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Gallery: Best weather pictures of 2012

With four distinct seasons, Finland moves from dark to light, icy blizzards to midnight sun. Check out our photo gallery for 100 weather snapshots of 2012.

The frostiest temperature of the year was measured in Inari in the far north on February 6, when the mercury plunged to a bone-chilling -42.7 degrees Celsius. The year's heat record took place on July 30 in Lieksa, eastern Finland, on July 30.

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Gov’t auditors: Employment office job cuts saved money -- but unemployment grew

The latest annual report of the National Audit Office VTV has called on government to exercise good judgment in implementing its structural reforms. The state auditors say the authorities should avoid formulaic job cuts, which are often doomed to failure. The number checkers found that job cuts at local employment offices saved 32 million euros -- but unemployment increased by three percent, corresponding 1,000 more people on the bread line.


Monday’s papers: Swedes sweep for subs, blended family politics and laundering shady money

Nordic and indeed international media outlets are following with interest Sweden’s efforts to track down a suspected Russian submarine that was allegedly detected in Stockholm’s offshore waters late last week.  Monday morning’s papers look at the intensifying search, as well as growing numbers of blended families, and the use of cash transfer companies by criminals looking to launder money from illegal activity.

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