Friday EU Summit
An EU summit in Estonia today will have a Finnish flavour. Renowned Finnish cyber security expert Jarno Limnéll will be facing an important audience when he gives the keynote speech at the Tallinn Digital Summit later on Friday. In the crowd are likely to be French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who are in Estonia for EU meetings. The theme of Limnéll’s address is the future of governments. Limnéll is a Professor of Cyber Security at Aalto University.
Paving Paradise – Putting Up A New City
Environmental campaigners in Espoo are preparing for a possible legal battle to try and stop construction of a new artificial island and town centre at Finnoo on the southern Espoo coast, which would be home to more than 18,000 people by the mid-2030. The plans are controversial, because they would put new 20-storey tower blocks right next to a wetlands area that’s home to rare birds, and other mammals, plants and insects. Read more in our original story.
Military Health Problems
The number of young men who are excused from military service in Finland for medical reasons is on the rise. That’s according to rural newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus. The paper reports that the biggest increase is in mental health exemptions, with an increase from 8% to 17% over the last ten years – and almost half the exemptions are due to mental health problems and behavioural disorders.
Figure Skating Finns
Finnish athletes are doing well at the Nebelhorn Trophy competition in Germany, and hunting for the final spots to compete at the Pyongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea early next year. Cecilia Törn and Jussiville Partanen are in fifth position after Thursday night’s round, ahead of Saturday’s free skate. And Valtter Virtanen is 14th after the men’s short programme. The men’s free skate takes place later today.
It’s a cooler start to Friday morning than we’ve seen in recent days, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. In the capital city region the temperature begins around +10°C but it will feel cooler in most other areas. The fog that has been hanging around all week persists in some parts of south and central Finland, while further north it will be a cloudy start to the day, with temperatures around +3°C in northern Lapland.