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Friday's papers: Partying PM Sanna Marin, gang violence and wind in a heatwave

Is the premier's partying a national security issue?

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) visiting a school in Kuopio this Wednesday, the same day the party video was leaked on social media. Marin said the video was filmed a few weeks prior to the leak. Image: Esa Syväkuru / Yle

Prime Minister Sanna Marin's partying video continues to draw global attention, with Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) asking if an inebriated political leader is a national security threat.

"It's not a positive thing from a security perspective," Aalto University cyber security professor Jarno Limnéll told Helsingin Sanomat.

"Finland and its high-level leaders are of interest to foreign intelligence agents. Information is gathered from a variety of sources and even seemingly trivial pieces of information can be significant to a foreign power. Top decision makers are under close watch during the Nato ratification process," Limnéll, who's also a local National Coalition Party (NCP) politician, told the paper.

The leaked video has raised questions about the PM's judgment, substance abuse and security, according to HS.

Another security expert interviewed by HS, however, said he doesn't really see any risk factors when it comes to the private lives of those in the Finnish leadership.

"I don't believe we're in any kind of bad situation," said Martti J. Kari, a retired Finnish colonel teaching at the University of Jyväskylä.

Gangs in Finland

For the past few years Finnish media outlets have reported that gang crime in Finland is a growing concern, drawing parallels with Sweden, which has been struggling with a tide of gang violence in economically vulnerable areas.

Swedish gang crime author Diamant Salihu, however, told Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that communities in Finland are not as segregated as they are in Sweden.

In Salihu's opinion, the roots of of Sweden's gang problems can be found in school classrooms, as he argues that's where problems like segregation and marginalisation originate. Finland could learn important lessons from the Swedish experience, HS notes.

Wind power

This summer's scorching sun has fuelled Europe's grid with solar power. Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) meanwhile reports that the coming years will see Finland become home to five billion euros' worth of wind power.

Construction of new wind power stations in the first half of this year exceeded the total number built last year.

By the end of June, Finland's wind power capacity was 4,000 megawatts, according to KL.

The business daily suggests that Finland needs to ramp up its wind power to meet the government's 2035 carbon neutrality goals.

The government has meanwhile recently granted permission for the leasing of water areas off the west coast of Finland to significantly expand power capacities of offshore wind power farms.

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