Morning headlines: Monday 9th September 2019

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Raseborg level crossing deaths trial starts today 

The trial begins today of a conscript who was driving a military vehicle that was hit by a train at a level crossing. Three soldiers died and five others injured in the October 2017 incident at Skogby. There had previously been a decision not to proceed with a prosecution in this case but the Deputy Prosecutor General ordered the prosecution because he considered that the driver should have been able to act more cautiously. Today at Western Uusimaa District Court in Tammisaari the driver goes on trial facing charges of negligence, endangering road safety and service offenses.

New Centre Party leader: Keskusta looks to the future

The new leader of the Centre Party Katri Kulmuni says she’s got work to do to revive the party’s flagging fortunes. The 32-year old Lapland MP was chosen by party delegates on the weekend to succeed ex-Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, and she says the party must look to the future. “The Centre has always been a party that looks to the future, and making problem solving at the core of the agenda. A belief in the future, and problem solving on the agenda is the key for Centre now” she tells News Now Finland. Read more at our exclusive English-language interview with Kulmuni here.

Use of Viagra grows 6x in ten years 

Finns like Viagra, a lot! The use of the erectile dysfunction drug has grown six-fold in the last decade according to the latest figures from the Finnish Center for Pharmaceutical Safety and Development Fimea. Finns use Viagra three times more than men in other Nordic countries. One of the main reasons the drug is so popular in Finland is the price, which fell by 50% when the original patent on Viagra expired and generic versions became available. Finland’s ageing population has also meant an increase in demand for the little blue pill.

Finland fall to Italy despite Pukki goal

The Finnish men’s national football team lost 2-1 to Italy on Sunday night in their bid to qualify for the 2020 UEFA Euro qualifiers. Italy put the ball in the back of the net but an equalizer from Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki put the Finns level again 1-1 with a penalty in Tampere. However when a ball hit Sauli Vaisanen’s hand, Italy got a penalty of their own in the 79th minute. Italy are sitting on top of Group J having won all six of their games so far. They only need four points in the four remaining games to qualify for the 2020 tournament. Finland are in second place with four wins from six games, and three points ahead of Bosnia. Only the top two teams in the group are guaranteed to go through.

WATCH: Drone Olympics

Finland’s first ever Drone Olympics were held in Helsinki and Espoo recently, and brought enthusiasts and experts out to showcase the latest in drone innovations. Drone have become a common sight in the skies above us, and in Finland they’re seeing a wider range of applications from industry to emergency services and retail, with demand for drones to fill specific niche roles greater than ever. WATCH our video of the drone event here, and read more at our original story here.

Monday morning weather

Another mixed picture as autumnal weather becomes the normal. It’s fairly mild in the south of the country with temperatures already up to +16°C in the capital city region and the south west. There’s rain in the south east around Lappeenranta, and partly cloudy with sun peeking through in Tampere and into Jyväskylä in Central Finland. Expect bright sunshine around Kemi and Tornio, and sun too in Lapland although with single-digit temperatures there it’s going to feel much cooler in the north.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 9th September 2019 / Credit: FMI