Brits in Finland ‘trapped’ by latest Brexit deal
British citizens living in Finland won’t keep the right to move freely to other EU countries for work or study after Brexit, according to the latest draft agreement between the European Commission and the British government. If the latest proposals are approved by UK and European parliaments, they would allow British citizens in Finland to continue living and working as they do now, but they would be ‘trapped’ in Finland, and not allowed to take those rights to another EU country after Brexit. It’s a twist that’s been condemned by citizens’ rights groups and has some British nationals in Finland worried about what it means for their need to move around and work in other EU countries. Read more at our original story here.
Lapland GPS jamming “came from Russia”
The Finnish Foreign Ministry has said that a GPS jamming signal that affected flights in Lapland, came from Russia. However, the ministry stops short of accusing Russia directly. In a statement, the ministry says that Finnish authorities “are continuing to investigate the GPS signal disruption that occured during NATO’s ‘Trident Juncture’ military drills” which started at the end of October. The Norwegian government had already said that Russia was to blame for the GPS disruption. The Finnish Defence Forces alerted the Air Navigation Service ANS, who issued warnings to aircraft about widespread GPS problems in the area from north of Rovaniemi to the Norwegian border, and east of Kittilä to the Russian border.
Latest poll keeps Social Democrats on top
Finland’s Social Democrats have solidified their lead at the top of the opinion polls, according to a new survey out this morning in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. Their support is up by one percentage point to 22.4%. The National Coalition Party stays in second place on 19.7% while support for Prime Minister Juha Sipilä‘s Centre Party has dropped 0.3 points 15.4%. The fall of the Greens, which had been one of the biggest political stories in the last few months, seems to have halted for now as their news leader Pekka Haavisto was elected, up half a percentage point to 12.5%. As for the smaller political parties, the latest survey shows Left Alliance on 9.7%. Finns Party 8.7%. Swedish Peoples Party 4.4%. Christian Democrats 4%. The survey was carried out by Kantar TNS between 15th October and 12th November by phone, and questioned 2314 people. The margin of error is 2% in either direction for the major political parties.
Water out in North Savo
More than a thousand people in North Savo are waking up this morning without water. Some 1300 residents in the village of Rautalampi had their water supply cut due to a broken pipeline. According to the rescue department water has flooded out from the broken pipe and started to get into homes, forcing residents to take urgent action to prevent damage. Officials say that they hope to get the pipe fixed, and water connected to homes again, later today.
Finland loses in Greece, qualifies for next round
The Finnish men’s national football team lost 1-0 in Greece last night, but still qualified for the next round of the UEFA Nations League. Finland surrendered their 100% record in the group competition, but were still able to celebrate promotion in Athens after a 25th minute own goal by Albin Granlund gave Greece the lead. Now Finland get promoted to the next group of the competition, while our neighbours to the south Estonia get relegated after their fourth defeat in five matches last night against Hungary. Find out more about how the new league could send Huuhkajat to the European Championships in our original story here.
Friday morning weather
A mild but cloud and foggy start to Friday morning. Temperatures are almost in double digits across much of the country first thing, hovering around +8°C or +9°C. It’s cooler in Lapland at +2°C. However there’s cloud cover everywhere, and fog especially in the Kuopio region. Along the Gulf of Bothnia coastline there’s some stiff winds blowing in which will make it feel cooler.