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Tuesday's papers: Lost talent, academic dishonesty and warmer days

Domestic news outlets explore Finland's failure to often recognise foreign qualifications and work experience.

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A Swedish police officer told HBL he would have had to completely retrain in Finland to qualify to work here. Image: Jani Aarnio / Yle
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Studies have shown that Finland has a problem when it comes to recognising academic qualifications from other countries.

Hufvudstadsbladet features the story of a Swedish-trained police officer who hoped to continue in the field after relocating to his wife's home country.

The policeman, now in his 40s, spent nearly a decade working in organised crime in central Sweden. But to work in Finnish law enforcement, he would have had to completely retrain.

"That's when I said no," he told the Swedish-language daily.

Government formation negotiators have meanwhile agreed to increase Finland's police force by 500 officers.

Disconnected from learning?

Concerns about cheating at university have risen since the pandemic. At the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology students' attempts to cheat have multiplied in the past year, according to rector Juha-Matti Saksa.

He told Helsingin Sanomat that he believed the remote learning during the pandemic continues to impact how students approach their studies.

Before the pandemic LUT used to record a few dozen cheating attempts a year, but by January of this year, that number had reached 170.

The university rector suggested that the break from in-person learning may have eroded students' values and attitudes.

Warm weather, maybe

The summer's weather is of perennial interest in the domestic press. As a recent cold snap has seen Finnish summer begin on an unseasonably chilly note, forecasters are now turning their attention to next week.

For now, next week's weather is a mixed bag, reports Ilta-Sanomat. Some forecast models indicate a cooler air mass from the northwest flowing into northern parts of the country, while temperatures in southern areas may get close to experiencing Finland's elusive 25-degree-Celsius heat threshold.

Southern Sweden is set to see the mercury climb to 30C next week, however similar temperatures are not yet in store for Finland, according to meteorologists.

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