Morning Headlines: Friday 11th May 2018

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Missing Lapland Woman Found

An elderly woman missing for a day and a half in Lapland, has been found. Police say the 68-year old woman, who suffers from memory problems, went missing near her home in Kittilä, but was found around midnight, about 8km away. Police, border guards and local volunteers were involved in the search.

Rise Of The Robots

Two out of three Finns say they’re ready to accept that machines and robots will handle a lot of routine tasks in the future. That’s according to a new study published this morning by the Municipal Development Foundation. But some people are unhappy with the idea, with many overwhelmed by the idea that some jobs will no longer exist in the future, after automation. In particular, young people are concerned about the long term loss of employment prospects as many industries turn to automation to cut costs and increase efficiency. The research was carried out by Kanta TNS, and interviewed more than 1000 people in March. The margin of error is 3%.

Popular Politics

A new survey this morning finds the ‘Movement Now’ grassroots political organisation set up in April by millionaire Hjallis Harkimo is the most attractive new political movement for many Finns. The poll finds 12% of Finns could vote for Movement Now, who handily out-performed Paavo Väyrynen’s Civic Party and the Blue Reform party in government. Read more about ‘Movement Now’ and their ambitions to change the way politics works in Finland by crowd-sourcing decisions, in our original story here.

Finland’s ‘Good Luck Charm’ In Eurovision Final

Finnish singer Saara Aalto will perform 17th in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest Final in Lisbon. The draw was made late last night after the second semi final. By coincidence, or fate, Finland’s only Eurovision Song Contest winner Lordi also performed 17th when they won in 2006 with their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’. Finland joins a crop of other Nordic and Baltic countries that made it through, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania. Russia, Latvia and Iceland failed to qualify.

Friday Morning Weather

Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine. That is all.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 11th May 2018 / Credit: FMI