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Tuesday’s papers: Anonymous recruitment, Estonians leaving fines unpaid, and a football dividend

On Tuesday one paper considers how to reduce ethnic discrimination in employment.

Luis Carlos Murillo, Ari Lahti ja muu KuPS-väki juhlivat mestaruuspokaali kädessään jalkapallostadionilla Turussa.
Ari Lahti celebrates the Veikkausliiga championship. Image: Juha Tamminen / AOP

Yesterday Yle reported on research showing that having a foreign name is a disadvantage in the job market. For some ethnic backgrounds, such as Somali, it’s a big disadvantage.

Helsingin Sanomat publishes an editorial on the topic on Tuesday, outlining the issues reported by Yle on Monday and suggesting that anonymised applications would help to fight discrimination at the interview stage.

“Prejudice is often based on insufficient information, but is also human,” says the paper, arguing that applications from which gender, ethnicity and age are removed would help employers overcome their discriminatory instincts.

The paper cites experiments in five Finnish municipalities and at the high-end loudspeaker manufacturer Genelec as being a productive way to bring in candidates who might not otherwise get a chance.

These measures could be adopted more broadly, argues HS.

Fine by us

Aamulehti looks at an old chestnut: motoring fines left unpaid by foreign drivers. The paper finds that the worst offenders are Estonians, who paid just 38 percent of the fines issued in Finland.

Russians are much more diligent in paying their debts to the traffic police, paying the fine in some 84 percent of cases in 2018.

The reason, suggests AL, is that Russians need a visa to enter the country and if they don’t pay their fines they lose their visas.

Estonians face no such restrictions and are much less likely to pay up. Estonia is also the first country to which Finnish police now send speeding fines.

Up to the middle of August, Finland had sent more than 300 notifications of fines to Estonia for cars registered there. The offender is asked to provide an address in Finland for the fine to be sent to, or to attend a police station in Finland to deal with the matter there.

Football investments

Ari Lahti is known as an investment banker, the driving force behind the failed bid to construct a Guggenheim museum on the Helsinki waterfront, and one of Finnish football’s biggest movers and shakers as FA chairman and owner of KuPS Kuopio.

It’s in the final capacity that Iltalehti interviews him on Tuesday, asking how it felt to see the club into which he’s ploughed 6-7 million euros over the last couple of decades win the title.

It was not a bad investment, said Lahti, even though he’s not expecting to get the money back.

“You get the dividends that you’d get in a normal investment, in a slightly different way,” Lahti tells IL. “They come in the emotional highs, the ups and downs that you get to experience.”

Lahti describes his journey from the VIP stand to pitch side at Turku’s Veritas Stadium, as he was due to hand out the medals in his capacity as FA chairman.

If KuPS had lost, he would have had to place the medals around Inter Turku players’ necks, something he was not keen to do.

IL notes that this isn’t the end of Lahti’s footballing autumn: the Finnish national team are set to clinch their spot at the European Championships next month if they beat lowly Liechtenstein.

That would be the first time Finland have qualified for a major tournament. There are likely to be more emotional highs, followed by ups and downs, for the FA chairman.

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