Two adults confirmed with measles
Two adults in the Tampere region have been confirmed with measles this week, according to the Pirkanmaa Hospital District. It’s believed the patients caught the illness from an unvaccinated person who caught measles on a recent foreign trip. Doctors have warned that it isn’t always effective to get a one-stage measles immunisation – they reccommend a two-stage innoculation process. Someone who has been vaccinated but still catches measles can’t infect another person, and their symptoms are more mild. The patients are at home receiving care.
Greens don’t rule out Finns Party alliance
Green Alliance leader Pekka Haavisto says he won’t rule out forming a government coalition that involves the right wing Finns Party. He made the comments in a new interview this morning with Rural Future newspaper. Haavisto, who was recently elected to the role of party chairman, says there’s still time for the Finns Party to change their policies before the spring general election. His comments come just after he condemned a Finns Party politician for saying that the European Union was like Nazi Germany, in parliament. Haavisto’s comments have already drawn criticism from his own party. The previous leader Touko Aalto had ruled out any alliance between the Greens and the Finns Party.
Police launch 24 hour drink drive crack-down
Finnish police will start a 24 hour crack-down on drunk driving today, with extra surveillance from 14:00 this afternoon until 14:00 on Saturday. The main focus is on the evening and night, when police say the most offenses happen. The Christmas party season means some drivers are more likely to think they’re still okay to drive after having a few drinks with friends and work colleagues. Approximately 18,000 people are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol every year in Finland.
International tour for Prime Minister
PM Juha Sipilä (Centre) continues his foreign travel over the next few days. On Friday he’s still in Brussels for more EU talks before continuing later to Malta; then Cyprus on Sunday and Czech Republic and Slovakia on Monday. It’s part of his talks with national leaders ahead of Finland taking over the EU presidency from July next year. The talks over the weekend will focus on Brexit, developing the European Monetary Union, migration and climate issues. On Monday the Prime Minister is back in Austria, the current EU presidency country, to take part in the Africa-Europe forum where Finland supports investment in Africa, especially in the environment sector with businesses targeting climate change.
Meteor shower lights up the skies
If you point your cameras towards the sky this evening there’s a good chance to get a glimpse of the Geminid meteor shower. Meteorologists say there could be up to 70 meteors per hour later this evening passing in the upper atmosphere above Finland and with a cloudless night, with western and central Lapland the best spots to see the shower – although there will still be good chances in the south, away from any light pollution.
Friday morning weather
It’s another very cold start to the morning across the whole country, with temperatures in parts of western Lapland down at -22°C. Across most of the country the temperatures hover between -3°C and -7°C with snow forecast in some central areas. Otherwise, cloudy this morning but chances of sunshine in the afternoon as we head into the weekend.