Morning headlines: Tuesday 21st May 2019

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Last day of advance voting in EU elections

Today is the last day of advance voting ahead of Sunday’s European Parliament elections, with authorities advising people to vote now, if they can’t actually make it to a polling station in person on Sunday. Finland turns out around 39% of people at European Parliament elections – but just 10% of young people aged 18-24 voted last time around, the second lowest rate in the whole EU. There’s concern among officials and politicians that voter turnout will be sluggish in general this year, coming just six weeks after a general election and a long political campaign period at the end of the winter and into spring. There are 900 advance polling stations around the country, at places like town halls, local libraries, shopping centres and post offices. Voters who want to cast a ballot in advance – or on election day – must take some form of official photo ID like a passport, an identity card or a driving license.

Poll: National Coalition Party tops EU election survey

A new poll in Helsingin Sanomat this morning predicts the National Coalition Party will be the most popular choice at the European Parliament elections with 20.1% support. The second most popular party is the Finns Party on 16.3%, with the Social Democrats in third place on 15.5%. But it’s good news for the Greens in the Kantar-TNS survey, which asked more than 2000 people about their voting intentions. With an estimated 13% of the vote, the Greens could be on course to pick up a second EU Parliament seat. However the Swedish People’s Party are in danger of losing their only seat in Brussels to the Finns Party, the poll concludes.

Finland vs Germany at ice hockey World Championships

The Lions complete the group stage of the World Championships in the Slovak city of Kosice this afternoon, as they take on Germany at 13:15. The Finns are currently sitting on top of group A, with the Germans in 4th place and a convincing win would keep them on top – depending on what second place Canada does. The winner of group A has a potentially easier path through the rest of the competition, playing the 4th place group B team in the quarter finals.

Finnish film in Cannes competition today

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing on the French Riviera this week, and today Finnish film ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’ is having its debut at the festival. The film stars Pekka Strang and Krista Kosonen, and was directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää. Although it’s not competing for the main Palm d’Or prize, the Finnish film hopes to thrill audiences as it dives into the world of S&M sex, following the story of a man who is mourning the death of his wife, and reconnects with his own emotions after he hires the services of a dominatrix.

Tuesday morning weather 

It’s another very warm start to the morning, with temperatures already hitting +20C on the west coast around Pori and Rauma; and Turku and Åland enjoying +18C this morning so far. The best of the sunshine is in central Lapland, but temperatures are not much warmer than +5C first thing on Tuesday. Expect partially cloudy skies everywhere with temperatures at +12C in Oulu; +14C in Jyvaskyla and Central Finland; +18C in Lahti; +12C with some showers down the eastern border and +14C in the capital city region. There’s thuder storms forecast later on Tuesday for central and southern areas, and meteorologists say the weather will cool off by Thursday.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 21st May 2019 / Credit: FMI