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Friday's papers: Foreign languages in Helsinki, consumption habits, and a tick warning

Some 100,000 people in the capital have a native language other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami.

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Ticks are a menace in the Finnish summer. Image: Yle

Helsingin Sanomat runs a feature on foreign languages in Helsinki, noting that more than 100,000 people in the capital have a native language that is not Finnish, Swedish or Sami.

The paper shows via maps where people live, and which are the dominant foreign languages in each district of the capital.

Russian dominates, with Somali in second spot and Estonian and English the most prevalent foreign language among residents of one neighbourhood each.

The paper also interviews foreign language speakers, asking them about their experiences. Some are greeted with prejudice, but some found their language skills were an asset in the labour market.

Online shopping here to stay?

Business paper Kauppalehti reports on a survey that suggests consumption habits might change permanently after the pandemic.

The survey suggests that online shopping has become more widespread.

"The market share for online shopping generally rises 2-3 percent a year, but in a few months the grocery sector has grown more than we estimate it did in the previous three years," said Juuso Laatikainen of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which conducted the survey.

Research Director Päivi Timonen of Helsinki University suggests that if that level of online grocery shopping is to remain, it will necessitate remote working on the current scale.

Otherwise, people won't be at home ready to receive deliveries.

Ticked off

Ilta-Sanomat has a word of warning for those about to enjoy their holidays: watch out for ticks.

Traditionally July has been the hottest month of the summer in Finland, and that has meant the tiny, disease-spreading insects have been less prevalent than in June and August.

This year July is looking to be cooler than June, and that could prompt ticks to be out and about and biting passers-by more than usual.

So if you are about to head into the Finnish countryside in pursuit of a little rest and recreation, watch out.

This is the final paper review before our own summer break. We'll be back with another press roundup on 3 August, so enjoy the summer and stay safe!

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