Morning headlines: Thursday 27th June 2019

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Consumer confidence in economy slumps

Finns are losing confidence in the country’s economy, and the employment situation. New figures from Statistics Finland show that in June the expectations for the economy on a confidence indicator were -13.8 while just one year ago the figure was 7.5 on the same scale. The strongest confidence in the economy is in the Capital City region and in eastern Finland; and in general, older people are more negative about the future economic outlook; and there is a greater perception for people who work that they could be made unemployed. Statistics Finland’s data is based on a survey of a thousand people during June.

Matti Vanhanen surgery came after cancer diagnosis 

Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (Centre) says his recent surgery to remove a kidney was because of cancer. The former Prime Minister is currently on sick leave after the surgery and writes on social media that test results showed he had kidney cancer but luckily it had not spread, so removing the kidney was the best course of treatment. He already has planned sick leave in the autumn for heart surgery as well, to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Finns worry about terrorism and crime when they travel 

What do Finns worry about when they travel overseas on holiday? A new survey from If insurance company finds that the biggest concern is terrorism, with more than 50% of those questioned saying it’s their number one fear. In second place, concerns about environmental issues or natural disasters at their destination, while 37% worry about being the victim of a crime. Older travelers, over 50-years old, are more concerned about crime than younger tourists; but younger people aged 18-29 are more married about low levels of hygiene at their preferred holiday spot.

Migri to reduce and close migrant reception centres

The Immigration Agency Migri says it’s going to reduce the number of places available at reception centres around the country for migrants who arrive in Finland, and close several locations completely. According to the agency, fewer than 3000 asylum seekers have arrived in Finland so far this year, with 2000 applications for renewals pending. Currently around 5600 asylum seekers live in various reception centres and there are 400 more places than people. Reductions will be made in Kristiinankaupunki, Pori and Vaasa, as well as in Vantaa and Espoo during the autumn.

Thursday morning weather

It’s a rainy start to Thursday morning in the capital city region and into the south east of the country, as well as in Central Finland and the far north east. Elsewhere expect some cloud cover with the sun peeking out from time to time. Temperatures start the day around +11C in Lapland; and up to +14C pretty much everywhere else, as a general rule of thumb.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 27th June 2019 / Credit: FMI