Morning headlines: Wednesday 19th December 2018

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Report: bullying rife in Prime Minister’s office

A new report this morning by Uutissuomalainen newspaper group describes widespread bullying in the Prime Minister’s office. The paper sent a questionnaire to staff to complete anonymously if they wished and found in the last year many people said they experienced inappropriate behaviour, harassment or bullying. One quote said “people are intimidated, bullied and systematically broken. Bosses are shouting and barking at people”.

Metro extension is right on track

The extension of the Helsinki metro further west seems to be running on schedule – unlike the first Länsimetro extension which opened in autumn 2017, several years late. The company’s CEO says tunneling is on time, and so far €14 million under budget. The new stretch of metro goes west from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti and is set to be open during 2023.

Finnair flight makes unscheduled landing

A Finnair flight from Eilat in Israel to Helsinki made an unscheduled landing in Vienna after a passenger became ill on board. It happened on Tuesday, as the plane left the Israeli Red Sea resort in the afternoon, but when the passenger fell ill the pilot made a decision to get medical treatment en route. The nearest airport was the Austrian capital.

Christmas post deadlines

Today is the last day to post cards and packages if you want them to reach destinations in Finland in time for Christmas – as long as the cards have €3 stamps on them. But if you’re sending cards after today, make sure to post them at post offices and not in mail boxes to guarantee a faster delivery.

Wednesday morning weather

Snow and ice make for hazardous driving conditions especially in the south today. There’s snow forecast too for the north of Lapland, and into central parts of the country as well. Expect sleet and snow mixed around Turku and south west Finland as well at the start of the morning. Temperatures range from -8°C across northern Lapland, to +1°C in Hanko in the south.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 19th December 2018 / Credit: FMI