Tuesday Newspapers: Suburban Anguish, Bank Errors, and Electricity Costs | New


Helsinki wants to build more houses.

Some Nordea customers have had a nasty surprise after using their cards over the weekend. Image: Tiina Juutila / Yle

Helsingin Sanomat door a story (siirryt toiseen palveluun) from the northern suburbs of Helsinki to Pakila, highlighting residents’ concerns over plans to increase housing density there.

The district currently houses mainly single-family homes, with the plots owned by individual households. The city of Helsinki has decided that these plots can now be used for two or three dwellings, which radically changes the look of the neighborhood.

Households will not be forced to demolish and rebuild their homes, but the financial incentives are clear. Selling a detached house pays much less than three small terraced houses, even if they do not have a lot of garden.

The residents’ association is concerned about development.

“The developers are chasing older isolated house owners like hawks,” said Raimo rahkonen of the Pakila association.

Investors have even been known to go door to door in the neighborhood looking for those who might want to sell.

Local real estate agents tell HS those who could earn between 325,000 and 500,000 euros on a standard 1,000 square meter plot if they sold it for reconstruction.

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Nordea problems

Taloussanomat is report (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that Nordea has started fixing the issues that arose over the weekend as some customers were billed twice for the same purchase.

The bank’s social networks were inundated with complaints, some customers’ accounts were unexpectedly emptied.

MTV Uutiset door (siirryt toiseen palveluun) a poignant story of Maiju to Lempäälä, who wrote on Facebook that she couldn’t give her daughter mashed potatoes and fish fingers due to the bank’s confusion.

She is not alone. MTV reports that customers saw their accounts overdrawn and only realized the problem when they tried to spend money they no longer had – thanks to Nordea’s troubles.

The bank’s normal communication channels were also blocked, with an estimated wait of up to two days before an advisor was available through the online chat service.

Nordea told MTV that the issue is affecting Nordea customers who have used their bank cards over the weekend and that customers can seek compensation through the company’s website.

Increase in the price of electricity

Electricity prices are also on the news agenda. Southeastern daily Loviisan Sanomat and teammates run a story (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on a drop in sale prices implemented by the electricity company Caruna.

The company said on Monday that customers in Espoo, Kauniainen, Kirkkonummi and Joensuu will see their prices drop 2.5% from November.

The firm has been heavily criticized for previous price increases, so the reduction will be welcome.

The more so as the cost of the electricity itself (as opposed to the transfer on the cables of Caruna) is brought to increase.

Taloussanomat said (siirryt toiseen palveluun) wholesale prices in January 2022 are expected to be double what they were in January 2021. Taloussanomat says customers of fixed price offers will be more resistant to this price spike, and luckily some 90% of Finnish households have such agreements.

Meanwhile Iltalehti chimes (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on rising electricity prices, saying in an editorial that climate change rules are partly responsible for the rising costs.

The newspaper also welcomes a consumer watchdog survey of the market and says Finland should be slower to move away from more polluting forms of energy.

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