5000 Homes Without Electricity
About five thousand homes in east and central Finland don’t have electricity this morning, after high winds felled trees, and brought branches down on power lines late Monday night. Repair crews have been working through the night to repair some of the faults that saw up to 9000 homes at one point in darkness. Meteorologists are warning of continued high winds today in southern and central parts of the country.
Re-Imagining Finland’s EU Relationship
Students in Turku have released a new chat video series aiming to make the EU relevant to young Finns, by discussing it over three ‘Chatfiction’ episodes. The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of their efforts to engage young people about the European Union. Students say their innovative video series presents text conversations between Finland and the EU as if they were contestants in a ‘Love Island’-style game show. Surveys regularly show that Finns are overwhelmingly happy to be part of the EU and use the euro as currency, but Finland lagged behind other EU countries in having public discussions about the future of the union after Brexit, especially with regards to reforming the soon-to-be 27 member group. Read more about the Turku student project at our original story here.
Finland’s Wealth Gap Increases
The gap between Finland’s richest people and poorest people has been increasing in recent years. That’s according to new figures released this morning by Statistics Finland. The wealthiest tenth of households in Finland owned 46.8% of net assets in 2016. But just a few years earlier in 2013, the same figure was 45.5%.
Presidential Portrait Goes On Display
The new ‘pixel portrait’ of President Sauli Niinistö will go on display to the public from today at Helsinki’s Ateneum Art Museum. The picture was unveiled in May, and is a mosaic made up of a hundred small images contributed by 100 artists in Finland. Read more about the unusual picture, andhow it was designed, at our story here.
Tuesday Morning Weather
It’s a cooler, wetter start to Tuesday morning. Only the capital city region will see bright sunshine at first, but a stiff coastal breeze will make it feel cooler. There’s rain in south east, central and north east areas, and patchy sunshine in Lapland this morning as well. Temperatures range from +4C in Lapland to +10C in Helsinki on Tuesday morning.