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Friday's papers: Public transport disruptions, a deadly glitch and Finnish startups attract funding

The postal strike threatens public transport, police probe a home care death and venture funding flows to Finland.

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Passengers attempting to board a crowded bus. Image: Teijo Valtanen / Yle

Finland's media on Friday mainly explores the possible implications of the ongoing postal workers' strike.

Postal strike threatens public transit

Postal dispute sympathy strikes could paralyse public transport in the greater capital area on Monday if negotiators don’t find a solution to the postal workers’ strike over the weekend, writes national daily Helsingin Sanomat.

Bus transport could be affected as the Transport Workers’ Union as well as the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL) have threatened to expand sympathy strikes on Monday.

Helsinki Airport could also face disruption if the Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) ramps up support action.

Earlier this week the Aviation Union said its members involved in strike support are working in ground handling, technology, catering, freight, as well as airport security inspection for all airlines operating to and from Finland.

National mail carrier Posti says the industrial action, which could continue until 8 December, has already delayed mail deliveries by several weeks.

Deadly glitch

Swedish-language Hufvudstadsbladet picks up on a story making headlines this week regarding police launching a preliminary investigation into the case of an elderly woman who died unnoticed at home in 2018 after being released from hospital.

The woman lived alone and was supposed to be looked after by Helsinki’s home care services, but she was never visited by a nurse because the city’s home care unit said it didn’t know she had been discharged.

“Although hospitals and home care units access the same patient database, the system doesn’t notify home nursing when a patient is discharged,” Seija Meripaasi, who heads Helsinki’s rehabilitation services said. “This led to us believing the woman was still in hospital.”

Super, the workers' union in the personal care sector, previously commented on the case, saying that home carers' workloads are too heavy, with workers visiting between 10-15 clients on a morning shift.

Next year, a new patient data system, Apotti, is scheduled to be rolled out in the Uusimaa region. The system is expected to give social and healthcare workers broader access to patient information.

Venture capital flowing to Finnish startups

With tech industry event Slush underway in Helsinki, business magazine Talouselämä takes a look at how Finnish startups receiving private equity investments have fared.

In 2016, seven Finnish startups reached a turnover of 10 million euros. A year later the number of companies in this category grew to 18, growing to 31 in 2018.

However figures show that only 42 out of 334 Finnish startups managed to turn a profit last year, according to Talouselämä.

Experts say money spent in venture capital is surging at the moment, having a potentially distorting effect on the market.

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