Morning Headlines: Thursday 17th May 2018

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One Killed In Mikkeli Crash

One man has been killed in a traffic accident just south of Mikkeli this morning. It happened when the car he was driving crashed into a truck trailer at Orijärvi, around 05:30. Roads are closed as rescue crews continue their work to investigate and clear the accident site, and traffic is diverted by police.

Electricity Industry Strikes Cancelled

Negotiators in the electricity industry have accepted a conciliation package which averts a strike. Strikes were threatened after an ongoing dispute between employers representatives and trade unions over pay, and working terms and conditions. According to the National Ombudsman’s office the new agreement is valid for the next 26 months until the end of March 2020, and includes a 3.4% pay raise for workers in the electricity sector.

SDP Still Finland’s Most Popular Party: Poll

The latest poll keeps the Social Democrats on top of the list of Finland’s most popular political parties. The survey, in today’s Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, shows that if parliamentary elections were held today, SDP would receive 21.2% support. The next most popular part is the National Coalition Party with 20.5%; and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Centre Party score 15.7%. The Greens are in fourth place with 14.2%. The Social Democrats have been pulling ahead of NCP in several polls over the last few months. This latest Gallus survey talked to more than 2400 people in April and May. The margin of error is 2%.

Ramadan Begins For Muslims In Finland 

The Muslim holy month of Ramada begins in Finland today. It’s a movable event, which changes each year depending on lunar cycles. Typically, Finnish Muslims will fast during the day, and celebrate breaking their fast with an iftar evening meal when the sun goes down. For Muslims in Lapland, where the days are long and the nights very short at this time of year, they can choose to follow the sunrise and sunset times of the nearest Muslim country when they decide to start and end their daily fasting during Ramadan.

Ice Hockey World Championship Quarter Final

Finland’s Lions face Switzerland in the quarter final of the Ice Hockey World Championships in Denmark this evening. The game starts at 21:15 Finnish time tonight. The Lions put up some big scores in the group stage of the competition, and defeated hockey powerhouses USA and Canada on the way to finishing top of the Group B. The winner of tonight’s game will face either Russia or Canada in the semi final.

Thursday Morning Weather

It’s a slightly cooler start to Thursday morning than we’ve seen so far this week, but it’s still going to feel warm across the whole country as the day goes on, with some rain on the horizon as well.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning, 17th May 2018 / Credit: FMI