Morning Headlines: Monday 9th October 2017

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Rail Survey Fees

The Ministry of Transport and the Prime Minister’s office paid €700,000 of consulting fees for a study into the impact of rail transport reform. The price charged by Boston Consulting Group for one report was $475,000 with a second report costing €50,000 plus some additional costs.

Insect Economy

Finnish producers, restaurants and big name brands are all exploring the insect economy, after a rule change meant that bugs can be farmed and harvested and included in food for humans. Some farmers are part of a pilot project to see if it’s practical and lucrative to switch from pig farming to raising insects instead, and a school in Espoo has partnered with the city to study the potential for crickets to become part of our daily diet. Read more at original story.

City Budgets

Fans of city finances are in for a treat today! Both Vantaa and Oulu will be presenting next year’s budgets. At 10:30 this morning Vantaa Mayor Kari Nenonen will unveil his city’s number crunching for next year. While the Mayor of Oulu will release his budget forecast at 11:00 – you can watch live at this link.

Sri Lanka Visit

The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe is visiting Finland today. He will meet with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre); the Speaker of Parliament Maria Lohela (Blue); Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila (Blue); Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö (Blue) and the Minister of Economy Mika Lintilä (Centre).

World Cup Match

Finland take on Turkey tonight in a qualifier match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Finns have had a number of decent results recently – they’re not losing for a change – including a 1-1 draw against Croatia last Friday which denied the Croats the top qualifying spot in their group. Croatia replaced their coach after that game. Tonight however, Finland will play for pride when they host Turkey in Turku. Finland have zero chance of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. They lost 2-0 when they played Turkey back in March.

Monday Morning Weather

It’s an overcast and rainy start to Monday morning across the whole country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Temperatures are highest in the capital city region at +10°C and fall the further north you go down to +2°C in Lapland. It’s going to feel blustery in coastal regions as well, as the low pressure front continues and Finland sinks further into autumn.