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New arrivals are fueling Finland’s population growth.

The arctic fox species (Vulpes lagopus) – also known as the white fox, arctic fox or snow fox – is in danger of disappearing completely from the Nordic countries. Image: Mircea Costina/Dyrevern/Flickr

Politicians often suggest immigration as a way to solve Finland’s problems with its aging population and shortage of workers.

Ilta Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports that Finland’s population grew by some 6,000 people in the first half of this year. Immigration propelled this growth, exceeding emigration by 14,000 people.

Finland’s population is experiencing more deaths than births, with deaths outstripping births by almost 10,000 in the first six months of this year.

Cooking apartment, lower rent?

The consumer authority said tenants can apply for reduced rents when indoor temperatures rise above a certain level.

“Health regulations state that indoor temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius are unhealthy. Lowering the rent may be questioned in these cases,” said Kristel Pyönen of the Consumers Union.

Discounts are usually around 20%, according to HBL.

Return of the arctic fox?

Finland is delighted with the birth of three new arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) cubs – the first born in the wild since 1996. The pups emerged from their den in Enontekiö, Lapland, Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports.

Conservationists hail the event as one of Finland’s biggest conservation victories in recent history.

The parks and forests agency Metsähallitus said the cubs were initially spotted in mid-July. In order to protect them, the agency keeps their exact location secret.

According to WWF Finland, the country is currently home to between six and twelve adult individuals of the highly endangered species.

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