Both tabloids lead with news about refugees. Iltalehti focuses on the Nordic Council meeting in Reykjavik, where assembled ministers stated and re-stated the urgency with which failed asylum-seekers should be removed from the region. Otherwise, said Norwegian Premier Erna Solberg, black market labour will increase.
Iltalehti’s headline, of course, was ‘New Nordic line: Standard of living refugees revealed and removed’.
Ilta-Sanomat, meanwhile, is concerned about a possible ‘new wave’ of refugees, this time coming via the eastern rather than the western border. The paper has interviewed a border guard official who points out that some 2,000 refugees from the Middle East have arrived in Norway from Russia this year, and that Finland has a much longer Russian border.
The Norwegian government has already asked for an explanation from the Russians, as they’re not sure why so many have arrived at the tiny, Arctic border between those two countries, but almost none have crossed the 1,000km long border with Finland.