Morning Headlines: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

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Passport Rush for Brexit Brits

There’s been a big increase in the number of British people applying for Finnish nationality since the UK voted to leave the EU. New figures show that since June 2016, there’s been a 238% increase in citizenship applications from Brits, compared to the 18 month before the vote. Some British people living in Finland say they’re concerned about what their status will be after Brexit becomes final, and what it means in practical terms for their personal situation to just remain British, and that is driving their decision to get a Finnish passport as well. Read more in our original story here.

New Espoo Public Transport Routes

The new public transport arrangements along the southern Espoo commuting corridor to Helsinki go into use today. It impacts 200,000 people every day. Most bus routes through southern Espoo into Kamppi have now been canceled, and instead the buses will terminate at ‘hubs’ at Iso Omena shopping centre in Matinkylä and in Tapiola, where passengers will have to switch from bus to the new metro to continue their journeys. Read more about the transport changes and how they affect your journeys in our original story here.

Court Rulings in English

Finland’s Supreme Court says it will start to publish summaries of its rulings in English. It says the decision will help EU partners understand more clearly what Finnish courts have decided – especially where rulings are to do with EU laws or the European Convention on Human Rights.

Financial Strike Threat

Mediation continues today to try and stop a two-day strike by financial sector workers. The main area of dispute is about working weekends, and mediators will meet with union and bank officials this morning to try and stop the strike which is set for Thursday and Friday this week.

Ice Hockey Loss

Finland’s under-20 ice hockey team have crashed out of the Junior World Championships after a 4-3 defeat by the Czech team. The Finns have previously won the tournament in 2014 and 2016 but this year they’ve gone out in the quarter finals in front of 5,000 spectators. Ten teams are participating in the competition, held in Buffalo New York. The gold medal match will be decided on 5th January.

Wednesday Morning Weather

It’s another relatively mild start to the morning in most parts of southern and central Finland, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. In the capital city region, expect temperatures around +4°C, and in Turku there will be some rain to start the day. The temperatures stay above zero until Lapland, where it dips down only as low as -7°C in the extreme north. There are warnings of thin lake ice in southern Lapland.