Tuesday Newspapers: Free Test Certificates, Border Controls, Extremist Fears | News

Morning papers report that free coronavirus test certificates will be made available, but not for leisure travel.

Finnish border guards checking traffic at the border with Sweden last weekend. Image: Juuso Stoor/Yle

Many countries and airlines now require travelers to provide official, up-to-date proof of a negative coronavirus test result.

Lasse Lehtonenhead of diagnostics at Helsinki University Hospital HUS, has now told Iltalehti that the hospital district will also start issuing an official certificate to those tested free of charge.

“The plan is to be able to get a printable certificate from the tests in a few weeks. The system could be in good working order by the end of next week,” he said.

Although the certificates are available in English, the system will require Finnish identity authentication.

In principle, this certification service is not intended for leisure travel. However, Lehtonen points out that the intended use is not monitored by HUS. The hospital only does the tests and provides certificates. References are made by municipalities and health centers, which specify the purposes for which the tests are carried out.

The total cost of obtaining a negative test certificate from a private health care provider is around 300 euros.

calm border

The newspaper reports that less than 3,000 people crossed the border into the twin towns of Tornio-Haparanda, in contrast to the usual daily figure of 15,000 to 20,000.

Finland does not require a test to enter the Swedish border, but a strong recommendation has been issued.

IS writes that a difference in attitude towards the virus is immediately evident at the border. In Finland, all border guards wear face masks. Swedish police no.

Six official border crossing points are open between Finland and Sweden. The Swedish police now stop all cars coming from Finland. Passengers must present a negative coronavirus test result that is less than 48 hours old.

Ulf Wallin Swedish police in Haparanda told the newspaper that the control measures have been working well since they were introduced on February 6.

“Over the weekend, we turned away sixty people who hadn’t had a negative coronavirus test result with them. The number of people turned away is going down all the time,” Wallin said.

fear of extremists

The survey of 1,000 adults found that 25% expressed a fear of Islamic extremism, 17 cited right-wing extremists as a fear and 28% said they were afraid of both.

The results surprised some experts. Antti Paronenassistant professor at the Finnish National Defense University, said the level of fear of extremism is surprising because Finland is a real periphery of terrorist violence.

The poll showed that a third of men harbor some fear of Islamic extremism. Women tended to express great fear of the political far right or both.

People between the ages of 60 and 69 fear terrorism the most. The extreme right is especially feared by the over 70s and high earners.

The survey also indicated a correlation between education and these fears. The more educated respondents were, the less they feared Islamic extremism. The situation was reversed for right-wing extremism: the higher the level of education, the greater the fear of the far right.

The supporters of the Finnish party have clearly expressed the greatest fear of terrorism. Three in four said they fear Islamic extremism. Half of respondents identifying as supporters of the Left Alliance said they were afraid of far-right terrorism.

real estate on social media

The newspaper writes that real estate agents in Espoo confirm that current demand for housing clearly exceeds supply in the area. They also noted a shift from using professional agents to direct sales on social media.

“Housing sales in Facebook groups have increased significantly. Previously, local residents’ groups mainly discussed local issues, but now the housing trade there has clearly increased,” says Pekka LahtinenCEO of LKV real estate agency.

Restaurant Pesola of Prime House estate agents said he had not seen such demand in the housing market in his 27 years in the business.

According to Pesola, demand in the capital region is high for all types of properties, but especially for five-room apartments.

“Those with money want a telecommuting room. Telecommuting won’t stop even after the coronavirus outbreak and people want a room at home where they have peace and quiet to work,” said Pesola said.

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