Toxic fumes, roads closed in major Salo fire
A major fire at a candle factory in south west Finland has prompted warnings of toxic fumes, and closed roads in the area. The fire broke out at the Kynttila-Tuote plant around 06:00 this morning. Thousands of liters of paraffin are on fire and a large part of the building has already been destroyed. The 110 road is closed in both directions near Salo at between Halikko and Rikala. Thick black smoke is reducing visibility, and dozens of fire fighters are working to stop the blaze spreading to a warehouse with candles inside.
Finland – Russia migration talks today
Officials from Finland and Russia are meeting today in Helsinki to discuss better cooperation over migration issues. On the table are topics like the asylum situation, labour migration, and easing the way for students to get traineeships in either country, as well as cooperating to fight illegal immigration. Russia provoked alarm in Finland during the most recent migrant crisis, by sending hundreds of people over the borders – many from Asia or Africa – who had overstayed their Russian visas. It was seen by experts as part of Russia’s hybrid war efforts, to specifically provoke a crisis on the Finnish border. If today’s talks go as planned, the interior ministers of Finland and Russia will meet to sign a declaration on migration cooperation in November.
Finland beats Bosnia in basketball thriller
The Finnish men’s basketball team scored another thrilling victory last night, beating Bosnia 85-81 in front of thousands of fans at Espoo’s Metro Arena. Sasu Salin was the hero of the hour scoring 27 points, a new national team record. The victory is the third in a row for the Wolfpack – Susijengi in Finnish – and sets them off on a positive start to qualify for the basketball World Championships taking place in China next year.
Friday morning weather
It’s a real mixed start to Friday morning’s weather. The best of the sunshine is to be found in a wide band across the middle of Finland from east to west – but there’s cloud cover in the south west and the capital city region as well. Expect rain this morning in the far north. Temperatures range from +5°C in south west Lapland to +14°C on the south coast at Hanko.