NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th March, 1907 : As women in Britain continue their struggle for the vote, women in Finland had a real taste of political power today when they won their first seats in the Finnish Parliament. The deputies-elect belong mostly to the majority Social Democratic Party, but come from all social classes. Finland became the first European country to give women the vote last year. The Finnish women’s triumph is expected to add momentum to the suffragettes’ campaign in countries like Britain and America.
[ Figures for 2005 released by the state statistics agency showed alcohol killed more people aged 15 to 64 than cardiovascular disease or cancer. Almost as many women died of alcohol-related causes as breast cancer last year. About 2,000 Finns died of alcohol-related causes last year – 150 more than in previous years. Each Finn drank on average the equivalent of 10.5 litres (22 pints) of pure alcohol in 2005. Alcohol was also found to be a contributory factor in suicides, and intoxication is involved in nearly one in four deaths caused by accidents or violence, the figures showed.]