News in Brief

  • Winter is coming back: Southern Finland could see snowfall this weekend


    Finland’s recent warm spellwill likely come to an abrupt end as the weather takes a sharp turn this weekend. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, temperatures across the country will drop on Friday, with the mercury expected to go well below 10 degrees in the Greater Helsinki region.

    Low pressure from the Arctic Ocean will give rise to sleet or snow showers in Southern Finland on Saturday as well as Sunday. Meteorologists have issued warnings about poor driving conditions at this time. 

  • Yle: Company in Helsinki metropolitan area selling fake COVID-19 certificates 


    According to a report byYle, a company operating in the Helsinki metropolitan area has been selling fraudulent COVID-19 health certificates. The company allegedly lacks the permit required to sell the certificates and does not test customers in most cases.

    There is a high demand for the documents as numerous countries and airlines require passengers to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival or before boarding an international flight. Employers also require a certificate in some cases.

  • Yle: Farmer’s union says agriculture is facing crisis, demands government action

    According to areport by Yle, the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) has called on the Finnish government to offer additional support to farmers and cultivators in light of an ongoing economic crisis faced by the agriculture industry. 

    According to Yle, the prices of fertiliser, animal feed and energy have risen sharply and rapidly this year, and an exceptionally warm summer has led to droughts and a catastrophic decline in crop yield in some regions. 

  • Yle: Some healthcare workers still unvaccinated

    According to asurvey by Yle, some healthcare workers have not received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, despite coming into close contact with the elderly and other high-riskgroups on a daily basis. 

    In hospital districts such as Kymenlaakso and Southwest Finland, certain members of hospital staff—particularly young interns and temporary workers—have reportedly expressed a reluctance to get vaccinated. A few have stated they do not want to get inoculated as they consider it unnecessary.

  • Youth violence continues to escalate as Helsinki teens carry blades for their “own safety”


    Helsinki policehave reportedly confiscated knives and other sharp weapons from several minors while investigating an increasing number of violent crimes involving youth in the city.

    Youth violence in Finland came into the spotlight once again when authorities revealed a 16-year-old is suspected offatally stabbing a man at Helsinki’s Central Railway Station on Monday.

  • Zimbabwe's strongman Robert Mugabe dead at 95

    Mugabe during his swearing-in for a sixth term as president in 2008 (Image: Lehtikuva)

    ROBERT MUGABE, THE FREEDOM FIGHTER TURNED STRONGMAN who ruled Zimbabwe for an uninterrupted 37-year stretch, has died at the age of 95. Mugabe was removed from power in 2017 following years of economic and social collapse in a country that was once described as 'Africa Breadbasket'.