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Finland’s eruption into jubilant celebration following the country’s gold-medal hockey win dominates headlines.

Finnish hockey fans often celebrate wins by jumping into fountains. Pictured here: Revellers in Lahti shortly after FInland’s gold win on Sunday. Image: Petri Niemi / Yle

The Lions on Sunday won gold at the men’s World Hockey Championship on home ice after beating Canada 4-3 in overtime.

Sunday evening’s final took place in Tampere, Prime Minister Sanna Marin‘s hometown. Several outlets feature an ecstatic PM decked out in a Lions jersey. These images contrast (siirryt toiseen palveluun) sharply with those of a sombre Marin wearing a bulletproof vest in Ukraine’s rain-soaked Bucha just a few days earlier.

Hockey fans streamed into town squares around the country to mark the win—though in slightly warmer weather than when celebrating Finland’s Olympic gold win against Russia in February.

Tourism’s Covid recovery?

The re-emergence of red double-decker sightseeing buses in the capital is a sure sign of summer.

Most overnight stays in the city now are by German and American visitors, according to HBL, citing official tourism figures.

Business Finland’s travel marketing arm Visit Finland previously suggested that the war in Ukraine could severely impact Finnish tourism.

Hybrid health

Global media has been abuzz with speculation around Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s health, with some outlets reporting that he is seriously ill.

Finnish Russia expert Hanna Smith told Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that while the rumour mill does suggest that something is going on with Putin’s health, it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction at this point.

“Putin, approaching 70, is at the age that he’s probably got some aches and pains,” she told IS.

But Smith also said that wishful thinking may be at play.

“Is it a question of desperation in Russia—everyone’s just hoping a higher power would step in and bring about a solution?” she asked, referring to Russia’s war in Ukraine raising questions over Putin’s health.

Smith, however, added that health rumours may have originated from Russian entities looking to oust Putin.

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