Morning headlines: Friday 24th May 2019

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Thriller on ice as Finland triumphs over Sweden 

Hockey fans were treated to a thrilling quarter finals late Thursday night, as Finland triumphed over Sweden and sent the reigning World Champions home in a 5-4 overtime victory. The Lions opened up the scoring early in the first period with a goal from Niko Mikkola, but the Swedes got three goals in the back of the net to establish a comfortable 3-1 lead before Finland would claw back two more goals from Petteri Lindbohm and Jani Hakanpää to level the score by the middle of the second period. The Swedes struck back at the end of the second period to lead 4-3 and the score stayed that way until just 87 seconds of regular play left in the third period, when a goal from Marko Anttila forced the 3-on-3 overtime and Sakari Manninen sealed the deal with Finland’s fifth goal of the night. The Finnish Lions now face eastern rivals Russia in the semi-final in Bratislava on Saturday afternoon. The winner of that game plays either Canada or the Czech Republic in Sunday’s gold medal match.

Overnight fire forces hotel evacuation 

Guests at a hotel in Kalajoki were forced to evacuate their bedrooms in the early hours of the morning after thick smoke filled the building after a fire. Six guests were staying at the Hotel Rantakalla when rescue crews got the emergency call around 02:30. When they arrived at the scene they found smoke in the basement and ground floor, from a fire that had ignited in the building’s oil heating plant. The fire was quickly put out and didn’t spread to other parts of the structure, and the guests were allowed to return to their rooms as the smoke didn’t spread to those parts of the buildings. Firefighters say nobody was injured in the blaze.

Climate change rally targets new coalition government

Students and young people in Finland will join thousands of others around the world today for concerted action to bring the climate change crisis to the attention of politicians. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg says events will take place at 1500 locations in 100 countries. This morning, protesters will hand in a petition to the parties trying to form Finland’s next coalition government at the House of the Estates before gathering outside parliament. According to organisers, the first such global action by students and young people attracted a million participants in March.

Lännen Media: Family reunion numbers fall over income requirements 

Family reunions for people who have been given asylum in Finland have fallen sharply, as applicants struggle to meet the income requirements. That’s a story reported by Lännen Media newspaper group this morning who found that 30% of all applications for family reunions were rejected in 2018 – that’s compared with 23% in 2017 and 19.5% in 2016. Under Migri’s rules, someone who has been given asylum in Finland and wants to bring their spouse and two children here to join them from the home country must earn €2600 per month. Some benefits, such as child benefits, may be included in the income calculations.

Samiaa seal puts on a rock show 

A rare Saimaa Ringed Seal called Moona has been delighting viewers of a live webcam, as she basked on a rock in eastern Finland on Thursday afternoon. The Norppa Live camera was set up again this year for the fourth time by the Finnish WWF, pointed at the spot that’s become a favourite place for a seal called Pullervo over the last few years. WWF Suomi says Thursday afternoon’s performer was not Pullervo, but a second seal called Moona who has also taken a shine to the same rock on the shores of Lake Saimaa. There’s less than 400 Saimaa ringed seals left in the wild, one of the few species of freshwater seals to be found anywhere. They weigh up to 90kg and eat fish found in Lake Saimaa. Watch video of Moona scratching and sunbathing at our story here.

Friday morning weather

It’s a cool start to Friday morning for the whole of the country as a low pressure system moves in. The best of the sunshine is in the north of the country, but temperatures in Lapland only range from +3C to +8C. Expect rain through Central Finland and Jyväskylä; and fo Tampere, Helsinki and the capital city region too. Friday morning temperatures are highest in Turku and the south west with +10C.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 24th May 2019 / Credit: FMI