Bad Weather & Dangerous Roads
Snow and ice is affecting driving conditions in the south and west of the country this morning, warns the Finnish Meteorological Agency and the Finnish Transport Agency. Areas badly hit include Satakunta, Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso, Pirkanmaa, and Ostrobothnia.
There have been at least 46 crashes in southwest Finland overnight; and 24 reported in Satakunta region. Highway 11 at Nokia is now open again after being closed due to an accident involving the trailer of a heavy vehicle which happened about 04:00. Highway 12 at Sastamala is also open after an incident involving a truck that ran into a ditch about 02:30.
Nordic Resistance Movement
A court in Tampere is hearing a complaint today about the Nordic Resistance Movement. Police want to ban the neo-Nazi organisation, and authorities consider the organisations activities to be illegal. It only happens rarely in Finland, but an organisation can be abolished if it is found to be operating in violation of the law.
Helsinki Book Fair Starts
The biggest book even in Finland gets underway today. The four day Helsinki Book Fair takes place at the Messukeskus in Pasila. More than 1200 authors will be present at the event, with the most prominent being American author Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code, which has sold more than 80 million copies. At the same time in Messukeskus, there is also a stamp fair, and the wine and food fair taking place.
Saimaa Seal Situation
The number of Saimaa ringed seals has increased this year, that’s according to the forestry conservation agency Metsähallitus. According to estimates the number of seals has grown by about 20 to 30 animals, for a total of up to 380 of the endangered seals. For the second year in a row, more than 80 seal pups wear born.