Morning headlines: Tuesday 22nd October 2019

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One dead in early morning crash

One person has been killed in an early morning crash in Liperi in North Karelia. It happened around 06:00 on Tuesday morning on the Polvijärvi bridge and police say one car skidded, and collided with another oncoming car. One passenger in the car that skidded was killed, and the driver seriously injured. The driver of the other car was slightly injured in the crash. Police say the temperature was around zero at the time of the crash with wet road conditions in the area.

Number of employed people increases

The number of people in employment has crept up slightly to 72.8% in September. That’s according to the new figures released Tuesday morning by Statistics Finland, with 40,000 more people in work in September compared with the previous year. The government has set a goal to get a 75% employment rate although experts say that is a tough target as the economy starts to slow down. The unemployment rate in September remains unchanged from August at 6.7%.

Police search for missing Järvenpää man

Police in East Uusimaa are still searching for an elderly man missing since Monday afternoon. Officers say the 72-year old left his home in Järvenpää around 16:00 and did not return. He is reported to be around 180cm tall, slender build, and wearing a bright blue jacket and black trousers when he was last seen. Police are asking anyone who sees him in the area to call 112.

Popular cold remedy off the shelves

A popular Finnish remedy for cold and flu symptoms Finrexin is in short supply. The drug, which comes in powder form in sachets, and mixed with water, contains aspirin, caffeine and vitamin C. It’s been on the market in Finland since the early 1980s but had to be redesigned to comply with new laws. Pharmacies haven’t been getting stocks of Finrexin during the year and supplies have run out in many places. However, the manufacturer got permission from drugs agency Fimea earlier this month to enter the market again although the packaging is still under review. Finrexin is not likely to see a return to pharmacy shelves until Christmas.

President Niinistö attends Japan coronation 

President Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio are among 170 world leaders attending the coronation of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in Japan today. The event is steeped in ritual as the 126th emperor succeeded his father to the Chrysanthemum Throne. He is married to Empress Masako. President Niinistö and the First Lady will be guests later at an official banquet in Tokyo to celebrate the coronation.

Tuesday morning weather 

It’s a mixed weather picture for Tuesday morning across Finland. There’s a warning of poor driving conditions with rain and sleet in in the forecast, with up to 8cm of snow predicted to fall in some parts of Lapland today. Expect a band of rain to move in from the west during the course of the day, and there’s already rain on Tuesday morning in the capital city region. Strong winds from offshore will make it feel blustery in many southern coastal areas – and the winds will be strong later this evening in the west coast as well. Looking further ahead to next week and meteorologists are predicting a cold snap with snow even in the south of the country.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 22nd October 2019 / Credit: FMI