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Tuesday's papers: Communal living, Tampere’s first tram, and June holiday activities

Tuesday's papers include a feature on communal living, a novelty in Finland, and the benefits it offers.

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Tampere is set to receive delivery of its first tram on the weekend. Image: Tampereen Raitiotie Oy

The most-read story in main Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat (HS) on Tuesday morning is a feature about communal living, which is not so common in Finland.

When musician Henrica Fagerlund separated from the father of her daughter five years ago, she didn’t want to move into a small apartment and live alone with her daughter; instead she decided to start up a family commune where everyone is welcome, writes HS.

"I tried to find a family commune via Facebook, but as nothing suitable came up, I decided to start a commune on my own," Fagerlund tells HS.

When she found a large eight-bedroom house in Vantaa’s Vapaala, she took on the lease and sublet rooms to other tenants, some of who are divorced or separated and have children, and others who are single.

Currently, 14 people – five children and nine adults - live in the two-storey house, which covers 300 square metres and has a yard. The average rent per person is about 500 euros.

"One of the benefits of this way of living is that there are always other people around and a babysitter is easy to find, " Fagerlund tells HS.

First tram for Tampere

Aamulehti, the daily newspaper of Tampere, reports that Finland’s second largest city will receive its first real tram this weekend.

The tram is almost 40 metres long, four metres high, three metres wide and weighs almost 60 tonnes.

Made at Škoda Transtech’s Otanmäki plant in Kajaani, the tram will be brought to the city partly unfinished as final adjustments will be done onsite so as not to damage the tram’s interior, writes Aamulehti.

What you can do on holidays in June

In the midst of the corona confusion about what can and can't be done, tabloid Iltalehti features 15 things that will be possible for those taking holidays in June – despite coronavirus restrictions.

These include eating in a restaurant, as eateries will open their doors on 1 June, although it’s not yet known what the conditions of restaurant openings will be.

Other activities include going to the library, a museum, the zoo, swimming, and spending time at a cottage or in nature.

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