Morning headlines: Monday 4th November 2019

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Tax day gives indications of 2018 highest earners

The annual tax day on Monday reveals who paid the most taxes – and who declared the most taxable income. Finnish media is obsessed with the information, pouring over every details of sports stars, politicians, musicians and business leaders. Some headline information so far: the top two earners on the list both come from gaming company Supercell. CEO Ilkka Paananen earned more than €109 million to top the list, while Creative Director Mikko Kodisoja is second with €98 million. Third place on the list is businessman Heikki Kyöstilä with €47 million. Rounding out the top five are Asko Myllymäki (a member of the Lehto Group management who sold his stake in the company) at €40.5 million; and in fifth place also the highest placed woman on the new list business owner Maria Sever with €36.2 million. We’ll have a wrap of all the highlights from tax day later on Monday. 

Tackling rising food waste, as tourism industry waste is under-reported

A new study from Finnish researchers food waste in the tourism industry is more of a problem than previously understood. Researchers conclude that while food waste in hotels, restaurants and at events is recognised and can be calculated, sources of food waste are becoming more diverse as the tourist industry does too – for example with the huge growth of services like AirBnB. “It is not enough for only the traditional food service and accommodation establishments to reduce their food waste, we need to get all tourist households on board” says Juho Pesonen from the University of Eastern Finland. One Helsinki restaurant is already trying a pioneering approach to the problem by going zero waste. Restaurant Nolla is the first in Finland and the Nordic region to tackle the problem of food waste in such a radical way, and chefs there say there are easy steps shoppers can take at home, to help cut down the estimated 160 million kilos of food thrown out by Finnish households every year. Read more at our original story here.

Spikes fail to stop speeding car in one hour police chase

Police in Iisalmi have arrested to men from Lapland, who led cops on a one-hour chase overnight. It started when the car refused to stop for officers and drove off at high speed. Police gave chase, and at one point laid out a spike strip on the road to stop the vehicle. But the car went right over it, and although both front tyres were blown out the driver kept on going. After an hour the car was stopped the 44-year old driver was arrested on suspicion of drink and drugs driving, and of aggravated road safety offenses; the 25-year old passenger was arrested on suspicion of drugs offenses.

Bottas wins US Grand Prix, but team mate Hamilton claims world title

Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas won the US Grand Prix in Austin Texas on Sunday evening. However, it wasn’t enough to stop his team mate Lewis Hamilton who came second, from claiming his sixth World Champion title. Bottas went into the race knowing he had to win, while Hamilton had to finish 8th or worse, to keep the Finnish driver’s world championship dreams alive. However it wasn’t to be this season. “Obviously big congrats to him. I personally failed with my target this year but he deserved it this year. He had some season” Bottas told reporters after the race, congratulating Hamilton.

Hot rocks: Japanese sauna enthusiasts crank up the volume

Sauna enthusiasts in Japan are blasting away the notion of a traditional Finnish sauna as a quiet place to relax and contemplate the steam of life, by playing heavy metal music. The heavy metal sauna was featured at Japan Sauna Fest recently, an event which brought together sauna enthusiasts over a three day period in Nagano to test 19 different types of sauna experiences. The heavy metal sauna was set up by enthusiasts SOT – which stands for counting in the “Sauna, One to Thousand” – lead by ‘Mohican Saunist‘ who combines his passion for Finland, sauna and heavy metal music in blog posts, and visit reports from saunas an public baths visits across Japan. Sauna-goers got to listen to classic Finnish heavy metal from Children of Bodom, Korpiklaani, Maniac Abductor, Nuclear Winter, Impaled Nazarene and others while enjoying the steam inside the SOT sauna tent. Read more at our original story here.

Monday morning weather

There’s been a record autumn low temperature recorded overnight in Muonio in north west Lapland where the thermometer plunged to -26.4°C. The previous recorded autumn low was in Enontekio with -26.3°C, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute. It’s bitterly cold across other parts of the north with -16°C in Oulu at the start of Monday. The temperatures are below zero in most places with the chance of snow in Central Finland and down the eastern border. The best of the sunshine is in Lapland, and down the Ostrobothnia coast into south west areas.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 4th November 2019 / Credit: FMI