News Round-Up no.5


YLE: Minor Earthquake Rumbles in Northern Ostrobothnia

1.3.2021. An earthquake measuring 2.0 on the Richter scale struck 11 kilometers west of Kuusamo around 6p.m. Sunday evening. Toni Veikkolainen, a seismologist with the Institute of Seismology at the University of Helsinki, said that the institute received several reports of buildings shaking and windows rattling.

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Experts Weigh in on Taloustutkimus Meat Consumption Survey

5.3.2021. A survey conducted by Taloustutkimus for YLE found that 44% of Finns would like to eat less meat. Nearly 80 percent of men and 26 percent of women in Finland eat too much meat, putting them at higher risk of suffering from colon cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

"The link between colon cancer and red meat is clear,” said Mikael Fogelholm, professor of nutrition science at the University of Helsinki.

Research professor Minna Kaljonen from the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) attributed the overconsumption of meat in Finland to its low price.

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THL: New Data Reveals Domestic Violence Crisis Began Before Pandemic

5.3.2021. A new report by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has revealed that Finland witnessed a significant rise in domestic violence cases in 2019. This data suggests that the upward trend in reports of domestic violence believed to have begun during the coronavirus pandemic actually began much earlier.

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Finland Ministry of Justice: Municipal elections postponed until June

6.3.2021. The municipal election that was scheduled for April 18 will now be held on June 13, according to Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson. Concerned that the election’s legitimacy might be compromised if too many people stayed home instead of voting, eight of nine parties supported the transfer of the municipal elections to June.

Minister Henriksson's proposal to postpone the elections came in response to new data about the rapidly worsening coronavirus situation, which could put the health and safety of voters in the April elections at risk.

Data from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) showed that the number of cases of COVID-19 has risen rapidly since February. THL’s assessment of recent data showed concern for the safety of municipal elections. Click the link above to learn more.

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YLE: Coronavirus by Numbers

6.3.2021. Click here for the latest data on coronavirus infections, deaths, and hospitalizations in Finland.

!Additional Monday news below!

YLE: 3 Weeks of Shutdown: What Happens in Your Region

8.3.2021. New restrictions are taking place on Monday 8.3.2021 and will last for the upcoming three weeks. See the link below to check your own region and its restrictions.

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