Morning headlines: Monday 28th January 2019

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Road warnings as snow storms move in

Authorities are warning that snowfalls across the country could cause disruption to traffic today. By 09:00 snow had arrived at the southern tip of Finland, and is forecast to be heaviest in the south west and Uusimaa by Monday afternoon. The weather is warming up after a very cold weekend and brings more wind especially to central parts of Finland. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, blowing snow will increase the risk of traffic accidents and potentially cause disruptions in those areas. Looking further ahead, up to 20cm of snow is forecast in the south by Wednesday, and up to 10cm in the middle of the country.

Swedish Prime Minister visits Finland 

Newly re-installed Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is in Finland for a two day visit. Today he will meet President Sauli Niinistö at Mäntyniemi and participates in a meeting of Nordic socialist politicians. Tomorrow he will meet with Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in Helsinki. On the agenda are bilateral relations and EU issues like Brexit; as well as climate chance, defence, and hybrid threats.

Controversial care chief made huge salary 

The boss of a controversial care company is one of Finland’s highest earning executives. Marja Aarnio-Isohannin reportedly earned €6.33m as CEO of Esperi Care in 2016-2017. The company, which runs nursing homes, has been dropped as a supplier by several Finnish cities, after concerns about the low quality of care being offered there. At least one elderly resident is thought to have died due to negligence, according to the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare & Health Valvira. One of the main criticisms of Esperi Care is that they don’t have enough staff working to look after the number of patients; that the nursing homes are not well maintained; and that some staff have been abusive towards elderly patients. In a weekend statement, Aarnio-Isohannin said she was sorry, and that the official criticism had been a learning experience for her.

Henri Kontinen misses out on second Grand Slam title 

Finnish tennis star Henri Kontinen and his Aussie men’s doubles partner John Peers lost out on another grand slam title at the Australian Open Tennis tournament in Melbourne. The 12th-seeded pair had made it to the final without dropping a set, but met their match against a 5th-seed French pair who fought a tough match to win 6-4, 7-6 in just under an hour. Kontinen and Peers were the 2017 Australian Open champions but couldn’t repeat that result this time around.

Monday weather outlook

Apart from the heavy snow forecast in the south and south west, there’s a lot of snow around in other parts of the country as well today, and extreme low temperatures for some places. The temperature is down to -38°C in north west Lapland, and not too much warmer across the rest of Lapland, Central Finland, and the eastern border where temperatures range from -18°C to -34°C.
Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 28th January 2019 / Credit: FMI