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Friday’s papers: Tougher sex crime penalties, women MPs and investors

Women’s Day brings news on harsher sex crime penalties and contemplation on female power and money in Finland.

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Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee wants to raise the maximum penalty for child sexual abuse to six from four years in prison, reports Swedish-language daily Hufvudtstadsbladet.

The move follows several reported cases of child sexual abuse investigated by police in Oulu since last November.

Following up on a citizens’ initiative, the committee also called for increasing minimum terms for aggravated sexual assault on a child from one to two years of incarceration. Committee members urged government to swiftly update Finland’ penal code, especially concerning sex crimes perpetrated against children.

Legislative power?

In honour of International Women’s Day, Helsingin Sanomat’s editorial draws attention to women’s position in Finland’s Parliament. With 85 seats, Finnish women historically occupied the most seats in the legislature from 2011 to 2015. This number fell by two spots in the current term to a share of 41.5 percent, which is at the lower end of scale for gender balance, according to the national daily.

At the moment, eight of Finland’s thirteen European Parliament members are women—the highest female share of any EU state.

Women investors

Finnish women are increasingly interested in investing, but still do so less than men, writes business magazine Talouselämä.

The gender discrepancy between investors in Finland is, however, the smallest in the Nordics. Fresh research by Danske Bank indicates that 42 percent of men and 30 percent of women in Finland invest their money.

Kaisa Kivipelto, a senior strategist at the retail bank, said women’s smaller salaries in relation to men might curb their investment enthusiasm. However women’s higher life expectancy makes investing a good option for bankrolling their golden years.

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