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Friday's papers: New frontier for far-right, education export and cabin rush slows

Finnish media explore the politicisation of climate science, praise for Finnish police and a slowdown in cabin sales.

23-vuotias poliisi Daniel Kalejaiye Kuopiossa.
Kuopio-based policeman Daniel Kalejaiye previously told Yle he was puzzled by America's relatively short police training. Image: Petri Jauhiainen

Far-right populists, traditionally laser-focused on immigration, are now expanding their toolboxes to include climate science denialism, writes Hufvudstadsbladet, citing a fresh report by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) about the politicisation of climate change.

Jussi Halla-aho and the Finns Party’s statements suggesting that Finland had 'done its part' and that other countries were 'freeriding' on global climate policy issues indicate a move towards climate nationalism, writes HBL.

That said, in 2018 the Finns Party was the only parliamentary group to distance itself from the 1.5C warming limit in line with recommendations from the UN climate group IPCC.

"The Finns Party likes to say, 'every industrial chimney in Finland is an environmental act,' -- something that’s also written into their programme," explained FIIA researcher Antto Vihma.

Police training -- Finland's newest export?

Helsingin Sanomat meanwhile speculates that Finnish police training may become the country's next educational export, following praise for Finland's police college by America's CBS News.

The news network pointed out that Finnish recruits attend a police college, graduating with the equivalent of a bachelor's degree after three years while their American counterparts may carry a gun after as little as ten weeks of training in some states. Calls to overhaul police training in the US have grown in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in police custody.

However a recent report by Finland's Non-Discrimination Ombudsman found Finnish police engage in ethnic discrimination and profiling. Last year the head Finland's Police College called for more foreign-background police to help connect with an increasingly diverse population.

Cottage sales slow

Business magazine Talouselämä on Friday counters earlier news reports that the demand for summer cottages has skyrocketed during the coronavirus crisis.

Figures from the National Land Survey of Finland indicate that enthusiasm for vacation homes fizzled out in May, as 311 cabins changed owners last month, ten fewer than in May 2019.

A growing interest in cabin ownership turned around in the month of May, according to TE, which said the previous upward trend began long before residents realised they would be holidaying domestically this summer.

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