Morning headlines: Friday 9th November 2018

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Residents evacuated in overnight fire

Residents in a Järvenpää apartment building were evacuated through their balconies, after a fire broke out in the building’s stairwell. Fire crews received the alarm call around midnight to the seven-storey building in Haltianpolku where building supplies used for pipe refurbishment were on fire, and producing a lot of smoke in the hallway and in some of the apartments. In total, ten people were evacuated by rescue crews and police are this morning police are investigating whether the fire might have been started deliberately.

Report: GPS disturbances in Lapland

Did Russia deliberately disrupt GPS services in Lapland this week? That’s the inference in a new report from state broadcaster YLE which says Finnish officials issued a warning to air traffic that there were widespread GPS problems in the area from north of Rovaniemi to the Norwegian border, and east of Kittilä to the Russian border. According to Air Navigation Services Finland ANS, they were warned about the disruptions by the Finnish Defence Forces. Although the Finns won’t say where the disruption came from, Norwegian authorities had previously said they believed any issues with GPS in the area could come from Russia. In the past few weeks Lapland airspace has been used for the NATO Operation Trident Juncture.

Charity Red Nose Day in Finland

Finns will be raising money for good causes as part of Nose Day or Nenäpäivä today, a charity fundraising event involving celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment. With its roots in Britain’s Comic Relief and Red Nose Day, the highlight of Nenäpäivä is a live TV show on state broadcaster YLE this evening. Over the years Nenapäivä has raised more than €17 million which is divided among nine different charitable organisations.

Oodi Central Library gets official opening date

Helsinki’s brand new Central Library, currently under construction next to the railway station, has now got an official opening date. The Oodi library will be open to the public from early on 5th December, just before Independence Day. At 17,250 sq metres, the new library is set over three floors and has been built at a cost of €98 million. The design for Oodi was chosen after an international competition that received more than 500 entries. Public libraries play a central role in Finland, and access to library services is a statutory right for all citizens who borrow almost 68 million books every year.

Friday morning weather

It’s a cloudy, rainy but mild start to Friday morning. Temperatures will hover just at freezing across Lapland, but warm up to a maximum of +6°C on the Ostrobothnian coast and down in Hanko as well. The best chance of seeing the sun on Friday morning is in central Finland but there’s cloud cover pretty much everywhere else.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 9th November 2018 / Credit: FMI