Morning headlines: Friday 12th April 2019

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Three dead in holiday home fire

Three people have died in a holiday home fire in the northern ski resort town of Levi. Rescue crews got an alarm call around 03:00 to the two-storey property in the east of the resort, but there were three fatalities and the holiday home was destroyed in the blaze. This morning police are investigating the cause of the fire and will likely release more details during the day.

Contactless payments limit increases

Customers in most Finnish banks can now use their bank cards to make contactless payments up to €50. The previous limit was €25. The new limit for transactions will go through if the payment terminal has had a software upgrade. Banks that are introducing the new upper payment limit include OP, Nordea, Danske, S-Bank, Oma Säästöpankki, POP Bank, Handelsbanken and Savings Banks. Aktia and the Bank of Åland will introduce the new €50 limit later in the spring.

Finland through to semi finals at ice hockey World Championships

The Finnish women’s national ice hockey team are through to the semi finals of the World Championships, after beating Czech 3-1 last night in Espoo. The Finns will face Canada in the semi finals on Saturday night – and have only beaten the dominant Canadian team once in the last 25 World Champ encounters so the odds are stacked against them. However, Finland has some of the most experienced players, and some of the most talented youngsters on the ice at this World Championships and will be counting on the home town crowd to cheer them on.

Friday morning weather 

It’s still a chilly start to Friday across most of the country, but temperatures up to +20 are being promised by meteorologists for next week leading up to Easter. There’s snow I the far north west, and the best of the sunshine is in central areas and Uusimma. Temperatures range from -1C across Lapland to -2C down the eastern border; +3C in Jyvaskyla and Central Finland; +2C in Turku and the south west.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 12th April 2019 / Credit: FMI