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Tuesday's papers: Three reasons for coronavirus success, Finnish holiday problems and grim weather

How hard is it to book a Finnish holiday?

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Finnish holidays can be beautiful, but booking them isn't easy. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP
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Helsinki University hospital district (HUS) said on Monday that it no longer had any patients in intensive care with coronavirus, marking a landmark in Finland's handling of the epidemic.

Although the pandemic is far from over, HUS chief physician Asko Järvinen told (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Iltalehti that it was slowing down in Finland.

He attributed the country's relative success in handling the virus to three things: early action to shut down, Finns' adherence to social distancing measures and the effective contract tracing measures implemented in the country.

Finland had just over 7,000 confirmed cases as of Monday, with 328 deaths linked to the disease.

Holiday booking horror

Helsingin Sanomat's Beijing correspondent Katriina Pajari has a timely column (siirryt toiseen palveluun) about the Finnish travel industry, as people focus on domestic travel as opposed to foreign trips.

Pajari says that Finland is a wonderful destination for a holiday, but it is extraordinarily difficult to actually book services and accommodation.

According to the column, many Finnish tourism businesses are difficult to reach.

They use contact forms rather than booking calendars and tourists must often call businesses during office hours to make their reservations.

This kind of service level is unlikely to lead to a boom in inbound tourism, says Pajari.

"When reserving a stay on a farm is this difficult for Finns, it is impossible for many foreigners," writes Pajari.

Wet weather incoming

Ilta-Sanomat fills space (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Tuesday with a look at the very wet weather heading our way. Tuesday could see a month's worth of rain in one day, making up for previous dry spells but putting a bit of a damper on summer frivolity.

The paper says that on Tuesday some 50-70mm of rain could fall in places, with the east of the country expected to be hardest hit.

With storm-strength winds expected this evening in eastern regions, it could be a good day to stay indoors.

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