Morning headlines: Monday 29th April 2019

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Big travel changes for capital region commuters

The public transport network in the capital city region has had its biggest shake up in more than 30 years which will impact commuters this morning. For journeys on buses, trains, trams and the metro, travel boundaries are redrawn and new fare structures come into force. The old travel zones, based on municipal boundaries, are replaced by new zones lettered A, B, C and D. It means cost savings for many passengers, especially those living outside Helsinki city centre, and leaves the door open for other cities to become integrated into HSL‘s public transport network in the near future. Read more at our original story here.

One person dead in Nurmijärvi crash this morning 

One person has been killed in a car crash near Nurmijärvi. It happened around 07:30 this morning and rescue crews say a passenger car drifted into the opposite lane, and was struck by a truck. One lane of route 25 at Rajamäki is closed to traffic for a while this morning while this morning as emergency services investigate what happened, and clear up the wreckage.

Kuopio crash investigation results due today 

The report is due today into a deadly bus crash in Kuopio last August which killed four people. The Accident Investigation Board Otkes is due to publish the findings of its investigation into the incident, where a tourist bus hit a number of cars on a motorway ramp, ploughed through safety barriers and dropped onto a train track below. The bus, traveling from Sweden to Kuopio, had 21 passengers on board – citizens of both Sweden and Finland. All those who died were passengers, but the driver was also injured in the crash.

Supo: foreign states spy on their own citizens in Finland

The Finnish Security Police say that foreign states have been spying on their own citizens here in Finland. The phenomenon is related particularly to refugees who come to the country and claim asylum, with intelligence agents monitoring what they say about their country of origin. One reason the spying goes on is because it’s not illegal in Finland for foreign intelligence agencies to spy on refugees – whereas it is illegal in Sweden and Norway.

Referee halts football match over racist taunts

A Finnish football referee halted a division 1 game over the weekend after hearing racist taunts from away fans. Mohammad Al-Emara was officiating the opening game of the season between Pietarsaari’s FF Jaro and Tammisaari’s EIF on Saturday when he heard racist comments from Jaro supporters during the first half. The ref halted the game for around five minutes while an appeal was made to fans to stop the racism. An expert from the organisation Red Card to Racism says these sort of incidents are not very common in Finland, but while there is a big focus to crack down on racism internationally in football, referees in generally don’t use the powers they have to halt games. Read more at our original story here.

Monday morning weather

It’s a bright and sunny start to the week across the whole country, and although the temperatures are cooler than recently, everywhere should begin Monday just a few degrees above zero. There’s some cloud clover in the north of Lapland, around Kemi, into Jyvaskyla and Central Finland, and down parts of the eastern border but it shouldn’t take away too much from the sunshine.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 29th April 2019 / Credit: FMI