Wednesday’s papers: language gaps, crooked cucumbers and the prime minister’s slap


A newspaper asks why the green Finnish vegetables are cheaper outside Finland.

Cucumbers are one of Finland’s most popular vegetables. Image: Juuso Stoor / Yle

Ilta-Sanomat continues research suggesting that boys with an immigrant background struggle to get their Finnish or Swedish skills up to par, even after two years of primary school. Some entered third grade with language skills that did not yet match those of some children at the start of first grade.

“It is an alarming trend that the gap between schools and students is widening. We are quickly returning to a class society,” says professor of pedagogy Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen told IS.

She also highlighted previous findings that Finland suffers from a significant literacy disparity between children whose first language is Finnish and children who are first- or second-generation immigrants.

“We have the biggest difference in educational outcomes in the OECD between those who come from the majority population versus immigrants. Ultimately, these outcomes are reflected in society,” she said.

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“We Don’t Have To Go There”

Domestic outlets, including Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun)relate to Prime Minister Sanne Marineinterview with CNN Farid Zakaria at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.

While the interview covered topics ranging from Russia’s attack on Ukraine to the current government’s handling of the national debt, Finnish media have joined Marin’s backlash when Zakaria asked her if she was young and female.

“We don’t have to [talk about it]. You know we don’t have to go there,” the prime minister shot back, drawing applause and laughter from the audience.

Cucumber riddles

A trip to the supermarket has become more expensive in Finland in the past year. That is why a video on social media showing Finnish cucumbers being sold for 62 cents each in a Polish supermarket is attracting a lot of interest.

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) discovered that cucumbers in Finland, for example at K and S stores, cost around 1.75 each. However, Finnish cucumbers were also cheaper at Prisma in Tallinn, Estonia, according to the newspaper.

The Finnish Greenhouse Growers Association told HS that growers and buyers agree on prices, explaining that domestic prices are influenced by supply and demand.

S-Group, meanwhile, noted that the Finnish cucumbers sold in Tallinn are “crooked” and the same crooked cucumbers are sold here at Prisma stores for 1.79 per kilo.


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