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Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) reminds that police alone cannot be expected to weed out human trafficking and labour exploitation from Finland. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

A SPECIAL UNIT on human trafficking will begin its operations within the Police of Finland in 2021, reveals Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens).

“A network was also established this year to develop expertise in human trafficking in different parts of Finland. This support more effective interventions in these kinds of offences,” she commented.

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Helsingin Sanomat has cast light on the mistreatment of employees, especially those in a vulnerable position due to their residence status, in the cleaning industry of Finland. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

A MONTHS-LONG INVESTIGATION by Helsingin Sanomat suggests labour exploitation is widespread and systematic in the cleaning industry in Finland.

Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday revealed that several cleaning service providers have effectively based their operating model on exploiting employees in vulnerable positions, such as foreigners awaiting a decision on their residence permit application.

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Central Mariehamn, the capital of Åland; Finland's autonomous Swedish speaking county. Visit Åland / Tiina Tahvanainen

A WIDE-RANGING SURVEY OF HELSINKI TIMES READERS, conducted in collaboration with Magma, a Helsinki-based think tank, has shed light on how Finland’s ex-pats perceive the Swedish speaking community. The survey also asked foreign-born respondents about their own thoughts on Finnish society and their place within it.

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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.

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The Social Democratic Party has had its first wobble under the leadership of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP), according to a new poll by YLE. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

POPULAR SUPPORT for the Social Democratic Party has fallen after rising for six months, shows the most recent opinion poll commissioned by YLE.

The Finnish public broadcasting company reported yesterday that support for the ruling party dipped by 1.3 percentage points to 21.9 per cent between May and June, signalling the first negative change in the tenure of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP).

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An entrance to Turku University Hospital on 3 April 2020. (Roni Lehti – Lehtikuva)

SOUTH-WESTERN FINLAND Police Department has been investigating the homicide of a young woman for a couple of years unbeknownst to the public.

Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday reported that the woman died in suspicious circumstances in Salo Hospital, part of Turku University Hospital (TYKS), in South-west Finland on 30 April 2017. A pre-trial investigation into the death was opened more than six months later, after a forensic autopsy found traces of propofol in the victim.

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Taneli Puumalainen, the head of infectious diseases at THL, provided an update of the coronavirus situation in Finland in Helsinki on 25 June 2020. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH INSTITUTE for Health and Welfare (THL) has reminded that certain changes in the coronavirus epidemic warrant close monitoring, even though on the whole the epidemiological situation remains stable in Finland.

THL on Thursday reported that the estimated reproduction number (R0) of the virus has crept up slightly from 0.4–0.75 to 0.65–0.90.

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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. 

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Katri Kulmuni, the chairperson of the Centre, presented the party’s new visual look to members of the media in Helsinki on 13 June 2020. (Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

KATRI KULMUNI, the chairperson of the Centre, has declared that the ruling party is opposed to the provincial division laid down in the social and health care reform proposal of Krista Kiuru (SDP), the Minister of Social Affairs and Health.

Kulmuni confirmed the party’s firm position on the issue on Facebook on Wednesday, echoing the statements of Jari Leppä (Centre), the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

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