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Monday’s papers: Finland’s EU Presidency begins, oats more popular than ever, and summer is put on hold

Big challenges ahead for Finland's new Minister for Europe, are oats the "next Nokia", and temperatures take a nosedive.

Kansanedustaja Tytti Tuppurainen SDP:n eduskuntaryhmän kokouksessa Helsingissä 2. toukokuuta.
Tytti Tuppurainen of the Social Democratic Party will head up the EU's General Affairs Committee during Finland's EU Presidency, which begins Monday. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

As Finland begins its six-month stint in the rotating presidency of the European Council on Monday, main daily Helsingin Sanomat follows the newly-appointed Minister for Europe, Tytti Tuppurainen of the Social Democratic party, as she prepares for her role as head of the EU’s General Affairs Council.

HS details how Tuppurainen, who was appointed to the post a mere three weeks ago, will take on huge responsibilities; including forging agreement between member states on the EU’s future financial framework, and also overseeing the final stage of the Brexit process, which is scheduled to occur on Finland’s watch.

The paper reports that the Oulu-based Tuppurainen is looking forward to the challenges ahead, and aims to handover the presidency to Croatia in December with the EU in a much better state.

“It is now the best opportunity in a long time to steer the union through calmer waters,” HS quotes Tuppurainen as saying.

"Next Nokia"

Tampere daily Aamulehti reports that people in Finland are eating more oats than ever before, and the surge in popularity has led to empty shelves across the Pirkanmaa region.

Finns now consume an average of 7.3 kilograms of the cereal grain per person, which compares with just 3 kilograms per person in 2000, according to a report by Finland's National Resources Centre (Luke).

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People in Finland consume more oats than ever before, according to a recent report by LUKE Image: Anniriitta Tolvanen / AOP

The paper also reports that Finland's largest privately-owned dairy business, the Kouvola-based Kaslink Foods, is predicting that oats will become Finland's next major export product. According to Juha-Petteri Kukkonen, Kaslink's creative director, there are huge possibilities for Finnish producers in this area.

"Finland's nature and food - but above all oats - are the next Nokia," Kukkonen tells Aamulehti.

Storm clouds on the horizon

Tabloid daily Iltalehti reports that even though today will be the warmest day of the year so far, the rain and storm clouds are gathering.

The paper quotes Pyry Poutanen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute explaining how a low pressure system will arrive in Finland from Norway on Monday evening, bringing rain and thunderstorm to much of the country over the coming week.

As well as the low pressure system, a “northern airflow” will cause temperatures across Finland to cool significantly - with an average of 10 to 20 degrees - the recent sky-high temperatures that have affected much of Europe are unlikely to reach Finland in the near future, according to Poutanen.

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