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Thursday’s papers: Mother suspected of child murder, tiny homes, and snow is in the air

Finland’s press report on a British mother suspected of killing her child in Espoo.

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Police in Espoo announced on Wednesday they are holding a woman on suspicion of a child's murder. Image: Jouni Immonen / Yle

Many of Thursday's newspapers carry the tragic story of a mother suspected of killing her child in the Suurpelto area of Espoo, with tabloid Iltalehti reporting that both the suspect and the victim are British citizens.

IL writes that the incident is believed to have taken place on Sunday evening, when neighbours observed a large police presence outside a block of apartments.

One neighbour told the tabloid that a small body bag was removed from the building, raising speculation in the area of what might have occurred, before police confirmed on Wednesday that the mother of the under school-age child was being held on suspicion of murder.

The police also said that as there were no other people in the apartment at the time, there are no suspects other than the child's mother.

According to Iltalehti, the woman suspected of the murder had been working as an English teacher in Helsinki and had only moved into the Suurpelto apartment late last year.

Tiny homes get tinier

Helsingin Sanomat reports on the auction of an "exceptionally small" studio apartment on Lapinlahdenkatu in the downtown Helsinki district of Kamppi, which is just 14 square metres, yet has a starting price on the property website Oikotie of 139,000 euros -- or 9,929 euros per square metre.

"I have been 20 years in the industry and this is the smallest apartment I have ever seen on sale," Tuomas Meriläinen of the international real estate company Remax tells HS.

The small size has not deterred potential buyers, however, with Meriläinen telling HS that 44 people have already expressed an interest in the property in just a couple of days.

Both investors and first-time buyers are attracted to this property and many others like it, because of the price and the location, according to Meriläinen. The apartment is located in an old industrial facility that was not initially intended for residential use, but was re-zoned in 1992 and now contains many small apartments.

HS adds that although current regulations prohibit the building of new dwellings under 20 square metres, there are exemptions and that demand for small apartments - either as an investment opportunity or a first step on the property ladder - remains high.

Winter is coming (maybe)

HS’s sister publication, tabloid Ilta-Sanomat writes that heavy sleet and snow showers are expected across much of Finland on Thursday, but may not yet herald a return to a "normal" winter.

Finland has been experiencing unusually high temperatures for this time of year, with some areas up to ten degrees warmer on average than normal.

The paper writes that after a frosty and sub-zero start to Thursday, snow will begin to fall at about noon and will cover almost the entire country - ranging from between one and five centimetres in the south to up to 15 centimetres in the north.

The heavy flurries in certain areas, especially central and northern parts, will make driving conditions hazardous, so motorists are advised to exercise extra caution.

However, meteorologist Hannu Varta warns that the white stuff’s return may not last very long in southern and western Finland, as temperatures are expected to climb to between zero and four degrees overnight.

The forecast of sunny conditions on Friday and Saturday are also expected to a thaw.

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