Morning Headlines: Tuesday 26th June 2018

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Riihimäki Fire Kills One

One man has died after an overnight fire at a house in Riihimäki. Rescue crews were alerted around 02:00 and responded to the semi-detached building. When the fire broke out there were three people inside the house, but only two of them managed to get out alive. The Kanta-Häme fire department says there was no danger of the blaze spreading to nearby homes, and this morning, police are investigating how the fire started.

Social & Health Reform Discussions Continue

Discussions to reform of Finland’s social and health system – known as sote in Finnish – will continue for a while longer. The chair of the parliament committee handling the proposed new legislation Krista Kiuru (SDP) says they will work on the plans until the end of next week, then meet once more again at the end of August. The controversial legislation has been the centrepiece of this government’s agenda and a vote was already supposed to have taken place in early June. However, critics say it commercialises the country’s health services, while the government says it offers people more choices in their health care.

Pensions Company Drops Tobacco Investment

Public sector pensions company Keva has abandoned its direct holdings in the tobacco industry. That’s according to a story this morning in Suomen Kuvalehti. Keva says they faced a lot of criticism for tobacco investments before midsummer, which lead to their decision. According to the story, other large pension companies have also dropped their investment in the tobacco industry. The decision was apparently made by the Tobacco Working Group of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, which decided at the end of May to ban investment of public money in tobacco companies.

Tuesday Morning Weather

It’s a brighter sunnier start to Tuesday morning across the whole country, with temperatures on the rise as well. The eastern border will feel warmest, with temperatures around +17C already, and +15C across much of Lapland as well this morning.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 26th June 2018 / Credit: FMI