Innovative icebreakers, armored vehicles and mink vaccines: Finland in the world press

Turku Repair Yard delivered the bow as part of the EUR 7.6 million Sea Navigation Motorways of the Sea II project. The project aims to improve the maritime navigation system in winter and strengthen safety in winter.

The news centers also revealed that Finland and Latvia will start manufacturing armored vehicles together.

Finnish defense service provider Patria is setting up joint ventures with Latvian companies to develop an armored transport vessel and a command and control vehicle for the Latvian and Finnish armed forces.

Although Estonia joined the project in the spring of last year, it withdrew in October due to rising costs.

According to reports, Finnish researchers and fur farmers are collaborating to develop a coronavirus vaccine for mink and raccoon dogs.

Both species bred for fur are believed to be particularly susceptible to COVID-19 infections.

The Finnish Fur Breeders’ Association (FIFUR) is developing an animal vaccine with its partner network.

In the meantime, the City of Helsinki is due to carry out a new municipal experiment to combat youth unemployment.

The experiment starts with the fact that less than 50,000 unemployed people have access to the municipality’s new employment services.

The number of unemployed under the age of 25 increased by 111 per cent, while the unemployment rate between the ages of 25 and 29 increased by 96 per cent in 2020.

In other news, concerns about the coronavirus pandemic have led to the postponement of the European Shooting Championships in Finland.

The shooting events were scheduled to take place from 26 February to 6 March in the city of Lohja (Uusimaa) and would have determined the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Finland is launching a new sustainable icebreaker

The Transport Infrastructure Agency unveiled this week a new innovative icebreaker model, the Calypso, equipped with a hybrid motor with a detachable spring.

The bow operates on a hybrid electrical system that uses two generators. The use of this type of system as an engine for icebreakers will significantly reduce fuel consumption and help Finland achieve its ambitious goal of reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

The new vessel is currently moored in the port of Mustola in Lappeenranta and has started operations in Saimaa.

The original story was published by Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide on 07.01.2021 and can be found here.

Latvia and Finland are joining forces to manufacture armored vehicles

Finland and Latvia will co-operate in the development of armored vehicles for the defense forces of both countries this year.

Patria, a joint venture between the Finnish government and the Norwegian defense group Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace AS, is currently signing agreements and negotiating with Latvian companies manufacturing sheet metal products and serving heavy trucks.

Patria expects to start mass production of vehicles this year and has identified at least six Latvian manufacturers that meet their requirements.

The original story was published by ERR on 10.01.2021 and can be found here.

Concerns over mutated version of coronavirus drove Denmark to kill all minks in country / Lehtikuva

Finnish researchers are working on a mink coronavirus vaccine

Researchers at the University of Helsinki and Finnish fur producers are working together to develop a vaccine that protects the health of animals raised as fur and the people who work with these animals.

Preliminary results from vaccinating a farmed fur animal have been promising, according to university researchers.

Although Finland has not yet detected any COVID-19 infection in farmed minks, at least 10 countries have reported similar cases. Denmark, a leading producer of mink fur, killed millions of animals last year to prevent the virus from spreading to humans.

The original story was published by Western Australia on 12.12.2021 and can be found here.

Helsinki intends to address youth employment

The Finnish capital is launching a new plan to combat unemployment among people under 30. According to reports, youth unemployment fell significantly in 2019, but the coronavirus pandemic has led to less job vacancies and a sharp rise in unemployment.

The new strategy is aimed in particular at hard-to-employ groups and the long-term unemployed. Those who meet this criterion will be offered a new type of Service Planning in March.

The original story was published by on 08.01.2021 and can be found here.

European Shooting events were postponed due to global health problems

The European Shooting Association (ESC) has suspended the 10-meter European Championships for rifles, pistols and running targets, which were held in Lohja, Finland due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The events would have provided six qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – four in the rifle classes and two in the pistol classes. The ESC hopes to hold the event later.

The original story was published by Inside the Games on 12.01.2021 and can be found here.

Tahira Sequeira

Helsinki Times

Finland World Press

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