Morning Headlines: Tuesday 5th December 2017

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Hundred Year Anniversary Events

There are events taking place all across the country today, picking up pace ahead of Wednesday’s anniversary of 100 years of Finnish independence. The official opening ceremony of  Independence Day will be held at the Helsinki Market Square this evening. President Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Speaker of Parliament Maria Lohela (Blue) will be among those in attendance. In case you missed our original story about branding the 100th anniversary celebrations, you can read it here.

Cyber Attack Verdict Expected

The Helsinki District Court is expected to issue a ruling today on a series of denials of service attacks against banks and the media between 2013 and 2015. One attack stopped OP Bank’s cash flow on New Year’s Eve 2014, which meant the netbank system did now work, and card payments didn’t go through. Prosecutors are asking for up to three years in prison for a 20-year-old man charged with the cyber attack crimes. OP Bank wants to receive compensation of more than €450,000. The suspect claims innocents on the cyber attack charges against banks and the media, but admits one offense of payment fraud.

Survey: Confidence in Government Weak

Public confidence in political decision making has fallen to a low level, according to a new survey today from the Economic Information Office and T-Media. Trust in the government is running at 31%, down from 45% in 2013. More than 80% of people surveyed say they trust the police, education system and Finnish healthcare. The questionnaire was answered by almost 1700 Finns.

S-Bank Expects Economic Growth

The Finnish economy is expected to grow by 2.8% in 2018, according to a new forecast by S-Bank. Economic growth will slow slightly from the current growth rate of 2.3% this year. Exports will increase by 6.5% next year, but growth in investments is predicted to slow down slightly. The outlook for households in the coming year is good. Private consumption will grow by 2.1%, and employment will fall to 8% next year, but during the growth period, S-Bank predicts there will be a shortage of skilled labour.

Tax Refund Day

If you’re expecting to receive some tax money back, today is the day to start checking your account. Payouts will go to those people who let the tax administration VERO know their bank accounts. If the tax administration does not have your account number, then any money owed will be paid by 13th December. But if the account information on file for you is out of date, then the money will be returned to the tax administration, and you’ll get a letter asking for your correct bank account information so they can send the money you are owed.

Tuesday Morning Weather

It’s a cold start to Tuesday morning across the whole country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Temperatures will start below zero in all areas. In Lapland, some places will see temperatures down as low as -20°C, while in Central Finland and eastern areas, it will be between -10°C and -4°C. In the southwest, south, and capital city areas, expect the temperatures to be just below freezing at the start of Tuesday.