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Friday's papers: Finland's quiet Ukraine aid, Sunday wages under fire and an African cat in Karelia

Helsingin Sanomat says military aid to Ukraine is a calculated risk.

A long-legged African wild cat has been spotted roaming the forests of North Karelia, Ilta-Sanomat reports. Image: Harald Lange / AOP
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This month Finland's Defence Ministry announced it was delivering its eighth arms package to Ukraine. Since Russia's invasion, Finland has sent monthly defence materiel deliveries to the country, but Finland has not since February disclosed the contents of these aid packages, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

The paper notes that keeping mum, while other countries boast about their aid, boils down to geopolitical considerations, which the Finnish leadership "won't forget for a minute."

HS notes that Finland is not yet a Nato member and can neither count on the alliance nor individual states to come to Finland's defence.

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Sunday wages

In its wish list for the next government, the Finnish Commerce Federation says it wants to see legislative changes enabling retail sector employers to make separate agreements regarding Sunday wages paid to employees. Sunday wages are double normal rates, in accordance with the Working Time Act.

"We're not proposing removing Sunday bonuses, but this temporary change would enable local agreements for Sunday wages," Anna Lavikkala, the federation's labour market director,told Kauppalehti.

The federation notes that paying double salaries on Sundays is costly for service sector firms.

Full-time salaries in the sector averaged 2,424 euros per month last year, according to a member survey by Service Union United PAM.

An alien in North Karelia

Nature enthusiast Pasi Kinnunen's wildlife camera, set up south of Joensuu, usually captures rabbits and foxes, but it recently recorded the image of a spotted feline creature not native to North Karelia, Ilta-Sanomat reports.

Korkeasaari Zoo confirmed that the recording was of a serval cat, which is an African wildcat.

Kinnunen told IS that he suspected the animal was an escaped pet that had become feral.

"It may also have been released on purpose. At one time people were allowed to import them as pets," Kinnunen told the paper.

"It most likely won't survive the winter here. At the moment it still has mice and rabbits to hunt."

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