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Thursday's papers: Cooler government buildings, youth on Marin, autumn's arrival

State government buildings are set to cool down as part of an energy-saving programme by the company managing the properties.

Ruskan keltaisena hehkuva tunturin rinne tyynen järvenselän takana, etualalla keltaisia lehtiä pajupensaassa.
The Northernmost areas of Lapland may begin to experience thermal autumn over the weekend, according to Foreca meteorologist Jenna Salminen. Pictured: Utsjoki, Finland's northernmost municipality. Image: Sara Kelemeny / Yle
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Taloussanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that the Senate Group, responsible for managing state government buildings, is implementing an extensive energy-saving program at its properties.

This may result in changes to its buildings' indoor temperatures. The programme is intended to explore ways of controlling electricity consumption so that Finland can maintain electricity sufficiency.

"As a government actor, we have a responsibility to make sure Finland is prepared for the challenging winter that lies ahead. Energy costs have a significant impact on the state's finances, and steps need to be taken to curb cost increases," Jari Sarjo, President and Senate Group CEO, said in a press release.

The energy savings programme will be finalised in September, Taloussanomat writes.

In total, the Senate Group is responsible for around 8,700 state buildings.

Youngsters on Marin

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) addressed her supporters on Wednesday at the market square in Lahti, and Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) spoke with the people in attendance about the recent media attention on the PM's partying.

The young people present at the event seemed to support or at least understand Marin, HS writes, adding that many of them seemed to view her as a new kind of politician and prime minister, with whom it is natural to take selfies.

"She is perhaps the first politician that I can identify with on some level," 20-year-old Emmi Halsti told the paper.

Mariel Okas and Iita Laakkonen, both 17, said they felt the same way and were tired of the controversy surrounding Marin's partying.

"Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the older age groups are perhaps a bit obsessive with this stuff," Okas said.

Meanwhile 21-year-old Jaakko Martikainen told the paper that although he thinks Marin is a competent leader, she should perhaps choose her friends more carefully.

"She's doing a good job, but when her friends publish such pictures without considering the prime minister's position, maybe it says something about Marin's judgement," Martikainen said, adding that he is also highly critical of the media's role in the matter. In his view, the whole thing has become far too big of a story.

"It's a bit of a witch hunt again," Martikainen told HS.

Thermal autumn

Heavy rains in southern and central parts of Finland on Wednesday are expected to give way to warmer, sunnier days, Iltalehti reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

Although temperatures are expected to range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius across much of the country on Thursday and Friday, the weather is set to change.

After the sunny spell, rain is forecast for many regions over the weekend. As temperatures dip, it is possible that Lapland's northernmost areas may experience the start of thermal autumn, IL writes.

"Next week already looks cool enough that we may be able to begin seeing the start of the thermal autumn in northernmost Lapland," Foreca meteorologist Jenna Salminen told the paper.

Thermal autumn is considered to have begun when average daily temperatures consistently fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Overnight frost warnings have already issued for parts of Lapland.

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