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Monday's papers: Growing industries, toy smuggler's connections, health insurance up, Aalto in running

This week begins with newspaper coverage of jobs available in various fields, Aleppo's so-called "toy smuggler's" alleged jihadist connections, Finns insuring themselves and singer Saara Aalto doing well in the UK.

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This Monday Finland's dailies feature news on jobs, jihadist allegations, health insurance and X Factor UK. Image: Yle

This week in newspapers begins with broad coverage in Iltalehti of Finnish industries in need of workers. The paper headlines its piece by saying that other areas in addition to the marine industry (including ship-building) are also job-creators in the country.

Digitalisation is among the fields with employment opportunities, IL reports. The large-scale introduction of computers and other digital learning equipment in firms is an ample opportunity for recruitment, despite the fact that Finnish schools are struggling with the change.

A second place where workers are needed is the care industry, with the paper claiming that "thousands and thousands" of Finns can find work in social and healthcare sector positions – more than 100,000 by 2025, in fact.

"This is a field that people should certainly train for," says CEO Tuomas Mänttäri of the Association of Social Service employers in the tabloid.

Alleged jihadist links, health sector boom

Meanwhile top daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that the celebrated Finnish-Syrian Aleppo "toy smuggler" Rami Adham has ties to multiple jihadist organisations.

Adham has been praised in Finland for visiting Aleppo a full 28 times, bringing with him playthings for the children in the torn city and areas where aid organisation cannot go.

Adham is shown to pose with jihadist preacher Abdullah al-Muheisni, who Carnegia Centre researcher Aron Lund says in HS has worked with the al-Nusra Front. Other photographs show Adham dining with a group of men under a flag of the Islamic Front – an umbrella organisation that includes militant groups, many of them allegedly extremist.

Adham himself staunchly denies his jihadist connections.

"My work is one hundred percent humanitarian and I can't fathom how people can find the time to demonise it. My work cannot be done without the help of security attachments, who are all Free Syrian Army fighters," Adham says in HS, adding that al-Muheisni is a non-Islamist imam lauded by all Syrians.

Back in Finland, people here have been ramping up their attention to health insurance, says local paper Aamulehti. The daily's ingress claims that about one million Finns currently have some form of insurance for their health.

"People want to ensure that they have quick access to quality care in the event of an illness or accident," says Olli Lehtilä from OP Insurance. "Paying for treatment on one's own dime is extremely expensive."

The Finnish health sector has grown by some 5-10 percent annually in recent times. With the proportion of private healthcare services on the rise, Lehtilä says that insurance-based funding will only grow in future. The current situation is not all roses.

"The fact is that we take better care of our cars and possessions than ourselves. We insure our houses and vehicles, even though taking care of ourselves and our families should come first," says Lehtilä in AL.

Saara Aalto in X Factor top 10

Finally in entertainment news, Finnish singing sensation Saara Aalto was officially chosen to continue into one of the final stages of the popular X Factor TV talent show on Sunday, reports Ilta-Sanomat among others.

Aalto first found herself among the three contestants most likely to be dropped, but she squeaked her way past a judges' tie with fellow competitor Freddy Parker, who received fewer audience votes.

Eight more live X Factor UK broadcasts are forthcoming, with the winner announced on December 11.

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