News in Brief

  • Police release images of trio suspected of €200K jewellery heist in Seinäjoki

    A police handout of CCTV footage of one of the suspects (Image: Lehtikuva)

    OSTROBOTHNIAN POLICE HAVE RELEASED IMAGES of three men who are suspected of stealing more than 200,000 euros worth of jewelry from a goldsmith in Seinäjoki yesterday morning. The suspects made off with a large collection of gold rings and chains.

  • Police release photos of €380,000 cannabis seizure in Uusimaa

    A handout from Uusimaa Police of the recent cannabis seizure (Image: Lehtikuva)

    UUSIMAA POLICE HAVE RELEASED PHOTOS OF A RECENT CANNABIS SEIZURE in Helsinki and Kerava believed to be the results of an organized growing ring. The seizure is estimated to be worth around €380,000.

  • Police suspect 5 cases of fatal overdose in Turku within a month

    Five menin their twenties were killed in separate incidents related to intoxicants in Turku over the span of a month. Police believe the deaths were caused by a fatal overdose of prescription drugs, narcotics or alcohol or a combination of the three. 

    According to the Southwestern Finland Police Department, no link has been found between the deaths, which all occurred in April. 

  • Police suspect taxi driver of raping several female passengers

    Helsinki policeare investigating a 40-year-old taxi driver suspected of drugging and raping numerous women in the city. The crimes are thought to have taken place sometime in April. 

    The suspect allegedly picked up unaccompanied women from taxi stands as well as other locations, plying them with alcohol and possibly other intoxicants during the trip. 

  • 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. 

  • Poll: Mandatory vaccination divides public opinion in Finland

    According to a galluppoll by Finnish language magazine Maaseudun Tulevaisuus (MT), 43 percent of Finns believe that all citizens should be obligated to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by law. Just over 40 percent were against the notion, and around 16 percent were undecided.

    The poll found significant differences in opinions among age groups as well as regions. While 44 percent of those living in Southern Finland were in favour of compulsory vaccination, the figure rose to over half for rural municipalities. 

  • 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. 

  • Premature births on the rise as more pregnant women get infected with COVID-19 

    A growing numberof pregnant women in Finland are being hospitalised after contracting the COVID- 19 virus, reports the Finnish News Agency (STT). This can be attributed to the recent surge in cases and the prevalence of the Delta variant in the country.  

    As a consequence, more babies are being delivered by emergency caesarean sections or C-sections. Since the pandemic began, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) has reported 50 pregnant patients who have been hospitalised with the virus and 20 in intensive care.

  • 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: Adoption rates declining in Finland

    According to the latestdata from Statistics Finland, there has been a steady decline in the adoption rate in the country for the past three years. The total number of adoptions in 2020 was 77 lower than 2019.

    While the number of domestic adoptions dropped significantly last year compared to the previous year, there was a slight increase in international adoptions in Finland, despite the COVID-19 crisis.  

  • Report: Finland exports €140m worth of military products to UAE 

    According tothe latest Finnish Arms ControlReport by independent think tank SaferGlobe, Finland granted export permits for nearly 140 million euros worth of military vehicle parts to the UAE in March 2020. 

    The report revealed that the value of Finnish arms exports fell sharply last year compared to previous years, and the UAE deal accounted for a significant majority of the country’s total arms exports—29.8 million out of a total of 160.9 million euros—in 2020.

  • Report: Finland’s population will begin declining from 2034

    The latest projectionsfrom Statistics Finland suggest that Finland’s COVID-19 baby boom is not enough to offset the long-term effects of low birth rates in the country. Despite a recentspike in fertility rates, the current composition of Finland’s population is expected to result in deaths exceeding births over the next few decades.

    While immigration will likely add to the growing number of people in the country till 2034, Statistics Finland predicts that the population will begin to diminish after this point, with a significant decline expected for the 2050s.