Morning headlines: Tuesday 18th June 2019

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Prime Minister to Sweden for talks 

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) is heading to Stockholm today for a meeting with his counterpart Stefan Löfven. Traditionally, Sweden is the first foreign port of call for any new Finnish Prime Minister, but Rinne already broke with tradition by going to Estonia for his first overseas trip. Items on the agenda for talks today include Baltic Sea security, defence cooperation, Arctic issues and EU affairs, according to the PM’s office.

Election spending deadline 

The deadline for politicians to declare their election campaign budgets has come and gone, with a few MPs or deputies missing the midnight deadline. Katja Taimela (SDP), Mika Flöjt (Green) and Anne Nyman (Left Alliance). A total of 227 MPs and deputies are required to report where the money came from for their April general election campaign and there were some big differences in how much candidates spent. Elina Lepomäki (NCP) dropped €115,600 on her campaign while her party colleague Jaana Pelkonen (NCP) spent just €900. Another National Coalition Party MP Juhana Vartiainen spent €71,000 to get re-elected. Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho reports that he spent just €300 on his campaign while new Green leader Maria Ohisalo spent more than €50,000.

Finland’s biggest, fastest roller coaster opens 

Thrill seekers have a new place to get their kicks in the capital when a brand new roller coaster opens at Linnanmäki amusement park. The Taiga ride is the longest and fastest ride in Finland with a top speed of 106 km/h. The ride was designed by a Swiss company specifically to fit the challenging space restrictions at the city centre amusement park. It features four massive drops, track twists, and sections where riders will hang upside down and experience a feeling of weightlessness.

Tuesday morning weather 

It’s another very sunny start across the country on Tuesday morning, with just some cloud cover over parts of Lapland. Everywhere south of Lapland however, expect unbroken sunshine this morning. Temperatures range from a cool +8C in north east Lapland to +18C in Oulu; +17C through Central Finland; +20C this morning down the eastern border; +17C in south west Finland and +18C in Helsinki and the capital city region.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 18th June 2019 / Credit: FMI