Morning Headlines: Wednesday 20th June 2018

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General Electric Sheds 134 Tampere Jobs

Troubled industrial giant General Electric has made 134 job cuts from its production facility in Tampere. The work that was done by GE Power’s Grid Solutions Oy will be transferred instead to the USA and Brazil. Negotiations on the redundancies started last December, and at that time, an estimated 200 jobs were at risk. General Electric is in the middle of a huge restructuring effort, and yesterday was dropped from the Down Jones industrial average index, where its stock was the worst performing in the last year, losing more than 55% in the past 12 months.

New Domestic Violance Shelter Opens Today

A new shelter for victims of domestic violence opens today in Hämeenlinna. It means that every province in Finland now has such a facility. The situation for people seeking help from violent situations has improved significantly in the past year, with new shelters already opened in Espoo, Seinäjoki and Tampere. And it seems there’s a growing need for such facilities, with more than 4,300 using the shelter network last year, an increase of 23% from the previous year. People can come to the shelters to escape violence or the threat of violence from a family member.

AI Report Due Today

A new report is due out today on how the growth of artificial intelligence might impact Finland. The government-backed study will look at the effects of AI and digitisation in jobs, the labour market and the economy. The report will also provide policy recommendations on how decision-makers should be guiding AI policies in the coming years.

Electric Bike Sales Continue To Grow

The sale of electric bikes in Finland continues to rise, despite a halt to subsidies earlier this year. According to Helkama sales manager Harri Halme, the company’s sales of electric bikes have doubled annually, and now more than 6000 electric bikes are imported to Finland every year. The government had promised to subsidize sales of electric bikes, but earlier this year backtracked on that promise.

Wednesday Morning Weather

It’s a mixed start to the day, depending where in Finland you are. The southern half of the country will enjoy some bright sunshine and temperatures already up to +16C around Hanko on the south west coast before 09:00. But strong off-shore winds continue and it’s likely to make the sun feel less warm. No such problems inland with Central Finland enjoying the brightest start to the day. However it’s a different story in Lapland where there’s widespread cloud cover and rain. Temperatures will range from just +8C in southern Lapland to +17C in the north this morning with a chance of sunshine in between the rain showers.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 20th June 2018 / Credit: FMI