Morning headlines: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

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Police hunt for violent attack couple

Police in the northern city of Kemi are hunting for two suspects in a violent assault. The attack took place on Monday evening, as the victim walked outside. Police say the victim was assaulted and robbed by a man and a woman, and was subjected to what officers are describing as “intense violence”, including with an axe. Police in Kemi are looking for eyewitnesses of the man and woman, both dressed in dark clothes, who were probably listening to music on their headphones. Any tips can be phoned into the Kemi Police hotline 0295416194.

House prices falling for 3 million Finns

Some 3 million Finns are living in areas where the price of houses is falling. It’s happening not only in remote areas, but also in larger towns and cities with 50,000 to 100,000 residents. According to Helsingin Sanomat newspaper this morning, house prices are also falling in municipalities with labour shortages which indicates that job vacancies alone are not enough to attract new residents to all communities.

Clean-up campaign for countryside cans

A new campaign is being launched this week to draw attention to garbage – especially plastic waste, aluminium cans and glass, which is thrown into countryside roads, fields and verges. Cans that are thrown from cars can easily end up in fields and cause injury to farm animals. The campaign follows the lead of Sweden’s ‘plogging’ that combines jogging, and picking up litter. It encourages people to not throw trash from cars in countryside areas, but also to pick up any litter you see by the side of the road.

City bike scheme won’t extend all year round

The popular city bike scheme is open in Helsinki and Espoo for the season, but there are no plans to extend it all year round, like Turku. There are hundreds of new bikes and bike docking stations being introduced for 2019 around the capital city area, but transport officials city high costs and maintenance issues with a decision not to make the scheme available in winter as well – one of the most expensive issues would be fitting winter tyres to the bikes. “It should [also] be kept in mind that the use of city bikes in Helsinki would be quite low in the winter, so the costs per bike ride would become too high” says Samuli Mäkinen, project manager at HKL. Read more at our story here.

Tuesday morning weather

It’s still a rather cold start to the morning across the whole country. Temperatures in northern Lapland dip down between -6C and -8C and while there’s some sunshine across central Lapland the temperatures don’t rise above -2C first thing. Moving further south, there’s plenty of bright sunshine around Jyväskylä in Central Finland, but temperatures only hover around freezing. That bright sunshine continues down through eastern border regions and into the south east at Lappeenranta as well. There’s sunshine, and some cloud cover, through Pirkanmaa to Tampere and into Tuku and the south west; while in the capital city region expect a partly sunny / partly cloudy start to Tuesday morning and temperatures just above zero.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 2nd April 2019 / Credit: FMI