New government already falling behind on police numbers
Finland’s new government is already failing to make budget provisions for hundreds of new police men and women that are required to do the job properly. Senior officers and the Police Federation say they need 650 extra officers to raise policing levels, and become more proactive rather than reactive. One important task which doesn’t get their full attention due to lack of numbers is community policing. The five-party coalition government, led by Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) has allocated money for just 300 extra officers. Read more at our original story here.
Foreign Minister on first overseas visit
Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) is making his first overseas visit since taking over the job last week – but he isn’t going very far. Haavisto is in Stockholm for a meeting with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström and discuss bilateral relations and “topical international matters” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Haavisto will also attend a ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament which is hosted by Sweden.
Oulu cows saved from burning barn
Firemen near Oulu have rescued 100 cows from a blazing barn. Rescue crews got the call on Monday night and when they arrived found the 500sq metre barn already well alight. Crews removed parts of the roof to stop the fire from spreading and also got 100 dairy cows out to safety. Lifting equipment had to be brought to the scene to lift one cow which fell over. The cows need to get back into their barn, as the farmer will test the electricity to the milking machines during the day.
Tuesday morning weather
It’s a much colder and wetter Tuesday morning at least across the north of the country. In Lapland expect some rain and temperatures as low as +2C. Further south, things warm up with sunshine forecast through the morning. Temperatures in Jäväskylä are +12C, +19C down the Ostrobothnia coast, +17C in the capital city region.