Morning headlines: Monday 14th January 2019

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New Metropolia campus opens for students today

Thousands of students are starting a new term at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences today in Helsinki, and settling in to a brand new campus. It’s part of a multi-million euro investment at the Myllypuro site in east Helsinki, where eventually 6000 students studying social services, health care, real estate and construction will be based in four new state-of-the-art buildings. “We are not designing primary schools, secondary schools or universities, but creating good learning evironments” explains architect Rainer Mahlamäki. The building will be open to the public as well to share some of the facilities. Read more at our original story here.

Emergency government talks over child abuse allegations 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is set to hold emergency talks with his coalition partners today, after a weekend of fresh allegations of sexual abuse by men with foreign backgrounds, against children. The latest cases being investigated by police in Oulu and Helsinki come after eight other men were detained in Oulu in December in a separate investigation. Sipilä had previously resisted calls for immediate talks, but appears to have caved to political pressure and will now meet with partners from Blue Reform and the National Coalition Party today and on Thursday to discuss the latest developments. Read more at our story here.

Capital commute: metro services slowly returning to normal

Services on the Helsinki metro are returning to normal this morning, after a large section of it was shut down over the weekend. But HSL warns that there might still be disruptions and delays during the morning, and cautions commuters to allow more time for their journey. Possible delays are caused because not all the weekend maintenance work east of Lauttasaari has been completed as planned. There are updates to the traffic situation being posted on the HSL website.

President Niinistö (L) meets the Chairman of the China Development Bank Zhao Huan (R) at the start of a state visit January 2019 / Credit: TPK

President talks politics & winter sport on China state visit

President Sauli Niinistö has started a state visit to China today, meeting first with the Chairman of the China Development Bank (pictured). During the trip he will also hold high level talks with China’s President and other officials. The main focus of this week’s visit is to launch the China-Finland Winter Sport Year. It’s the first such partnership the Chinese have undertaken, and the Finnish government is hoping it leads to commercial opportunities especially with the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics coming up soon. Read more about the winter sports opportunities and the President’s visit at our story here.

ICYMI: Finland’s fast food chains are expanding, and adding vegan options

As the race to become Finland’s number one fast food chain heats up, outlets are also finding value in adding vegetarian or vegan options to their menus. It’s more than just a nod to sustainability, it’s a conscious decision to respond to consumer demand and go green. Chains like McDonald’s, Subway, Bun2Bun, Friends&Brgrs and Hesburger have all introduced vegan choices recently. “We did not add a vegan option right at the beginning, but as soon as we had time to come up with a good recipe, we knew that some people wanted to eat vegan. We are in the business to serve people, so it was quite natural to come up with one” explains Friends&Brgrs CEO Peter Fagerholm. Read more at our original story here.

Monday morning weather

There’s snow – and plenty of it – for large parts of Finland today. Only the north east and south west go without this morning. Temperatures range from -14°C in Lapland to -1°C in Hanko.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 14th January 2019 / Credit: FMI