Finland’s Pride And Prejudice
Pride celebrations are taking part across the country this week, with the biggest events happening in Helsinki to celebrate the LGBTQI+ community. Apart from parties and the traditional Pride march, there are also panel discussions, documentary screenings, art exhibits and a poetry slam. But along with the pride, Finland’s sexual and gender minorities also face prejudice, especially for young people in schools, many of who say they feel discriminated or bullied because of their sexuality or gender identity. And Finland is also lagging behind its Nordic neighbours in rights for trans people. Read more about Pride and Prejudice in Finland at our original story here.
Commuter Disruption For Helsinki Trains
Summer disruption starts for Helsinki commuters today, as work on a railway yard means widespread changes to local trains. While long distance services will run as normal, commuter services on the I, K, N and P lines is affected until 4th August. Not all trains will come into the city centre, with K trains stopping at Pasila; and N trains beginning and ending their routes in Pasila (but only during the daytime). Not all the trains coming from the airport will go all the way to the Central Railway Station either.
Finland Calls For Stricter Emissions Standards
Finland’s environment minister Kimmo Tiilikainen says there should be tougher emissions standards for new vehicles. He’s attending a meeting of EU environment ministers in Luxembourg today, and says that plans set out for vehicle manufacturers to reduce emissions, but Finland doesn’t think they go far enough and need to be brought into line with Paris Agreement goals. “Transport is the only sector where the emissions within the EU have grown in recent years. Action is needed to address this” says Tiilikainen in a press release.
Non-Alcoholic Beer Sales Grow
Consumers and producers are boosting Finland’s alcohol-free beer market. Breweries have doubled their annual sale of alcohol-free beer to 2.1 million litres in the last decade. Sales of non-alcoholic beers in S-Group stores have increased by 38% this year compared with the same period last year; while K-Group stores report an average 30-40% increase in the sale of non-alcoholic beer.
Monday Morning Weather
It’s an overcast start to Monday morning in many parts of the country, although with temperatures in the mid-teens it will feel warm but humid in places where there’s been overnight rain. The best of the sunshine is along the west coast first thing, with patchy sun behind the clouds across most of the rest of Finland. Temperatures this morning range from +10C in northern Lapland to +16C in the capital city region.