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Monday’s papers: New recruits begin military service, frustrations at Ruisrock, and Ferrari race on a Finnish highway

Mobile phone challenges in the army, US rapper cancels performance, and speeding fines for a fleet of Ferraris.

Uudet alokkaat tarkastivat kuitatut varusteensa Santahaminan varuskunnassa Helsingissä maanantaina 9. heinäkuuta 2018.
More than 12,000 new recruits will report for duty this morning to begin their military service. Image: Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva

A number of papers look at the issue of Finland’s compulsory military service, as more than 12,000 new recruits prepared to report for duty on Monday morning.

Leading daily Helsingin Sanomat considers how the new intake will cope with life in the army, particularly in relation to being without their mobile phones for long periods. This generation of ‘millenials’ have, according to HS, grown up with a mobile phone in their hands and adapting to the stricter rules of the army will not be easy for all.

HS quotes one current recruit, Jemina Alanen, who slowly overcame the urge to check her phone while on duty.

“Before the army I used my phone a lot, but that has changed. The days are long and so busy that there is no chance to even miss it. But of course it is always with me,” Alanen tells the paper.

Hail of bottles greets news of cancelled gig

Tabloid daily Iltalehti reports on the frustration of festival-goers at Ruisrock in Turku when Sunday’s headline act, American rapper Travis Scott, cancelled his appearance a day in advance.

The news was greeted by a hail of bottles thrown onto the stage by disappointed music fans - as the tabloid’s accompanying video shows - despite festival organiser Jusu Lounela’s pleas to remain calm.

The paper also reports that the reasons for Scott’s late change of plan are still unclear, but his reported appearance in London on Saturday may provide some clue. Scott has twice previously cancelled gigs in Finland - in 2016 and again in 2018, both times when he had been due to perform at the Blockfest hip-hop festival in Tampere.

This cancellation left a particularly sour taste in the mouths of many, especially as Scott's performance was intended to bring the festival's 50th anniversary celebrations to a close.

“I am extremely annoyed that the performance of Travis Scott has gone like this. In particular, I would like to apologize to our audience, who have been waiting expectantly for this gig. The cancellation is in no way the fault of Ruisrock,” festival promoter Mikko Niemelä told the tabloid.

The situation was not improved when Migos, another US hip-hop act booked to replace Scott, was unable to make it either due to technical problems with their plane, which left them grounded in Frankfurt.

"The police are jealous"

Many papers cover the story of an apparent Sunday morning Ferrari race on a highway in Central Finland, with Jyväskylä daily Keskisuomalainen reporting that locals were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief as police pulled over a fleet of the high-powered luxury cars outside the city of Äänekoski.

The nine cars were reportedly driving in convoy towards Helsinki from the "Ferraris at Arctic Circle" event in Rovaniemi, northern Finland, when police stopped all of them on suspicion of speeding and dangerous driving.

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat caught up with of the drivers, who they report to be members of the Ferrari Passione Rossa club based in southern Europe.

"The police are jealous of Ferrari. I'm not going to come back to Finland anymore. This was the first and last time." the unnamed man told the tabloid.

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