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Monday’s papers: Finns vote pro-EU, climate priorities and Finland's 'Miracle on Ice'

Finns vote for a strong EU, national implications of Sunday's green surge and Finland's 'Miracle on Ice.'

Maailmanmestaruuden juhlintaa Havis Amandan patsaalla.
Image: Tuomo Björksten / Yle

Finns voted for a strong European Union, said journalist Joonas Kuikka in Turun Sanomat’s analysis of the Europarliament election result.

While internationally minded urbanites cast votes for a unified Europe and climate action, convicted sex offender Teuvo Hakkarainen of the Finns Party was the choice of stagnating remote areas, explained TS.

Political parties in Finland who want to fortify the EU will be sending 11 MEPs to the 751-seat European legislature, compared to just two nationalist and eurosceptic Finns Party representatives. In an interview with Helsingin Sanomat, Teija Tiilikainen, director of Finland’s Institute of International Affairs, said a new dividing line is emerging within the European Parliament between the promoters and sceptics of European integration.

The National Coalition Party was the biggest winner in Sunday’s election, attracting 20.8 percent of the vote while support for the Greens rose to 16 percent, handing them their best European poll result to date.

Green wave hits home

With Green parties posting their strongest ever showing in the European elections, Helsingin Sanomat speculated that Finland could see more intense debate over climate policy in the future, as Finnish political parties hold divergent views on concrete climate action.

HS also contemplated Finland’s next pick for commissioner. Social Democratic Party chair Antti Rinne, who is leading government formation talks, previously said it’s time for Finland to put forward a woman commissioner. However, with SDP veteran Eero Heinäluoma drawing 130,000 votes, Rinne may have to reconsider this idea, according to the daily.

Finland's 'Miracle on Ice'

Residents celebrated Finland’s gold medal hockey title well into the morning hours on Monday, reported Ilta-Sanomat. The newsstand tabloid said a wild carnival-like atmosphere enveloped downtown Helsinki--complete with fireworks--as 10,000 fans streamed into the streets after Finland’s 3-1 win over Canada.

Ihmiset uivat Havis Amandan juurella Helsingissä.
9C and rain did not deter revellers from taking a dip in the Havis Amanda fountain. Image: Tuomo Björksten / Yle

The festivities passed off mostly peacefully, according to the paper, though some inebriated sports fans posed a danger to their own safety in the harbour area.

Elated by Finland’s gold medal, some Finns decided to strip down for a celebratory dip in the Havis Amanda fountain in Helsinki’s Market Square. Tourists visiting the market area told Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet they wished Finns could be ‘this happy every day.’

Tampere daily Aamulehti reported that hockey fever took over state-owned railway company VR's digital displays as celebrations peaked.

Iltalehti said the Finnish Ice Hockey Association will on Monday provide further details regarding a national celebration to be held in the Lions’ honour.

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