Morning headlines: Friday 1st February 2019

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Nordea hit by online banking problems

Account holders trying to access Nordea this morning could face some difficulties. It’s currently not possible to log into Nordea’s web and mobile banking services. The bank first alerted customers to the problem just around 09:00 this morning and says they’re working on the issue to get it fixed.

Capital area train trouble

Trains on one of the major rail links in the capital city region are canceled this morning. The A-trains between Leppävaara in Espoo and Helsinki’s Central Railway Station are not running, due to a fault in the traffic control systems between Pasila and Huopalahti. Engineers are working on the problem but there’s no estimate yet on how long it might take to fix. The same problem also affects I-trains on the Ring Line which connects to the airport, causing delays up to 10 minutes for journeys at the moment.

Mixed fortunes in latest political poll 

The Social Democrats are still in the lead in a new opinion poll out this morning. The survey was carried out for Alma Media, and shows Antti Rinne‘s party on 21%, up slightly from their last survey. Rinne will be on sick leave until the end of February and deputy Sanna Marin has been filling in. The National Coalition Party hold in second place with 19.7% but that’s a drop of 1.1% since the previous Alma Media survey. The Prime Minister’s Centre Party has also lost ground at 14.4%, the first time the party has fallen below 15% of voter support any any Alma Media survey. The Greens are on 13% and the Left Alliance lose support, while the Finns Party gains slightly. Both are vying for fifth spot at the moment. The poll was carried out by Gallup and asked more than 1100 people. The margin of error is 2.4%.

Friday morning weather

It’s another bitterly cold start to Friday morning in many places, with the temperature down to -26°C in some parts of the eastern border, where snow is forecast. There’s also snow across Lapland where temperatures range from -15°C to -24°C. There’s a lot of cloud cover extending from Central Finland to Uusimaa and the south coast where temperatures hover around -5°C on Friday morning.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 1st February 2019 / Credit: FMI