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Smoukahontas eli Sara Forsberg.

Wednesday's papers: Why Finland opposes Russia-sanctions, on patrol with the border police, and record deal for YouTube language girl

The crisis in Ukraine gets widespread coverage on Wednesday, following a meeting of EU foreign ministers yesterday to discuss further sanctions to force Russian co-operation. One paper looks into why many in Finland are opposing the tough economic restrictions that some other EU countries are calling for. Elsewhere, there's an insight into a day in the life of Finland's border guards at Helsinki's harbour and airport, which reveals a lack of clarity over how the law should be implemented. And Finland's YouTube gobbledegook-speaking sensation Smoukahontas has landed herself a worldwide record deal - to produce "a few" albums of radio-friendly R'nB pop.

Suomen passi pöydällä.

Banks forced to accept foreign ID in landmark tribunal ruling

Finland’s Discrimination Tribunal has ruled that banks cannot discriminate against people who only hold identity documents issued by foreign governments. The case was brought by an Estonian who was denied internet banking codes by the S Bank group despite holding a valid Estonian passport. The tribunal rejected S Bank’s argument that holders of foreign documents represent a greater risk of money laundering or terrorist financing.

Scorpions esiintyi Lahden yössä

Savon Sanomat: Scorpions' rider brings price spike to festival tickets

A chauffeur-driven Mercedes each, individual porcelain toilets and a record-breaking enormous stage: these are just some of the demands in a 38-page list issued by German hard-rock legends the Scorpions to festival organisers in Kuopio. Savon Sanomat reports that the group is to headline the Rockcock festival at the end of July, but in Lahti their diva-esque stipulations led to fans having to fork out an extra 30 euros each on top of the ticket price.

Tullin koirapartio tutkimassa rahtia.

Customs faces questions over second illegal arms shipment

Finland’s treatment of illegal weaponry shipments was brought under scrutiny recently when an apparent communication glitch left Finnish heads of state in the dark about undocumented arms bound for Ukraine. News of a second illegal shipment sparked attention, yet Customs has written off suspicions of another communications blunder. However, the border authority does note that seizures of unauthorised arms shipments have increased in the last couple of years. 

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