Top Banking Job For Finn?
The next President of the European Central Bank could be from Finland. That’s according to a story this morning in the Financial Times. The newspaper says Erkki Liikanen has become a possible compromise candidate to be Mario Draghi’s successor, when he steps aside in November. Currently, Erkki Liikanen is head of the Bank of Finland, and his contract there ends in July. Liikanen has supported the ECB’s policies, and the Financial Times says this helps move him into contention for a top job over current favourite German Jens Weidmann. Likkanen himself won’t comment on the speculation, except to say for a long time he was always considered ‘too young’ for senior positions, and now at age 67, could he be too old?
Southern Biodiversity Threat
Forest owners in southern Finland are being urged to take steps to maintain and improve habitats for native species. Campaigners say that methods of logging and forest management have fragmented the natural habitats, so now two species of birds and flying squirrels have seen population numbers cut dramatically in the last ten years. It comes as researchers at the Finnish Nature League use newly-available data to plot the amount of logging that has taken place around the capital city region in the past decade. The Forest Industry Federation says they want to see more biodiversity, and are actively working on projects that promote it. Read more at our original story here.
Stop And Search Powers
Finland’s Aliens Act prohibits the police from using ethnic profiling to stop and search people on the street, but in practice it happens. That’s the findings of a new report out today by the Swedish School of Social Science and Helsinki University. Researchers interviewed people with minority backgrounds and found that police and security guards often gave them ‘special attention’ based on their ethnicity and appearance. The confrontations, such as stopping and searching them, and asking for identity papers, has taken place in streets, parks, railway and metro stations, shopping centres and restaurants according to the new report. Some interviewees described the experience as normal or casual, while others said it was rude, unpleasant or humiliating.
Drone Traffic Incidents Increase
The number of incidents between drones and aircraft is on the increase. New figures from the Traffic Safety Agency Trafi show 16 close encounters between drones and planes or helicopters last year. In 2016 there were only 10 such incidence. In total, there were more than 50 incidents last year where there were risky situations or regulation violations involving drones in Finland – up from 30 the year before. The rise in the number of drones in skies across the EU has meant countries have to come up with legislation and rules to manage their airspace.
Tuesday Morning Weather
The fresh snow that hit southern Finland on Monday has moved north to the rest of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. This should be the last of the snow before sunshine and significantly warmer temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday especially. Today, the south and south west including the capital city region, Tampere, Turku, Pori, Rauma and Åland will see some sunshine to start the day, with temperatures around -4°C, although Helsinki could have a chance of light snow as well. The snow continues into east and Central Finland as well, with temperatures around -3°C. Lapland has temperatures only as low as -6°C with snowfall forecast, and a glimpse of sunshine in the far north of the country.