Population estimated to be around 100,000. They are everywhere: rats. Scampering nimbly between my legs without any fear, the largest are the size of a packet of margarine. The shrubs in Tallinnanaukio Square in Itäkeskus, Helsinki, are teeming with large numbers of rats. On an ordinary evening, the rodents are not content to scurry around the bushes, but also venture out on the streets.
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Rats plague Helsinki streets
One approaches from the left, another one from the right. In a swift move, they grab a grain of rice off the ground and scamper back to the safety of the undergrowth. A young woman sees the rats chasing each other and screams.