Finland’s Brexit ‘queue jumpers’ speak out
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) joined other EU leaders Sunday, at a special summit in Brussels to endorse a divorce deal for Britain. Leaders also approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which accompanies the Brexit agreement. The whole package now need to be ratified by national parliaments, and while it’s certain to be approved in Helsinki, the maths doesn’t add up for approval in the British parliament. Finns living in Britain have been speaking out, after UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the deal would mean an end to EU nationals “jumping the queue” for jobs in Britain. Now, a Finnish teacher, a baker and a translator who have all been living in the UK are speaking out about the comments, explaining how hard they worked to find a job in Britain, fit in with their local communities and make the country their home – without jumping any queues. Read more in our original story here.
Troops in Uusumaa exercises
Around 1000 troops are taking part in military exercises starting today, and continuing for a week. The focus is in Uusumaa, with action expected across the region in Askola, Espoo, Hanko, Helsinki, Kerava, Porvoo, Tuusula and Vantaa. The main goal of the exercise is to develop readiness of conscripts, who will be working in built-up areas, and forested areas alike in tactical simulations. You can follow the action on social media with the hashtag #sapeli.
Fire safety week in Finland
Rescue services are promoting Fire Safety Week this week with a focus on the safe use of electrical equipment. Every year there are around 700 household fires due to domestic appliances. Fire safety experts say that electrical fires are most likely to be caused by humans, not faulty equipment. Statistically, stoves are the most dangerous item in Finnish homes, based on the number of fires they cause each year. Then washing machines, and lamps. There’s only around nine fires each year caused by televisions.
New baby for Justice Minister
Justice Minister Antti Häkkänen (NCP) and his wife Henna Pajulammi have welcomed a new baby girl into their family. Sharing a picture on Facebook, Häkkänen wrote “our lovely little girl has come to the world. Just and celebration of the new life. The most wonderful moment”.
Futuro House turns 50
Espoo’s egg-shaped Futuro House turns 50 this year. It’s an enduring space oddity, designed in the late 1960s, that aimed for the stars and imagined a bright new millennium. The first one to roll off the production line, the Future House at WeeGee was designed by local architect Matti Suuronen and owned by well known actor and entertainer Matti Kuusla, who died just a few days ago. From 1968 to 2011 the Futuro was sitting by the side of a lake in Hirvensalmi and falling further into disrepair until it was rescued, renovated and put on display to the public. Read more, and watch a video about Future House, at our original story here.
Monday morning weather
A cold start to the week with temperatures down to -11°C ni parts of Lapland and the east, -9°C in Lahti area and snow forecast for Kilpisjärvi in the far north west, across central Lapland, the south east and down into Jyväskylä area in central Finland as well. There’s sleet expected in parts of the Ostrobothnia coast and foggy or cloudy Monday morning in the rest of Finland. The Finnish Transport Agency is warning of poor driving conditions with snowfall and slippery road surfaces in south and south west Finland in particular.