Tuesday Newspapers: Incoming MP speaks, football fans head to Russia, stormy weather | New

Who occupies the space left in Parliament by the new mayor of Helsinki and how difficult is it to attend a football match in Russia?

Finnish football fans have many hurdles to overcome if they want to watch Wednesday’s game in St. Petersburg in person. Image: Grigory Vorobjov / Yle

With the National Coalition Party Juhana Vartiainen seems ready to take Helsinki city hall after party victory in local elections on Sunday, tabloid Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) talk to whoever replaces him as a Member of Parliament.

In an interview with Iltalehti, Atte Kaleva set out his position on asylum and immigration in Finland, saying these topics would be his priority in Parliament.

“We would create a new path for those who want to come to Finland and build their life there. If it turns out that a person does not want to integrate, he could easily be kicked out of the country,” he said. declared to the newspaper.

Kaleva also addressed a controversial social media video posted earlier this year, in which he expressed a “dream of Helsinki without Communists”.

The fallout from the video indirectly led to the former NCP mayoral candidate, Iltalehti says Kirsi Piha to retire from the race in May. Piha had come under fire online after criticizing the video.

“I don’t think anyone would think that a 15-second video would make someone drop out of the mayoral race. These days on social media things are escalating and inappropriate language is being used, and unfortunately , it happens to all politicians, ”Kaleva said. noted.

Football fans are heading to Russia

Entering Russia to watch the game is not a straightforward process, reports Aamulehti. Visitors to the country must show proof of a negative Covid test and give three samples – one from each nostril and one from the throat – at the border, the newspaper writes.

Football fans have one more hoop to go through: the so-called FAN-ID required to enter both the Russian Federation and the stadium itself.

“I cannot blame the Russian authorities. They have their own instructions on how to play,” a Finnish supporter told Aamulehti, who was refused entry.

“It was not clear enough that you need a fan card to cross the Russian border,” he said, telling the newspaper he was “frankly quite annoyed” by the advice provided by the Finnish fan association SMJK.

Two supporters who attended Finland’s match against Denmark on Saturday, in which Danish player Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed, told Aamulehti the atmosphere there.

“I can’t be happy with the victory. Fortunately Eriksen is alive, it’s great,” said a Finnish fan who was at the match in Copenhagen.

“After the game I felt pretty depressed and didn’t celebrate it the same way,” another told Aamulehti.

Storm warning

According to HS, the Finnish Meteorological Institute issued a strong to very strong wind warning on Tuesday for the whole of Finland.

Meteorologist City Siiskonen told HS gusts of up to 20 meters per second were expected in central Finland later on Tuesday. Winds would be strongest on the west coast on Tuesday morning, he said.

The storm has already disrupted travel to Satakunta and Pirkanmaa, HS reports, with train cancellations between Tampere and Nokia, and at least one train canceled from Pori to Tampere.

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