Government programme to be unveiled
The programme of Finland’s new coalition government will be officially unveiled at 10:30 this morning – although a final draft of the agenda was leaked apparently in full to newspapers over the weekend. Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne will become the next Prime Minister, with 19 ministerial positions divided among the five coalition partners. On the programme for the next four years: €730 million tax increases – but not income tax increases – to fund social security spending, including pensions; a budget boost for arts & culture; funding the Hornet replacement programme in full for the military; policies to help Finland fight climate change; and provisions for agriculture in rural areas – a sop to the Centre Party to get them on board with other policies. We’ll have a full report after the government programme has been officially announced.
Cocaine case comes to Pirkanmaa court
The trial is set to begin today in Pirkanmaa District Court for five suspects accused of bringing 13kg of cocaine from the Netherlands to Finland. Prosecutors say the drugs were brought to the country in 21 different shipments over a period of time from 2017 to 2018. There have already been two other trials in connection with the cocaine smuggling operation, including for NHL ice hockey star Jori Lehterä, who received a four month conditional sentence.
Uusimaa military exercise begins
A military exercise involving Finnish and foreign troops is taking place in Uusimaa region from today, until 10th June. The Sapeli 19 exercise includes 800 soldiers in Helsinki, Kirkkonummi, Lohja, Salo, Raseborg and Vihti, with the idea to develop readiness of Finnish troops. They’ll be joined by around 120 soldiers from Britain as well.
Monday morning weather
It’s a bright and sunny start to the week across much of the country this morning, with the forecast predicting hot summer weather by the middle of the week. There’s cloud cover over Lapland and the south west, but sunshine for the rest of Finland. Temperatures range from +4C in Lapland to +12C in Oulu; +10C across Central Finland; +12C down the eastern border into Lappeenranta; +12C in the south west, and capital city region as well. Meteorologists are forecasting temperatures up to +26C by the middle of the week, so get ready for summer!