Morning headlines: Tuesday 17th September 2019

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Finnish MEP backs EU ‘Green Card’ for Brexit Brits 

A Finnish MEP is backing a plan to introduce new EU ‘Green Cards’ in the aftermath of Britain’s departure from the European Union. Heidi Hautala (Green) is a Vice-President of the European Parliament and says the idea of a special status for UK nationals already legally resident in other EU countries would allow them to continue having the same free movement rights they’ve earned now, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Hautala intends to raise this issue in the European Parliament again next week when Brexit is being discussed; and also with the British Ambassador to Finland Tom Dodd at an upcoming meeting in Helsinki. Read more at our original story here.

Government budget negotiations begin

The Finnish government meets this morning for two days of budget negotiations at the House of the Estates in Helsinki. One of the biggest goals of Antti Rinne‘s (SDP) administration is to create 60,000 new jobs and raise the employment rate to 75% however they’ll have to spend money to do this, while also saying they plan to balance the books. Critics have said it will be difficult to achieve both things, and that the government hasn’t fully explained where the money comes from to cover a lot of the planned spending in its programme for the next four years.

Court decision today in ‘Brother Christmas’ MP trial

The Eastern Uusimaa District Court will deliver a verdict today in the case of a Finns Party MP on trial for financial irregularities related to his charity fundraising work under the pseudonym of ‘Brother Christmas’. Ari Koponen and two co-defendants went on trial earlier this month accuse of fundraising €24,000 in 2016, and another €180,000 in 2017 without the required permits. Koponen, who was elected to parliament in April, made a name for himself in Finland for  charity acts visiting sick children and cheering them up with jokes and toys while wearing a white Santa Claus-style beard. The defendants deny the allegations against them.

Most pupils are happy and enjoying school life

Most children are happy with their lives and enjoy themselves at school, according to a new survey published on Tuesday by the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL. According to the survey, 4th and 5th grade students, and students attending vocational schools – especially boys – enjoy their experiences in particular. School burnout however is most commonly felt by girls in 8th and 9th grade. About 1-in-20 pupils says they get bullied at school on a weekly basis: boys are more likely to experience physical threats than girls; and girls are more likely to experience sexual harassment. The School Health Survey was carried out in spring 2019 and answered by more than 250,000 young people.

Tuesday morning weather

It’s a cooler autumn morning again across the whole country with temperatures everywhere starting Tuesday in single digits. There’s rain down the eastern Lapland border, and into Ostrobothnia and Central Finland too. The best of the sunshine is in the far noth around Inari, and in Tampere region and the capital city region as well. Temperatures range from +4°C in Lapland to +7°C in Helsinki with the Tuesday morning temperature high of +9°C in Åland.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 17th September 2019 / Credit: FMI