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Friday's papers: Government talks, pension problems and cheaper food

The next government could see squabbles between the Finns Party and the Swedish People's Party.

Swedish People's Party leader Anna Maja Henriksson on the left, in a white jacket against a blue background. A black space in the middle, and then Finns Party leader Riikka Purra, in a red top against a blue background.
Swedish People's Party leader Anna-Maja Henriksson (left) and leader of the Finns Party, Riikka Purra. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle
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Helsingin Sanomat has an opinion piece outlining the setup in ongoing government formation talks. The paper sees the Swedish People's Party and the Finns Party as a similar pairing to the Green League and the Centre Party in the last government.

That is to say, they really find it hard to get along. The Greens and Centre argued about almost everything, with few compromises to be found, and public sniping at each other bubbling to the surface now and again, the paper writes.

The same pattern is to be seen in the current talks, with the Swedish People's Party and the Finns Party clashing on immigration and climate policies. Two negotiators have already walked out of talks: one from the SPP and one from the Finns Party.

The paper notes that the SPP is used to a role of supporting a relatively moderate Prime Minister in most coalitions, but this time round it may have to fight much harder on issues such as humanitarian immigration.

This week's All Points North looks at government formation talks. Listen here, on Yle Areena or via Spotify.

Pension gaps

Ilta-Sanomat takes a look at pension accumulations over time, with a particular emphasis on the differences between men and women.

Finland's system involves compulsory pension contributions representing a certain percentage of income for every worker. These contributions then translate into a pension accumulation, with larger contributions bringing a larger pension.

Every year people get a pension statement, detailing how much pension entitlement they've accumulated so far.

The tabloid published a table showing the median entitlement for men and for women by year of birth. Women born in 1971 have on average accumulated entitlements to a pension worth some 1,373 euros a month.

Men born in the same year, however, have accumulated the right to some 1,973 euros a month. Researchers say the biggest reason for the difference is women's smaller pay, but career breaks for childcare also play a part.

Cheaper veg

Iltalehti has happy news for thrifty shoppers, as capital region convenience chain Alepa has introduced a new system for selling off fruit and vegetables that have seen better days.

The Alepa model involves produce that is past its best being placed on a special "Hyvikkihevi" shelf, with customers allowed to pick what they want, weigh it, and take it home.

The price for those battered beetroots and limp carrots will be one euro per kilo. Alepa says the reception has been positive from customers, and it hopes to reduce food waste as a result.

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