Morning Headlines: Wednesday 17th January 2018

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Paavo Väyrynen Speaks Out

Veteran Finnish politician Paavo Väyrynen says he won’t quit politics, even if he doesn’t make it to the second round of voting in the upcoming presidential election. In a Wednesday morning interview with News Now Finland and MTV Uutiset, Väyrynen said he expects to make it to the second round of voting, despite currently polling only a few percent in recent surveys. He has blamed the media for supposedly under-reporting his popularity in previous election attempts. Väyrynen says he has a vision of Finland that becomes more neutral with regards to western military relations, and which also works to re-establish EU internal borders. The full video interview and a story will be posted to our website and social media during the morning.

Advance Voting Begins Today

The first round of presidential elections in Finland will be held on 28 January, but today advance voting begins at hundreds of locations like libraries and post offices for the next few days, but you must take an identity card with you. Finns abroad can also vote from 17th – 20th January. After the first round of voting, if none of the candidates receive more than 50% of the votes, there will be a second round of voting on 11th February.

Twitter ‘Bot Army’ Swarms Presidential Candidates

With campaigning in full swing, a Helsinki-based researcher has noticed hundreds of fake Twitter accounts following two of the leading presidential candidates. Andy Patel, who works for cyber security company F-Secure, uncovered a pattern of Twitter ‘bots’ following President Niinistö (NCP, CD) and Pekka Haavisto (Green). Recently, Haavisto’s campaign reported a surge in his social media followers to Twitter and the Finnish Security Police SUPO. Researcher Andy Patel says the ‘bot army’ could have been made by a marketing company, however it comes amid heightened concerns and awareness of Russian interference in the democratic process across the European Union. Read more in our original story here.

First Sunrise For All Parts of Finland

People in all parts of Finland are waking up to sunrise this morning. That’s after Polar Night – known as ‘kaamos’ in Finnish – ended for the most northerly reaches of the country. In Nuorgam, the sun set for the last time at the end of November 2017, and will only rise again today. But it’s a short amount of daytime! Nuorgam sunrise today is at 12:03, and it sets again just 32 minutes later.