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Friday’s papers: Threats against judges, more student aid and Finland’s Lions defeat Sweden

Judges in Finland face threats, Kela rolls out more student aid and Finland faces Russia in world hockey semi-finals.

Suomen lain ensimmäinen osa ja puheenjohtajan nuija.
File photo. Image: Arja Lento / Yle

The intimidation of judges is a relatively new but growing phenomenon in Finland, according to Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet.

A survey carried out by the association of Finnish judges showed that nearly two-thirds of justices reported they had been the target of intimidation and harassment.

Some 540 judges responded to the survey, which particularly found online threats to be increasing. Some said they had received feces and ash in the mail while others reported threats made against their families.

Boost for low-income families

Business magazine Talouselämä’s most popular story this morning regards benefits agency Kela’s new financial aid for high schoolers.

Students whose families earn less than 41,000 euros annually are eligible for a monthly grant of 46.80 euros, which aims to cover material expenses. While high school tuition in Finland is free, materials such as course books and laptops are not.

Kela will begin issuing the new payout in August.

Lions reach hockey semi-finals

Finland scored a dramatic 5-4 win over traditional rival Sweden in the men’s world hockey championships staged in Bratislava on Thursday night, reports newsstand tabloid Ilta-Sanomat.

Swedish media headlined the loss against the Lions as a fiasco, as the Swedish national team boasted 21 NHL players while Finland only had two.

Finland is now set to play against Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday, while Canada will face the Czech Republic in the other semi-final. The world hockey final will take place on Sunday.

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