Morning headlines: Thursday 4th April 2019

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Police, President & military among most trusted in Finland

The police, the office of the President, and the defence forces are among the most trusted actors in Finnish society. That’s according to a new study released this morning by the Finnish Business and Economic Delegation EVA. Trust in the top three organisations was more than 80% of more than 2000 people who took part in the survey. The online reference website is trusted by 37% of Finns, while just 35% of people trust Members of Parliament and only 17% trust politicians. Read the full report (in Finnish) at this link.

Speeding crackdown catches thousands

Around 3000 drivers were caught on automated speed traps driving too fast on Wednesday. Finnish police joined forces in more than 20 other countries across Europe for a concerted day of action to crack down on speeding, with officers out in force as well as the speed cameras. Senior officer Dennis Pasterstein says that the final results of how many drivers were stopped by police patrols will be released today, but he expects the total combined figure to be close to last year’s 5000+ figure. Read more at our story here.

‘Easy language’ voting instruction videos released 

A new resource for people voting in the upcoming general election has been released this morning by the Ministry of Justice. Videos in easy-to-understand Finnish, Swedish and English have been published on YouTube, instructing people how to vote in advance and also how to vote on election day 14th April. The videos have been produced in cooperation with the Finnish Centre for Easy to Read Selkokeskus, and use contents, language and vocabulary that is easier to understand than standard versions. Watch the videos here.

Rescue crews seal the deal with emergency call-out

Länsi-Uudenmaan Rescue Department dealt with the cutest call-out of the year when they had to rescue a stranded baby seal. It happened in Kirkkonummi when the seal pup was found on it’s own, and away from its natural habitat. The young animal was captured by local firefighters, who took it to Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo for some expert care. Read more at our story here. #icymi

Ice hockey World Championships start in Espoo 

The women’s ice hockey World Championships get underway in Espoo today, with the Finnish team taking on the USA in their opening group stage match. Finland has won 12 World Championship medals in total, with a bronze in the last tournament back in 2017 and this year they’ll be hoping to improve on that. The USA team are the reigning World and Olympic champions and obviously looking to retain that crown. This is the fourth time the women’s World Championship has been held in Finland. It was previously played on Finnish ice in 1992, 1999, and 2009.

Thursday morning weather

The brightest sunshine this morning is in the south east, the capital city region and the south west where temperatures start the day at a very pleasant +6C. Further north there’s more cloud cover across Pirkanmaa and into Central Finland but the temperature is +4C this morning. In Lapland the temperature mostly starts Thursday below freezing, dipping down to -5C in the north west, and there’s snow in the forecast as well along the western Lapland border between Finland and Sweden. In the far north east of Lapland though, it’s a sunny morning,

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 4th April 2019 / Credit: FMI