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    In June, a record heatwave in the country consumed the news cycle, with hospitals and police departments expressing alarm over the rising number of cases. Another major story was the sacking of police officers for their involvement in a far-right WhatsApp group. And a teenager was sentenced to prison for his role in a deadly stabbing at Helsinki Railway Station, one of the country's major cities. Fortunately, there are free live online news channels that cover the whole spectrum of events in the country. Additional info found at https://onlinesuomi.com/.

     

    There was no shortage of news in Finland in the aftermath of the pandemic, as the country had a strong public service broadcaster and a national newspaper that was widely read. The country also has two popular evening tabloids, which reach over 50% of the adult population. In spite of the situation, most news sources in Finland remain highly trusted. However, the Coronavirus crisis hit the media in a major way. Newspaper advertising was down one-fifth from the start of the year, with layoffs affecting more than one hundred journalists. Reporting on the virus dominated news stories, and many of the news organisations that had a paywall lifted it in order to make the stories available.

     

    The Finnish government has introduced legislation to limit the use of text-based news in Yle. Earlier this year, the Finnish Media Federation complained to the EU Commission that Yle's text-based news breached state aid laws. The Finnish government introduced a change to prevent future violations of state aid laws. In March 2016, the government defended the new law, but a number of changes remain to be made. As a result, more news services are available online in Finland.

     

    While the regional press in Finland has a strong public service broadcaster and a national daily, its newspapers are the most trusted in the country. The two largest evening tabloids, Ilkka and Pohjalainen, continue to dominate the circulation of newspapers. These papers have been a key part of the Finnish news landscape. But, despite the recent troubles, many publications and media outlets are still open, despite the threat of a widespread flu outbreak.

     

    Despite its challenges, the government has a strong Nordic perspective in its coverage of local issues. In 2013, the Finnish government introduced a bill restricting the use of text-based news on Yle's website. The move came after the Finnish Media Federation complained to the EU Commission over the use of text-based online news, arguing that the content violates state aid legislation. The new law would allow Yle to keep their "text-based" online content in the newspapers.

     

    Other news in the country recently included an important pandemic. The country's unvaccinated population is 33 times more likely to require hospitalization than the fully vaccinated population. Vaccine advocates have stocked Ivermectin to fight the disease. A ban on dancing in bars has caused protests, while France has ended Finland's dreams of hosting the World Cup in 2022. A snub to the news industry is a good sign for the economy.

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