Trump & Putin Headed To Helsinki: Reports
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin could be heading to Helsinki for a summit in July. That’s what Reuters news agency and Politico website are reporting. The Finnish capital is considered a front runner to host the meeting according to unnamed sources. Helsinki has played host to summits between the leaders of the two superpowers since the 1970s and is considered a safe bet by both sides. President Niinistö’s office won’t confirm or deny the reports, saying only that “Finland is always ready to offer its good services if asked”.
PM Presents Regional Reform Update
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) will announce in parliament today the latest update to his government’s plans to reform social and healthcare, and regional councils. These were the flagship policies of Sipilä’s centre right coalition which has been in power since 2015 but the social and healthcare reforms – known as sote in Finnish – have faced stiff resistance from opposition parties and coalition MPs alike. On Tuesday Sipilä conceded that sote reform implementation has slipped back to 2021, and new elections for regional councils have been pushed back to spring 2019. But there will be no vote of confidence in the government at this time.
Cars Burned In Vantaa
Police in Vantaa are investigating a possible case of arson in Vantaa where three cars were burned overnight. The vehicles were all parked next to each other and destroyed in the blaze. Eyewitnesses told rescue crews the flames started in the middle car then spread to the adjacent ones. Firemen say the fire started in the engine compartment. It’s not the first such incident that is being investigated in the area. Also in Vantaa a few nights ago another car was destroyed in a similar fire.
Wednesday Morning Weather
It’s a very bright and sunny start for everyone in the country today, unless you happen to live in the far north west of the country around Kilpisjärvi where rain is forecast first thing. In other parts of Finland though, temperatures range from +13C in Lapland to +18C in Central Finland with the sun shining through patchy cloud in a few locations this morning.