Morning Headlines: Friday 4th May 2018

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Air Travel Tax

A new poll out this morning shows slightly more than half of Finns are willing to pay a tax on air travel. The survey is published in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, which showed 53% in favour of paying a tax for combat climate change, and 37% against. In neighbouring Sweden, a flight tax was introduced at the beginning of April but so far there are no plans to add a tax to flights in Finland. The survey questionned around 1000 people for the survey, with the margin of error at 3%.

President’s New Portrait To Be Unveiled

A new official portrait of President Niinistö will be unveiled today. The picture will hang inside the presidential palace alongside portraits of other Finnish presidents from the last one hundred years. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), other cabinet members and invited guests will be present today when the unveiling takes place.

Japan Minister Visits

Japan’s Minister of Defence is visiting Finland today. Itsunori Onodera is being hosted by his Finnish counterpart Jussi Niinistö (Blue). During official talks, the ministers will discuss bilateral relations between Finland and Japan, and potential cooperation between the Finnish and Japanese defence administrations, as well as regional security issues, according to a government press release.

Friday Morning Weather

There are warnings in force this morning for dangerous driving conditions in Kainuu, and many parts of North Ostrobothnia and Lapland due to snow and sleet. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute the conditions are particularly bad on Friday morning. In addition, there’s a flood warning in effect for the western part of North Ostrobothnia as well. Meanwhile there’s rain across much of the rest of the country this morning, in Central Finland, on the eastern border and down the west coast from Vaasa towards Turku. The capital city region will see some patchy sunshine between the clouds. Temperatures this morning again won’t get into double digits as we head into the weekend.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 4th May 2018 / Credit: FMI