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Monday's papers: Child poverty, empty apartments and a cold wind blows in

A report shows the effects of poverty can be far-reaching.

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More flats are being kept empty in Finland. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

A Save the Children report out on Monday suggests that child poverty in Finland remains a problem.

Helsingin Sanomat reports that the survey found that more than half of children from low-income families interviewed said they were either quite worried or very worried about the future.

Some 80 percent of children from low-income families said that they had experienced stress, while 56 percent said they felt they were not as important as other people.

Researchers asked some 3,000 13-17-year-olds for their views in April, just as Finland shut down much of the economy to control coronavirus.

More flats empty

Ilta-Sanomat has a story on the steep increase in empty residential property in Finland based on a blog published by Statistics Finland.

In 2019 the number of dwellings left empty had increased by some 130,000 since 2000, according to the paper, with more than 300,000 currently empty.

In total, Finland has just over three million residential properties.

Part of the increase is explained by difficulty renting out flats in sparsely-populated areas of the country, while part of it is caused by property owners keeping their assets empty deliberately.

Some people own flats in central Helsinki and keep them empty as the property serves as a good, safe investment when interest rates are low. Other flats are listed as empty because they have no permanent residents, and the owner rents them out to short-term occupants on services like AirBnb.

Snow on the way?

As autumn draws to a close Iltalehti has a warning for commuters: winter is coming.

It could be as early as Monday, with a band of precipitation passing over Finland bringing rain, sleet and snow to a broad swathe of the country.

The snow will be concentrated on an area between North Karelia and Lapland, but rain and sleet is likely elsewhere too.

Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing overnight on Monday, meaning Tuesday morning could see icy patches on the roads.

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