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Thursday's papers: Divorce rate, police response times and power outages

Thursday's newspapers take a look at the likelihood of divorce in different professions, police response times and power outages due to gusty winds.

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Tabloid Iltalehti features a story on the probability of divorce in different professional groups.

According to IL, couples are more likely to split if one of the pair works in a field where a large number of coworkers are of the opposite sex. This is in particular the case for men, who work in professions dominated by women.

The survey published in Biology Letters was based on population statistics in Denmark in the past 30 years. The researchers examined all Danes born after 1945, who married a member of the opposite sex between 1981 and 2002, and had at least one job during that time.

The study showed that men who work in social services were more likely to separate from their spouses than their female colleagues. The same was true for women in construction, IL says.

On the whole, the risk of divorce was the highest among men and women who work in hotels and restaurants, because social contact is an essential part of the job, the study said. In contrast, farmers and librarians were most likely to stick together with their spouse.

Police response times

In other news, tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports that the residents in Utsjoki in Northern Lapland on average wait two hours for the police to arrive to an emergency – the longest waiting time in Finland.

In contrast, the authorities in Pietarsaari, on the western coast, arrived in 10 minutes. Figures from the National Police Board show that there are seven municipalities in the country where response times by the police are longer than an hour.

The government proposed in August that funding for police activities in sparsely-populated area should be increased by 3.3 million euros.

Also, Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen has called for increased support for so-called “anchor teams” that would consist of police officers and other authorities to help young people before they become marginalised.

Power outages

Daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that more than 10,000 households were without power on Thursday morning due to strong winds. The areas most severely affected include Pori, Pirkanmaa and central Finland.

Wind speeds reached 20-metres-per-second over land on Wednesday evening, HS reports, and fallen trees have caused several rescue efforts for the emergency response services overnight.

A storm front will remain over the country on Thursday, with winds of up to 23 m/s expected during the day. The Finnish Meteorological Institute has issued a wind warning for the entire country, as gusts could be dangerous, HS reports.

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