Morning headlines: Monday 1st April 2019

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Helsinki wants to open drug ‘safe rooms’

The City of Helsinki could submit a proposal to the government today to experiment with ‘safe rooms’. These rooms are places where people who use drugs can go to safely inject, using clean needles. Similar facilities are already being run in Denmark, where proponents say they reduce drug deaths and improve the local neighbourhoods – getting drug users, syringes and needles off the streets and into the safe rooms instead.

New law on recognising mothers comes into force today

A new Maternity Act comes into force today, and it has implications for mothers. The revised legislation says that in the case of two female parents, even the women who is not carrying the baby can be officially named as the child’s mother, before it is born. The law change applies to female couples who received fertility treatment with the sperm from an unknown donor, and was taken up by parliament as the result of a citizen’s initiative.

Yle deletes Finns Party leader programme

Finland’s public-funded national broadcaster Yle has found itself in the middle of a dispute with the Finns Party over an apparent technical problem. A show which featured Finns Party chairman Jussi Halla-aho was deleted from the broadcaster’s catch-up service on Sunday, while all of the interview shows with other party leaders were still there. “It will be difficult to believe your own eyes” Halla-aho wrote on Twitter. His supporters were quick to criticise Yle and hint at conspiracies as to why the show was removed from the schedules. However, Yle says it was a technical error which affected a number of television programmes, including the one featuring Halla-aho, which was returned to the catch-up service on Sunday.

Second place for Bottas in Bahrain

Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas clinched a second place podium finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. It comes just two weeks after his win in Melbourne, in the first race of the new F1 season. Bottas had a strong start to the race, but was overtaken by Monaco’s Charles Leclearc, who continued to lead for most of the race. Only engine trouble with three laps to go saw his 8-second lead eroded by Lewis Hamilton and Bottas, who finished first and second. The other top Finnish driver in the race Kimi Räikkönen came 7th.

Being Darude: on the road to Eurovision

Superstar DJ-producer Darude and singer Sebastian Rejman have packed schedules since performing their climate change anthem Look Away at Finland’s domestic competition UMK. The pair will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May, and before then they’ll be performing at some important Eurovision ‘campaign stops’ along the way to meet fans and get their track more widely known. They’ll also be in rehearsals and making some adjustments to the performance of the song, so that everything goes smoothly in the semi finals on 14th May. “Apparently the Eurovision thing is a whole big party, and I’m looking forward to that” Darude tells News Now Finland. Read more about how he’s getting ready for Israel in our original story here.

Monday morning weather

The week starts off with mostly sunny weather across a large part of the country, with cloud cover only creeping in over Lapland where temperatures range from -4C to -6C and there’s a chance of snow in the far north west and north east. Everywhere else, temperatures range from +1C in Åland, Turku and the south west; to 0 in the capital city region, -2C along the eastern border, -2C in Central Finland and -3C in Oulu. It might be sunny but it will feel chilly, and the warmer temperatures from the weekend sadly don’t linger into Monday morning.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday 1st April 2019 / Credit: FMI