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“The latest survey by the Finnish Audit Bureau of Circulations (FABC) indicates that readership of newspapers and magazines on mobile phones has more than tripled within two years. Since early 2011, readership on tablets and e-readers has shot up by nearly 1000 percent. It had by far the biggest …”

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High winds knock out power to 1000s of households

High winds knock out power to 1000s of households

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High winds have cut electricity supplies in several parts of South Savo. During the morning hours on Saturday, as many as 3,200 households supplied by the utilities Järvi-Suomen Energia and Savon Voima were without power. High gusts of wind are forecast to continue into Saturday evening, but the wind should die down by tomorrow," Mika Huttu of Järvi-Suomen Energia told Yle.

 

Is it summer yet?

Is it summer yet?

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Thermal summer starts when the mean daily temperature remains consistently above 10 C. In southern parts of Finland it usually begins in mid-May. In Finnish Lapland, the summer usually starts about one month later, and ends a month earlier than along the south coast. Despite the cool, wet weather, summer is indeed getting underway.

 

Gov't formation talks - day for big decisions

Gov't formation talks - day for big decisions

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The lead negotiator in government coalition formation talks, Centre Party chair Juha Sipilä, said late Friday evening that the framework of all key government programme issues should be settled during the day on Saturday. Sipilä stated that a joint position had also been found on major spending cuts in the municipal sector.

 

Finnish stag and hen parties: alcohol, sauna & silly costumes

Finnish stag and hen parties: alcohol, sauna & silly costumes

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Over the last two centuries in Finland, bachelor and bachelorette parties have evolved from an upper class Swedish-speaking gathering to a source of good-natured general amusement for the whole country. Today, crazy costumed groups of friends exalt in a night of unbridled fun with the future bride or groom, giving Finnish nightlife an uncharacteristically Carnival-like feel.

 

Soini: "Talks at a standstill, dithering has to stop"

Soini: "Talks at a standstill, dithering has to stop"

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Finns Party Chair Timo Soini has confirmed head coalition negotiator Juha Sipilä’s statement Friday morning that government formation talks have stalled. “The endless dithering has got to stop, we need to speed things up and get results,” said Soini, returning from a meeting of the Finns Party parliamentary group on Friday.

 

Researchers developing healthier 'omega milk'

Researchers developing healthier 'omega milk'

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The institute is developing milk that’s high in healthy omega fatty acid content and has already found success in experiments. Professor Johanna Vilkki of the Natural Resources Institute said that changing a cow’s diet with an omega boost does indeed alter the components of the milk’s fat content for the better.

 

Sipila sees need for speed

Sipila sees need for speed

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Sipliä said that working groups will continue dealing with their assignments once NCP chair and caretaker PM Alexander Stubb returns from the EU summit in Riga. "There are too many issues now to be able to stay on schedule. They need to be settled, the number of people involved reduced and then decision will start being made," Sipliä told the press.

 

Water to spare, possibly to sell

Water to spare, possibly to sell

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Martti Latva, who is Senior Project Manager at the Nordic Water and Materials Institute in Rauma, believes that selling water abroad could be a good business for Finland. ”The southern hemisphere now has a lack of water, but here in the north there is more than needed." Latva doesn't believe that Finland itself will ever face a shortage of water.

 

Both sun and rain over weekend

Both sun and rain over weekend

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Most of the country is enjoying sunny skies and spring-like temperatures. Late in the day, however, North Ostrobothnia and western Lapland are likely to see increased cloud cover and local rain showers. Saturday's forecast is for rain in many part of the country, with cooler temperatures and higher winds than on Friday.

 

Friday's papers: Comfortable public sector salaries, multi-national air exercises, and cross-border bears

Friday's papers: Comfortable public sector salaries, multi-national air exercises, and cross-border bears

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Quoting new figures from Statistic Finland, Savon Sanomat reports that the median for monthly salaries for fulltime employees in State sector jobs was 3,482 euros. According to Helsingin Sanomat, increasing numbers of bears have been making their way across the eastern border in both directions between Russia and Finland.