Wednesday's papers: Violent teens, Covid pass in the workplace, and Helsinki ditches meat

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Could the Covid pass become necesary in the workplace? Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Helsingin Sanomat leads with a story on violent crime (siirryt toiseen palveluun) among young teenagers. The paper reports that police stats suggest increased reporting of assaults among the under-15s after several high profile bullying cases.

HS says police are now seeing reports of cases that wouldn't have been reported in years gone by, because parents and schools now know that officers can investigate even if perpetrators are under the age of criminal responsibility, which is 15.

The paper reports that police are seeing an increase in cases seemingly aimed at social media, where victims are humiliated and the assault is filmed for publication online.

Covid passes in the workplace?

The Uutissuomalainen group of newspapers publishes a survey (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Wednesday with one central question: should employees be compelled to tell their bosses whether they have been vaccinated against Covid?

Some 60 percent of respondents said yes, people should have to tell their employer their vaccination status. At the same time, 27 percent were opposed and 13 percent were on the fence.

Markku Tervahauta of the National Institute for Health and Welfare said the results were not unexpected.

"It suggests that citizens regard vaccine protection as important and there's a desire for people to take common responsibility," said Tervahauta. "It's thought that this is a means to protect the community."

Meanwhile Ilta-Sanomat publishes a feature interview with THL Director of Infectious Diseases Mika Salminen, who says that 80 percent vaccine coverage might not be enough for a full reopening of society.

He said the problem is that we don't yet know what kind of coverage provides sufficient protection against widespread circulation of the virus.

Helsinki goes meat-free

Social media has seen a bubbling debate about the City of Helsinki's decision to stop serving meat at events. The municipal nibbles will be plant- and (responsibly-sourced, local) fish- based from next year onwards.

Coffee, tea and bananas (for example) will have to be sourced from fair trade providers, and the city is aiming to stop serving its snacks and refreshments in single-use containers.

The decision applies to food served at meetings, seminars, workshops and public events, and it has not been greeted with delight by everyone.

Iltalehti reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) the reaction from politicians, which mostly follows expected culture war divides.

Centre Party Secretary Riikka Pirkkalainen tweeted (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that it was a shame if the decision also applied to domestically-produced meat.

The Centre's base is in rural, agricultural regions, and it got 2.4 percent of the vote in Helsinki at this year's local elections, securing two of 89 places on the council.

Kirsi Piha, meanwhile, who withdrew from the Helsinki mayoral race after securing the nomination of the National Coalition Party, said it was a "good, responsible and forward-looking decision".