Sweden election reaction
Politicians in Finland have no doubt been watching the Swedish election results closely. That vote ended in a deadlock for the two biggest blocks of centre right and centre left parties. It also saw some noteworthy gains for the left and also the right wing Sweden Democrats – but not as big as the polls had predicted, nor as much as they hoped. The party, which has its roots in Sweden’s neo-Nazi movement becomes the 3rd largest party in Sweden. Reaction here in Finland has been limited overnight. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says that immigration became the main topic of the Swedish election and that it won’t be easy to form a government. NCP leader Petteri Orpo writes that the election result “appears to be in keeping with the European trend”. Foreign Minister Timo Soini tells state-funded broadcaster YLE that he doesn’t think the election results will have an impact on Finland’s foreign and security policy. Left Alliance leader Li Andersson declared the left to be one of the big gainers in the election.
Greens: meat prices should go up
Would you be willing to pay more for meat? That’s an option on the table for the Green Alliance after their weekend conference in Salo. The greens want to see more plant production as a way to combat greenhouse gas emissions. And that could mean meat comes at a premium price in future, if farmers switch to producing non-meat protein products instead. After stalling in the polls recently, the Greens are trying to shape their agenda for voters ahead of elections expected in April 2019. They believe climate change should be one of the big topics for election discussions.
Hjallis Harkimo book launch due
Hockey millionaire / reality TV host / politician Hjallis Harkimo has a new book coming out later today. In it, he’s expected to shed light on his time as a member of parliament for the National Coalition Party, and how he broke away to form the Liike Nyt political movement which launched with a bang earlier this year, but has been a bit of a wet blanket ever since. The more exciting prospect for the book would be if there were any revelations about Harkimo’s ice hockey partners, the co-owners of Helsinki’s Jokerit team who have rumoured close ties to Vladimir Putin.
Huuhkajat kick off new football format in style
Finland’s men’s national football team scored a thrilling 1-0 victory over Hungary in Tampere on the weekend. It was the first match in a new UEFA Nations League tournament that sees teams of similar skill level play each other – with ultimately the chance to make it to the Euro 2020 finals. So could this be a path to glory for the Eagle Owls – also known as Huuhkajat in Finnish? The team has never before qualified for a major tournament and this could be their best shot ever. Read more in our original story here.
Parliament’s open house
The Finnish parliament is having an open house day today. The building is open to the public from 14:00 on Monday afternoon to give people the chance to look around, ask questions and see where political decisions are taken. There will be guides to answer questions, and Members of Parliament from different parties available to talk with visitors as well.
ICYMI: Week 36
In case you missed any of last week’s news, here’s a round-up of some of the top stories.
Monday morning weather
And after one of the longest, hottest summers on record it looks like autumn is coming. While temperatures will continue to feel a couple of degrees warmer than usual for this time of year, autumnal weather is on the way. Meteorologist Anniina Valtonen has more in this video.
On Monday morning there’s a lot of cloud cover across Lapland and central Finland. Expect mist and fog patches in the south east, and some rain in the capital city region. The best of the sunshine is down the west coast and into south west Finland, with temperatures ranging from +5°C in the east, to +16°C in the south.