Morning headlines: Thursday 11th April 2019

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Finland’s biggest ever cocaine bust revealed 

Police have revealed details of a huge drugs bust this morning. They have completed a pre-trial investigation into a drug smuggling ring suspected of bringing 13kg of cocaine from the Netherlands to Finland in 2017-2018. “This is the biggest case of importing and distributing cocaine ever discovered in Finland” says Jari Räty who headed up the investigation at the National Bureau of Investigation NBI. Finnish authorities say they worked closely with international law enforcement agencies. Police say 17 people are suspected of smuggling the drugs into Finland, and another 16 people suspected of distributing it in Tampere and the capital city region.

Finland vs Czech at World Championships

The Finnish Lionesses take on the Czech team at the ice hockey World Championships in Espoo this evening. It’s a quarter final game, with the Finns winning two and losing two in the opening round robin stage of the tournament. At stake is a spot in the semi final, and the last time these two teams met in World Championship play was at the quarter finals two years ago. The Finns earned a 5-0 victory at that time. The game starts tonight at 19:30.

Finland becoming increasingly cashless 

More than 50% of people in Finland rarely use cash to make purchases any more. That’s the results of a survey by Nordea Bank which finds that cash is becoming less common. As the use of cash decreases, paying by cards and particularly mobile payments are getting more frequent. The new Nordea survey found that nearly half of those questioned believed that paying for items with a smart phone will be the most common way to make purchases in the next five years. “Paying on a smart phone or a smart watch for example, is as easy as paying with a card” says Valtteri Korhonen, Director of Cards at Nordea. More than 1000 people over the age of 18 were questioned for the YouGov survey at the end of last year.

Thursday morning weather 

Wednesday’s snow has moved to the east, so the remnant of the snowy weather are found this morning along the eastern border, with flurries into parts of central Lapland as well. The best of the sunshine is in the far north west around Kilpisjärvi, in Jyvaskyla and Central Finland, and Turku, the south west, Helsinki and the capital city region. Temperatures range from -9C around Kuusamo, to -5C in Oulu; -5C in Pori, and -3C around Uusimaa.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 11th April 2019 / Credit: FMI