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Emerging youth gangs in Helsinki steal designer items from passers-by.

Youth violence and crime are increasingly common in Helsinki, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Image: Marko Väänänen / Yle

Finnish media suggested on Tuesday that Helsinki could witness a new phenomenon: young criminals with violent tendencies roaming the city streets.

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)Tuesday’s most read article suggests that police are concerned that a group of 100 to 150 loosely networked teenagers are engaged in sometimes violent confrontations in and around the city center.

They are especially keen on pitting themselves against other young people to steal high-end designer items, such as Louis Vuitton belts and Moncler jackets.

“At present, the streets of downtown Helsinki and Itäkeksus are not safe places for all young people late at night,” said Eliisa Ahlstedt of the youth NGO Enfants de la Gare.

Police said the incident of stabbing teenagers in the Vallila district of Helsinki last month was part of the same trend.

“The root of the problem is that these young people do not feel they have a place in Finnish society and that they will not be able to succeed based on their appearance”, Ujuni ahmed, whose organization Fenix ​​Helsinki works with immigrant women and children, told HS.

HS claims that these adolescents mainly include children of Somali and Middle Eastern descent or of “foreign origin”. The document, however, does not clearly explain its use of the term. The official Finnish definition of foreign origin refers to people whose two parents were born abroad.

The impact of the Covid on immigrants

Coronavirus spreads among Finland’s immigrant populations, business daily reports Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun), citing officials in the city of Helsinki who say that nearly 30% of infections since the summer have been in people speaking a mother tongue other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami.

KL reports that public health watchdog THL is setting up a special task force to increase cooperation between hospital districts and organizations representing different immigrant populations, including Russian speakers, Somalis and Arabic speakers.

“It is important to ensure that all groups have access to reliable and clear information regarding the spread of the disease,” said Nathalie Skogberg, who heads the THL working group.

Kauppalehti, meanwhile, notes that studies from other Noridc countries indicate that immigrant populations have been more likely to catch the virus as they often work in roles that have direct contact with clients.

Language bubbles

While Finland is officially a bilingual country, setting up a school with 50/50 education in Finnish and Swedish in Helsinki is proving difficult.

One of the main sticking points depends on whether the school administration will be Finnish or Swedish, as the Education Ministry has informed city councilors in the capital that current laws do not allow bilingual administration.

The city of Helsinki plans that the school could accommodate 500 pupils.

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