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Thursday's papers: Finland braces for Russian trolls, school holidays and "free" loans

Which famous Finns in history will Moscow accuse of being Nazis?

Russia has smeared Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren as a Nazi as Sweden moves closer to joining Nato. Image: Yle/Daniela Ilvonen

Posters have appeared in Moscow defaming the Swedish children's book author Astrid Lindgren as a Nazi. That said, Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that Finland will likely see similar influence campaigns as Russia attempts to justify its actions in Ukraine.

A Swedish military expert told HBL that Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Finland's most famous military leader, and longtime president Urho Kekkonen were likely candidates for smear campaigns aiming to cast a shadow on Finland.

A Russian troll factory has meanwhile set its sights on targets in the Finnish media following a call for action by the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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Summer holiday issue

With Finland's largest cities in the middle of a weeklong school strike, Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) asks whether summer vacation could be pushed back by a week to offset days lost during the teachers' industrial action.

Outi Salo, who heads Helsinki's basic education department, told HS that while the capital does not have any plans to extend the school year, administrators will evaluate whether it's justifiable to keep kids in class after 4 June once the strike ends on 9 May.

By law, the Finnish academic year has 190 working days, with schools typically finishing the spring semester at the start of June.

Beating inflation?

More than a million taxpayers in Finland pay too much income tax. Many people tend to believe that it's better to expect a refund than end up owing back taxes.

Business daily Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun)'s most-read story, however, suggests that it's sometimes more profitable for taxpayers to owe the tax office money than to overpay and wait for a refund.

KL reports fintech service company Vertaa Ensin finding that it made the most financial sense to owe just under 1,000 euros in taxes at the end of the tax year. Amounts below this threshold will not accrue late payment interest. The tax office pays 0.5 percent interest on refunds, which is less than the rate of inflation, the business daily writes.

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