Cuts threaten children’s swimming instruction

Lapsia uima-altaan reunalla uimakoulussa.

In 2004 the Finnish National Board of Education approved a new core curriculum stating that swimming instruction should be a part of comprehensive school physical education. Specifically, children should learn to handle emergencies near water and swim continuously for 200 metres by the age of 11. Fulfilment of this schooling requirement varies greatly in Finland at present, and swimming instructors are concerned about what the incoming government’s municipal spending cuts will mean for the future of the programme.

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Laituri kesämökin rannassa.

Only 6 percent of summer cottage owners are under 40

The humble Finnish summer cabin, or 'mökki', is a beloved feature of the Finnish countryside and the country boasts over half a million of them, one for every five residents. A generational change is soon in store, however, as over 80 percent of the holiday homes are now owned by someone over 50 years of age. Legal experts are urging Finland’s older generation to sell or gift their property soon, before the infrequently-used cottages become worn down and lose their value.

Aarnion oikeudenkäynti.

Prosecutor: Ex-cop Aarnio and crime boss coerced suspect

Former Helsinki police anti-drug chief Jari Aarnio allegedly colluded with a known crime figure to coerce a suspect in a drug smuggling case by issuing threats of baseless police action and violence. The prosecutor opened the first day of a pre-trial hearing into Aarnio’s alleged drug offences with the disclosure that the ex-police officer worked closely with the leader of the United Brotherhood criminal gang to get a key suspect to change his tune.