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Taxis wait for runners at Helsinki Airport, photo taken in July 2018.

Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva

The Iltalehti tabloid kicks things off with a report on the tax administration’s investigation of taxi companies.

According to the newspaper, the explosion in the number of taxi operators in Finland since the liberalization of the market by the Juha sipilä The government (Cen) in 2018 paved the way for some unscrupulous operators.

Marko Myllyniemi, director of control and supervision at the Vero tax administration, said more than 1,300 new traders had failed to register their businesses with the authorities.

Myllyniemi also confirmed to Iltalehti that 400 of these companies will be subject to audits this year.

In Helsinki, authorities inspected 111 cars and found 77 to be faulty, the newspaper writes. It was also found that some drivers did not have a taxi driver’s license.

One problem that makes the taxi industry so ripe for exploitation, Iltalehti says, is that cash payments may be impossible for authorities to track.

“Consumers can make a difference. If you pay cash and agree not to get a receipt, that only helps bad operators,” Myllyniemi told the newspaper.

Opening of “dark store” as part of expansion of food delivery in Finland

The pandemic has been a good time to get into the delivery business, as people increasingly tend to order food and merchandise online to cut down on time spent outdoors.

Pirkanmaa’s local newspaper, Aamulehti, covers the mechanics of how this change is happening, with a story about opening a so-called “black store” in Tampere.

The store, opened by food delivery company Foodora, offers 2,000 products, including milk, toilet paper, toothpaste, meat and vegan items, the newspaper writes. Its objective: to compete with supermarkets by offering grocery deliveries in less than an hour.

“This is made possible thanks to a large team that constantly revolves around the city”, explains Foodora, Director of Development. Anni ahnger said the newspaper.

Speed ​​is also the result of strict goals: the six warehouse workers are expected to pick and pack a customer’s order within five minutes – workers at the company’s dark store in Pasila, Helsinki don’t take notice. average only two minutes, according to Aamulehti.

The majority support the prioritization of vaccines by region

Finally, a poll at Helsingin Sanomat suggests that a majority of people support prioritizing vaccine distribution to areas most affected by the coronavirus – with one party saying this should only be done after groups at risk have received their vaccines.

The survey found that 38% would immediately start prioritizing areas with high infection rates, while 36% said hard-hit areas should receive the beatings after vaccination of at-risk groups. Only 22 percent of respondents were against the plan, and 4 percent said they were unable to respond.

Residents of metropolitan areas were the strongest supporters of a change in vaccine distribution, writes HS, with those in rural areas being the least favorable.

Distributing the responses along political lines, supporters of the Finnish party were the most opposed, followed by voters from the center party, the newspaper reports.

The poll was commissioned by the newspaper and conducted by pollster Kantar TNS.

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