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Finland: Not all that happy


Finnish gunman kills two from roof

Police arrest 18-year-old man, not known to be extremist or political

A gunman opened fire from a rooftop in a Finnish town center in the early hours of Saturday, killing two people and wounding several others, police said.

An 18-year-old man wearing camouflage clothing was arrested after the shooting in Hyvinkaa, a small town 56 km north of the capital Helsinki.

The motive for the shooting was unclear, but police said it seemed the suspect is not extremist and does not support a specific ideology.

Finland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world and a series of mass shootings prompted the government to toughen its gun laws last June.

In November 2007, a 18-year-old student killed eight people at a high school near Helsinki before turning the weapon on himself.

The following September, a 22 year-old killed 10 people in a small western town of Kauhajoki before shooting himself.

In December 2009, a man shot four people dead in a shopping mall in Espoo after knifing his ex-girlfriend to death. The man later killed himself.
Finnish gunman kills two from roof


Police said the suspect did not possess any gun permits.

In Finland, where there are strong hunting traditions, there are some 650,000 officially recognised gun owners out of a population of 5.4 million.

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Finland is said to be the 7th happiest country in the world, according to 24/7 Wall St., based on its examination of the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development‘s (OECD) Better Life Index report on life satisfaction in the developed world.

Life satisfaction score: 7.4 (tied for 4th)
Employment rate: 68% (14th highest)
Self-reported good health: 68% (15th lowest)
Employees working long hours: 3.66% (8th highest)
Disposable income: $24,958 (14th highest)
Educational attainment: 82% (14th highest)
Life expectancy: 80.2 years (16th lowest)


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