Thursday’s newspapers: The future of telework, Åland returns Covid tests, children in trucks

Thursday's newspapers: The future of telework, Åland returns Covid tests, children in trucks

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Finnish government intends to end its national telework recommendation before March.

Jyväskylän Central Finland It is reported in the morning papers that, according to a recent opinion poll, 55 per cent of Finns who worked remotely during the coronavirus pandemic would like to continue working remotely either full-time or part-time.

The report points out that this figure has not changed significantly during the pandemic. As early as September 2020, more than half of the respondents to the corresponding survey gave the same answer.

The most obvious change in this recent survey commissioned by Entrepreneurs is that more and more people want to work exclusively from home. This time, 18 percent said they would not want to return to the office, compared to 12 percent in September 2020.

Marja-Liisa MankaAn expert in well-being at work at the University of Tampere said that he found the results surprising compared to well-being studies in which enthusiasm for telework has fallen.

"Initial interest in teleworking subsided over time, and shortcomings were found in teleworking. Boredom increased and contacts remained low. Many people miss the community and contacts they have in the workplace," Manka told the newspaper.

Mikael PentikäinenThe CEO of Entrepreneurs, pointed out that if multi-tasking creates added value for the employer and employees, it is worth continuing.

"Ultimately, however, the employer decides where and how the work is done. This is important to remember as the pandemic subsides," said Pentikäinen.

Åland returns children’s Covid tests

Evening paper quotes Ålands Radio’s report, which states that the provincial government of the Autonomous Province of Åland in Finland was surprised to receive Covid test kits home from the Finnish Center for Supply Security this week and has sent them back to the mainland.

The Åland Provincial Government is responsible for social and health care in the archipelago and had decided not to test asymptomatic schoolchildren. According to Ålands Radio, no one in the government had been informed that the rapid test broadcast was on its way.

The Helsinki Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has apologized for the mess. Tuija KumpulainenThe head of the ministry’s division said the distribution of the kits was on a tight schedule and no one stopped thinking that Åland could refuse to send free Covid tests.

Iltalehti says that the test kits have been sent to some municipalities in Uusimaa, Satakunta, Kainuu, Southern and Central Ostrobothnia and distribution will continue until mid-March.

The order in which the tests are distributed takes into account local incidence, the timing of student winter holidays, and logistics.

Student celebrations

Any noisy truck parade you encounter in Finland on Thursday is probably not a demonstration against the Covid mandate and will almost certainly be last year’s high school students celebrating the end of their class careers.

Last year’s students have finished their lessons and are now entering the book in preparation for matriculation examinations. The day is marked by the tradition of wearing a suit, driving trucks in their hometowns and throwing sweets down the street.

At least in Vaasa, Oulu and Vantaa, these celebrations will be seen on Thursday, says Ilta-Sanomat.

Elsewhere, the event is organized on a city-by-city basis. According to the City of Espoo’s website, the celebrations will be held at the end of March, in Helsinki on April 4.

The magazine also reminds readers that school winter holidays will be held in stages over three weeks this and next month. Schoolchildren in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Pori and Turku will be on holiday from 21 February. Next week 28.2. Hämeenlinna, Jyväskylä, Kokkola, Kotka and Mikkeli, among others, are on holiday.

There will be a winter holiday in schools in Northern and Eastern Finland from 7 March.

Olympic classics

At least two events of the Beijing Olympics are expected to be of interest to the Finnish public on Thursday, writes Morning paper.

First it’s time for the skiing women’s 10 km classic final, with Finland Krista Pärmäkoski and Kerttu Niskanen fighting for a medal.

And the Finnish men’s hockey national team, Leijonat, goes on ice against Slovakia.

All in all, Thursday offers a very diverse range of activities from figure skating to alpine skiing and sledding.

Source: The Nordic Page

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