A new report by 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.  

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Following a lengthy debate and vote, Helsinki’s social services and healthcare division has decided that emergency housing should be made available for people that need it throughout the year, regardless of their nationality.  

At a meeting on Tuesday, politicians discussed an initiative put forth by Katju Aro, co-founder and chairperson of Finland’s Feminist Party, and nineteen others.  

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Corona-positive samples at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, which researches new strains/Lehtikuva

A new cluster of COVID-19 cases has been traced to passengers on an inter-city bus that travelled from Helsinki to Savonlinna. The Savonlinna Central Hospital has confirmed that the infections were caused by the South African strain of the virus.

As of Wednesday morning, 64 people were confirmed to be infected with the new variant, which is thought to be more contagious than the original virus. The bus was carrying about a dozen passengers when it made the journey on 26 January.  

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The TE office provides employment services/Lehtikuva

New data from Statistics Finland suggests a steep rise in the country’s unemployment rate over the past year. According to the data agency’s Labour Force Survey, there were 235,000 people without jobs as of January 2021. 

The country’s employment rate stood at 69.9 per cent this year, compared to 71.9 per cent in 2020. There were 41,000 more unemployed people in January 2021 than in the same period last year.  

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HUS has highlighted the dangers of the new COVID- 19 variant/Lehtikuva

Young people could 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. 

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A protester wears a facemask and blindfold as Myanmar migrants in Thailand demonstrate against the military coup in their home country, in front of the United Nations ESCAP building in Bangkok on February 22, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A collection of this weeks most interesting and eye-catching pictures, from all around the world.

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A recent study by the University of Jyväskylä found that one in every 10 adolescents in Finland suffers from symptoms related to problematic social media use, including fatigue, isolation and loneliness. 

The results of the study confirmed that excessive social media use leads to negative health outcomes. Young people who are unable to limit or stop using social media are at higher risk for recurring neck or shoulder pain, irritability, depression and anxiety. 

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Prime Minister Sanna Marin gave a press conference about the new restrictions today/Lehtikuva

 

The Finnish government has announced that it will implement a three-week shutdown from 8 to 28 March, during which time bars and restaurants will be closed and secondary and upper secondary schools will shift to distance learning. 

At a press conference today morning, Prime Minister Sanna Marin revealed that the new measures are aimed at containing the recent COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA has 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. 

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Cyber security experts have revealed that Finns have already lost 1 million euros to online fraudsters since the beginning of the year. 

Juho Jauhiainen, an information security specialist at the National Cyber Security Centre Finland, told Yle that scam artists have been posing as representatives from organisations such as Microsoft, Posti and most recently, the Finnish Tax Administration, to trick people out of their money.

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The number of dogs registered in the country exceeded the number of newborn babies for the first time last year. According to Statistics Finland, there were 46,452 births in Finland in 2020, while the number of newly registered dogs stood at 48,895—a difference of nearly 2,500. 

The Finnish Kennel Club revealed that the registration of new dogs increased by almost 8 per cent last year, fuelled by a growing demand for pets due to coronavirus restrictions.

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