Strike Slows Transport, Hits Businesses
A protest against the government’s ‘active model’ for dealing with unemployed people is expected to involve tens of thousands of workers across Finland today. Up to 5,000 strikers are expected in Senate Square for a rally this morning. Public transport is a high profile casualty, with buses, trams and metro affected in the capital city region. Commuter trains are running, as are HSL ferries. However HSL reports about a quarter of its buses are operating, with few passengers on board; there are no reports of overcrowding on commuter trains and officials say roads have not been congested with people driving to work instead of taking public transport. But ports are not working, or only partially functioning. Many businesses are closed as employees join the strike, while other businesses may be impacted if employees have trouble commuting to work.
Tough Driving Conditions Continue
Driving conditions continue to be poor in parts of southern and central Finland and Åland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI warns. Snow is moving slowly to the north today but southern areas will still see some snowfall. Pedestrians are warned about slippery conditions. In northern Finland the weather is cloudy and frosty.
Congratulating The President
If you’re in Helsinki and still want to congratulate President Niinistö on his reelection, you can sign a book today in Mariankatu 2 from 10:00 to 16:00.