Morning headlines: Tuesday 19th March 2019

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Morning strike at Stora Enso Oulu plant

Workers at Stora Enso’s Oulu mill have walked off the job this morning, at the start of a two day strike. The strike is in protest at the announcement on Monday of massive job cuts at the northern mill, which first started operations back in 1935. Stora Enso said that up to 400 of the 600 workers would lose their jobs, and planned investments would be scaled back, as the company looks to change the type of product that is made in Oulu. Union officials at the mill say that only workers responsible for safety and the environment will come to their jobs during the strike.

Kokkola fire forces evacuation of 8-storey building

A late night fire has forced the evacuation of an 8-storey building in the west coast city of Kokkola. The alarm came in just before midnight when one of the residents called 112. When rescue crews arrived on the scene they got the other occupants out of the building, but the fire completely destroyed one of the apartments, and two others were damaged by smoke. Nobody was injured in the blaze. Firefighters arrived at the scene very quickly because the apartment building was located close to Kokkola’s Raahenkatu fire station. This morning, investigators will continue to look for the cause of the blaze.

German, Swedish, Danish foreign ministers visit Helsinki

Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) will meet in Helsinki today with his counterparts from Germany, Sweden and Denmark. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the quartet will be discussing EU issues, the relationship between Europe and the United States; as well as Russia and China. The meeting is a continuation of a similar meeting held between the four country’s foreign ministers which took place in Berlin during the autumn of 2018.

Finland celebrates Minna Canth legacy 

Today Finland celebrates a day of equality, which is also the birthday of author and social influencer Minna Canth. This year marks the 175th anniversary of her birth in 1944. Canth is the first Finnish woman to have her own flag day, which has been celebrated since 2007.

Tuesday morning weather

There’s plenty of rain, sleet and wet snow in the forecast for much of the country today, as temperatures hover just a degree or two above freezing from Oulu in the north to Helsinki in the south. Vaasa area will be waking up to temperatures around -2C. The best of the sunshine this morning is in the capital city region, and in the far north of Lapland. Across the rest of Lapland expect some snow in the forecast and temperatures dipping down to -5C.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 19th March 2019 / Credit: FMI