PM makes first foreign visit
Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) is making his first foreign visit today but not going far. The PM will head to Tallinn to meet with his Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas, for talks on bilateral relations, protecting the Baltic Sea, Finland’s upcoming EU Presidency and European security issues. Traditionally, the first overseas port of call for a new Finnish prime minister has been Stockholm, but in this case Rinne will visit Sweden next week. The new Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto went to Stockholm this week already.
Overnight airport emergency
The risk of an accident at Helsinki Airport was averted overnight, after a passenger plane reported a problem with the nose wheel. The airport’s rescue services were called out to deal with the incoming aircraft in case the problem couldn’t be fixed but in the end the plane landed safely. Finavia is not commenting which airline had the initial problem with its landing gear.
Large South Karelia peat fire almost out
A large peat fire that has been burning for several days, is almost out. The fire started on Monday afternoon in Suursuo in South Karela and firefighters and Defence Forces personnel have been involved all week in trying to get it under control. Their operations are set to finish this afternoon, when responsibility for monitoring the area is turned over to the land owner. According to the rescue services the peat is still very dry and will need to be monitored over the next weeks and even months in case the fire starts again. Around 100 hectares was burned in this week’s blaze.
Lonely musk ox ladies gets gentleman caller
Two lonely musk ox at Ranua Wildlife Park in Lapland have a new gentleman caller this week, after a male musk ox called Isaac arrived from Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo. Ranua’s last male died of old age several years ago and since then the ladies have had their paddock to themselves. Musk ox are a part of the European Endangered Species Conservation Programme, with zoos working to preserve and enhance populations of endangered species. Musk ox are slow to reproduce, and not commonly found in zoos. Isaac has reportedly taken well to his new surroundings in an adjacent field, and has now been allowed in with the females. The wildlife park hopes he will get both of them pregnant to increase the musk ox population.
Friday morning weather
It’s a bright, sunny and mild start to a large part of the country, from Jyväskylä north. Temperatures here range from +8C in north east Lapland to +17C in Oulu. Anywhere south of that line starts the day with more cloud cover and temperatures from +14C to +16C. Forecasters expect temperatures to warm up as we go into the weekend.