Tuesday’s Newspapers: NATO and Investment, Monkeypox Misinformation and Consecutive Hockey Host in Tampere | News

Morning papers report that international investors may view Finland as a high-risk country until NATO membership is finalized.

The Finnish Lions take to the ice at Nokia Arena in Tampere, one of the venues for the 2022 and possibly 2023 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship. Image: Tomi Hanninen

Keskisuomalainen from Jyväskylä is among the newspapers publishing a syndicated article (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in which several economic analysts claim that investors are likely to view Finland as a slightly higher risk country during the ongoing NATO membership process.

According to these experts, the perceived risks are linked to concerns about various types of harassment that Russia could carry out.

“There is some uncertainty in the market during the process. This poses a risk that some investors may, for example, postpone their decision to invest in Finland until Finland’s NATO membership has been completed. been ratified,” said Nordea Bank’s chief analyst. Jan von Gerich.

Martin Paasi of financial services company Nordnet described the situation as “a rock in the shoe until Finland’s membership is ratified”.

“The threat of harassment by Russia is a source of uncertainty for international investors, but may not be meaningfully reflected in investor behavior. The uncertainty is increased by the fact that we do not know how long it Finland will need to become a member of NATO,” Paasi continued.

According to Mika Maliranta Labor Economic Research Institute Labore the situation is still calm.

“Projects that are not solid may be delayed, but safer projects will not be affected by the accession process. Investors did not vote to flee Finland,” Maliranta said.

Monkey pox lie

Most morning newspapers in Finland report that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no urgent need to vaccinate people against monkeypox outside of Africa.

Richard Pebodya senior WHO official said on Monday that the spread of monkeypox can be curbed with good hygiene and safe sex practices.

In an editorial, the tabloid Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)writes that monkeypox is not a coronavirus-like plague, but reminds readers that any new infectious disease of animal origin should be taken seriously.

False reports spread in Russian media last week that monkeypox had already been found in Finland. In these reports, it has been compared to the “spread” of NATO to the borders of Russia.

Ilta-Sanomat points out that two years of the coronavirus pandemic have heightened media awareness of news of the spread of infectious diseases. However, as this article puts it, “civilized, media-savvy Finns are pretty good at recognizing lies and misinformation.”

“Propagandists and those who distort medical information should have realized long ago that this hostile communication simply will not destabilize Finnish society,” Ilta-Sanomat writes.

Delays in Mortality Data

At the end of April, Statistics Finland reported that the number of deaths and the general mortality rate in Finland were at their highest level in 2021 for almost 80 years, with the death toll at its highest level since the Second World War.

Iltalehti Reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that the number of deaths in January this year was again at an all-time high. He notes that the increase has raised concerns and questions. In particular, it has been asked why there are more deaths recorded.

The document points out that the coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly one of the reasons for the increase in deaths, but perhaps not the only one.

So far, population figures from Statistics Finland show death rates, but do not yet specify causes of death. Official cause of death statistics for 2021 are not expected until December this year.

IL writes that there are a number of reasons why statistics take so long to register. One is the high number of autopsies performed in Finland each year. And then, once the death certificates are formalized, hard copies are mailed to Statistics Finland for processing.

He presents some insights into the factors contributing to the record death rate. Among them are Finland’s aging population before the pandemic and increased isolation caused by Covid, which may have contributed to suicides and drug-related deaths.

Tampere will once again host home ice

Aamulehti based in Tampere (siirryt toiseen palveluun)announces that the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation has withdrawn its bid to co-host the 2023 IIHF Men’s Hockey World Championship with Slovenia, leaving Riga-Tampere as the remaining bidder.

The 2023 matches were originally to be played in St Petersburg, but hosting rights were withdrawn following Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

The joint hosting by Riga and Tampere will be a rather special case, writes Aamulehti, in the sense that Tampere is the main venue for this year’s championships and the world championship was played in Riga last year.

Still, he says the situation is not entirely new, as the 2012 and 2013 championships were both split between Helsinki and Stockholm.

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