This week in Finland – Hit and run examination

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This week in Finland - Hit and Run examination

Hit and run examination

THE DEFENDANT in the Helsinki hit-and-run trial may undergo a court-ordered psychological evaluation, after both the prosecution and defence teams agreed it would clarify matters. The man faces charges of manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and aggravated traffic endangerment.

Safer traffic

THE NUMBER of traffic offences reported to the police between January to September this year fell by 11 per cent from the same period of 2016.  Police said this is partly due to the fact that performance targets were reduced for 2017 because less working time is available for traffic surveillance.

Passport drop

APPLICATIONS for Finnish passports submitted by the foreigners decreased by 9 per cent year-on-year between January to September. On 1 January 2017, the processing of licences and permits for foreign nationals was transferred from the police to the Finnish Immigration Service. Around 420,000 electronic passport applications were made.

Not a real cop

FAKE POLICE have emerged as a serious problem in Finland with about 800 criminal reports concerning people impersonating as police officers and related frauds and attempts at such crimes been filed during the current year. Criminals posing as fake police officers exploit Finns’ trust in officialdom, targeting old people.

Heavy weight task

FINNAIR has confirmed it will begin weighing passengers on a voluntary basis at Helsinki Airport during the first few weeks of this month. The objective, it said, is to collect more accurate data on the average weight of passengers and their carry-on luggage, for determining the need for jet fuel.

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