Friday’s papers: Aho’s China switch, war games and snow-covered Helsinki

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Uusi Suomi (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reported on former PM Esko Ah‘s(Cen) recent career moves. The former prime minister, who served from 1991 to 1995, began his year on the board of Russia’s state-owned Sberbank before stepping down on February 24 when Russia invaded Ukraine.

US wrote that Aho now heads the China Office of Finnish Industries, which was founded in June by 21 Finnish companies. Although not an export promotion agency, the group is a think tank and information center for Finnish companies to assess opportunities and risks in the Chinese market.

US pointed out that this is a notable departure for Aho, which has been involved in Russia-focused organizations such as the East Office and the Finno-Russian Chamber of Commerce for the past decade.

Aho told the US that his experience with Russia may not be a huge help in dealing with China and its business climate.

“Not very much, although China and Russia seem to be politically close. However, there is a huge difference between the two. Russia is an energy and raw material producer with a limited role in the international economy, while China is. a major industrial manufacturer and producer of consumer goods, which has a large domestic market,” the former prime minister stressed.

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The former Sberbank board member also spoke of potential moral dilemmas when doing business with China.

“We must always remember that companies do not make foreign policy, but operate within the boundaries set by the state in its foreign and security policy. This is an important principle vis-à-vis both Russia and China. In areas where there are no politically defined borders, we must can be confident that the activity is acceptable,” Aho noted.

War games

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reported on the Kontio 22 military exercises starting Friday in North Karelia.

HS wrote that according to a Finnish army press release, 8,000 soldiers will take part in the exercise, of which about 2,000 are from the reserves. In addition, 1,400 vehicles will be used for the military exercise.

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The regional units of the Kainuu, Pori and Karelian Brigades make up the bulk of the training force alongside the Armored Brigade. Participants from the special forces Utti Jaeger Regiment, the Finnish Air Force and the Border Guard also participate in the exercise. No international units will participate in the exercise.

The military exercise lasts one week and ends on Friday 2 December.

More snow in Helsinki than in Rovaniemi

Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) dealt with a bizarre quirk of November’s weather: Helsinki has more snow than Rovaniemi, Lapland’s largest city. IL noted how this has turned “winter upside down”.

Despite the difference in snow cover between the two cities, Finland’s highest snow depth was recorded on Thursday in Lapland’s Enontekiö municipality, with a snow depth of 23 centimeters at the Kaaresuvanto observation station.

IL pointed out that Helsinki’s Kumpula district measured 7 inches of snow on Thursday. The deepest snow in southern Finland was recorded in Jokioinen municipality in Kanta-Häme.

“The current thickness of the snow cover in the south is due to snowfall last weekend and early this week. Precipitation associated with the low pressure area around the Baltic Sea also reached the southern part of the country on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, increasing the amount of accumulated snow in the south,” says meteorologist Foreca Joanna Rinne told IL.

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The meteorologist also noted that much of Lapland has been affected by high pressure and has therefore had little to no snowfall. According to Rinne, there is no immediate change in the current weather pattern in sight.

“It looks like the weather will remain mostly cloudy with almost no precipitation at all. Temperatures will remain below freezing in most of the country, but on the south and southwest coasts, temperatures may occasionally hover around “The freezing temperatures will mainly persist in the single digits throughout the country. This weather type seems to continue for the time being, so the 10-day forecast does not indicate an end to it yet,” said Rinne.

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