Morning headlines: Monday 8th October 2018

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Car torched near Helsinki Airport

Police in Vantaa are investigating a possible case of arson in Tattarisuo near Helsinki Airport. It happened in the early hours of the morning, but officers already say they don’t think it’s linked to arson cases in Espoo on Sunday, when five vehicles were set on fire in Matinkylä neighbourhood.

Finnair rolls out internet on Europe flights 

Finnair is switching on wifi today for thousands of passengers traveling in Europe. While internet access was already available on long haul flights, after a trial period this summer it is now available on most European flights as well. Business class passengers can get online for free for the first hour of the journey and then have to pay to surf the net at altitude. Economy passengers will have to pay up to €20 if they want to get connected.

Defence Minister heads to Israel for talks

Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö (Blue) is heading to Israel today, for talks with his counterpart Avigdor Lieberman. During the two day visit, the pair will be discussing regional security and bilateral relations, as well as crisis management operations. During the visit, Niinistö will also meet the UN’s Truce Supervision Organisation in Jerusalem. The head of that office is from Norway and his deputy is Finnish Colonel Petteri Kajanmaa.

Finland’s first sleep class

If it’s tough to go back to work on Mondays, especially with winter fast approaching, then a brand new class in Helsinki might be just what you’re looking for in the middle of the day. Finland’s first ever sleep class lets you take a 30 minute nap in the middle of the day to recharge your batteries. “You don’t have to have any special clothes on, come as you are, leave the phone out, relax for a moment” says instructor Mariko Pajalahti, who guides participants through some stretching and sleeping, before waking up at the other side of a short-but-restful slumber with some gentle exercises.

Monday morning weather

It’s a very sunny start to the whole country for Monday morning, and a very cold start to the week pretty much everywhere except for some coastal areas. Temperatures will be as low as -6°C in northern Lapland and also -6°C inland in Uusimaa as well. It’s no warmer along the eastern border where temperatures start the day down at -5°C. The temperature warms up slightly to +2°C on the Ostrobothnia coast and Åland will see +8°C this morning, with Hanko enjoying +6°C and sunshine but a brisk off-shore wind will make it feel cooler than that.


Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 8th October 2018 / Credit: FMI