Morning Headlines: Monday 4th December 2017

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Vantaa Shooting

Three people were injured in a late night shooting in Vantaa on Sunday. Police say it happened at a restaurant in Nuijatie Street just after 23:00 last night. Nobody was fatally wounded. Officers say they caught the suspect at the venue, with the gun. That person is now in police custody. The three victims were taken to hospital, but do not have life threatening injuries.

Branding Suomi100

The Suomi100 logo is everywhere this year – from official celebrations and licensed products, to hundreds of other commercial brands and events. In fact, there’s an estimated 30 thousand Suomi100 events happening around the world this year, more than 80 every day! So when you can buy Suomi100 Christmas decorations, sports socks, energy drinks toilet paper, pizza, alcohol (and so much more!) did the branding get out of control? We talked with the man in charge of Suomi100 celebrations, brand experts, and even a coffin maker to get their thoughts. Read more at our original story here.

Suomi100 Lighting Controversy

Landmarks around Finland are being illuminated as part of the official Suomi100 birthday week celebrations. It’s an ambitious project that sees some of the country’s best known, and best loved locations bathed in blue and white light, including Turku Castle, and Olavinlinna in Savonlinna. Saana Fell in Kilpisjärvi will also be one of the floodlit landmarks, and it’s sparked a heated controversy. The fell is revered by many Sámi people, who were not consulted about the project, and say it is not right to treat the fell in this way. Today, 2017 Sámi of the Year Pirita Näkkäläjärvi writes for News Now Finland about the sensitivities involved. That story is published at 12 noon.

Government Mark Independence Declaration

The Government of Juha Sipilä (Centre) will meet today, to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the declaration of independence in 1917. Ministers will also meet the authors of a new, modern day declaration of independence which was drafted by students from a Kuopio high schoool.

Monday Morning Weather

Monday morning begins bitterly cold in the north of Lapland, with temperatures down below -20°C according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Across the rest of the country, temperatures stay below zero as far south as Jyväskylä where there’s some snow expected. In the southwest and south, including the capital city region, the rain of recent days has eased off, with temperatures hovering just a few degrees above freezing.