Morning headlines: Tuesday 30th April 2019

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Stockmann to cut jobs in Finland

Department store chain Stockmann is looking to cut up to 160 jobs in Finland through negotiations. It’s part of a drive to reduce costs by €40 million. Some 1700 employees are potentially affected by the co-determination negotiations – the talks between employer representatives and staff union representatives which decide who should be laid off, and what terms they would get. Any savings from staff redundancies would only amount to about a third of the money Stockmann wants to save – they would need to institute other measures to save more money including a simplified organisational structure and a new business model.

Poll: Blue-Green government option most popular

A new poll this morning for Helsingin Sanomat newspaper shows that the most popular combination for the next government is the Social Democrats and the National Coalition Party. The next option would be the Social Democrats plus the Centre Party. And among the 1000 people polled, the Greens are by far the most popular choice for a third coalition partner. The survey was carried out from 16th to 27th April after the general election results were known. Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne has set a noon deadline today for all the parties to return a questionnaire he sent out last week asking for their specific policy positions on a range of topics.

New Zealand wants Finland’s help to fight online extremism

The New Zealand government would welcome Finland’s support as it launches a new initiative to try and tackle extremist content online. The initiative, to be promoted jointly with France at an upcoming conference, comes in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack on 15th March when a gunman killed 50 people during Friday prayers at mosques in the southern New Zealand city. In an exclusive interview with News Now Finland on his recent visit to Helsinki, NZ’s foreign minister says the shared values between the two nations are reasons to work together. Read more at our original story here.

Maria Ohisalo wants to be next Green party leader 

New MP Maria Ohisalo, also a Vice President of the Greens, says she wants to be her party’s new leader. So far she’s the only contender to replace Pekka Haavisto who took on the job at the end of 2018 to compete the term of previous leader Touko Aalto who stepped down for health reasons. The Greens will be meeting in Pori on 15th June to vote for their next leader. Ohisalo has been described as the leader of the party’s red-green wing.

Ikea warning about baby changing table after falls

Homeware store Ikea is urging customers to make sure they’ve correctly put together a Sundvik dresser and drawer unit. The cabinet has a baby changing table on top and Ikea says there have been three reports where the folding table part of the unit has come off and the children have fallen. In those cases the table was not locked in place with brackets as it’s supposed to be. Customers can contact Ikea to get new brackets if they’ve lost their original ones.

Vappu celebrations begin this afternoon 

The traditional Vappu celebrations begin in Finland later today, in anticipation of tomorrow’s holiday for International Workers Day. Some traditions include students gathering at the Havis Amanda fountain in Helsinki to clean the statue and put a student cap on her head. You’ll also see lots of balloons and offers on donuts in supermarkets – the traditional Vappu treat!

Tuesday morning weather 

It’s a cooler and cloudier start to Tuesday morning than we’ve seen recently. Temperatures hover just above freezing in parts of Lapland, while the rest of the country doesn’t get too much warmer. The best of the sunshine this morning is around Kemi, Oulu and down into Central Finland as well. The warmest temperatures can be found +7C in Jyvaskyla and +9C in Åland.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 30th April 2019 / Credit: FMI