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Monday's papers: Budget cuts resistance, a new Nato ambassador, and parenting in Finland

The well-being service county of Vantaa has joined the chorus of criticism directed at the government's proposed budget cuts, Helsingin Sanomat reports.

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British paper the Guardian praised Finland for its early education system and parental leave policies in a recent video report. Image: Lauri Karo / Yle
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Frustration towards Prime Minister Petteri Orpo's (NCP) government's cost-cutting plans is building within Vantaa's healthcare sector, newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (HS) reports.

Vantaa's well-being services county director Timo Aronkytö tells HS that the city refuses to make any further cuts to its already depleted social and healthcare services.

Aronkytö notes that next year's budget forecasts a deficit of tens of millions of euros, while this year's deficit is estimated to be around 62 million euros.

"We have nothing to cut. You can't reduce what is already scarce," he states.

Aronkytö further adds that the county's approach will focus on improving efficiency rather than reducing services, including raising fees to the maximum allowed - a strategy already adopted by all other service counties with the exception of the City of Helsinki.

Despite the challenges, Aronkytö tells the paper he remains optimistic about making improvements in the region despite the ever-shrinking resources.

"We have a good spirit and very skilled people working their backs off here," he says.

Finland's new Nato Ambassador

Finland's newly appointed Ambassador to Nato, Piritta Asunmaa, is determined to enhance Finland's presence within the alliance.

Newspaper Ilkka-Pohjalainen is among the many papers carrying a report by Finnish news agency STT introducing Finland's permanent representative to the Nato Council, the highest decision-making body of the organisation.

Asunmaa, who started in the position earlier this month, says that Russia's invasion of Ukraine has made Nato reassess its purpose.

"It's important for us that we influence how this organisation works with Russia," she states.

The Guardian: Finland best place to be a parent

Finland's 'child-first thinking' has impressed a UK journalist, tabloid Ilta-Sanomat writes.

In its video report, British paper the Guardian asks whether Finland is the best place in the world to be a parent.

During her visit to the country, Guardian journalist Alexandra Topping writes glowingly about the affordability of Finnish early childhood education, the quality of kindergarten facilities as well as the country's efforts to tackle gender inequality in parenting.

Among Topping's interviewees is Kartanonkoski daycare director Tarja Turunen.

Finland views early childhood education as a fundamental right rather than just as a place to put kids while their parents are at work, Turunen says, and therein lies Finland's success.

"[Children] want to come here, they want to have friends. There are skills they are developing here, social, but also other skills," Turunen tells the journalist.

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