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Wednesday's papers: Peaceful protests, Turkey visit and a whole lotta snow

Independence Day marches concluded peacefully and with no detentions, papers report.

Police Police oversaw five separate, but occasionally overlapping, demonstrations and processions during Tuesday's Independence Day celebrations. Image: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva

Independence Day marches held in Helsinki concluded peacefully and did not cause any major disruptions, according to Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

Marchers included nationalist or extreme right-wing groups including Suomi herää (or 'Finland Awakes') and the 612 torch procession as well as anti-fascist groups who organised the counter-protest "Helsinki without Nazis."

Police did not make any arrests, with authorities only observing some shouting between demonstrators at most, according to the paper.

The area outside the Presidential Palace was also calm and the demonstrations did not affect the arrival of guests.

"Everything actually went very much according to plan," Helsinki Police chief inspector Patrik Karlsson said.

Authorities estimate that some 2,000 people took part in the demonstrations, according to Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun), who also reported on the story.

Police confiscated flags of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), saying afterwards that they tried to reduce the potential for conflict by removing flags that might provoke other demonstrators.

Kaikkonen in Turkey

Finnish Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen will be flying to the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday, after being invited by his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, tabloid Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports.

The visit will involve talks regarding Finland's Nato membership process as well as security and defence cooperation matters between the two countries.

"We are closely monitoring the situation in Sweden and Finland. Unfortunately, we still see some provocative actions and images in these countries," Akar said on Tuesday, according to the paper.

Turkey and Hungary are the last remaining Nato members yet to ratify Finland and Sweden's membership to the military alliance.

Several outlets including Etelä-Saimaa (siirryt toiseen palveluun) carried STT reporting on the issue, writing that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu is calling for Finland to lift its restrictions on arms exports.

"We expect Finland to announce that it will lift its arms embargo against Turkey," Cavusoglu said to the Turkish daily Hürriyet Daily News.

Finland made the decision to introduce an arms embargo in 2019, following Turkey's invasion of northern Syria.

Let it snow!

Both tabloids Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) (IL) and Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) (IS) report on the intensely snowy forecast of the next few weeks.

December will see Europe split in two, with northern Europe colder than usual and southern Europe warmer than the December average, Iltalehti writes.

Weather forecaster Foreca said that during the next few weeks, Finland should see more snowfall than typically witnessed in the past few years during the same period.

"The forecast brings hope of a snowy white Christmas for the whole country. If the snow cover does not disappear before Christmas, it is possible that, especially in the south, Christmas could be even much snowier than usual," Foreca's website reads, according to IL.

Ilta-Sanomat adds that heavy snowfall is in store for the southern coast of Finland over the next two days, with snow cover possibly surpassing 30 centimetres along the coast.

Covid deaths

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is changing the way it records Covid deaths, Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports. The health agency will no longer automatically record fatalities as Covid-related if they occurred soon after a Covid diagnosis.

HS writes that since the pandemic, deaths occurring within 30 days of confirmed coronavirus infection were being recorded as Covid-related. The causal link between infection and death has however become less significant.

"It is important to focus attention on deaths specifically caused by Covid. In cases where coronavirus infection is recorded as a contributing factor to death, the actual cause of death is something else," THL physician Tuija Leino said in a press release.

The recording of hospitalisations will also change so that patients hospitalised for other reasons but test positive for coronavirus are distinct from those hospitalised because of infection, according to the paper.

"Using diagnostic data, the definitions of 'with coronavirus' and 'because of coronavirus' are geographically consistent, automated, continuous and always based on the conclusions of the treating physician," Leino added.

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