May Day Festivities Enjoyed Across Finland

Monday evening’s relatively mild weather brought out May Day revellers in large numbers across the county. Apart from a non-fatal stabbing and a frightening beaver, the night was overall fairly calm, according to police.

Festivities in Helsinki, where up to 80,000 people were estimated to have attended the city’s traditional Havis Amanda statue student cap crowning ceremony on Monday were mostly calm as well. Helsinki police said most of the crowd had started to leave the city centre by 9:30 pm, when officers began clearing the city’s Kaivopuisto Park of party-goers.

Monday evening’s most numerous police complaints and calls for assistance were made in the regions of central and eastern Uusimaa, according to police.

Police in those communities received calls concerning some 180 incidents between the hours of 7 pm Monday until 2 am Tuesday.

The complaints included incidents of intoxication, disorderly behaviour and assaults, police said.

Man stabbed in Järvenpää

The most serious reported incident, a non-fatal stabbing, took place in the town of Järvenpää, located some 40km north of Helsinki, at about 8 pm.

The young male victim was hospitalised. Police said that they know the identity of the perpetrator but the individual has not yet been apprehended. The case is being investigated as attempted homicide.

Festivities in Central Finland’s Pirkanmaa also went relatively smoothly, according to local law enforcement. There were incidents of disorderly behaviour,…

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