Police start country-wide patrol crackdown
Police forces all across Finland are starting a country-wide crackdown today, to stop and check trucks on the roads. The extra surveillance efforts continue until Sunday, trying to improve road safety, combat the grey economy and criminality, according to police. “From a road safety point of view, the monitoring is particularly targeted at the most obvious things, including driving and rest times, and in addition a special focus is to ensure loads, and condition of vehicles” says police inspector Kari Onninen. In other crackdowns so far this year, police have stopped and inspected 3247 domestic and 729 foreign heavy vehicles. This week, they aim to stop and check up to 1800 vehicles.
Flu jabs start in Tampere
Tampere is the latest Finnish city to start seasonal injections against influenza. Patients can either book an appointment, or ask for the shot if they’re already in a high-risk group for flu. Children under school age, and pregnant or nursing mothers can get a shot, and children in school can get a free injection either in school or at a student health centre. The injection is given free to people aged 65 and over; children from 6 months to 6 years old, pregnant women, medical and healthcare workers and military conscripts.
Defence Minister in Canada for talks
Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö (Blue) is in Canada today on an official visit, meeting his Canadian counterpart to discuss bilateral relations and the security situation in the northern regions. Later, Niinistö will travel to Alaska where Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornets, and some 70 personnel, are taking part in a military exercise held by the US Air Force at Eilson Air Force Base. The Red Flag exercise is considered one of the most challenging combat training exercises in the world.
Urban art brightens up concrete city walls
While Helsinki has a lot of green spaces, it’s no secret that many suburbs are victims of bad architecture from the 60s, 70s, and 80s which showcased stark concrete walls. A lot of them! But now a project called Helsinki Urban Art is brightening up the most grey parts of the capital by splashing colourful murals onto the grey concrete. “I’ve been interested in street art for a really long time, and I’ve been traveling to different places to see it. And I was always kind of thinking we should have it more in Helsinki” explains Jaakko Blomberg, one of the project founders. While some of the urban art pieces are quite modest, other murals – some painted by international artists – cover the side of an entire building. Find out more in our original story and video here.
Monday morning weather
It’s quite a dull start to Monday morning weather, with the best of the sunshine along the eastern border. Temperatures are in double digits across most of the country, peaking at +12°C in the far north of Lapland! There’s some scattered showers in the north but should be dry across the rest of the country at the beginning of the week.