Niinistö’s Landslide Win
Finnish president Sauli Niinistö (NCP, CD) has won a second term in office, after securing 62.7% of the vote in the first round – making him the first candidate to do so in modern times. His nearest rival Pekka Haavisto (Green) got 12.4%; while none of the other six candidates managed to get more than 10% of the vote. The win will likely mean ‘more of the same’ from the President, with other candidates and party leaders acknowledging that voters wanted stability especially in foreign policy. Read full coverage & analysis of the election results, including exclusive English-language interviews with Justice Minister Antti Häkkänen, Left Alliance leader Li Andersson, Green Party leader Touko Aalto and Centre Party presidential candidate Matti Vanhanen in our original story here.
VIDEO: Sauli’s Victory Swagger
Don’t miss this great video of Sauli Niinistö arriving at his election night rally. He walks into the room with swagger, knowing he’s about to be elected President of Finland for a second time.
Cold Front Coming
Get ready for cooler weather across the whole country this week, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. In Lapland, the week begins with a deep frost and cold snap which extends into central and southern parts as the week moves on. Temperatures in the south and centre will range from 0°C to -6°C; but on Wednesday expect temperatures to fall to between -10°C and -20°C in those areas. Snow will move from the east to the south and centre from Tuesday, but there won’t be large amounts of snowfall. Meteorologists say the next two weeks could be the coldest of the winter so far.
More Finns Living Over 100
The number of Finns aged more than 100 has tripled this millennium. By mid-January, there will be 872 Finns who are more than 100 years old, according to the Population Register Centre. The number of long-lived citizens started to grow rapidly in the 1970s. People are living longer because living conditions and healthcare have improved so much. In addition, chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease which are typical of old age can be kept under better control thanks to modern medicine.
Newspaper Reading = Literacy
Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä show a clear link between young literacy and news media. The study found that 15-year-olds who read the newspapers regularly, were significantly better off in the Pisa literacy test than young people who read less frequently. The difference between reading newspapers several times each week in the Pisa test is the equivalent of about a year’s extra school studies, according to the research. The report was commissioned by the Newspaper Association.