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Tuesday's papers: Covid pass process, Rusko shooting, and the threat of English emails

What use is a Covid passport?

Siniseen liiviin pukeutunut mies pitää kännykkää toisen miehen kännykän päällä
In France, SNCF workers check passengers Covid passports before they travel on rail services. Image: Christophe Petit Tesson / EPA
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Iltalehti has a look at efforts in several ministries to envision what a Covid passport might look like in Finland.

The idea is that to gain entry to certain establishments, people would have to show a document proving they had been fully vaccinated or had tested negative for Covid-19 recently.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health had asked for comments on Covid passports, and so far four ministries have offered their views.

Bars could be left out of the plans, with the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Employment saying that as current legislation does not allow for bar closures, the Covid pass should not be used in an effort to keep them open.

Swimming pools, sports centres and gyms, on the other hand — which can be closed when the Covid situation deteriorates — would be good places to use the Covid passport, according to the ministry.

The ministry would exclude essential services, including grocery stores, hairdressers, post offices, pharmacies and libraries, from Covid pass usage.

The Ministry of Education and Culture, on the other hand, suggested libraries could have access controlled by Covid passes.

Rusko shooting

The papers all cover a fatal shooting overnight in the south-western town of Rusko, in which a person died after police were called to their house.

Local paper Turun Sanomat says that both the civilian and one police officer discharged their weapons, and the police officer was in hospital with mild injuries.

Tampere's prosecutor's office will now investigate the police use of firearms, and police said they would not comment further on the case.

To gov or not to gov

Helsingin Sanomat reports on disquiet from the Institute for the Languages of Finland (Kotus), which is unhappy about a change to the email addresses used by officials at different ministries.

The government plans to change all government email addresses to use the format, saying it would aid consistency and help people get in touch with officials.

This would eliminate all the different suffixes used across different ministries, with a suffix used for those involved in higher security tasks. The Ministry for the Interior will only use email addresses.

Kotus, however, is displeased, because stems from English rather than Finnish.

"In our opinion it would be consistent with good governance principles to use Finnish and Swedish language suffixes," said the centre's naming expert Ulla Onkamo. "If an email address is needed for international or English language connections, it could be written differently."

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Sources: Yle News, Iltalehti, Turun Sanomat, Helsingin Sanomat

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