Olympic Update: Lions Meet Norway
Finnish athletes at the Winter Olympics have a quieter day than yesterday, but there’s still some top sporting action in store. The men’s ice hockey team takes on Norway at 14:10 Finland time, continuing their quest for an elusive Olympic gold in Pyeongchang. Skier Andreas Romar raced in the final of the Super-G and came 31st. And there’s a 15km cross-country ski event featuring four Finns taking place this morning.
Lapland Murder Court Decision
A court in Lapland will announce the sentence for convicted killer Karel Frybl. The Czech former soldier confessed to killing his Scottish tour guide girlfriend at a remote husky kennels in Enontekiö in December 2016. But at a trial last summer he said he couldn’t remember what happened during the frenzied knife attack, when Rebecca Johnson was stabbed more than 30 times in the head, chest, back and thigh. The court ordered Frybl to undergo psychiatric tests and today is expected to announce whether he is guilty of murder – which carries a mandatory life sentence – or the lesser charge of homicide.
Blaze Destroys Industrial Hall
Firefighters worked through the night to tackle a blaze at an industrial site in Kuhmoinen, Central Finland. The alarm was raised around 03:30 this morning and when fire crews arrived on the scene they found the 700sq metre building fully engulfed. The building was badly damaged, and several vehicles inside were burned out. Gas bottles stored in the building also exploded. Firefighters estimate they will still be at the scene until midday. Nobody was injured in the fire.
President Niinistö Heads To Lithuania, Germany
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö starts the day in Vilnius. He joins the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Germany and Iceland as well as representatives of the Danish and Swedish royal families to celebrate Lithuania’s 100th anniversary of independence. Later, the President will travel to Germany, to attend the annual Munich Security Conference. At the event, Niinistö will give a speech and participate in discussions about security in the Arctic. Finland currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The Munich event brings together hundreds of foreign and security policy leaders together, and the President will be accompanied by Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö (Blue). Other participants include US Minister of Defence James “Mad Dog” Mattis, and Trump’s National Security Adviser former General HR McMaster.
Friday Morning Weather
We’ve got a return to colder weather across the whole country today, after a couple of days where things warmed up, relatively speaking. The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI forecasts snow for pretty much all of Finland except Lapland this morning. In the capital city region, expect temperatures as low as -8C dropping to -12C in Central Finland. It will be a little more mild in some coastal areas but Åland will see temperatures at -2C on Friday morning. It’s an overcast morning in the north, with Lapland temperatures dipping down to -7C.