Morning headlines: Monday 22nd July 2019

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More than a thousand pigs die in early morning fire

At least 1200 pigs have died in a fire at a farm near Seinäjoki. Rescue crews got the alarm call around 05:00 this morning and when they arrived at the 7000 sq metre barn found it already engulfed. At the time of the blaze there were 5400 pigs inside and in addition to the ones which died, many others are suffering from smoke inhalation with vets set to make decisions this morning about what to do with them. Firefighters worked for more than three hours to bring the fire under control. Police will start an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Report: Growing difference in boss vs employee salaries

Helsingin Sanomat newspaper has been tracking the salaries of CEOs of some big Finnish companies since 2005 and today says they found that on average CEOs received 48 times more cash than their average employee during 2018. Back in 2010 the different was 37 times. The widening gap has been due in part to stock bonuses, but also in part by an increase in the CEO’s salary. According to the study, CEO’s fixed basic salaries have risen by 20% since 2010 while over the same period the salary of an average, ordinary employee increased by only 14%.

Helsinki by wheelchair brings challenges where old meets new

The mix of modern transport and buildings with cobbled streets and historic buildings brings challenges for disabled local residents and tourists – especially if they’re in a wheelchair. Two-time Finnish Paralympian Esa-Pekka Mattila shows us some of the trouble spots with high steps even at ground level, lack of signage showing disability access points to buildings but says he doesn’t think ever historical building should be fitted with ramps or elevators. Meanwhile there’s plenty of aspects for people in wheelchairs, like tourists, who come to the city which Mattila flags up. Read more at our original story here.

Former PM wins triathlon title 

Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has become the fastest man in his age group in a tough half triathlon event. The Joroinen triathlon started back in 1983 and is the oldest event of its kind in Finland. Stubb was competing in the men’s 50-54 age group and had to swim 1.9km, cycle 90km and run 21.1km. He crossed the finishing line in a total time of 4 hours, 26 minutes and 26 seconds. Stubb, who works at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, knocked 8 minutes off his own personal best time and beat the second place racer by more than 4 minutes.

Monday morning weather

A heatwave across the whole country sees almost every part of Finland starting the morning with temperatures around +20C. The heat continues through the whole week and will lead to thunder and lightning storms in some places by Wednesday. But for now expect lots of sunshine, minimal cloud cover in the very far north of Lapland around Inari and Kilpisjärvi and some cloud cover in Turku as well. Temperatures range from +18C in Lapland to +22C in Uusimaa this morning and they’ll get hotter as the day goes on up into the mid-20s.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 22nd July 2019 / Credit: FMI