Morning headlines: Tuesday 11th December 2018

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Tax day refunds arrive

It’s one of the most anticipated days of the year in Finland, when tax refunds land in bank accounts. If you’re due a tax refund from 2017, today’s the day it gets paid, and this year is a record high amount. Some 3.6 million people will receive a total of €2.9 billion in tax refunds. In future the system will be changing, with tax refunds being paid out over a longer period of several months from the start of autumn.

Finland lowering its greenhouse gas emissions

Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions are substantially less now than they were in the 1990s, according to the latest statistics released this morning. In 2017 some 56 million tonnes of carbon dioxide was released, while back in 1990 that amount was about 71 million tonnes. Just comparing even with 2016, the most recent figures are down by 3 million tonnes.

Ministry looks into drone war force

The Ministry of Defence is looking into the options of using drones as part of its arsenal in times of war. Officials are reaching out to people who already got their drone pilots license from Trafi, to see if they might be interested in volunteering for some duties with the defence forces, reports Ilta-Sanomat newspaper. The possible new ‘drone force’ would use commercially available machines. Anyone who wants to sign up to help should have already done their military service and be ready to help out the police or emergency services as a drone pilot.

Finnish swimmers reach world champ semis

Top Finnish swimmers are making good progress in the swimming short-course world championships. The event is being held in Hangzhou China, and Ida Hulkko and Jenna Laukkanen have moved into the semi finals of the 50 metre breaststroke event, qualifying in 5th and 6th places respectively. Meanwhile Mimosa Jallow from Jyväskylä moves to the semi-final of her backstroke event, after qualifying 14th but still under 58 seconds in the 100 metre race. Six athletes from Finland are taking part in the China championships, and all of those semi finals take place this afternoon Finnish time.

Tuesday morning weather

It’s cloudy today pretty much across the whole country, with the lowest temperatures in north west Lapland down to -13°C this morning. There’s snow down through central Lapland and along the eastern border as well, and into central Finland. Temperatures for the most part hover just below freezing, although in the south and south west they’ll be just above freezing this morning.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 11th December 2018 / Credit: FMI