Plans to change city plans in Helsinki’s Central Park in order to convert parts of the park into new housing have riled local residents and Green politicians. Despite active lobbying and protests, city planners appear to be standing their ground. The Helsinki City Council is scheduled to consider the master plan draft in October 2016.
Identity theft became a criminal offense in Finland in September 2015. Since that time, over 2,000 suspected cases have been reported to the police, with 300 incidents submitted in June of this year alone. The police are concerned over what they perceive as the high number of cases.
Owners of the Särkänniemi dolphinarium in Tampere relocated the facility’s four bottlenose dolphins to their new retirement home in Greece during a covert operation Saturday night. The animals will live out the rest of their days at the Attica Zoological Park in the company of other dolphins.
Power companies in Finland are working to restore electricity to 75,000 households still in the dark after the late summer storm Rauli swept across the country on Saturday. The tempest hit hardest in central Finland, where one company, Elenia, was still working to return power to more than 38,000 customers.
After scoring silver three times, an American fantasy guitarist finally clinched heavy-metal gold at this year's Air Guitar World Championship in northern Finland.