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Wednesday's papers: Covid Pass, climate pessimism and newspaper readership

Evening paper Iltalehti is Finland's most popular newspaper, a survey by Media Audit Finland revealed.

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The approval of the draft bill could see the Covid Pass adopted as early as Saturday. Image: Antti Kolppo / Yle

Parliament has now approved the updated content of the Communicable Diseases Act that lays the path for the adoption of the EU Covid pass in Finland, Ilkkapohjalainen writes. The move could see the pass requested by restaurants, clubs and other public spaces as early as Saturday.

The debate over the Covid pass and entry restrictions involved over 50 MPs taking the floor, and stretched for three hours, until 11pm on Tuesday evening, according to Ilkkapohjalainen.

Among the changes approved was the raising of the Covid pass age limit, from the government's proposed 12 years and above to 16 years and up, Tampere-based Aamulehti adds, citing children's ability to participate in extracurricular activities for the tweak.

The final vote to pass the proposal into law is set to take place on Friday afternoon.

Some 70 percent of Finns pessimistic about climate crisis

A strong majority of people in Finland (70 percent) are not convinced of humanity's ability to reach the climate goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement. This is according to a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat (HS).

The Paris Climate Agreement seeks to keep global warming between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius, however scientists predict that current climate policies would at best limit warming to 2.7 degrees, according to HS.

The pessimism was evident across population and age groups, especially among those in their 40s. There was room however for some optimism, mainly from young people and students, the daily paper writes. Some three percent of the poll's respondents expressed confidence in humanity succeeding in curbing climate change.

Iltalehti most popular paper in Finland

Another poll, this time conducted by Media Audit Finland, revealed that Iltalehti (IL) is now the most well-read paper in Finland, the popular paper itself revealed.

According to the latest figures, Iltalehti attracts nearly 3 million readers both on paper and online each week. This is almost 100,000 readers more than its counterpart, Ilta-Sanomat, IL proudly reports.

Around 23,000 respondents, above the age of 15, participated in the poll.

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