Advance voting for the second round of the presidential elections at the Turku main library on February 2, 2024. LEHTIKUVA

As Finland's presidential race enters its critical second round, the spotlight intensifies not just on the candidates but also on the intriguing world of political betting. The initial round's tight finish between Alexander Stubb and Pekka Haavisto has set the stage for a closely watched finale, with betting odds offering a unique perspective on the candidates' chances.

Alexander Stubb, who emerged as the frontrunner in the first round with 27.2% of the votes, has been favoured heavily by bettors on no registration betting sites.

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Black Friday, the annual shopping extravaganza, has become synonymous with incredible deals and discounts across various categories. For fashion enthusiasts, it's the perfect opportunity to revamp their wardrobe with stylish pieces without emptying their wallets. Navigating Black Friday clothing sales requires strategy and planning, but the rewards are well worth the effort. In this guide, we'll explore how you can make the most of Black Friday deals to find fashion treasures on a budget.

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As the berry and mushroom seasons commence, more individuals are setting foot into the vast Finnish forests. The Voluntary Rescue Service (Vapepa) coordinated by the Finnish Red Cross (Suomen Punainen Risti SPR) offers essential tips to prevent getting lost and ensuring safety.

Increasing Forest Visitors and Rescues

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People sunbathe at lake Kuusijärvi in Vantaa, Finland, on a hot summer day on June 15, 2023. LEHTIKUVA

Summer vacations bring a sense of relief and excitement to university students, offering a much-needed break from their academic endeavors. In Finland, a country known for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture, students make the most of their summer holidays in diverse and captivating ways. From exploring nature's beauty to embarking on internships and part-time jobs, Finnish university students seize the opportunity to relax, learn, and grow during this precious time.

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Remember to use life jackets even at a familiar cottage beach. IMAGE: Finnish Fire Officers' Association

Midsummer is the most important celebration of the summer for many Finns, and it also marks the beginning of the summer vacation for many. With these tips, you can avoid unnecessary accidents during the festivities and enjoy Midsummer safely.

At the Cottage and When Leaving for the Cottage

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Although the number of home burglaries has significantly decreased over the past decade, hundreds of break-ins still occur, especially during the summer months. It is crucial to lock your home, even if it is unoccupied for a short period of time. With the highest probability of burglaries happening in July and August, it is essential to take measures to ensure the security of your home, whether you're simply running errands or embarking on a longer summer vacation.

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Get out and explore the natural beauty of the Helsinki metropolitan area with 130 free guided nature excursions! The joint nature excursion calendar of the municipalities has once again been compiled, and calendars describing the year's trips will be available at libraries and customer service points from the beginning of April.

The natural environment of the Helsinki metropolitan area is incredibly diverse, with a rich variety of wildlife and diverse natural environments.

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Taking out a loan can be an essential financial tool for achieving various goals, such as buying a home, financing education, or starting a business. However, it's crucial to make informed decisions and manage loans responsibly to prevent them from becoming a burden.

Factors to consider when applying for a loan

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Choosing the right lender for your personal loan needs is an important decision that can have long-term financial and credit implications. There are a few key things to consider when selecting the best lender for you and your situation. It's important to understand the different types of lenders available. Banks, credit unions, online lenders, peer-to-peer lenders and more all offer personal loans with varying terms and conditions. 

It's also important to compare rates from different lenders before making a decision.

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Skiers at Ylläs Ski Resort in Kolar, on February 25th, 2023. February 25th, 2023. LEHTIKUVA

Finland is a country full of natural beauty and endless activities for anyone looking to explore and have fun. There are a whole lot of outdoor activities to engage in, ranging from skiing to dog sledding. The country also holds some of the most engaging indoor fun hotspots such as kasinos for gaming enthusiasts, karaoke bars and wine bars that give you nothing but the best nightlife experience while in Finland.

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