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Wednesday's papers: Wind farm criteria, nabbed fugitive, parental burnout and slippery roads

Finland's press looks at Defence Force intervention in wind energy, a police operation in Spain, and tired mums and dads.

Tuulilasia puhdistetaan huurteesta.
Subzero temperatures have come to the south, as Finnish winter approaches. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Agrarian paper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus asks why there are no wind turbines being built in eastern parts of Finland, and determines that the answer is Russia. The paper reports that municipalities in the east have shown an interest in investing in wind farms, but so far, the Finnish Defence Forces have said no.

While wind energy companies Prokon and Neoen are busy building new wind farms in the western city of Närpes, for example, the military has frozen such plans in the east because of its radar system. This spring, the Defence Forces put the kibosh on 12 wind farms that were planned for North Karelia, MT writes.

"Wind turbines shorten the range of our radar, create blind spots and weaken visibility of targets, for example, the ability to detect planes," military engineer Jussi Karhila tells the paper.

For the time being, the wind turbine ban applies to the eastern regions of North and South Karelia and North and South Savo, as well as Kymenlaakso.

MT explains that the Finnish Defence Forces approves each of Finland's wind energy projects, and has rejected about a tenth of the 10,000 turbines it has reviewed. There are currently 700 wind turbines operating in Finland, but over 7,000 more have been approved for construction.

Cannonball kingpin in custody

The tabloid Iltalehti carries news of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) tweet Tuesday night that said Spanish police had finally caught up with Finland's "most wanted man", former Cannonball biker gang leader Janne Tranberg, who had been on the run for two years.

The fugitive was apprehended on the Costa de Sol on Monday, 7 October. The NBI thanked the Spanish authorities for their cooperation in tracking down Tranberg, who was the target of an international arrest warrant. Tranberg faces charges of aggravated tax evasion in Finland, and has already been convicted to serve 649 days in prison.

Perfectionist parents

Daily Helsingin Sanomat covers a new study from the University of Jyväskylä in central Finland that says that most cases of parental burnout in Finland stem from efforts to try and be perfect. The study also found that social media has exacerbated the problem, as new parents compete to be the ideal mother or father.

”Our research shows that mums get more burnt out than dads, and younger parents wear themselves down more than older ones. Low income levels, unemployment and a child with special needs also tend to predict this exhaustion," the university's Matilda Sorkkila tells the paper.

Sorkkila says that people in Finland should talk more about parental wellbeing and the importance of going easy on yourself. She says it is no small matter, either, as Finland's birth rate is dropping at historic rates. An earlier study at the same university found that half of parents in Finland reported that exhaustion and fatigue affect their decisions to have more children. Parents that are burning the candle at both ends also influence people who don't have children yet, who wonder if that's what life with kids is really like.

International studies show that anywhere from 8 to 36 percent of parents burn out at some point. The next phase of the research in Jyväskylä will determine what that percentage is like in Finland at present, HS says.

Slippery season begins

And the eastern paper Savon Sanomat reports on snow and sleet this Wednesday making driving conditions very poor in the northeast, while sub-zero temperatures elsewhere have made things slippery.

The paper warns that the Finnish Meteorological Institute has issued traffic weather warnings for the regions of Lapland, Koillismaa and Kainuu because of snow and sleet, and in the western regions of Ostrobothnia and Central Finland due to frozen roads.

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