Snow Storm Distruption
Much of the country is bracing for snow storms today. The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI is forecasting up to 20cm of snow across southern and central parts of Finland, with driving conditions particularly bad where there is fresh snow cover. The Road Safety Centre has made some preparations for those worsening driving conditions, for example by lowering speed limits on some main routes. Along the south and southeast coasts, the temperatures will warm up by a degree or two in the afternoon bringing rain. The Åland Islands could also see snowfall later on Tuesday afternoon, and snow will push north into Lapland by Wednesday. Helsinki airport says only one runway will be open due to strong winds, and as heavy snow will restrict visibility at the airport, delays are expected.
Sexual Harassment Discussions
Two big Finnish national institutions have got sexual harassment on their agendas this week. Today, parliament will be discussing the topic, with the Social Democrats leading the debate. SDP says that members of parliament cannot be silent on the subject. A new survey by state-funded broadcaster YLE finds that 13 out of 95 MPs and assistants who answered a questionnaire said they had been haraased during the current parliament term. The remaining 82 respondents had not experienced harassment in their work in parliament. With the exception of one case, all those who reported harassment were women. The Finnish church is also taking a closer look at harassment in its ranks. A number of candidates for archbishop have signed a campaign website to highlight the problem.
Foreign Investment Growing
The amount of foreign investment in Finland continues to grow, according to the the Finpro government agency. By the end of November, 180 new foreign companies had started operations in Finland during 2017. And 150 Foreign-owned companies have also made investments in Finland this year, which has been reflected in extensive recruiting. Foreign investment in Finland has focused particularly on financial and insurance companies, and other service industries. The largest industrial investments have been made in the metals and chemicals industries.
Pre-Olympic Ice Hockey Action
Finland’s women’s ice hockey team takes to the ice today in pre-Olympic action. The Lions will take on Japan, Sweden, Germany and Russia as part of their preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympicsin PyeongChang South Korea. The mini tournament is being staged at rinks in Rauma, Uusikaupunki, and Turku. All of the other teams – except Germany – are taking part in the Olympics. The first game is today against Japan and starts at 16:00. The Finnish women are currently ranked 3rd in the world.
Christmas Card Deadline
You can still send Christmas cards to destinations in Finland – and expect them to arrive before Christmas Eve – using the cheaper stamps. But you better hurry! If you’re putting 95 cent stamps on cards the deadline to get them in the post box is tonight at midnight. But if you need some extra time to write your cards this year, you can still leave it right up until Wednesday 20th December to post them, if you’re using the €1.40 stamps. Finland’s postal service Posti recommends that first class cards for European destinations are sent no later than Friday, and if you’re sending Christmas greetings to friends or family in the Nordic countries, the deadline is Sunday.