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Spring is bringing the common European adder out of hibernation in the Ritaharju neighborhood on the city’s northern outskirts. When moving about in the area, an observant wayfarer might spy adders basking in the sun.
Robberies have increased significantly in the Oulu region this year, as revealed by police statistics from January to April 2012. The statistics were compared to those of the previous year.
The demolition work which began two weeks ago to make way for the new community center in Kastelli is on the home stretch. Site foreman Matti Simi estimates that the demolition will be complete by mid-June.
New vehicle inspection stations seem to be springing up around the region like mushrooms. However, competition in the business is tough, and new entrepreneurs are not always welcomed with open arms.
The work to renovate the municipal heart of Kiiminki has proceeded onto the surface-work phase. The underground work in the town center was finished last year.
On an average day in Oulu, there are about 7000 mopeds buzzing about the city’s streets, and there are nearly as many skirting about the surrounding municipalities.
With fingers moving swiftly over the screens of their white iPads, the students in the classroom are engrossed in parsing through websites.
Last Monday morning, Kiiminki resident Veli Soronen had an unexpected visitor. “I was watching television when I noticed something moving in the woods beyond the yard. I got up to take a look and it turned out to be a wolf!”
A king snake that was assumed to have escaped from an apartment on Hallituskatu Street was eventually discovered in its owner’s apartment on Saturday evening.
This weekend, local chefs will be teaming up with local charitable organizations at a charity barbeque in Oulu. The event will be held Sunday, May 27, from 12 pm to 4 pm on Hietasaari Island.
As the drizzle starts to fall, sculptor Jaakko Pernu instinctively pulls his hat down over his ears. The weather doesn’t break his concentration. His work in Lyötynpuisto Park in Oulu continues.
The winning idea for the competition organized by the Tar Valley Junior Chamber to design stalls for next year’s Oulu Christmas Market was “Glowing Cubes – Isot Jääkuutiot”.
The pension insurance firm Ilmarinen has purchased the Pekurinkulma office building in the Oulu centrum.
The 3rd International Oulu Tattoo Festival will be held at Kuusisaari’s Paviljonki this Friday and Saturday.
The optimal season for picking the famed korvasieni mushroom has begun in the Oulu area.
During the coming summer, motorists will need to be patient when driving in the Oulu area. At least three bridge repairs in the city will cause reduced speed limits and occasional congestion.
Oulu’s annual spring-cleaning of streets began in earnest last week. The head of the maintenance department of Oulu City Public Utility Services, Eino Rajakangas, says that some walkways in the city center and surrounding areas have already been cleaned up.
A great number of the physical assaults in Oulu take place in the city center. The majority of the incidents which occur are concentrated around the area near the Oulu City Theater and the Oulu Library, a favored haunt for young people celebrating occasions such as Mayday and the start and end of the school year.
An internet video shows a sweating British man being whipped with birch vastas. “The thing I remember from Oulu is the people”, the foreign student says. “The people are crazy. They dragged me outside and tossed me in a lake. A frozen lake!” he explains enthusiastically.
The first map of the city of Oulu was made in 1647. Until recently, the oldest map of the city was thought to be a map from 1648.
Oulu Waste Management hired a crow recently – no joke.
Over the years, the municipality of Liminka has acquired a substantial amount of lands in the Haaransilta area.
Construction work on Oulu’s first international student housing project will be completed early next year.
As the weather grows warmer, many a city dweller begins to dream of buying a garden allotment.
The water quality of the Oulujoki River has deteriorated considerably over the past week. Whereas during winter haziness levels in the river are near zero, on Monday they measured a hefty 60 units.
During a recent investigation of the state of Oulu’s bike paths organized by the Student Union of the University of Oulu, a group of cyclists found several flaws in the city’s bike route system.
According to the regulations of two local secondary schools, public displays of affection – hugging and kissing – do not have a place in school.
Last Monday, Big Brother producer Mikko Räisänen along with the show’s director Kim Sainio and contestant coordinator Maria Elemo-Räisänen were in Oulu interviewing applicants for the next season of Big Brother.
The Qstock rock festival will be getting its own ice cream flavor in honor of its 10-year anniversary. The ice cream will be produced by Ylikiiminki-based Sortolan Jäätelö.
In Oulu there are over 1 700 unemployed persons under the age of 25. At the same time, the city of Oulu offers temporary work training opportunities for young people aged 17–24.
As the parties of summer call for clean rugs, the rug cleaning season will soon be in full swing.
The Oulu City Council declined to take up an initiative proposed by council member Matias Ojalehto (Center Party) to reintroduce a dog tax in the city.
Work on construction of the Kallioparkki underground parking garage is slated to begin in early June at the Oulu Market Square.
The Kalevala Theme Park planned for Hietasaari Island could possibly see its doors opens as late as 2015.
Oulu’s own Vectorama, the biggest LAN party in northern Finland, is set to be held again this summer.
The journey started in the east in the tiny village of Sotkamo, and from there it was on to the port town of Hanko at the southernmost tip of Finland, then a week-long voyage to England and all the way across the Atlantic to Ellis Island, finally ending in Ohio – and all with only a small suitcase and 21 dollars in his pocket.
Diesel theft is on the rise in the Oulu area. Under cover of night, thieves have been helping themselves to thousands of liters of diesel fuel at the Rusko industrial area.
As the city of Oulu prepares for its forthcoming merger with outlying municipalities, one party to the merger, Oulunsalo, hopes to broach the subject of an alternate road route to the airport.
A new foundation was recently built for the famed osprey couple that annually nests on Hailuoto Island.
Finland recently got its second biogas station when Haapajärvi Vocational College opened up a pump on its agriculture unit. In nearby Nivala, a third biogas station is also set to be up and running on a private farm early this summer.