Supermarkets braced for Brexit price rises
Finnish supermarkets are making contingency plans for Britain leaving the EU without a deal in place for future trade relations. It means possible disruptions in supply chains for imported food and drinks; price increases as added taxes and customs fees are passed on to shoppers; or some items disappearing completely if retailers think they’ve become just too expensive. Britain is set to quit the European Union in less than 140 days and the two sides have so far failed to reach an agreement about what happens after 29th March 2019. A big retailer like S-Group has around 900 stores across Finland, and imports almost €100 million worth of food, drinks and household goods from the UK every year. The supermarket giant says its working with supplier to try to keep prices down and selections up but that it’s inevitable costs will go up. Read more at our original story here.
Childhood poverty ‘a serious problem’ in Finland
Save The Children in Finland says childhood poverty is still a serious problem in Finland. An estimated 14,7% of Finnish children live in poverty and this is being reflected by the number of applications for assistance that Save The Children is receiving throughout the country. The most vulnerable households, according to the charity, are single parent families, and immigrant families.
Controversial laws: is Finland becoming a ‘police state’?
Finnish ministries made two proposals which hit the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. First, there was the idea that police would have sudden unfettered access to medical records; then controversy about possible restrictions to citizens’ rights to protest. It prompted one senior official to wonder aloud if Finland was ‘slowly moving towards’ becoming a police state. So is it really true? Ministers and officials say the two proposals are just minor changes that bring Finland more closely into line with other European norms. So what do you think? Find out more at our original story here.
Finland beats Sweden on the ice
The Finnish men’s ice hockey team scored a resounding victory on ice over Sweden late last night. The Lions beat the Three Crowns 3-0 in Helsinki. The fixture was part of the Karjala Cup tournament that’s been staged since the early 1990s, and this year saw Finland host Russia, Sweden and the Czechs at the competition. Despite Finland’s victory over the neighbours to the west, it was the other neighbours to the east, Russia, who claimed first place in the competition overall, with Finland second.
Monday morning weather
There’s a lot of rain around on Monday morning to start the week – especially across much of central Finland, Turku and the south west, and parts of north west Lapland as well. Elsewhere expect cloud cover in the capital city region, along the Ostrobothnia coast and the rest of Lapland as well. Any slight chance of sunshine first thing is likely to be found on the eastern border.