Nordic leaders hold climate change mini-summit
Prime Ministers from four other Nordic countries are in Finland today, to discuss ways to strengthen joint action on climate change. The mini-summit is being hosted by Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), and among the goals are getting Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Norway to boost cooperation on low-carbon solutions and to speed up the timetable for a carbon neutral Nordic region. “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing us. We must do more and we must do it faster” says Sipilä. There will be a press conference in English with all the leaders this afternoon at 15:25, and we will stream it live on our Facebook page. Read more about the mini-summit at our story here.
Oulu child sex abuse suspect due in court today
An eight man, wanted in connection with allegations of child sex abuse in Oulu, is expected to be remanded in custody in a Finnish court today, after being extradited from Germany. The man is among a group of foreign born men under investigation into the allegations in the northern city. He initially fled police capture to German where he was first arrested then released by mistake. He was arrested a second time earlier this month and the process to send him from Germany to Finland has been underway since then.
Fire at UPM Rauma plant
Rescue services responded to a fire late Thursday night at a UPM plant in west Finland. It happened around 23:30 when the alarm went off at the factory in Rauma and 10 fire engines responded to the scene. They found the wood chip conveyor belt on fire, but managed to limit the damage to the conveyor and its surroundings, and the fire didn’t spread beyond that. Firefighters remained at the factory overnight to make sure there was no secondary blaze. Nobody was injured in the incident.
100 years of cadet education celebrated
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first cadet course at the Independent Finnish Cadet School in Helsinki, on 25th January 1919. Today there’s a celebration to mark the event starting with commemorations at Hietaniemi Cemetery, where wreaths will be laid. Later there’s a reception at the Natural History Museum which used to be the Arkadian Cadet School.
Friday morning weather
It’s another cold start to Friday morning with temperatures in parts of Lapland down to -31°C and not much warmer elsewhere in the north with temperatures ranging from -15°C to -25°C. There’s a lot of snow in the forecast this morning across Lapland and into eastern border regions and Central Finland as well. Temperatures warm up on the coastal regions from -7°C in Vaasa to -4°C in Åland, -1°C in Hanko and -4°C in the capital city region and no snow forecast along coastal areas this morning.