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Wednesday's papers: Working while sick, a controversial monument and a helmarit victory

Finland are now top of their qualifying group.

Emmi Alanen (vas), maalintekijä Eveliina Summanen ja Sanni Franssi juhlivat 1-0 voittoa.
Finland's women are top of their qualifying group. Image: Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa

Recently we reported on the somewhat counter-intuitive news that sick leave had reduced during the pandemic. In Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday there's a possible explanation: people are working while sick.

Statistics Finland suggests that in 2018, 65 percent of those who worked from home reported working while sick. The proportion of other workers who did so was just 50 percent.

Those who felt their work was highly-pressured were more likely to work while sick, and the Statistics Finland blog suggests that people have a much lower threshold for staying on the job when their workplace is the kitchen table than when they have a long commute.

Finland recommended people work from home if possible in March, and recently extended that suggestion until the end of the year.

Nykänen monument

Central Finland is boiling with anger, if you believe certain tabloids, at the design for a new monument to ski-jumping legend Matti Nykänen.

The Olympic gold medallist died in 2019 after a troubled retirement that included alcoholism, spousal abuse and a stint as a singer and all-purpose celebrity.

In Jyväskylä, people were keen to see a statue erected paying tribute to the city's favourite son. Instead, there will be a sculpture evoking a ski jump. And people are not happy.

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Havainnekuva Kaarina Kaikkosen taideteoksesta Höyhen: ehdotus Matti Nykäsen muistomerkiksi.
The Matti Nykänen monument will be ready in 2022. Image: Jyväskylän kaupunki

The city council announced the winner of the design competition this week, and it was immediately described as a 'scandal' by ex-hockey goalie and current MP Sinuhe Wallinheimo (NCP).

"They only accepted entries from abstract artists, none of whom would have done a statue," complained Wallinheimo in Ilta-Sanomat.

The monument is expected to cost 140,000 euros and will be ready in 2022.

Helmarit still unbeaten

Finland's male footballers are heading to the postponed European Championships next summer, and after a win over Scotland in Helsinki, it looks like the women will also be at their European Championship finals in 2021.

'Helmarit' won 1-0 on Tuesday night and remain top of their qualifying group, unbeaten in five matches so far.

Swedish daily Hufvudstadsbladet reports that the team is confident of progression.

"We have created a pretty good position with regard to the end of the qualifiers," said Finland's Swedish coach Anna Signeul. "Now we're going to Scotland to win."

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