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Nordic walking four times more effective than gym workouts

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Nordic walking, the sport of walking briskly with bespoke ski poles, has been shown to be several times more effective for improving physical endurance than fitness training in a gym and its health benefits have been noted extensively. Even so, the Finnish invention is largely recommended as a fitness option to only females and the elderly at present. To address this issue, a campaign has been launched to pump up the sport’s image.

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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.

Ruotsalainen korvetti HMS Visby osallistui etsintöihin Tukholman saaristossa sunnuntaina.

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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