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Watch: Polar bear cub learns to swim

Summer hasn't been here long, but a polar bear cub born in the Ranua Wildlife Park in Lapland last November has already learned to dog paddle.

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The cub is becoming increasingly independent. These days mother Venus can relax on nearby rocks while her baby plays in the water.

"Finland's Knut" has become a national sensation and the zoo is expecting the cuddly creature to bring in some 10,000 additional visitors this summer.

The Ranua Zoo is located in south-central Finnish Lapland, east of Kemi.

The polar bear cub is the first to survive birth in Finland.

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Thursday's papers: What will Russia do next? Child safety checks ignored, and the Finnish economy's "lost year"

The poignant scenes of the return to Holland of the bodies of the victims of flight MH-17 dominate Finland's press this morning. Alongside the reports on the latest diplomatic moves to try and secure Russian co-operation over the Ukraine crisis, some papers take a moment to revisit Finland's recent run-ins with its eastern neighbour, and explore the worst-case scenario should Russia's economy crash. Elsewhere, papers reveal a widespread lack of background checks on those working with children, and an overview of Finland's economic outlook makes bleak reading.

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