Morning Headlines: Thursday 7th June 2018

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More Finns Applying To UK Universities Despite Brexit Uncertainty

The number of Finnish students applying to degree courses at British universities is rising again, despite the ongoing uncertainty of the Brexit process. Previously, there was a 20% drop in applications by Finns following the 2016 Brexit referendum which saw voters opt to leave the European Union. Now, there’s been a modest recovery. Students say Brexit is just one factor they have to take into account: some want to take advantage of free degree courses in Scotland which are guaranteed even if Britain leaves the EU during their degree; while others cite better job opportunities in their field of study. Read more at our original story here.

Level Crossing Accident Report Published Today

The Safety Investigation Authority Turvallisuustutkinta is set to publish its report today on the deaths of three conscripts and a train driver last October, when the train hit a military vehicle on a level crossing near Raasepori. After the accident, the level crossing was deemed too dangerous to stay open. The case is still being investigated by police and criminal charges could still come in connection with the deaths, but the accident investigators are expected to give recommendations about level crossing safety in today’s report.

US And Russian Military Leaders To Meet In Helsinki

The Finnish military has arranged for the top military commanders from the USA and Russia to hold talks in Helsinki on Friday. The talks between the two countries will not involve the Finnish Defence Forces, who have just facilitated the meeting. The American delegation is lead by US Armed Forces Commander General Joseph Dunford Jr., while the Russian delegation is headed by Russian Armed Forces Commander Army General Valeri Gerasimov. The two military leaders will have separate meetings with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, as well as with the Commader of the Finnish Defence Forces General Jarmo Lindberg.

Latest Political Poll

A new poll out this morning shows the Social Democrats as the most popular party in the country, with the National Coalition Party falling to second place. The survey was carried out by state-funded broadcaster YLE. Support for Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Centre Party is up slightly, and they’re still in third place. The Greens come fourth, Left Alliance 5th and the Finns Party in sixth place. The Gallup survey was carried out in May and June, and asked 3400 people their views. The margin of error is 1.8%

Thursday Morning Weather

It’s another cooler start to Thursday morning. The best of the sunshine is in the capital city region, while most of the rest of Finland sees partly cloudy weather. In Central Finland, and north around Kemi, expect rain or even sleet as the temperatur dips to just +2C.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 7th June 2018 / Credit: FMI