Swedes In Finland Flock To Vote
Sweden goes to the polls this Sunday, in a vote that’s expected to see a seismic shift in power in our western neighbour. The right wing Swedish Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, are expected to make big gains and finish in second place. Traditional centrist parties are facing a drop in support. The importance of the election has prompted more Swedes living in Finland to vote early at locations in Vaasa, Tampere, Turku and Helsinki. The Swedish Embassy says they’ve seen a bigger turn-out now than at the last election. And Swedish authorities have identified a huge surge in the number of social media bots actively supporting the right wing party – the kind of hybrid war indicators that Finland already experienced ahead of this year’s presidential election. So could it be a factor also in Finland’s 2019 election? Read more at our original story here.
New Children’s Hospital Opens Today
A new children’s hospital opens in Helsinki today, with a ceremony attended by President Sauli Niinistö. The hospital in Meilahti has been financed by public funds, as well as donations from private individuals and businesses. Helsinki and Uusumaa Hospital District HUS says the facility will treat patients from all over Finland and carry out complex operations such as organ transplants and heart surgery. The facility opens in stages during this month, with emergency services not slated to begin until 25th September.
Lännen Media: Wanted Man Contacted Police
A man wanted for questioning over the 2017 Turku terror attack has been in contact with police. That’s the story Lännen Media is reporting this morning. The Central Bureau of Investigation suspects the 24-year-old man of being involved somehow in the stabbing rampage attack, and there is still an arrest warrant out for him. The bureau won’t say how the man got in touch with them, but officers tell Lännen Media that they have the impression he would like to come to Finland and talk with them. Authorities want to clarify exactly what influence the man had over convicted terrorist, and failed asylum seeker, Abderrahman Bouanane’s decision to launch the attack which left two people dead and eight more wounded.
Restricting Chemicals Around Children
Finland’s Chemical and Safety Agency Tukes is restricting the use of certain plant protection products around day care centres and playgrounds. New regulations say products with glyphosphates in them – like certain brands of commercially available weed killer – can’t be used on hard surfaces of public areas. EU regulations oblige member states to limit use of these chemicals in places where children could be playing.
Another Basketball Win For Susijengi
Finland’s basketball team Susijengi notched up another home victory last night, beating Lithuania 103 – 75 at Metro Arena. It’s the second win in a row after trouncing Latvia last Friday. The games are helping the men’s national team prepare for their qualifying series to get into the World Championships which take place next year in China. Thirty two teams will battle it out for supremacy in eight Chinese cities next August. The best teams at the World Championships will also qualify for a spot at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Thursday Morning Weather
As you can see from the map it’s another cloudy and foggy start to the day across the whole country. The best of the sunshine on Thursday morning reserved for the capital city region and the far north west of Lapland – expect sunny weather if you’re in Kilpisjärvi! Otherwise temperatures are relatively mild, ranging from +7°C in Lapland to +16°C on the eastern border.