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Finland: Not all that happy

28/05/2012

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

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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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