Consumer Prices On The Rise
The latest consumer price index is out this morning, and it shows that prices for April are up 0.8% compared to April last year. The cost of cigarettes, vehicle taxes, rent and hospital charges show the biggest rises. According to Statistics Finland, some items reduced in cost which helped keep the overall figure fairly low. Day-to-day price drops were most noticeable in items such as mobile phone prices and fresh vegetables, while lower interest rates on mortgages also helped.
Most Popular Next PM?
Who would be Finland’s most popular next Prime Minister? A general election isn’t scheduled to take place until spring 2019 but this morning Rural Future newspaper runs a poll which shows Petteri Orpo (NCP) gets 28.1% support to be the next PM; Antti Rinne (SDP) is in second place with 24.5%; while current Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) comes in third with 21%. But almost 40% of respondents to the survey said they didn’t know who they prefer to be the next prime minister, while 25% say they believe the government will collapse before the next scheduled election. The poll was carried out last week and 1043 people were questioned. The margin of error is 3% in each direction.
Higher Education Selection Process Decided
Finnish polytechnics will start using a unified selection process for students from spring 2020. It’s part of a reform process to set a streamlined national standard for entry to polytechnics, to replace the current system which can vary from school to school. The new process will introduce a common scoring model for matriculation exams, vocational qualifications and international qualifications.
Iceland President On State Visit
The President of Iceland Gudni Johannesson arrives in Finland today for a state visit today. The four-day trip for the President and his wife Eliza Reid is being hosted by President Sauli Niinistö and first lady Jenni Haukio. Welcoming ceremonies will be held today at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, and later take the Icelanders to the icebreaker Urho as well as a visit to Turku.
Lions In Ice Hockey Defeat By Germany
Finland’s Lions continue their uneven quest for ice hockey world championship glory with a 3-2 Sunday night defeat against Germany. It comes after three high-scoring opening matches for the Finns, followed by a loss to hosts Denmark, then a big win over hockey powerhouse Canada. Finland can still finish top of group B if they beat USA during regular play on Tuesday.
Monday Morning Weather
It’s another hot start to Monday morning with sunshine for everyone. Today’s temperatures will climb into the 20s for pretty much the whole country with Kuopio expected to be the hottest place in the country close to +30C this afternoon.