Capital area bus strike hits travel plans
Commuters in the capital city region are facing delays after dozens of bus services have been canceled, as drivers go on strike. The strike is over a dispute about how one driver was fired from the Pohjolan Liikenne company. Unions are demanding he gets reinstated. Only about 40% of Pohjolan Liikenne buses are running in Helsinki this morning, where bus schedules in Pakila and Oulunkylä are impacted, according to HSL. In Espoo, only about 25% of the company’s buses are on the roads. Passengers in Matinkylä, Tapiola and Leppävaara are particularly affected.
More delays to nuclear power station
Plans to open the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power station on the west coast have fallen further behind schedule, according to the operator. The new plant was supposed to connect to the national grid in May next year, and generate electricity in September, but now the operator Teollisuuden Voima concedes that the timetable needs to be revised again. The Olkiluoto plant was originally supposed to open back in 2009, so it’s already a decade late and the start date for electricity production has been pushed back several times.
Woman accused in illegal immigration scam
The Border Guard says it suspects a Somali-background woman gave her Finnish passport to someone else, so they could illegally come from Russia to Finland. The incident happened in July, during the football World Cup. During a document check on an Allegro train from St. Petersburg, authorities took the woman off the train suspecting that she was using someone else’s passport. The first woman had reported her passport as stolen to the Finnish Consulate in St. Petersburg, and claimed her luggage and documents had been stolen. Now, she is accused by authorities of making a deal with the second woman to give her the passport and a World Cup fan ID, and clothes, so she could come to Finland on a passport that wasn’t her own.
Finnish players make NHL debuts
Finnish ice hockey players have made their debut in the North American league. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Juuso Välimäki, and Antti Suomela took to the ice for Montreal, Calgary and San Jose, but only Kotkaniemi put the puck in the back of the net, even though his team lost. It’s set to be a bumper NHL season for Finnish players, the Finn Prospects website notes that right now there’s a total of 43 Finns on NHL rosters at the start of the season, which is the record of Finnish playing in the NHL during one season, set back in 2008-2009.
Thursday morning weather
It’s a very cold start to Thursday morning for much of the country with temperatures as low as -7°C and -8°C in parts of the north. There’s bright sunshine across Lapland to go with those cold temperatures, and while there’s some cloud cover over central parts, the sun is strong in the south west, Ostrobothnia, and the capital city region. Temperatures don’t get much higher than +3°C this morning, that’s in Åland.