Every Third DUI in Helsinki is Estonian ({{commentsTotal}})

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According statistics from Finnish police, nearly every third person caught driving under the influence of alcohol in the Helsinki area is an Estonian citizen.

Police in Vantaa, a town just outside of Helsinki, have apprehended 166 drunk drivers in the first six months of this year, with 52 of those turning out to be Estonian citizens, Helsingin Sanomat reported today.

The proportion for DUIs in Helsinki was similar.

Juha Laitiainen, the commissioner for the western prefecture of the Uusimaa County said that the role of Estonians in crime in the region has escalated in recent years.

According to the Finnish Population Registry Center, 40,000 Estonians are permanently living in the country, but the number of Estonians temporarily working in Finland could be double the figure.