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Finland has civil shelters capable of withstanding a nuclear attack


HELSINKI, Finland — Blast proof, gas proof and offering protection from radiation and toxic chemicals — Finland takes its network of underground bunkers seriously.

This civil shelter can accommodate up to 6 000 people and is located 60 feet below the ground. This is not your typical dark and damp cave. It’s warm and bright with a soccer field, cafeteria, and parking lot.

5.500 identical bunkers are located in different parts of the city. They form a large network of underground facilities, which have been constructed since the 1980s.

Although they can be used to store, park, and protect people in Finland, their true purpose lies elsewhere.

Finland has many underground facilities that have been built in the 80s and can provide shelter for up to 6000 people.

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CNBC spoke with Tomi Rask from inside a bunker. He is a Helsinki City Rescue Department preparedness instructor and said all kinds of weapons were considered when creating shelters.

He said, “Blastproofing, gasproofing, radiation, and toxic chemicals.”

Also, these bunkers must be capable of being converted into defense shelters in 72 hours.

He stated, “We have to make it possible for the people who come into our shelters to stay. This means we need to take down some structures or objects.”

“But we don’t need it.” [fully]We must empty the shelter before people can be admitted.

Floorball court at one of Finland’s civil shelters. This underground network can be used in normal circumstances for parking, storage and cultural or sporting events.

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A playground can also be important for sheltering, as it allows children to get out of their steam and gives parents a chance to take a breather.

Rask said that these civil shelters might be “the one thing we could give NATO.”

NATO membership

These are his comments as Finland prepares to apply to join the 30-member military allianceThis is despite years of military neutrality.

Sauli Niinisto of Finland stated that NATO membership would “maximize” Finland’s safety after Russia’s unexpected invasion of Ukraine in Feb.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had changed Finland’s security situation, according to Niinisto, although he does not believe there is an imminent threat against the country.

But, Finland, which shares an 830 mile border with Russia, has suffered from invasions by the Soviet Union in the recent past. The Nordic nation is prepared for any eventuality.

We have neighbours. Rask stated that neighbors could pose a danger to us immediately.