Morning headlines: Monday 18th March 2019

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On the campaign trail with one month until the election

With less than one month to go until the general election, candidates are making a big push to get their name and message out to the public. Individual candidates have now received their voting numbers, and so this was the first weekend to connect their faces to the numbers they hope voters will remember when they get to the polling booth on 14th April. At Tikkurila market in Vantaa, ten different parties set up their tents to meet voters, and we joined them on the campaign trail to hear about what local people are interested in ahead of the election. Read more at our original story here.

Finland critical of Russia on Crimea invasion 5th anniversary

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and illegal annexation of Crimea and Finland has issued a strong statement to mark the date. “Finland condemns Russia’s actions” reads the statement, which has also been published in Russian and Ukrainian, and re-affirms Finland’s position alongside other EU countries of supporting Ukraine’s independence, and territorial integrity. The statement also criticised Russia’s human rights record in Ukraine and highlights the issue of 70 Ukrainian detained civilians.

Attitudes to immigration becoming more positive

The attitude of Finns towards immigration have become progressively more positive since 2000. That’s the results of a new study from the Finnish Business and Policy Delegation EVA out this morning. The study finds that recent allegations of sex abuse against children in Oulu and Helsinki have not had any particular impact on the overall attitude of Finns towards immigrants either. However, just over half the people surveyed think the level of immigration is too high. Political persuasion is the biggest factor deciding someone’s attitude towards immigration with the most positive groups belonging to Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party.

ICYMI: Valtteri Bottas wins Australia Grand Prix

Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas claimed another victory, winning the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. The flying Finn lead from the start of the race, the first of the new season, and kept his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in second place. It is Bottas’ fourth F1 win of his career, which he says was “definitively my best race ever”. Read more about the victory at our story here.

Monday morning weather

It’s a very mixed weather picture across the country at the start of the week. The coldest temperature is just -7C accompanied by some snow across northern Lapland. Moving further south the temperature is already +1C in Oulu and gets as high as +3C in Hanko in the country’s southernmost point. In between, expect sleet and rain across parts of Central Finland and into Tampere on Monday morning, with snow mixed in down the eastern border, and rain forecast for the south east as well.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 18th March 2019 / Credit: FMI