in Tampere (Image: Lehtikuva)

    A €125 MILLION SPORTS AND LEISURE COMPLEX IN TAMPERE, due to open to the public next year, has been named 'UROS Live' as part of a naming rights deal with an Oulu-based tech company of the same name. However, the world 'Uros', which means 'male' in Finnish, quickly drew laughter and criticism from certain corners of the media and Twittersphere. 

  • New coronavirus variant could be more dangerous for young people

    Young peoplecould be more vulnerable to a new mutation of the COVID-19 virus, according to the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS).

    Asko Järvinen, head of infectious diseases at HUS, told Ilta Sanomat that Finland has seen a surge in cases of the highly contagious new variant, which was first detected in the UK. 

  • New coronavirus variants, altered vaccination schedules and increasing infections among children: Today’s news roundup

    Laboratory results from the Turku University Hospital have confirmed that a new mutation of the South African COVID-19 strain was responsible for the infection cluster traced to exchange students in the Southwestern Finland city last week. 

    In light of the rising infection rate in the Greater Helsinki region, the Finnish government plans to make changes to its current vaccination schedule to allot a larger number of vaccines to the worst-hit areas of Finland. 

  • New COVID variant found in Finland may not show up in tests

    Experts have warnedthat a new mutated strain of the COVID- 19 virus that was discovered in Finland on Thursday may not show up in PCR tests, potentially fuelling the spread of the disease.

    Vita Laboratories stated that the Finnish variant, which is known as Fin-796H, is different from the strains found in the UK and South Africa, despite sharing some characteristics. 

  • New data shows Finland had a domestic violence crisis before the pandemic

    A new reportby the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has revealed Finland witnessed a significant rise in domestic violence cases in 2019. 

    While police have reported increasing incidences of violence against intimate partners and family members since the coronavirus pandemic began, the new data suggests the situation had already been escalating.  

  • New data suggests Finland’s wealth gap is increasing

    The latest figuresfrom Statistics Finland indicate economic inequality is on the rise in the country as wealth concentration is increasing. As per the organisation’sreport on household assets, the economic divide in Finland grew during the period 2016–2019. 

    The richest 10 per cent accounted for 50 per cent of the total net wealth of Finnish households in 2019. The corresponding figure for 2016 was 46.8 per cent, while it was less than 44 per cent in 2009. Statistics Finland also points out that the disparity has risen significantly since the 1980s. 

  • New protection against coronavirus and weather warnings: Today’s news roundup

    Today’s headlines featureda new Finnish study, whose results indicate efficient air filtration systems could be the first line of defence against the coronavirus. 

    Meanwhile, frigid weather conditions are expected to continue, with the Finnish Meteorological Institute issuing cold weather warnings for certain parts of the country.

  • New restrictions on restaurants as Uusimaa, South Karelia enter community transmission phase 

    Following a special session on Tuesday evening, the government has announced new restrictions on restaurants across Uusimaa and South Karelia. The regions are now officially in the community transmissionphase of the COVID-19 epidemic. 

    From Sunday onwards, restaurants must stop serving customers at 10 p.m. and shut at 11 p.m. Restrictions are already in place in Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Kymenlaakso, Satakunta and the Helsinki metropolitan area, all of which are in the community transmission phase.

  • New study finds happiness levels decreasing in Finland

    According to a new survey by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA), a growing number of Finns consider themselves unhappy. While Finland topped the list of happiest countries for the fourthtime in a row this year, happiness levels in the country have reportedly fallen slightly since 2016.  

    As per the survey, 20 per cent of Finns are unhappy, compared to 17 per cent in 2016. In apress release, Research Manager at EVAIlkka Haavisto stated that the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have likely contributed to the declining mental health and wellbeing of the country’s population.  

  • New study reveals negative attitudes towards Muslim, Somali and Roma communities in Finland

    A new studyby the Human Rights Centre and the Ministry of Justice, which examined the attitudes of Finns towards minorities, confirmed the prevalence of negative stereotypes and prejudices against groups such as Muslims, Somalis and the Roma community. 

    The study, which is part of the Fundamental Rights Barometer project, collected information from various population groups through questionnaires that were based on an online survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

  • NGO: Ordinary images of children posted online hijacked and given sexual context

    Children’s rights group Save the Children has warned of a new, disturbing trend whereby ordinary images of children shared on online platforms are edited and given a sexual context. The NGO highlighted the phenomenon, which has become increasingly common in Nordic countries, in a press release. 

    Parents, and occasionally children themselves, frequently post pictures of minors in a neutral, non-sexual environment on social media. These are usually intended to be viewed only by friends or family members. However, they can be easily downloaded and edited by a third party.

  • No tests at borders and Mu variant: Today’s news roundup

    Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports that authorities are no longer conducting COVID-19 tests on travellers crossing into Finland from Norway or Sweden via the border checkpoints in Lapland. 

    Finland reported its first case of the Mu strain of the COVID-19 virus earlier this week. Officially termedB.1.621, it was designated a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization (WHO) last month and has been detected in 39 other countries so far.