Morning Headlines: Friday 24th August 2018

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Defence Minister Suprised By Military’s Vegetarian Meal Move

Finland’s Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö (Blue) was apparently taken by surprise when the Defence Forces announced this week that they would introduce some meat-free meals for Finnish soldiers. The Minister tells Lännen Media today that he is going to ask the Defence Command for an explanation, pointing out that only half a percent of conscripts is vegetarian. “According to old wisdom, an army marches on its stomach. No army is fighting with the power of lentil soup and cauliflower” the Minister is quoted as saying. According to the army’s catering contractor, they will start serving two vegetarian meals each week, to give a more healthy option to conscripts, and due to the negative effects of meat production on climate change.

President’s Powers & Popularity: Polls

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö is celebrating his 70th birthday today, and a new poll for state-funded broadcaster YLE says that nearly 9 out of 10 Finns think the President is doing a good job. More than a thousand people took part in the survey, where they were asked to give Niinistö a grade out of 10. On average, Niinistö got an 8.54 grade. According to another poll in Rural Future magazine, almost half of Finns believe the President has too little power when it comes to domestic politics. However, the majority of left-leaning voters think the President already has too much say in domestic politics.

Star Gazing In Finland

The Finnish Astronomy Society Ursa is launching a new initiative today to collect maps of the best locations in the country to watch the night sky. According to Ursa, urbanisation and artificial lighting have made it harder to see the constellations. If you know a great location in Finland with a lot of natural darkness where you get a great view of the stars, you can let Ursa know on their website.

Friday Morning Weather

It’s a bright and sunny start to Friday in much of the country: especially eastern and central Lapland, most of Central Finland, the south west, south east and the capital city area. But some parts of the eastern border will see cloud and some rain as well. Don’t forget your raincoat!

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 24th August 2018 / Credit: FMI