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Friday’s papers: US-China trade battle burns Finland, Lapland fatal fire cause, security concerns at Oodi

A US-China trade war dents export-dependent Finland, underfloor heating caused a fatal ski cabin fire and a construction oversight closes Oodi's terrace.

Helsingin keskuskirjasto Oodi
Oodi's construction totalled 98 million euros. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

News that the United States will raise tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports may further slow an already sluggish Finnish economy, reports business daily Kauppalehti.

KL argues that the trade war will increase global economic uncertainty and undermine investor confidence – a two-fold effect that will harm export-dependent countries like Finland.

Finnish economic think-tank ETLA said escalating international trade battles could cut up to 3,000 jobs in Finland while slowing down economic growth by several tenths of a percent for years to come, according to KL.

Underfloor heating caused deadly Lapland fire

Malfunctioning underfloor heating caused a log cabin fire last month that claimed the lives of three school-aged siblings in Levi, Finnish Lapland, reports national daily Helsingin Sanomat.

Finland's Safety Investigation Authority (Otkes) said an incorrectly installed heating cable started the fire.

The deceased all occupied the top floor of the two-storey structure. However, a fourth sibling sleeping on the ground floor of the cabin was able to escape the blaze.

Oodi "security risk"

Visitors eager to take in the views from the terrace of Finland's flagship library Oodi are in for a disappointment, writes Helsingin Sanomat. The terrace, which was scheduled to open on 1 May, remains off-limits to the public for the time being.

YIT, the construction company that built the new central library in downtown Helsinki, said there's too much space – 10 centimetres to be exact – beneath the terrace railing.

Oodi director Anna-Maria Soininvaara told HS she wasn't exactly sure how the gap posed a risk, as a person couldn't easily fall through a 10-centimetre hole.

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